Egolessness

  • The Three Universal Characteristics of Existence Paid Member

    In Rita Gross's Tricycle Retreat, "Buddhist History for Buddhist Practitioners," we have been discussing what aspects of the Buddha's teachings already existed in the time of the Buddha and what aspects were unique ideas of the Buddha. For example, in the teachings of the Upanishads, an important group of texts in Hinduism, it is stated that beneath our superficial self, or ego, that we will find a true self, a soul. In the Upanishads this true self is called Atman. This notion of a permanent soul, which was quite popular in the time of the Buddha, was addressed in the Buddha's teachings on The Three Universal Characteristics of Existence and marks a very important divergence of Buddhism from Hinduism. From Week 3 of Rita's Tricycle Retreat, More »
  • "The Discovery of Egolessness" by David Nichtern Paid Member

    Via the Huffington Post, "The entire Buddhist path is based on the discovery of egolessness and the maturing of insightor knowledge that comes from egolessness." --- Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche / Journey Without Goal I have heard many times from students and spiritual practitioners of all kinds, shapes and sizes, that if they could only "get rid of their ego," then they could have some peace and taste enlightenment. There are also many "self-help" teachings and gurus who are promoting techniques to "strengthen" the ego -- to ripen and develop one's sense of power, accomplishment and tangible assets -- make you skinnier, more assertive, richer, happier, etc. etc. etc. But the approaches of getting rid of OR strengthening the ego may both share a similar delusion: that it actually exists in some solid and fixed way in the first place. More »