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Is low self-esteem a Western phenomenon?

I recall around 20 years ago an Australian university psychology professor wrote a local newspaper article about what he regarded as superior self-esteem in Thai children. I have lived in traditional (...
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Is low self-esteem a Western phenomenon?

1- You are right. The first stage is meant to be (if not easy) at least easier than the others. It is why it is the first, because it is supposed to be what we can do from where we are. 3- It is true....
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Is low self-esteem a Western phenomenon?

I suppose the key point here is that, from Buddhist perspective, low self-esteem is considered high self-esteem in disguise -- I've heard numerous gurus' statement's to that regard. If you look up ...
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Is low self-esteem a Western phenomenon?

There are some excellent answers already, so this is only in addition. Excessive individuality automatically produces self esteem issues. Modern Western culture largely prevalent everywhere today is ...
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Why can't the Dalai Lama be a vegetarian?

According to this article, Is the Dalai Lama a vegetarian? on a web site named "Reasonable Vegan", When the Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959 he took residence in India, the birthplace of the ...
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Is HH Dalai Lama conceited?

Its often best to avoid comparing Theravada to Mahayana. For example, in Theravada there is no notion of 'bodhisattva enlightenment'. In Theravada, the word 'bodhisattva' is never used, apart from ...
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Beliefs about the 14th Dalai Lama

The institution of the Dalai Lama, as an emanation of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara, is officially recognized only by Tibetan Buddhism. The concept of tulku where teachers like the Dalai Lama, ...
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Why can't the Dalai Lama be a vegetarian?

Interview with HHDL on July 4, 2010 by New Delhi TV, in which His holiness answers the vegetarian question: Then about taking meat, there are some contradictions but in vinaya no prohibition in ...
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Is low self-esteem a Western phenomenon?

Apparently, the Dalai Lama's original encounter with the concept of low self-esteem occurred at a psychology conference that he attended as related by Sharon Salzberg: “What do you think about self-...
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Is low self-esteem a Western phenomenon?

My answer as a non westerner is: No, low self esteem and insecurity can affect people of all cultures and races throughout history. In fact in Buddhism, the Asuras are gods who despite being quite ...
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Where does the Dalai Lama say '... be a better whatever you already are'?

I think I found a reference to the source and it sounds more accurate. This is from Amazing Grace by Kathleen Norris -- it is relating an Inter-Faith dialog some years before the writing of her book ...
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Can there be another Dalai Lama?

Dedi, The Panchen Lama is supposed to facilitate the recognition of the Dalai Lama. However, depending on his devotion and his powers, the Dalai Lama himself can state the place and time of his ...
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Tibetan Buddhism:Recieving inititation in India/Tibet

I think you should search for vajrayana buddhist temple Vajrayana Buddhism is one of the most important and most followed Buddhist tradition in the present states of Buddhism in the whole world. ...
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Does the Dalai Lama have bodyguards?

The direct answer (“Yes”) has already been provided, with enough references bh @Lanka’s excellent answer. But I would like to add a perspective: The Dalai Lama (for centuries) has been the political ...
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Does the Dalai Lama have bodyguards?

In DN16, the Buddha praised the protection of Arahats. While the Dalai Lama may not be a Arahat, still the protection of saintly people is implied here. "What have you heard, Ananda: do the Vajjis ...
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Where does the Dalai Lama say '... be a better whatever you already are'?

Apparently it is from some talks from decades ago. In many talks to secular audience His Holiness address the issue of compassion. You can improve your compassion through meditation and lower you ...
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Can there be another Dalai Lama?

Because of the Panchen Lama situation, the Dalai Lama has said that he would not be reborn in territory controlled by China and may choose to not be reborn in this world at all. He said that the ...
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Why can't the Dalai Lama be a vegetarian?

It could be that he understands the use of food (Puttamansa Sutta: Eines Sohnes Fleisch), and that there is nothing wrong in eating meet,ss long an animals is not seen, heard or assumes to have been ...
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Why can't the Dalai Lama be a vegetarian?

Why should he? Buddhists in Mongolia eat meat, given that scarcity of other foods than horses milk products. I've seen one break a sheeps neck by cutting the upper part of its neck and then breaking ...
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Why can't the Dalai Lama be a vegetarian?

There are conditions which prevent the body from absorbing vital nutrients from plant sources. One is pernicious anemia, which is likely a condition he has, or something similar. You can understand ...
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Is low self-esteem a Western phenomenon?

I'm not sure this answer is on-topic but I guess that "self-esteem" might be an ambiguous word or difficult to translate. For example I think that "thinking that I'm important" or "having self-love" ...
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Can a being be reborn into more that one body in Tibetan Buddhism?

There most definitely are reincarnations of specific beings in Buddhism. HH the Dalai Lama may have the emanation qualities of the Buddhist Avaloketeshvara, who was one of the disciples of Shakyamuni ...
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