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Sunday, August 5, 2007

What is the physical ego?

Dear Master Nishijima,

You have said, that there is a physical and an mental ego,

Q1.) Can you describe the physical ego a bit deeper. How does it come into existence, can you give examples? What is the difference to the mental ego?

Q2.) Is for example the concentrating on the breath helping to create the physical ego, or the mental ego, and therfore is it better not to concentrate on the breath?

Q3.) Do the 5 Skhandas help to describe the physical ego?

Q4.) Is the theory of the 5 Skhandas similar to the Twelvefold Chain of Codependent origination?

Q5.) Do you prefer one theory of the above more as the other?

Thank you very much!

Best wishes,


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