The self-image is like a mirage; it promises us nourishment, but when a problem arises that demands the strength of a clear and self-confident mind, the self-image has nothing to offer; it fails to sustain us when we most need support. Because the self-image is based on how we wish we were, on what we fear we are, or how we would like the world to see us, it prevents us from seeing ourselves clearly. We fail to recognize both our true strengths and many of our faults.
―Tarthang Tulku, Skillful Means, Dharma Publishing; Revised edition (January 1, 1978)
Photograph: Jody Art, Up, Thailand, 2009 from Flickr.