One of the key views of Buddhism is the view of no-self. Often for beginners, understanding this difficult topic is difficult, especially if its one of the first topics they encounter. In this talk with Ajahn Brahm, he says that for many people, they begin their practice from a space of low self-esteem, and trying to make that jump from having low self-esteem to understanding the concept of “no-self” is too difficult. He suggests first working with one’s self-esteem before learning about no-self.
In this informative talk, he talks about how society emphasizes high goals and expectations can contribute to creating low esteem, and how to deal with the situation.