No, ego is not wrong because it engenders suffering ... it engenders suffering because it is wrong ...Webwanderer wrote:Identification with a complex thought construct is an experience of perspective. And if it was designed to be this way, can we say absolutely it was a mistake? Maybe the point was/is to get lost in the forest for the adventure of finding our way out. And while it may be the root cause of suffering, that does not necessarily make it wrong, only challenging.Phil2 wrote:But ego itself is NOT the experience ... but the conceptual error (mis-take) behind the experience ... the root cause of suffering as Buddhism shows it well ...
Now once again it is important to dissociate the cause from the effect ... the cause (ego) is unreal, but the effect (ie. our experience of emotional states) is quite real ...
This reminds me a Zen joke I already quoted in this forum, so sorry to repeat for those who know it:
A student says to the Zen Master :
"Master now I understand all your teachings, this world is just an illusion"
... after a moment of silence, the master suddenly strongly pinches the student's nose ... and the student shouts out of pain
"Master, this is awfully painful !"
... and after another silence the master answers quietly
"No, no, this was just an illusion"
So yes, maybe an illusion, but one that can be painful too ... and this is no illusion ...
Maybe all this is a dream, but why make it a nightmare ?