Becoming stuck in a quagmire of self-obsession ~ 17th Karmapa

In Buddhism we say that each person must become his or her own protector. Learning to do this is extremely important. It is the basis for us to be able to extend care and protection to others. This second step is even more important. If our learning to protect ourselves does not contribute to our being able to care for others, we all too easily become stuck in a quagmire of self-obsession. Much of the time, this is what happens: we take our care and cherishing of ourselves too far and arrive at outright self-absorption.

17th Karmapa

from the book Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society

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