Ego Talks

In psychoanalytic theory, the id, ego and super-ego are three distinct, interacting agents in the psychic apparatus, defined in Sigmund Freud's structural model of the psyche. The three agents are theoretical constructs that Freud employed to describe the basic structure of mental life as it was encountered in psychoanalytic practice. Freud himself used the German terms das Es, Ich, and Über-Ich, which literally translate as "the it", "I", and "over-I". The Latin terms id, ego and super-ego were chosen by his original translators and have remained in use.

In the ego psychology model of the psyche, the id is the set of uncoordinated instinctual desires; the super-ego plays the critical and moralizing role; and the ego is the organized, realistic agent that mediates between the instinctual desires of the id and the critical super-ego; Freud compared the ego (in its relation to the id) to a man on horseback: the rider must harness and direct the superior energy of his mount, and at times allow for a practicable satisfaction of its urges. The ego is thus "in the habit of transforming the id's will into action, as if it were its own."

Freud introduced the structural model (id, ego, super-ego) in the essay Beyond the Pleasure Principle (1920) in response to the unstructured ambiguity and conflicting uses of the term "the unconscious mind". He elaborated, refined, and formalised that model in the essay The Ego and the Id (1923).

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Bodhidharma, Teacher-and-Student, Dharma Transmission, Subject-and-Object, Ego,...
Aug 01 2012


Ego, Gratitude, Dragons, Vows, Passions
Jul 31 2012


Emotions, Birth-and-Death, Enemies, Funeral, Silence, Ego, confusion, Describe,...
Aug 08 2010


Precepts, Meditation, training, Sangha, Monastic Practice, Vows, Mindfulness, Samadhi...
Aug 07 2010


Birth-and-Death, Intimacy, Echo, Demons, Patience, Samsara, Religion, training,...
Aug 07 2010


Dependent Origination, Zendo, Teacher-and-Student, Ego, Happiness, Demons, Observe,...
Jan 20 2008

Being Uncomfortable

Serial: SF-01092

Sunday Lecture: What do we do when we become uncomfortable?; comfort - in body, mind, relationships - are focus of our consumerism; suffering = constant need to be fed;...

Tassajara, Practice Period, Silence, Zendo, Suzuki Roshi, Zazen, Religion, Humility,...
Mar 25 2007
Green Gulch

Birth Death

Birth-and-Death, Practice Period, Death-and-Dying, Suzuki Roshi, Ego, Don't Know...
May 13 2006


Gratitude, causation, Dependent Origination, Culture, Politics, Religion, Ego,...
Jan 29 2006

Alive or Dead?

Serial: SF-01147

Sunday Lecture: Koan: "Alive or Dead" (Daowu's condolence call); mind fleas; confession; too busy; leap or die when at an impasse; story of Buddha and king - what else can I do...

Teacher-and-Student, Anger, Don't Know Mind, Birth-and-Death, Practice Period,...
Jan 29 2006
Green Gulch


Buddha Nature, Sixth Patriarch, Ego, confusion, Dependent Origination, Passions,...
Nov 07 2005

Zendo Lecture

Serial: SF-01001

Tanto talk

Anger, Ego, Passions, Four Noble Truths, Fox, Emotions, Four Foundations, Hate,...
Oct 23 2005

Zendo Lecture

Precepts, Suzuki Roshi, Observe, Teacher-and-Student, Non-duality, Ego, training,...
Sep 01 2005

Zendo Lecture

Suzuki Roshi, Tassajara, Big Mind, Diversity, Bowing, Ego, Discrimination, Hate,...
Jun 10 2005

On Dharma Transmission

Serial: SF-03486

Zendo Lecture - duplicate

Dharma Transmission, Transmission, Ceremony, Practice Period, Concentration, Priest,...
May 02 2005

On Dharma Transmission

Serial: SF-03544

Zendo Lecture - duplicate

Dharma Transmission, Transmission, Ceremony, Practice Period, Concentration, Priest,...
May 02 2005


Serial: SF-03499

Sesshin 3 Day 4 Teacher-student relationship

Precepts, Observe, Ego, Teacher-and-Student, Absolute-and-Relative, Big Mind,...
Mar 26 2005

Way-Seeking Mind

Serial: SF-03570

Mel the Mini-Series Part 1

Suzuki Roshi, Ego, Hate, Greed, Posture, Zendo, training
Mar 08 2005

Hokyo Zammai Class

Ego, Discrimination, Birth-and-Death, Five Ranks, Karma, Delusion, Continuous, Non-...
Mar 06 2005

Hokyo Zammai Class

Five Ranks, Transmission, Teacher-and-Student, Platform Sutra, Letting Go, Ego,...
Mar 02 2005

Hokyo Zammai Class

Five Ranks, Platform Sutra, Discrimination, Ego, Ordinary Mind, Hindrances, Letting...
Feb 28 2005

Sesshin Lecture

Serial: SF-03503

Sesshin 2 Day 7

Attachment, Non-attachment, Four Noble Truths, Emotions, Freedom, Composure, Dream...
Feb 26 2005

Big Mind

Serial: SF-03504

Sesshin 2 Day 2

Monkey Mind, Big Mind, Concentration, Suzuki Roshi, Equanimity, stubbornness, Faith,...
Feb 21 2005

Zendo Lecture

Ego, Buddha Nature, Hate, Precious Mirror, Faith, Instruction, Zoom, Delusion,...
Feb 02 2005

Hokyo Zammai Class

Subject-and-Object, Ordinary Mind, Discrimination, Ego, Intuition, Attachment,...
Jan 23 2005

Hokyo Zammai Class

Precious Mirror, Ego, Offering, Oneness, confusion, Ordinary Mind, Suzuki Roshi, Big...
Jan 20 2005


Serial: SF-01096

Sunday Lecture: status games in conversation, hard-wired, power, humor, reversal of status, Marx Bros, Don Rickles, court fools, Dr Zhivago, improv. changing of roles, status...

