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    Question on where to find a teaching

    I was wondering if someone could suggest where I could read teachings on and about the human ego, why ego happens and how we should deal with it in a compassionate manner. Thank you very much for your response.

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    Sorry but I'm busy with other things at the moment, so briefly, how about this:

    Selves & Not-self

    The Buddhist Teaching on Anatta

    https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/...esnotself.html
    and also this (quite longish) article: The Problem of Personality:

    https://www.lionsroar.com/the-problem-of-personality/


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    Thank you very much. I read the first article about ego. I liked it a lot. I found the quote of the article below enlightening. If we replace the word "alcohol" with "ego (misuse of ego)", it tells a similar tale to watch out for. I believe the best way of dealing with the misuse of ego is to have compassion, as we all have misused it at some point, and let the individual know that we still love them and hold out our hand in friendship.


    "That's one example of the Buddha's humor in the Canon.

    Another example concerns a monk, Sāgata, who had great psychic power. One day he did battle with a great fire-breathing serpent and won. He ended up capturing the serpent in his bowl. People heard about this and were very impressed. They wanted to give him a very special gift, so they went to ask a group of monks, "What is something that monks don't usually get?" But they asked the wrong group of monks. These monks said, "We don't usually get hard liquor." So the next morning all the laypeople in the city prepared liquor for Sāgata. After drinking hard liquor at every house, he passed out at the city gate. The Buddha came along with a group of monks, saw Sāgata, and told the monks to pick him up and take him back to the monastery. They laid him down on the ground with his head to the Buddha and his feet in the other direction.

    Now Sāgata didn't know where he was, so he started turning around back and forth, back and forth, until finally his feet were pointed at the Buddha. The Buddha asked the monks, "Before, didn't he show respect to us?" And the monks said, "Yes." "Is he showing respect now?" "No." "And before, didn't he do battle with a fire-breathing serpent." "Yes." "Could he do battle with a salamander now?" "No." This is why we have a rule against drinking alcohol."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuxedo View Post
    I was wondering if someone could suggest where I could read teachings on and about the human ego, why ego happens and how we should deal with it in a compassionate manner. Thank you very much for your response.
    This article is good, the 1st two pages: https://www.dhammatalks.net/Books7/B...nd_Rebirth.pdf

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