A. What do you think the ‘I’ is when you say ‘I’? Your problem is not ‘I’ itself but your misunderstanding of your ‘I’. You mistake the bundle of illusions of ‘I’ created by your imagination for the real ‘I’, which causes you to be attached to it and go through fire and water for the sake of it.
Things, however, don’t go as you please; your ‘I’ gets sick, ages and comes to an end after all, no matter what you may try in order to preserve it, which makes you upset. Buddhism refers to your misunderstanding of ‘I’ as ignorance, your attachment to it as greed and being upset as anger, saying that they are three poisons that make people fall into suffering. The essence of Buddhism is to realise what your ‘I’ is, which is enlightenment.
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