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Which texts are the most important to read in the Khuddaka Nikaya and why?

My preference would be a Theravada based answer to the following question: Which texts are the most important to read in the Khuddaka Nikaya and why? Thank you. :)
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Are these simple sentences right? They are about 4 noble truths, 3 characteristics, craving, etc

The sentences I want to check with you are: Reducing suffering (or eliminating it) is the main goal. The main reason we keep suffering is desire and aversion. We can experience craving to any of the ...
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Keeping a pet cat, without training or encouraging it to kill rats

Let's say a lay Buddhist has a rat infestation problem in his or her house. Catching rats using traps and killing them is clearly breaking the first precept of not taking a life. What about keeping a ...
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Science, the largest current religion, is it truth or does one follow actually on blind faith?

From a Dhammic perpective of truthfulness: wouldn't, isn't following science preaching totally based on blind faith with no personal prove? And isn't the non changing of the truth of suffering, the ...
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How do we know attaining complete liberation from dukkha is possible?

How do we know attaining complete liberation from dukkha is possible? This is a question I’ve made to myself in multiple oportunities, especially after having explained the basics of (what I ...
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It's ok to grow, harvest and consume vegetables and fruits, because they are not sentient?

A teaching householder here adviced: "It's ok to grow, harvest and consume vegetables and fruits, because they are not sentient." ("ok" here was to be assumed of having no negative ...
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Seafood - End and The Alternative Karma Consequences

Assume a scenario that a seafood chef that inherited from the parent's seafood restaurant business and used to kill seafood alive before have a chance to study Buddhism. When the chef understood the ...
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Why I keep repeating the same mistakes?

I am new to Tibetan Buddhism and I am fascinated by it. One thing that bothers me in general is that I keep making the same mistakes. For example, every now and then I find myself procrastinating ...
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Why are we “trapped” in cyclic rebirth?

If we are trapped in Cyclic Rebirth, we are then being held against our will.. If we are being held against our will, who or what has set this trap? If I escape, where am I escaping to? As with all of ...
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Need help with finding a specific Sutta

I'm looking for a sutta wherein the Buddha explains how a person who only for a moment cultivates loving-kindness or mindfulness has not wasted his or her spiritual life. What sutta is that? Thank you ...
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“I am not a householder” what does such mean in Dhammic measures, conventional & ideal?

Good House- & Stackholders, Taken the cultur of the Buddha, that of the Noble Ones, and those after them: "Householder, Householder, they say, but what is meant in that way?" ...
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Body state after enlightenment

I've heard (not from Buddhist texts) that after enlightenment the investment in the body dwindles becomes delicate and less resistant to disease ,and that the body needs to be prepared first.So what ...
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How did this teleportation happen in DN 16?

In DN 16 it is written that: "Then the Buddha came to the Ganges River. Now at that time the Ganges was full to the brim so a crow could drink from it. Wanting to cross from the near to the far ...
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Does this count as breaking the first precept?

Let’s say that my face was itchy but just before I scratch it, I just remember that there might be face mites living on my face and I might be killing them. And as I’m scratching my face, I keep ...
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How is a Buddha interacting if he doesn’t have perception?

In Mahayana literature,it is said that a Buddha has no sense perception and thus no consciousness.how can he interact with the world and create pure lands then?
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Consciousness - “Facets of One Entity”

I wonder if 'Consciousness' is many "Facets Of One Entity" and that in itself all things from Good to Bad are part of this entity, and from this the Entity is itself playful, and that all ...
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Did infinite space had a beginning?

One of the absorption is of Infinite Space. Did the dimension of Infinite Space had a beginning and therefore it is impermanent and non-self? If yes then how much time did it took for this 'plane of ...
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Someone after leaving Sugati-realms and lower behind, yet still up to wander on, worthy of gifts?

What does good houesholder think? What was the Sublime Buddhas account on it? Someone striving for existance above the Sugati-realms worthy of Veneration, hospitality, gifts, already a sage in his ...
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How to deal with suffering and losing faith?

I came across this section by chance, and read another question by a person with misanthropic feelings. I read all the answers because I feel the same as her. I've always been spiritual with an ...
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SN 41:3,4 Where do these monks vanish to?

I was reading these two suttas and at the the end of both the monks seem to leave although Citta has offered to care for them. Is this a rejection of his Dana? Did Ven. Mahaka do something wrong by ...
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Help with finding a specific sutta

I'm looking for a sutta wherein the Buddha explains how beings we meet in this life (family, friends, animals etc.) have all been our parents, friends, loved ones, pets etc. in previous lives. What ...
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Buddhist views on talking with the dead? Is it possible?

In Tibetan Buddhist teaching it is stated that we will be in bardo state for 49 days before rebirth. So during this period we can still communicate with the dead? What is the Buddhist view on this? ...
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Clinging to Dhamma!

Is it way of Arhat, who does not cling to dhamma? By non-clinging even to dhamma, he set free? Dhammas are diad, 1) Samudaya Dhamma and 2) Nirodha Dhamma. I feel lost I think due to these: 1)view ...
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Where can I read something more about Alara Kalama and Uddaka

I want to know more about Gautama Siddharta teachers, I know only little about their philosophy and practice that are mentioned in suttas. (eg. Ariyapariyesana Sutta) Is there any other texts which ...
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Because of which element the world has come together?

The world seems to have come together. We have United Nations which is a symbol of the unity of the nations.However things come together because of an element. That element can be greed or aversion ...
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How is consciousness measured?

