We might think that knowing ourselves is an ego-centered thing, but by looking at ourselves, we begin to dissolve the walls that separate us from others.
Reginald A. Ray argues that far from being a “lesser” practice, giving is central to all schools of Buddhism and essential to the relinquishment of ego.
I was born male, but I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m actually a transgender woman. As a Buddhist, I feel conflicted by the teachings on no-self.
The fear so many of us are feeling these days can stress us into freezing our world and getting caught up in dualism. But, says Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, we can get past that by practicing mindfulness and gentleness.
We believe deeply in ourselves as personalities, says Ajahn Sumedho, each committed to the reality of our own personal history and distinctive traits.
Author and Zen teacher Ezra Bayda say our Buddhist practice involves cultivating awareness of our addictions to comfort, self-judgement, thoughts, identities, and fears.
Alex Tzelnic explores the many manifestations of the self in this latest piece from The Under 35 Project.
Thoughts can make meditation a challenge. Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche tells us how we can experience thoughts as freedom, not imprisonment.
The first realization on the Buddhist path is our own emptiness—we look at the self and find nothing permanent. The next step is the egolessness of other, says Sakyong Mipham, and the way we discover it, interestingly, is through love and compassion.
An excerpt from “Fearless Simplicity,” by Tsokyni Rinpoche, from In the Face of Fear: Buddhist Wisdom for Challenging Times.