Please join me for a book signing for “The Heart of Zen: Enlightenment, Emotional Maturity, and What It Really Takes for Spiritual Liberation”
Zen Master Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi and me will be doing a reading, answering questions, and having some fun.
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This is an excerpt from Chapter 3 of my just-released 4th book, The Heart of Zen.
Question: Does anyone ever completely overcome the ego? The Buddha did, right?
Jun Po: The ego insists on its view. It does not want to change; it will not be successfully bullied, overpowered, or fought. Who, exactly, will overpower your ego, anyway?
Keith Martin-Smith: That’s what Zen masters are for.
JP: (laughs) Come here! (pretends to hit me) So many of us realize our egos are, pardon my French, full of shit. Yet we try to use the ego to overcome the ego. (shakes head). What a pity. It will never work; it can never work.