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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

Self centeredness

When your parents gave you life,
there wasn’t a trace of selfish desire, bad habits or self-centerednesss.

But from the age of four or five you picked up the mean things,
you saw other people do and the bad things you heard them say,
so that gradually as you matured, growing up badly,
you developed selfish desire, which in turn produced self-centeredness.

Deluded by this self-centeredness,
you then proceeded to create every sort of evil.
If it weren’t for being centered on yourself,
delusions would not arise.

When delusions do not arise,
that is none other than abiding in the Unborn Buddha Mind…

Bankei Yotaku