The Psychology of Ego: A Buddhist Map to Freedom

ClearLight Meditation Institute


The Psychology of Ego: A Buddhist Map to Freedom

A 10 Week Course for experienced meditators

With Scott McBride
Monday Evenings
January 14 – March 18
7:00 PM-9:00 PM
At: Valley Friends Meeting House, 1121 Old Eagle School Rd, Wayne, PA

Freeing ourselves from the cycle of ego suffering is a matter of seeing through the deceptions of our own internal psycho-physical habits, conditioned thought patterns, self-limiting beliefs, fears, and projections. We mistakenly take these habits to be who we are, and the result is a continuous cycle of frustration, dissatisfaction, and suffering. By practicing witnessing these habits of mind with self-compassion instead of judgment, relaxing our identification with them, it’s possible to discover the  refreshing sense of space, relief, and well-being that are hallmarks our most essential nature.

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In this course we’ll explore in a modern, practical, and experiential way, the colorful Buddhist psychology of ego, the false sense of self which is the cause of so much of our suffering.  We’ll use traditional teachings as a map that we can use to navigate the realms of ego territory and find our way out of its confusion.  Teachings will explore so-called positive and negative mental processes, ‘poisons’ and antidotes, psychological ‘realms’, and the constituents of ego itself. This course is a deep dive into our own psyches and finding our own inner resources to grow into new positive ways of being and relating.

Pre-requisites: This course builds on previously acquired skills and knowledge. It assumes experience in contemplative insight meditation and completion of at least 2 courses at the Committed Level (or equivalents). Students must have experience with the R.A.I.N. meditative technique for inner work on emotions and beliefs. Completion of the courses Radical Self-Acceptance or Freedom from Unconscious Beliefs is strongly recommended.

Registration Options

  • On-site Classroom - $249

    Early bird discount of $20 if registered by January 7.

  • Course Plus Retreat Package - $349

    This special price includes “Relaxing the Grip of Ego” and is only available when signing up for the course. Early bird discount of $30 if registered by January 7.

  • Recordings Only - $125

    For those who are unable to attend our onsite class, ClearLight offers an Internet only option. Under this option, the weekly audio recordings from each class are made available each week via our website. Requires computer and internet access.

  • Recordings + Retreat Package - $225

    This special price includes the recordings from the 10-week course plus the “Relaxing the Grip of Ego” Retreat. Click here to read about the retreat.

To ensure no one is turned away for lack of funds, ClearLight offers partial scholarships. To inquire, please contact us.


A link to the audio recordings for this course will be emailed to all registered participants during the first week of the course.

You guys are serious and laid back at the same time which I really like. I feel that you have acquired real wisdom and experience in the areas that you teach, but I love how you really do “meet people where they are”.Past Course Participant
Walking the path under the guidance of Scott and Nancy has transformed my life. I now live it from a place of love, joy, compassion, and peace. When inevitable turmoil happens, it’s transient and I can move through it. I’m no longer whip-sawed around. Each day feels enveloped in gratitude and I feel held by a loving presence.N. C., Physical Therapist
The talks on loving kindness were a beautiful blend of wisdom, love, science addressing the challenge of our common reality.D. L., Past course participant