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Ego traps to avoid

Discussion in 'Seekers Circle' started by Geoff-Allen, Sep 27, 2019.

  1. Geoff-Allen

    Geoff-Allen Resident megalomaniac

    Sep 9, 2014
    Just cruising around cyberspace and found this article -

    The Permanency Trap

    “Ah Ha! I’ve finally got it, I’ve finally arrived” said the ego, “I’ve finally found that perfect philosophy, the right answer and the meaning to life.” This is the permanence trap. As soon as you think you’ve got it, you’ve gone astray, you’ve missed the point of impermanence and you are grasping at something conceptually secure to hold onto in this ever changing world.

    The ego grasping onto permanence is so often an intellectual grasping, you think you’ve got it, the answer to your problems, the final conclusion. This is a trap. This dulls the sensitivity to the present moment, it breeds arrogance and ultimately brings huge disappointment. As Zen Master Suzuki says “…the minds readiness for anything is wisdom.” He goes on to warn “that in an expert’s mind there are few possibilities but in a beginners mind there are many.”

    It is also very wise to always remember the first line of the Tao Te Ching when you think you’ve finally got the right answer:

    "The truth that can be named is not the real truth."

    The Five Ego Traps To Avoid in Meditation


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  2. Mock Turtle

    Mock Turtle Compassion, understanding, and tolerance.
    Premium Member

    Feb 17, 2018
    Often the quickest path from ignorance to arrogance and/or condescension
    I especially like this:

    To believe there is some fixed separate person that is enlightened is exactly what the ego does. The ego is believing in some fixed identity that endures over time, instead of the ever changing relationships and processes that make life what it actually is. This trap also includes believing other people like Gurus or Masters to be enlightened; to see them as perfected beings and you as a lower or lesser type of being is exactly how the ego operates; by solidifying and comparing. Believing in others’ identity as perfect is actually just the ego projected outward.

    And always a little tricky to decide where the truth lies (or doesn't lie :D)
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