tribeofone wrote:interesting what people say about Buddhism - I couldn't quite understand how a path that demands relinquishing the ego could be so appealing to people who, um, cherish theirs quite a bit (assuming there is a difference between ego and self). But yeah, I guess the removal of desire and fear (striving) makes sense.
Doesn't Buddhism require some kind of empathy though, in the sense that it also requires not to hurt others? I read something a while ago about Buddhist monks who sweep the ground before them wherever they go because they do not want to squash a single bug - how does that sit with Narcissism? Is it a selfish investment in your own Karma?
The karma bits are much more belief oriented, and thus religious. Zen Buddhism is just about perspective. It is a perspective which tries to reduce the suffering caused by the ego. If YOU don't really exist, then YOU can't suffer. Things just happen, you just happen, nothing means anything, it's all just a story.
It's boils down to this: if something is bothering you, stop giving a crap about it. A Narc can easily do something similar to reduce his suffering. For example: My gf is crazy. I just told her that she is the love of my life, but now she is annoying me. I'll just stop giving a crap about her. Problem solved.
Not giving a crap really is the ultimate problem solver. Although for me it also leads the way to existential angst where life is meaningless, so just stop getting out of bed.