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There has been talk over time on this site about the ego, some people commenting about ego death, some suggesting that the Buddha did not teach the death of the ego but to be aware of it, and a lot of other stuff in between.
So lets talk about this thing the ego, lets delve into it deeply and get down to where the Buddha was trying to lead us.
The ego, it is something I assume everybody has and it is in my opinion the cause of all suffering on every level. It is the cause of war, of drug abuse, of stealing, murder etc etc etc. The levels of suffering can be gross or minor, either way it is suffering. The Buddha taught that there was suffering and that there is an end to suffering, so what do we do with this thing known as the ego? How many of you practitioners can say that if you see something bad about yourself written on the internet, that you do not become sad or angry? Is it wrong if you do? Do you like to improve your self image, is this a result of an ego? Is this wrong?
As you can see I consider this business surrounding the ego not something to be taken lightly, I think it is a fundamental source of much suffering the world, so we all need to learn what it exactly is and how to deal with it.