UNDOING HABITUAL PATTERNS

“In order to overcome ego, we have to undo our habitual patterns, which we have been developing for thousands of years, thousands of eons, up to this point. Such habitual patterns may not have any realistic ground, but nonetheless, we have been accustomed to doing dirty work, so to speak. We are used to our habitual patterns and neuroses at this point. We have been used to them for such a long time that we end up believing they are the real thing. In order to overcome that, to begin with, we have to see our egolessness: seeing the egolessness of oneself and the egolessness of other, and how we can actually overcome our anxiety and pain, which in Buddhist terms is known as freedom, liberation, freedom from anxiety. That is precisely what nirvana means — relief.”

  — Chogyam Trungpa (1939 – 1987), from “The Sanity We Are Born With: A Buddhist Approach to Psychology