'conceit', pride, is one of the 10 fetters binding
to existence (s. samyojana). It vanishes completely only at the entrance
to Arahatship, or Holiness (cf. asmi-māna). It is further one of the
proclivities (s. anusaya) and defilements (s.
The (equality-) conceit (māna), the
inferiority-conceit (omāna) and the superiority-conceit (atimāna):
this threefold conceit should be overcome. For, after overcoming this threefold
conceit, the monk, through the full penetration of conceit, is said to have put
an end suffering" (A. VI, 49).
"Those ascetics and brahman priests who, relying on this
impermanent, miserable and transitory nature of materiality, feelings,
perceptions, mental constructions and consciousness, fancy: 'Better am I', or
'Equal am I', or 'Worse am I', all these imagine thus through not understanding
reality" (S. XXII, 49).
In reality no ego-entity is to be found. Cf. anattā.