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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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What is the Buddhist view in Socratic questioning?

This meta-topic mentioned the Pañha Sutta, which includes, There are these four ways of answering questions. Which four? There are questions that should be answered categorically [straightforwardly ...
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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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Boundaries and Buddhism

The Pali Canon position (e.g. Sedaka Sutta) is that : [Correctly] Looking after oneself, one [implicitly] looks after others. [Correctly] Looking after others, one [implicitly] looks after ...
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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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Processing of Emotions

Correct, emotions are complex psychosomatic events, of which vedana is but a small component. For the purposes of liberation, Buddhism differentiates between emotions in their affecting or ...
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What is the Buddhist view in Socratic questioning?

Yes, this is pretty much the way Buddha has led all his conversations with individual students when he was not preaching to groups. In Pali Canon there are many examples of dialogs following same ...
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What allows to make a choice

When a person has a choice between Path A or B, on what basis would that person make that decision, for it to be the right one? For that one has to have a very good knowledge of the True Dhamma. How ...
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Awakened Great Zen Master Seung Sahn - is it possible he lost the state of Nibbana?

Perhaps different buddhist traditions lead to different state of nibbana Even within one tradition there are different stages or degrees of enlightenment -- see for example Four stages of ...
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Modern Narcissism and Buddhism

There's a passage from the daodejing that I always find appropriate on questions like this. It goes, roughly: When one man hears of the dao, he sets out to embrace it. When another hears of the dao, ...
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Which Buddhists denominations agree with the difference between pain and suffering as in many DBT texts? Which disagree?

Generally speaking, "Buddhism is like Christianity" - in the sense that it has many different schools and sects that have their own practices and disagree on interpretations. However, when it comes ...
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What allows to make a choice

What is it that allows to make choices? It's a complex combination of various variables, nature vs. nurture, old habit energy, one's own effort and energy, etc. That's why the 4-pronged approach of ...
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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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If the self is scientifically measured, what is the Buddhist view on this?

We are fortunate to live in a time where science had made impressive progress and has confirmed many aspects of the Buddha’s world view, but to think and believe that the only way to confirm what the ...
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Is there a kind of "pop Buddhism"?

I don't know what "pop Buddhism" means exactly but I guess yes -- I suppose I could assign one or more of the following definitions to the phrase. "Pop Buddhism" is: Any reference to Buddhism that ...
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Boundaries and Buddhism

In the essay "Metta Means Goodwill", Thanissaro Bhikkhu wrote, that while we should have loving kindness and compassion, it is important that beings are able to look after themselves, and that is in ...
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How buddhists see/deal with Gaslighting?

Here's an answer without claiming it's extraordinarily Buddhist. Buddhism might recommend you be resistant to (or perhaps transparent to) blame and censure. From two traditions: Lokavipatti Sutta (...
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Is the goal of mindfulness to develop ultimate dissociation?

In Iti 109 (quoted below), the Buddha indeed taught man to swim against his nature to become free from suffering. Renunciation (nekkhamma - subject to the middle way) is against the flow i.e. it's not ...
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Is the goal of mindfulness to develop ultimate dissociation?

Sridhar, unfortunately there are Buddhists who seek a dissociative state. It's unfortunate that this happens often enough though, and some teachers do teach it. As a meditation teacher myself, I don't ...
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Is the goal of mindfulness to develop ultimate dissociation?

mindfulness meditation is primarily about detachment/ dissociation from life Mindfulness one should observe in a detached manner without attachment to the pleasant or aversion to the unpleasant, also ...
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How to deal with nagging people?

To me it doesn't sound polite or kind to "deal with" family like you "deal with" a nuisance or a chore. Your description of the problem sounds "conceited" as described ...
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Sallatha Sutta and modern psychology

I think they're related but not identical. I think the Sallatha Sutta can be paraphrased along the lines of, "physical sensations lead to feelings (I feel that I like this, or that I don't like ...
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What is Enlightenment, according to Robert Wright?

I took this course and my feeling is that Robert Wright is more into about asking questions rather than giving answers. At most he would give you potential answers, but it's up to you to decide for ...
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