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Ego seems to be the root behind every suffering of mine. My ego seems to be big and deep. I meditate an hour a day and come to sesshins when possible. Please advice what else do I have to do to remove ego with all of its roots?

Why do you want to get rid of your ego? It is something that never will disappear. Zazen is not for getting rid of the ego, yet we learn the wisdom with which we can use this ego. If we do not have an ego, we cannot work in society for others. If you try to fight your ego, there is no end to this. Whenever you stop and think, that is ego. If you do not think, then the ego is no obstruction. We sit zazen and practice becoming one with our sussokan. Then with time, while the ego exists, it is no obstruction anymore and you can use your ego in a bright way.

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