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Top new questions this week:

How do I slow down and start living according to my values? How do I change the direction of my life?

For some time, I have been practising different types of meditation and yoga, and I have also tried to study a bit of Buddhism, from which I have got the main values that guide my life (I cannot say I ...

asked by Qwertuy 10 votes
answered by Andrei Volkov 7 votes

Former hedonist started with Samatha, worried about dukkha nanas

I really need your help as I'm, in some sort of conflict about my path. I'll try to keep things short but i need to include some info about my life experience so far. Now I'm 25 years old and all my ...

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asked by Aziz 2 votes
answered by Ted Wrigley 1 vote

Did the Buddha ever mentioned what is the cause for having lovers / marriage?

I know there are clear explanations of cause and effect for things like the 5 precepts whereby; Killing is the cause for short live, stealing is the cause for being poor etc... But did our Lord Buddha ...

asked by GeorgeWinson 2 votes
answered by Dhammadhatu 0 votes

Trying to find a quote by Pema Chodron

I'm looking for a quote by Pema Chodron. In my memory, she's having a discussion with a Zen master, and the quote goes something like this; Pema: "what do you do when things fall apart?" Zen ...

asked by Joe 2 votes

What does "this" stands for in the observation "This is suffering."?

This is suffering is one of the noble truths. But it is not clear what does "this" stands for ? Similarly in the statement "This is the way leading to the cessation of suffering." ,...

asked by SacrificialEquation 1 vote
answered by ruben2020 5 votes

Can volition be without craving? We love and serve because we intend to?

As Observer Say I observe systems around me --- economics of suffering, arising of crime, even the Dependent Origination --- without craving to maintain, defend, modify, control or destroy the systems....

asked by jhannwong 1 vote
answered by Dhammadhatu 0 votes

Music and Right Livelihood

A lay follower should not engage in five types of business i.e. business in weapon, human being, meat, intoxicant and poison. But there are many jobs can be considered harmful but not included in the ...

sutras right-livelihood  
asked by B1100 1 vote
answered by ruben2020 3 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Is killing vermin and insects justifiable?

The first precept goes something similar to I undertake the training rule to abstain from killing. Now, I understand that, for instance, eating meat is allowed, but what about, for instance, ...

five-precepts ethics killing  
asked by Haedrian 34 votes
answered by yuttadhammo 27 votes

How to redeem a wasted youth?

I wasted my youth. I am 35 years old. I had a toxic relationship with my parents, especially my mother. My career never started and am still looking for a fresh start and finding it humiliating at my ...

rebirth parents  
asked by Reeel 10 votes
answered by ChrisW 6 votes

Buddhist view on Art and being an Artist

I am wondering what is the buddhist view on Art and especially being an Artist? Meaning someone who creates something with an aesthetic quality that may or may not reflect the reality and express ...

asked by Mejzlosh 12 votes

I don't like people but I like buddhism

I'm a bit confused. I had a rather crappy childhood. Very disfunctional family and lots of bullying and abuse both at home and at school. It kind of made me very distrusting of people. I learnt at a ...

asked by Arturia 13 votes

Masturbation: Does it break the 3rd precept?

According to this answer, it seems like masturbation is not considered sexual misconduct or breaking the third precept. However, the whole point (in general) of keeping the precept is to make good ...

five-precepts sexual-misconduct sexuality  
asked by samnish 24 votes
answered by yuttadhammo 25 votes

I feel like I'm in the wrong place

I feel like I was born in the wrong place and I'm surrounded by wrong people, ideals etc. I'm very much into buddhism, but with all the things I learned until now, that I'm 23 in Germany, I feel ...

asked by buddhismcuriousity 3 votes

Unpleasant side effects of meditation

I am 45 years old. I’ve come to realize that I have been more or less unhappy in my life. So I met a clinical psychologist and I do show some childhood codependency issues and we could no CBT and ...

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asked by Wsb 6 votes
answered by Andrei Volkov 12 votes

Can you answer this question?

Relationship between truth and compassion

Can a bodhisattva or lay Buddhist be too concerned with truth at the expense of compassion and altruism? What is the relationship between truth and compassion? e.g.. is the truth always compassionate, ...

meditation enlightenment compassion bodhisattva truth  
asked by anon 1 vote
answered by Dhammadhatu 0 votes
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