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While in Jhāna to walk or (reaching) Jhāna is not possible while walking?

Another "death dogs wouldn't get walked" topic: How could one come, if any experiances and understanding, to the idea that one in Jhana isn't able to walk, not to speak of to listen and talk?...
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How to understand this teaching: "Whenever others treat me badly, may I accept this defeat myself and offer the victory to others"

Below is one of the verses from the "Eight Verses for Training the Mind" by Geshe Langri Tangpa Whenever others, because of their jealousy, treat me badly with abuse, insult, slander, or in ...
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How to explain to someone with no knowledge about Buddhism what is meant by "extinguishing" the self?

A person I know has drawn the unwanted conclusion that the entanglement from the self is to be equated with erasing one's personality, feelings and connections in life. That to be extinguished in ...
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the result of feelings

The Nibbedhika Sutta: Penetrative (translated by Ven. Thanissaro) states the following: "And what is the result of feeling? One who feels a feeling produces a corresponding state of existence, ...
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Is AN 5.191 coherent with the rest of the suttas? Or is it an inserted polemical sutta?

The following sutta AN 5.191 is a bit unusual, because it seems to highlight the moral decadence of newer generations of brahmins / brahmans, compared to the older generations. However, to my ...
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A Peaceful Suicide of Old Age and with Critical Illnesses

Human is subject to very short life span, sickness and death according to Buddhism Cosmology. Suicide is somehow wrong livelihood in Buddhism. If one very old age and with the issues below. Diagnose ...
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What is the Buddhist attitude towards cosmology?

In Majjhima Nikaya 63, the Buddha says So, Malunkyaputta, remember what is undeclared by me as undeclared, and what is declared by me as declared. And what is undeclared by me? 'The cosmos is eternal,...
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Did Buddha endorse caste system in kannakathala sutta

Some Brahmins say Buddha endorsed caste system in kannakathala sutta
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If the chain of dependent origination (Pratītyasamutpāda) ends, then isn't the last part independent?

Dependent Origin or Pratītyasamutpāda is defined as It states that all dharmas (phenomena) arise in dependence upon other dharmas And then there are these 12 causes one after another, each depending ...
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had an episode of psychosis - can I ever become a monk?

Background: As the title suggests, I had an episode of psychosis this year. With medication and meditation I quickly recovered, and am basically back to normal. The doctors expect that I can ...
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Confusion about Stream Entry

How is the fetter "Identity View" destroyed by confidence in the triple-gem and ethics ([DN 16, see "Dhamma-Mirror"])? The concept of identity view also seems to be a bit fuzzy. ...
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Where can I publish poems I translated to Pali? [closed]

I have been studying Sanskrit for 6 years, and have published short stories in magazines. I recently became interested in Pali and translated some classical English poems to Pali. But unlike Sanskrit ...
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AN 8.30 Great thoughts, thoughts of great man, thing-able, (de-)touch-able for everyone? (thinking in first jhāna)

Coming from here, analysis of AN 8.30. Good, Anuruddha, very good. It’s good that you think these thoughts of a great person: Does good householder think that certain (all) people are capable to ...
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Longest meditation period of historical Buddha

Is there any record of the longest period the historical Buddha stayed in meditation? I have heard rumors ranging from many days to many weeks. Also when? Prior to his first sermon or after?
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What is life like after having achieved nirvana?

So , if someone defeats death and ends birth...actually achieves nirvana. What is that like pragmatically? Of course you have that old saying about carrying water and chopping wood but what is the ...
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Most efficient practices you will quickly do to recover/re-generate Bodhicitta and/or right view of Śūnyatā if realizing losing mindfulness of?

In daily (secular) life, if you realize that you are being or have been losing (or forgetting) mindfulness of Bodhicitta and/or right view of Śūnyatā, what (most efficient practices) you will quickly ...
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Does reality fight back when you want to meditate?

