The nuances of "me" are so incredibly subtle. The way some of you here on this forum write and answer questions displays an aspect of "me"-ness. Even our very usernames display that aspect. And more. It seems rather inescapable.
Epistemes wrote:I know this thread may seem rather basic and pointless to some, but my point is that there is this seed of "me" always lurking underneath in practically everything a person does - even how we walk. It's this prospective seed which can and does grow larger and larger with good reason. I'm not saying that the personality be extinguished, but refining how we understand "me" is frequently impeded by the nuances of personality. It is, in short, another form of cyclic existence, in my opinion.
Saravenka wrote:Just a small thought....
The conditions of existing as a human being include inborn inherent aspects of 'identity' (me-ness). Without the human me-ness there would be no understanding of the teachings.
Saravenka wrote:Hello Jikan,
Epistemes mentions the "way we walk", this also implies (I think?) other physical aspects, and aspects that affect preferences of whether we choose to meditate with eyes open/closed, sit in some special posture, decide to follow this or that tradition of a teaching etc. (mental and perhaps emotional preferences). Much more, like DNA and family 'inheritance', but this is obvious.
I doubt we can entirely escape an 'identity' that is the very means to exist here. I was once told to *use* these aspects of ones identity to achieve clarification, and then move on from that point.
Jikan wrote:Interesting. Are these inherent qualities, or are these traits conditional (or conditioned)?
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