(Lecture given by master Sheng-yen on May 9, 1993, edited by Douglas Sipp.) Egotism, as rendered in Chinese, means concern about oneself. It is not simply selfishness. In fact, in Buddhism a certain amount of egotism is necessary, for only by taking care of themselves will people be able to care for others. When we talk about taking care of the self, we must first ask, “What is the self?” If you do not know what the self is, how can you take care of it?more