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Can we generalize paticca samuppada?

I came across this article by a long time contributor of this forum. In particular, the article mentioned a definition of paticca samuppada (PS) in Nyanatiloka's Buddhist Dictionary 'dependent ...

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Is Cūḷa Suññata Sutta a prelude to Bahiya Sutta?

The Cūḷa Suññata Sutta gives a progressive means of experiencing sunyata. The Bahiya Sutta (UD) tells of an interaction between Buddha and the Brahmin Bahiya - Buddha advises Bahiya to get right on ...

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Buddhist logic and Universals

It is generally accepted that Buddhist philosophy, as formalised in the texts of Dignana and Dharmakīrti, is resolutely nominalist in orientation. Briefly, this is because of the following ...

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Why is Avalokiteśvara the "main character" of the Heart Sutra?

I'm a Zen practicant and, as you may know, we recite the Heart Sutra of the Perfect Wisdom a lot. I really like this sutra, it is very meaningful. However something I never understood is: why is the ...

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Who is the most powerful god according to Buddhism?

In Buddhism, gods are acknowledged to exist. So, according to Buddhism, who is considered the most powerful god?

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user avatar answered by Dheeraj Verma Score of 0

Is ‘Wasawaththi Mara’ a demon or some type of god?

Mara is not considered a positive entity in Buddhism. Is ‘Wasawaththi Mara’ a god or a demon? I heard he is one of the powerful gods. Is that true?

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Is meditation really about right brain vs. left brain?

I kind of snuck up on the back door to meditation and mindfulness. It started with me reading "The Master and His Emissary" by Iain McGilChrist, about eight years ago while camping on the ...

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user avatar answered by Nina Harriet Score of 1

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Why is Buddhism followed mainly outside of India when it originated there?

India is the original land of Buddhism, but it is followed/practiced more outside its country of birth. Are there any reasons for this?

user avatar asked by Narasimham Score of 7
user avatar answered by abn Score of 4

How many Buddhas are there?

If you believe in Shakyamuni Buddha the answer is No, because Buddha was clear about the previous Buddha Kassapa and the next Buddha Maytreia If that's the case, then buddha must be very few in ...

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user avatar answered by aknay Score of 7

How many countries did Lord Buddha travel?

While reading about Lord Buddha I found that he traveled to some other countries. But I couldn't find exactly how many countries. Does anyone know the answer for this?

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user avatar answered by Saptha Visuddhi Score of 2

What is Nirodha?

I came across the concept of Nirodha in the book The Meditative Mind by Daniel Goleman. I think it's originally from the Visuddhimagga. In the book it seems to be placed above Nirvana in the path of ...

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user avatar asked by Crab Bucket Score of 7
user avatar answered by Andriy Volkov Score of 3

Significance of touching forheads in Tibetan Buddhism (Karma Kagyu)?

I have visited a local group of Karma Kagyu practitioners once, hearing a Dharma talk and participating in the mantra, rituals, and meditation. At this occasion, the members of the Sangha greeted ...

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Where does a person go after attaining Nirvana?

After attaining Nirvana, what happens to the person(conscious) after death? Does the person cease to exist? If not, does the person go to some peaceful place?

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user avatar asked by Mawia Score of 23
user avatar answered by Crab Bucket Score of 20

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 accepted ...

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