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Rejecting the Illusion of Egotism

Karen C. Lang

in Four Illusions

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780195151138
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199870448 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195151135.003.0009
 Rejecting the Illusion of Egotism

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Repudiates the mistaken apprehension of impermanent phenomena as being a permanent self and criticizes the selfish and egotistic behavior exemplified by a king and undermines the king's false pride in royal role and his royal lineage. Candrakiriti, in a lengthy criticism of the artificially created distinctions of the caste system, quotes the Buddhist myth of the origins of the royalclass, which explains class distinctions as job descriptions. He urges the king to repudiate harsh punishments and the exercise of war and engage instead, in meritorious actions by sharing his wealth generously and by treating all people with compassion.

Keywords: caste; egotism; false pride; illusion of self; meritorious action; royal class; selfishness

Chapter.  9108 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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