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What kind of pleasure is the one we get by pursuing Mathematical problems and solving them? Is it a kind of sensual pleasure?

We get pleasure and satisfaction by doing Mathematics. Thinking over math problems and solving them does give us some pleasure. According to Buddhism, what is this pleasure categorized as? A sensual ...

asked by ramana_k 4 votes
answered by MAGA2020 5 votes

Confusion about the word 'dhamma'?

What does the word 'dhamma' mean when the Buddha said 'sabbe dhamma annatta'. I am being confused here. I looked through the translation. It reads 'all conditioned/unconditioned things are not-self'. ...

dhammas translation  
asked by The White Cloud 3 votes
answered by MAGA2020 2 votes

Why is 'dukkha' included in one of the three marks of existence?

In this link and this link the Buddha says that "there is stress" (or suffering or whatever your preferred translation of dukkha is). The Buddha does not say that suffering (dukkha) is ...

dukkha existence  
asked by The White Cloud 3 votes
answered by ruben2020 2 votes

The meaning/concept of maññassavā / Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta (MN 140)

travellers - I was struck by the term maññassavā in the Dhatuvibhanga Sutta. They have four foundations, standing on which the streams of identification don’t flow. And when the streams of ...

pali-canon pali-language  
asked by ananda 3 votes

How important is patience in buddhism?

I've heard that patience has a big place in Buddhism. It is especially very important for monks. I can think two ways of patience. When we get angry, we have to have patience to avoid bad ...

reference-request karma buddha guidance tanha  
asked by Dum 2 votes
answered by santa100 2 votes

The Simultaneity of Cause and Effect

The conventional Buddhist view of causality is that the present negative and positive effects we see in our lives are a result of negative and positive causes that we created in the past. So in order ...

philosophy sunyata causes nichiren cause-and-effect  
asked by sorta_buddhist 2 votes
answered by M H 1 vote

What happens in the state/non-state of Nibbāna?

When a ‘person’ walks the path and reaches the goal of Nibbāna, ‘who’ actually reaches it? ‘Who’ walked the path and where did 'he' go when Nibbāna was reached, to be more exact? We as unenlightened ...

nirvana enlightenment  
asked by Sushil Fotedar 2 votes
answered by ruben2020 1 vote

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Crippling fear of hellfire &, damnation, please help?

My original belief used to be that as long as you are a decent good person without any intentions to hurt others, you'll be fine. Meaning that no matter what religion you follow, no matter how flawed ...

karma personal-experience hells  
asked by scaredpotato 10 votes
answered by ruben2020 9 votes

What is the meaning of the Zen quote: "Before Enlightenment chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment chop wood, carry water"?

In the question "A question regarding the level of worldly participation for a buddhist monk", Bhante gave an answer containing a Zen quote. The quote is; "Before Enlightenment chop wood, carry ...

reference-request texts zen  
asked by Lanka 11 votes
answered by Andrei Volkov 5 votes

Buddhas of The Ten Directions

What are the Buddhas of the ten directions? What are the applications of this teaching in the Buddhist traditions?

mahayana vajrayana pure-land  
asked by DharmaEater 8 votes
answered by MatthewMartin 5 votes

How is sexual misconduct explained in regards to the five precepts?

The 3rd precept is: I undertake the training rule to avoid sexual misconduct. How is this precept explained? Marriage is defined differently in different cultures, so are the commonly ...

five-precepts sexual-misconduct  
asked by Nalaka526 17 votes
answered by yuttadhammo 18 votes

Why does the Buddha call himself the Tathāgata?

Questions in the title. What is the significance of this term and how it is used by the Buddha in the suttas?

asked by Sāmaṇera Jayantha 13 votes
answered by Andrei Volkov 11 votes

Buddha said "Its better to travel well than to arrive", what does it mean?

I am not sure if Buddha said it or not, I was flipping around some Buddha quotes pictures and found an image saying "Its better to travel well than to arrive". can anyone explain What does it mean ? ...

asked by Rishi 2 votes
answered by Suminda Sirinath S. Dharmasena 6 votes

What exactly differentiates Vipassana from Samatha meditation?

What are the key aspects of Vipassana that are not present in Samatha? What is the main difference in the method from a meditator's perspective? Labeling emotions and feelings are part of samatha ...

asked by konrad01 35 votes
answered by yuttadhammo 21 votes

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Returning to previous fruition after resolving on a higher path?

I am most perplexed about this aspect of the training as it is explained by Mahasi Sayadaw in Manual of Insight. He writes about path-oriented and fruition-oriented maturing of insight knowledges; ...

meditation nirvana  
asked by MAGA2020 1 vote
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