Saturday, 5 February 2011

Our minds are bound because of the conception of ego. To loosen the bonds we have to lose our ego. This might seem strange to you, that you should lose your ego. It's certainly not something we talk about in the West. On the contrary, here we are taught to build our egos: if you don't have a strong ego, you're lost, you're not human, you're weak. However, from the point of view of Buddhist psychology, the conception of ego is our bigger problem, the king of problems. Other emotions are like ministers, ego is the king. When you reach beyond ego, the cabinet of other delusions disappears, the agitated, fettered mind vanishes, and you attain an everlasting blissful state of mind. That's what we call nirvana, inner freedom.”

Lama Thubten Yeshe, “Making Your Mind an Ocean”

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