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It's Just Ego Again

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It's Just Ego Again

Postby Thaibebop » Mon Sep 21, 2009 6:17 pm

Am I right in understanding that emotions like depression and loneliness are just more aspects of a persons ego? I know that humans being social animals need some social interaction to stay mentally healthy. I know the expection is monks in the forest tradition, but that is pretty unique and an example of a person far along in their path of the Dhamma. I feel, however, that society pressures us to be interactive and that maybe we socialize more than we have in past times. This means that depression and loneliness might be more controled, or better, avoided if one was able to remove their ego from their thinking. So, am I right in thinking that these emotions are just ego, or does socialization really need to happen to keep ones mental health? Even most monks live with other monks, so even if there is no talking there is still a sense of socialization or being apart of society, right?

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Re: It's Just Ego Again

Postby Thaibebop » Wed Sep 23, 2009 3:30 am

Did I jumble my words again? My post does make sense right? :thinking:

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Re: It's Just Ego Again

Postby appicchato » Wed Sep 23, 2009 3:53 am

No, I don't think so...(word jumbling)...my understanding is that the emotions you speak of are ego, which is basically a sense of self...so we're chin deep in guano as it is...because, as we know, the sense of self is a hard one to shake...

Even though I, personally, could definitely be known as a recluse, I would find it pretty difficult not to have some contact with others...and (although unrelated), as one hitting his mid-sixties, solitude and self-reliance (or lack thereof) become factors looming larger on the horizon all the time...samsara at it's finest...

Be well... :smile:

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Re: It's Just Ego Again

Postby christopher::: » Wed Sep 23, 2009 3:57 am

Good insights, Bikkhu.

What you wrote makes sense to me, Thaibebop. Sangha is social, we are all social beings. I think a central challenge of the dharma is watching how our minds work. The ego is a name we give to the self-referential emotions and thoughts we experience. From a certain perspective the ego is a fallacy. There is no self. But we feel there is, and all these emotions and thoughts keep arising continuously.

Practice i think is learning to see that, understand how it all works, freeing ourselves from the patterns of mind that cause us suffering. Its also something most of us still need one another for, need the dharma, our teachers and friends, to do this successfully.

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Re: It's Just Ego Again

Postby pink_trike » Wed Sep 23, 2009 4:06 am

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Clear Light is Union
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Re: It's Just Ego Again

Postby pink_trike » Wed Sep 23, 2009 4:30 am

Vision is Mind
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Emptiness is Clear Light
Clear Light is Union
Union is Great Bliss

- Dawa Gyaltsen

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Re: It's Just Ego Again

Postby kidd » Wed Sep 23, 2009 7:44 pm

Human beings are social by nature.
What is regarded negatively as ‘ego’ generally refers to preoccupation with one's self.

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Re: It's Just Ego Again

Postby christopher::: » Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:34 am

"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
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Re: It's Just Ego Again

Postby pink_trike » Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:54 am

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Re: It's Just Ego Again

Postby christopher::: » Thu Sep 24, 2009 4:27 am

"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
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Re: It's Just Ego Again

Postby christopher::: » Fri Sep 25, 2009 2:01 am

"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
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