Ego, Practice Period, Bell, Blue Cliff Record, Half-Smile, Mill Valley, Monastic...
Dec 26 2004
Green Gulch

Buddha Nature and the Ugly Duckling

Serial: SF-00056

Zendo lecture; feeling of not fitting in and not belonging that sends us towards spiritual practice.

Lotus Sutra, Buddha Nature, Ego, Delusion, training, Precepts, stubbornness, Posture...
Nov 06 2004

Zendo Lecture

Lotus Sutra, Buddha Nature, Ego, Delusion, training, Light-and-Darkness, Passions,...
Nov 06 2004

September 8th, 2004, Serial No. 01109

Blue Cliff Record, Delusion, Commitment, Sangha, Patience, Forgiveness, Teacher-and-...
Sep 08 2004
City Center

May 30th, 2004, Serial No. 01043

Passions, Ceremony, Ego, Intuition, Zazen, Buddha Nature, Skandas, Delusion,...
May 30 2004

April 18th, 2004, Serial No. 01045

Passions, Buddha Nature, Four Noble Truths, Addiction, Suzuki Roshi, Ego, Zazen,...
Apr 18 2004


Serial: SF-00156

Wednesday talk.
Ecopsychology; desires, needs, narcissism; nurturing through zazen.

Karma, Buddha Nature, Practice Period, Echo, Ceremony, Buddha Ancestors, Ego,...
Nov 19 2003

Sesshin Lecture

Four Noble Truths, Priest, Ordinary Mind, Intimacy, Hate, Delusion, Practice Period,...
Oct 26 2003

Man Alive Violence Prevention

Serial: SF-01061

Wendy Johnson and Martha de Barros invited guest speakers from the Man Alive program to talk about violence prevention and specifically the role of meditation in this.

training, Addiction, Conversation, Peace, Enthusiasm, Dragons, Politics, Observe, Ego...
Sep 16 2003
Green Gulch

Zendo Lecture

Bodhidharma, Ego, Repentance, Zazen, Hate, Practice Period, Faith, Karma, Delusion,...
Mar 11 2003

April 20th, 2002, Serial No. 03948

Four Noble Truths, Emotions, Letting Go, Right Effort, Right Speech, Separation, Ego...
Apr 20 2002
City Center


Commitment, Intimacy, Absolute-and-Relative, Impermanence, Monastic Practice,...
Jan 11 2002
City Center

December 8th, 2001, Serial No. 03938

Ego, Hindrances, Don't Know Mind, Daily Life, Zazen, Vows, Doubt, Emptiness,...
Dec 08 2001
City Center

Sunday Lecture

Enthusiasm, Religion, Priest, Emptiness, Nirvana, Observe, Ego, Posture, Bell,...
Mar 18 2001
Green Gulch

March 13th, 2001, Serial No. 02745

training, Ego, Vows, Lay
Mar 13 2001

Rilke's 8th Duino Elegy

Serial: SF-03128

One-day Sitting: This tape belongs to the Everyday Zen Foundation Tape Club

Freedom, Dream World, Zendo, Birth-and-Death, Letting Go, Ego, Faith, Intimacy,...
Mar 10 2001
Walker Creek Ranch

Tenzo Kyokun Class

Emptiness, Dragons, Intimacy, Dharma Transmission, Zazen, Hindrances, Impermanence,...
Nov 21 2000
Green Gulch

Surangama Sutra Class

Birth-and-Death, Bell, Light-and-Darkness, Nirvana, Ego, Skandas, Echo, confusion,...
Sep 25 2000

September 23rd, 2000, Serial No. 02734

confusion, Four Noble Truths, Interdependence, Renunciation, Buddha Ancestors,...
Sep 23 2000

Women Ancestors

Monastic Practice, Ego, Chanting, Lineage, Letting Go, Conversation, Ceremony, Echo,...
May 13 2000

April 26th, 2000, Serial No. 03919

Right Speech, Precepts, Monastic Practice, Priest, Vows, Separation, Ego, Silence,...
Apr 26 2000
City Center

January Practice Period Class

Emptiness, Four Noble Truths, Dependent Origination, Blue Cliff Record, Posture, Two...
Jan 15 2000
Green Gulch

Sunday Lecture

Right Speech, Silence, Emptiness, Lotus Sutra, Letting Go, Conversation, Bowing, Ego...
Jun 06 1999
Green Gulch


Serial: SF-04022

Wednesday Lecture: George Lucas/Star Wars

Separation, Greed, Gratitude, Lineage, Delusion, Evil, Hate, Doubt, Ceremony, Ego...
Apr 21 1999
City Center