There is a sphere of infinite space and there is sphere of infinite consciousness. It is easy to comprehend what is infinite space is but it is not clear what is meant by infinite consciousness? Does ...
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Weird experience during meditation

I had a weird experience couple of days ago while doing meditation, I hope someone more expert than me could help me understand.Two months ago I started practicing 30 min of yoga and 30 min of ...
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The “cow-keeper”-story?

My person remembers a possible common know story about a Brahman collecting as much as possible cow's leading to sorrows for poor. The Sublime Buddha approached him one day, gave a talk and later he ...
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What is known about enlightenment before the lifetime of the Buddha? Are there any claims that he was the first?

I am a non-Buddhist who is curious about Buddhism. In modern times, Eckhart Tolle reports spontaneous awakening as a result of a sudden realisation that came out of intense suffering. As far as I am ...
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In what way is Tendai realist?

The Kegon philosophy is usually characterized as absolute Idealism or idealistic Pantheism , and the Tendai as absolute realism or realistic pantheism. The Classification of Buddhism By Bruno Petzold,...
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The New Age Philosophy of Evolution stating that working towards Thoughtlessness and Nothingness is fundamentally Flawed

Though this video is in Hinglish - some casual dialogues are in Hindi but most of the conversation happens in English https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Uf-eoAij5o , Anand Gandhi - Director and ...
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How do handle termite/white ant

Buddhism most basic perception is avoid killing. Assume the house is filled by termite and killing is unavoidable, assume house is too badly affected and without killing need the house to be left ...
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Wrong meanings commonly associated with the notion of Gratitude

What are the common/widespread wrong meanings that people associate with or assign to the word 'gratitude'? As we know, the society is made up largely of families, and those in turn are made of up ...
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Is making art bad or sinful?

I would not be writing this if I had another way of knowing the answer. Unfortunately, I cannot talk to anyone due to quarantine. Even though I have thought a lot about it, I am still unsure. My ...
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Personal relationships and properly ending them

Upasaka Karl mentioned in an answer: Relationships have a beginning. And because they have a beginning, they also have an end. Thoughtless endings, ghosting and worse, hurt both parties. It is sad to ...
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How to let go of something the other person involved won't acknowledge

How does one let go of something the other person involved won't acknowledge? I don't mean the niceties of the other person's behaviour, the ins and outs and whys. Merely, that the other person - I ...
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Looking for a canonical reference: everyone who attains jhana will be a god of that realm in the next life

Looking for a canonical reference: that everyone who attains jhana will be a god of that realm in the next life. I'm fairly sure I've seen that claimed in scholarship, either Buddhist or otherwise.
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Do we perceive the whole?

According to I think all Buddhists, the whole is nothing more than its parts. I've read it claimed that, given everything is partite, nothing exists. Perhaps Being means something more than its parts, ...
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Sourcing a prajñāpāramitā statement

In the Madhyamakaśāstra, Venerable Vimalākṣa quotes the Pañcaviṃśatisāhasrikāprajñāpāramitāsūtra: 菩薩有我亦非行無我亦非行 "If the bodhisatva has a self, he cannot act. With no self too, he cannot act." ...
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Do only sentient being suffer

All I can think of off the top of mind head is the zen claim that mountains are buddha nature. Do they suffer? They are composed of parts, and I believe that there is a type of suffering from "...
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What are stories on awakening while practicing teaching the Dhamma?

Teaching the Dhamma (Dhammadesana), having heard the good, is one of the higher meritorious deeds, practiced by instructed, not regarded as useless question & answer ways, as from outsider often ...
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Does feeding animals with dead chicks and live worms break precepts?

As part of a volunteering job where endangered animals are taken care of they have to feed them with dead chicks recuperated from the agro industry, which is blameless and doesn't break precepts, ...
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How can I respond to Christians' unpleasant feedback on Buddhism?

I have some friends who are Christian that I can't avoid the subject with. We used to see each other very often for some events. Normally those are friends of friends. Examples of the unpleasant ...
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The Noble Eightfold Path for monks and for lay disciples?

Namo Buddhaya Being well aware of the different posts about this topics, I wished to know how it came to be that the Noble eightfold path presented by Bhikkhu Bodhi would specify that Right action is ...
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Is dependent co-arising an “IF AND ONLY IF A THEN B” relation?

"IF AND ONLY IF A THEN B" means if you get B you get A, if you get A you get B, if you don't get B you don't get A, and if you don't get A you don't get B. Does dependent co-arising have the ...
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Am I following Buddhism as a sort of Escapism?

Some body close to me said to me, "you failed in the real world and so now you are chasing Nirvana and running away". It hurt me a little but set me thinking if he is right? The story is, I ...
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Dharma Name in tibetan tradition

I took refugee and got a dharma name. Why do I get a dharma name? How does a Lama usually choose the name? Do I make use of this name in Dharma related context? (Like for example writing a letter to ...
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How is Nirvana illustrated [duplicate]

Anyone has pictures or videos link illustrate as subject refers
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Are the higher arupa jhanas supernatural states expanding beyond the physical body?

The higher arupa jhanas are: fifth jhāna: infinite space (Pāḷi ākāsānañcāyatanaa), sixth jhāna: infinite consciousness (Pāḷi viññāṇañcāyatana), seventh jhāna: infinite nothingness (Pāḷi ...
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How does an ordinary person adopt Right View concerning the the hardships of the Buddha's earthly life?

As we know, the Eightfold Path begins with Right View, and then from Right View follows Right Intention. Right View - belief in suffering, the relief from suffering and the Triple Gem; from this ...

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