Subhuti, what do you think? Let no one say the Tathagata cherishes the idea: I must liberate all living beings. Allow nosuch thought, Subhuti. Wherefore? Because in reality there are no living beings to be liberated by the Tathagata. If there were living beings for the Tathagata to liberate, He would partake in the idea of selfhood, personality entity, and separate individuality.



Subhuti, though the common people accept egoity as real, the Tathagata declares that ego is not different from non-ego.Subhuti, those whom the Tathagata referred to as “common people” are not really common people; such is merely a name.

— The Diamond Sutra - The Illusion of Ego
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