The Four Noble truths – Chap 29: Non-ego


The first Right View is practice of understanding of the Law of causality.

The second Right View is to practice the Four Noble Truths that is what we have been talking .

The third Right View is to practice the principle of Non-ego.

This is very important. We must absolutely grasp it so that we will not get lost. Usually, people have ego and will cling to their ego. Due to clinging to egos, we have greed, anger, and ignorance. We are easily angry, jealous, selfish and annoyed.

Our minds contain so much evil thoughts. Ego is only a kind of illusion which is too strong that we wrongly believe it exists. For example, when a person holds a torch and spins it too fast, people see a ring of fire.

Actually, it’s not a ring of fire, it’s only a torch. Like that, we have no ego, but only our series of thinkings go very fast, just in a second, we have so much thinking going around in our heads. This happening is so fast that we feel our egos exist. We suppose our egos to be different from that of others and we create distance from people. We need to practice meditation to release ourselves from the illusion of the existing ego.

Meditation can help us be aware that we have no ego.It’s necessary that our Buddhists should know about Indian hermits who also practice meditation and get very deep concentration. After their minds get completely peaceful and brightly flared, then they call that state true ego, deity ego or sainted ego. And their practice is stop right in that state. They don’t need to practice further.

As are sult their egoes are still in their minds. Whereas, our Buddha overcome all those egoes to become the Samyaksam Buddha, The Perfect Universal Wisdom.

When the Buddha came to practice with three heterodox masters, He got Relization very quick, since He had accumulated his merits for countless lives, and His wisdom and karma was to be the Buddha. One day, He asked His masters, “Dear Master,if one person gets Enlightenment, then he still has his ego or not? If he still keeps his ego,then he is not completely enlightened. If he has no longer ego, then how can he be assured by himself?”

His difficult question never had an answer from the three masters. So, He left. Our Buddha went to find a way to end existing ego and get Enlightenment. He had practiced an austere way for six years and got nothing to destroy existing ego. He turned back to practice meditation and went into deep concetration in 49 days and got Buddha-hood. To become the Buddha, He overcame the true ego of heterodox masters.There are three periods of practice.

*First, vulgar ego still exists.
*Second, we get thehigh level of practice, our minds get more peaceful, and “true” ego is risen. At that time,ego still exists.
*Third, we are assured to be Arahant, our egoes can be destoyed entirely,then we attain absolute Non-ego.

When practicing, we need to follow the Buddha’s way that is to attain Non-ego.

The pinnacle of practice of Non-ego is Right View. This is the important aim to which our practice must be determinedly directed. No matter how much peaceful our minds get and how much our practices are assured, we always caution that our egoes still exist deep in our minds. For instance, hermits practice meditation and get deep concentration, their minds completely get peaceful, but their egoes still exist in their mind because they only keep practicing right in their peaceful minds. On the contrary, our practitioners must practice meditation until our egoes are completely defeated, and we attain Non-ego.


Authorized by Thích Chân Quang

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