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The disadvantages of self-centeredness

The disadvantages of self-centeredness

Part of a series of teachings on Essence of Refined Gold by the Third Dalai Lama, Gyalwa Sonam Gyatso. The text is a commentary on Songs of Experience by Lama Tsongkhapa.

  • Seeing the disadvantages of self-centeredness
  • The self-centered mind as the cause of unhappiness
  • Working with the self-centered mind
  • The self-centered mind depends on causes and conditions: it is based on false conceptions
  • It is not a permanent, solid thing and can be eliminated

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