Understanding The Ego

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Understanding The Ego

Postby Lotus Lion » Wed Oct 27, 2010 11:00 am

Hi Everyone,

We speak of Ego but i wish to understand this in greater detail.

From my current understanding, the Ego is the belief in a separate self. It refers to someone who has an exaggerated sense of importance and is the conscious aspect of ourselves.

Source: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/ego

I have also read material from Freud who essentially says that the Ego is the interface between our instincts and conscience, attempting to maintain a happy medium to satisfy both parties.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Id,_ego,_and_super-ego

However, I also came across an article which says that the Ego is basically a set of filters that have been created from interacting with the world, coloring and influencing our understanding when something happens:

Source: http://www.urbanmonk.net/59/what-your-e ... onal-love/

It could therefore be argued that there are several understandings on the Ego morphing not only from person to person, but also through the passages of time.

Perhaps it is information overload, but at the moment i feel that the Ego is it is a mixture of what Freud says, what is discussed at http://www.urbanmonk.net and essentially amounts to walking through life looking at it wearing a pair of goggles created by our interactions, but I wish to clarify before continuing.

Also, understanding what the Ego is from a Buddhist and 'Dharmic' perspective would help put everything in the right context, especially since there are different view on this and becoming Egoless is, i believe, something quite central to Buddhism.

Source: http://www.shambhala.com/html/learn/fea ... -marks.cfm

Your thoughts please,

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Re: Understanding The Ego

Postby 5heaps » Wed Oct 27, 2010 12:59 pm



the Buddha identified 5 heaps (groups) of stuff that creatures are made out of. form, discrimination, feeling, mental factors, and mind. ego/persons mainly has to do with mind. its explained in abundant detail, best done with an excellent teacher.

the point is not so much this psychoanalysis stuff where you mix and match learned concepts and past experiences. it is more about perceiving the nature of those things and of the mind that is doing it.

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Re: Understanding The Ego

Postby catmoon » Thu Oct 28, 2010 6:54 am

Given the multiple meanings of the word given in the OP, I'd avoid using it unless the context made the meaning unmistakable. I'd especially avoid it in Buddhist discussions.
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Re: Understanding The Ego

Postby muni » Fri Oct 29, 2010 8:14 am

Concept by misperception through duality, a cut of subject-object in how all is. Guru Rinpoche said that ego arises from that where is nothing to label. This becomes solid, mind's display gets labels like this and that, possesions, senses and objects and so on.
Mispercieving "concept ego" starts interactive conceptual games, in which it is convinced the truth is to find within its' own habits, within its' protected prison which is great. Minds' seemingly "outer" display (interaction of own mind!) there it runs full of wrong ones.
Ego's action is not really correcting-helping in right compassion through wisdom, but judgements and so on by duality.

Ego is our only enemy. It needs no judgement but clarity in the misperception.

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