From the Week 1 talk of Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo's Tricycle Retreat on the Eight Wordly Concerns, which Jetsunma lists as gain and loss, praise and blame, good reputation and bad reputation, and pleasure and pain. Why would one work without the Eight Worldly Concerns? Jetsunma explains,
From a Buddhist point of view, our basic problem is that we don't know who we really are and we identify with all the wrong things. We "think we are who we THINK we are." If I say to you, who are you? You will start by giving your name and whatever it is you identify with. What do we identify with? We identify with our gender, our nationality, our social group, our educational level, our profession, our role as a husband or wife or mother or daughter or brother. We have many roles we play depending on the circumstance. We hold onto these roles.