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.
"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)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009