Ego Vs. Egotism

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“…having a strong ego is not the same thing as having an egotistical ego. You must have confidence in yourself. You must find your real ego and at the same time let go of your ego. If you continue zazen your true ego will become strong and you will find your own self. You are not interchangeable with another body. You are not composed solely of organs and hair. You have your own originality. But to find it you must abandon your ego, abandon everything so that only the true ego remains. Each person has a karma, transports mud and dust. But when all that is cleared away you can find your true originality.” -Deshimaru

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