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Excess pride is one of the “six poisons” in Buddhism — as it feeds ego and our false sense of self:

“If we see pride among people who have no idea about Dharma, it is understandable. However, if afflictive emotions and haughtiness are present among Dharma practitioners, it is great disgrace to practice.” His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Excessive Pride is one of the “six poisons” in Buddhism. One of the main suttas focusing on pride is the Ambattha Sutta: Pride of Birth and It’s Fall. (The full English translation with notes are in the last section.)

It is “Mana” in Sanskrit or Pali and “Nga Rgyal” in Tibetan. BUT — and here’s the important distinction — Buddhism encourages confidence and honesty with oneself. So, pride is only a pride in this context when it is the basis for demeaning others (they’re not as good as me, for example), which can be the basis not only for clinging and attachment, but also aversion (i.e. I won’t associate with someone not as good as I.)



The full prostration is sometimes difficult to accept for western Buddhists. It is a sign of respect for Buddha, Dharma, Sangha and Guru, and also a remedy for pride.


Pride is called a “poison” because it is the basis for disrespecting others and for creating suffering in our lives.

It’s defined as an “exaggerated positive evaluation of self” — generally we don’t call it a “poison” unless it is the basis of “devaluing another person.” In other words, if you’re equally proud of all beings or all people around you, in theory, it’s not an issue. (In reality, it’s obviously an issue).

So, for example, I can be “proud” of being Buddhist and that is “affirming” and useful but NOT if it means I will then disrespect or demean in any way someone from another spiritual path.

From sutta:

“If one regards himself superior or equal or inferior by reason of the body that is impermanent, painful and subject to change, what else is it than not seeing reality? Or if one regards himself superior or equal or inferior by reason of feelings, perceptions, volitions or consciousness, what else is it than not seeing reality? If one does not regard himself superior or equal or inferior by reason of the body, the feelings, perceptions, volitions or consciousness what else is it than seeing reality?” — SN 22.49

Excessive pride is really attachment — in this case attachment to our-self. Since it’s a “poison” we metaphorically also talk about “cures.”


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By: Josephine Nolan
Title: Why is pride a poison — and overcoming ego with Ratnasmbhava practice and metta. With full Ambattha Sutta “Pride of Birth and its Fall.”
Sourced From: buddhaweekly.com/pride-poison-can-pride-accomplishment-considered-good-thing-full-ambattha-sutta-pride-birth-fall/
Published Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2020 03:20:24 +0000

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