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In the realm of feelings and emotions how do I distinguish my ego cravings or karmic influences which appear so real from the true man?

Looking at it from the point of Zen, the ego and karma both are just apparitions on the surface of the mind, yet have no reality to them. The true mind is like a mirror, only reflecting without any substance in it. If you simply do not add energy to that which appears - ego, karma - then eventually it will subside. If you believe the phenomena to be real, then you create your own confusion. Please practice zazen and purify your mind, so that you can realize this for yourself.

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