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The Buddha denies the existence of any permanent entity either physical or mental. We call this theory about self as Anatmavada.

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The ego is the problem

The ego is the problem.

Sometimes ego is very spoiled, like a child who is constantly throwing tantrums. Sometimes ego doesn’t accept where we are. Sometimes ego doesn’t accept who we are. Sometimes ego doesn’t accept the way things are without any real complaint.

So what do we do?
There is nothing that we can do.
Sometimes ego doesn’t accept the fact that the sky is blue but there is nothing that we can do. You see.
Sometimes ego doesn’t accept that we are living on a planet that is permeated with natural disasters, earthquakes, floods, and other catastrophes.

All we can do is accept that and learn how to surrender to the flow of all events.

Anam Thubten

Ego is Like a Room of Your Own

Ego is like a room of your own,
a room with a view,
with the temperature and the smells and the music that you like.

You want it your own way.
You’d just like to have a little peace,
you’d like to have a little happiness,
you know, just gimme a break.

But the more you think that way,
the more you try to get life to come out so that it will always suit you,
the more your fear of other people and what’s outside your room grows.

Rather than becoming more relaxed,
you start pulling down the shades and locking the door.
When you do go out,
you find the experience more and more unsettling and disagreeable.
You become touchier, more fearful, more irritable than ever.
The more you try to get it your way, the less you feel at home.

Pema Chodron

Waking up

Waking up to who you are requires letting go,
of who you imagine yourself to be.

Alan Watts

Grasping at Self

All the violence,
fear, and suffering that exist in the world come from grasping at self.

What use is this great evil monster to us?