Arrogance and low self-esteem: flip sides of the same coin

  If we’re accused of being arrogant, it’s not very comfortable, is it? “No!” we think. “I don’t have pride. I have low self-esteem.”   We all have low self-esteem. In fact, His Holiness the Dalai Lama when he heard about the extent of low self-esteem in our...

Pride and low self-esteem are flip sides of the same coin

I think we all experience low self-esteem, but if someone accuses us of being proud or arrogant, we’d find it hard to acknowledge. Actually, they’re intimately connected. With both low self-esteem and pride we hunger for praise, for affirmation from others, and suffer...

What is love?

The English word “love” is used to convey so many different emotions that it’s amazing that we can communicate with each other! We can love chocolate cake, our dog, our mother, our new shoes, God, or our boyfriend. So, what’s the difference? According to the Buddhist...
Postcard 14 from Robina: Brisbane, Monday September 26, 2011

Postcard 14 from Robina: Brisbane, Monday September 26, 2011

Three weeks in Australia already, the sounds and smells and look of the sky all so familiar: they must have left a deep impression since childhood, even though I didn’t pay attention to such things then. Adelaide first: 10 days there at the invitation of Buddha...