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self-transcendence

Syllabification: self-tran·scend·ence

Definition of self-transcendence in English:

noun

The overcoming of the limits of the individual self and its desires in spiritual contemplation and realization.
Example sentences
  • Clearly, doing this kind of spiritual healing work demands a high level of self-transcendence as well as a knack for not taking life too personally!
  • These early personae can only tremble at the thought of such ‘daring,’ and their attraction to passive suffering results not from a desire for self-transcendence but from a yearning for their own dissolution.
  • It is not uncommon, for instance, to find that the driving force behind some charitable endeavors is ego and selfishness, though part of the giver's identity yearns for self-transcendence, selflessness and altruism.

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