Monday, February 06, 2006

The hinayan version of taming ego

The hinayana version of taming ego is to cut through sloppiness and wandering mind by the application of Shamatha discipline, or mindfulness. Shamatha practice cuts through the fundamental mechanism of ego, which is that ego has to maintain itself by providing lots of subconscious gossip and discursive thoughts.

--Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, from: Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness

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