Episode 42: Ego
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The ego can be big or small, solid or permeable. Is the "ego" the "self," and when is ours too big?

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Michael W. Taft
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587. Sebene Selassie
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1 hr 37 min
Guru Viking Podcast
Guru Viking Podcast
Guru Viking
Ep83: Is There Magic In The Dharma? - Daniel Ingram and Dhammarato
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For more interviews, videos, and more visit: - www.guruviking.com Music ‘Deva Dasi’ by Steve James
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