**By Shechen Gyaltsap Pema Namgyal**
"As a mental exercise to vanquish ego-clinging,
Recollect all the times you have been wronged.
First, think of all the obscuring emotions
And the notion that beings and phenomena truly exist,
Which create obstacles to the higher aspirations
Of all beings in general and of Dharma practicioners in particular,
And the difficulties and adversities arsing from these.
Then gather all of them with your inhalation,
Dissolve it into your own ego-clinging
And destroy the curse itself.
Gather into one essential point
A fierce determination to eliminate ego-clinging
Together with its antidote
And the meditation practice that averts it."
To know is to not suffer. As the source of pain by the five obscuring emotions, the eight wordly concerns and all afflictive mental factors is ego-clinging.
Clinging to an invented concept is making the narrow dwelling and painful frustrating self concern.
“There is immeasurable virtue,
In wanting to cure even the mildest headache of a single being,
What about wanting to dispel
All of the sufferings of all beings?”
“Sentient beings, self and others, enemies and dear ones—all are made by thoughts. It is like seeing a rope and mistaking it for a snake. When we think that the rope is a snake, we are scared, but once we see that we are looking at a rope, our fear dissipates. We have been deluded by our thoughts. Likewise, mentally fabricating self and others, we generate attachment and aversion.” ~Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche