The I in Buddhist terms
refers to his wanting to rid self of the five “skandhas” (aggregates based on
sensation/feeling; perception/conception; mental habits (thoughts, projections,
prejudices, compulsions, etc.); discernment/consciousness.
It isn’t likely that Buddha,
educated as he was of royal heritage, would have been connected to the
Latin/German term ego, which in psychoanalytic thought is not consonant with
self (their etymological roots are quite different). Read more »