In questioning the ‘I’, ego, self-image,
or any other label we associate with ourselves,
we can track the roots of dissatisfaction to their source.

If we knew that such questioning would give us
the opportunity to rid ourselves
of all the lingering unpleasantness of life,
we would certainly begin at once.

Or would we?

Since the notion of ‘I’ is so intimately identified
with our total being,
examining it closely may make us feel threatened.

Questioning the ‘I’
is like questioning our own identity –
as if we began to suspect that
all our life until now had been a dream
from which we were about to waken.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Knowledge of Freedom

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