Whenever I want to meditate (down to Nirvana), it seems that the whole world wants to confront me to stop me. Does reality fight back when you want to meditate? Have other people encountered this? i ...
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Regarding Zodiac signs in authentic and classic Buddhist scriptures

There is still considerable amount of controversy regarding Lord Buddha's dating and the dating of incorporation of Zodiac signs of Mesha, Vrishaba etc into Indian and Asian culture. Their mentioning ...
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Does the dependent origination leads to becoming? If so, will then the reversal of the same i.e Dependent cessation brings the cessation of becoming?

Buddha talks of becoming have a cause, is dependent on something other. Like Lamp's flame and light, shadow and real object, The sun and it's aura, object and mirage. The dependent origination ...
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Anatman: How does the illusion of 'I'/ self seize?

It seems that 'I' am between worlds. Sometimes the illusion is not there. Sometimes it seems that thoughts string together this sense of self. How can anatman be fully realised without this 'I' being ...
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How does one accomplish a reality not governed by the mind when thought is required to function?

It often seems that ultimate reality is only available in the absence of thought, yet interactions, work and daily functioning requires thought. How does one curb thought when it is uncertain as to ...
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Ultimate reality: How does one practically disidentify with one's mentally labeled world?

It is said that ultimate reality is only truly experienced at the point of the mind ceasing to identify and add its mental 'knowing' to any given phenomenon. How does one practically enter into the ...
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What did the Buddha said and taught about sharing demerit?

"It seems not customary to share demerit in certain Buddhist traditions. However, I've recently heard demerit can't really be shared. What did the Buddha say about this?" What's the matter ...
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How should a buddhist behave when he&she is treated unfairly?

OK, religions just say: "be patient, trust god and never think revenge!" god takes your revenge or better you will see prize here or you will reach nirvana I mean big paradise prize in other ...
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What is the meaning of 'compounded' & 'uncompounded'?

Some texts speak of 'compounded' phenomena etc. What does it mean for something to be 'compounded' or 'uncompounded'? For the former, does it just mean 'things that are composed of other things, ...
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To protect the integrity of Buddhism, does BSE take any measures to prevent AI bots here? [migrated]

Could be totally off base but due to quite peculiar syntax it seems some of the responses here could be derived via Artificial Intelligence. Even if this is not the case, to protect the integrity of ...
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What did the Buddha say about sharing merit?

It seems customary to share merit in certain Buddhist traditions. However, I've recently heard merit can't really be shared. What did the Buddha say about this?
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Mention of Saraswathi river in Buddhist scriptures

Does any authentic Buddhist scripture mentions the Saraswathi River? If yes where and what does it say? Saraswathi river is an ancient Indian river mentioned widely across all Indian scriptures but it'...
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What is difference between dhamma in Dhammanupassana and dhamma in Sampajana?

Sampajana is observing mental object(dharma) and associated perception and feeling.and its part of all 4 foundation. It seems there are two different types of dhamma.One is for Sampajana and other is ...
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How to combat self-doubt?

Doubt (Vicikitsa)is one of the five hindrances to progress to meditation. I searched for the hindrance of doubt, and as I understand it is the 'doubt in Buddha, his attainment and the Dhamma he taught'...
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Compulsion to repeat afflictions and Buddhism

I've noticed in myself a tendency to pursue situations that cause a certain stress, in a somewhat compulsive way. This is a bit like people who are drawn to people who are bad for them. I have heard ...
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Enlightment of Early Monks

Did any contemporaries/students of the historical Buddha achieve "full enlightenment" before he passed away?
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Is it possible to have perception without reification?

Sometimes some visual or auditory sense perception gives the taste of no-self. Like, the ego dissolves for a moment and you feel tremendous oneness with existence. For e.g. while looking at the sunset ...
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What does "has students" and "has teacher" mean in this sutta?

In this question, we found the metaphorical use of the term "the world", different from its ordinary everyday meaning. Similarly, the sutta SN 35.151 below talks about living the holy life ...
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anapanasati: nimitta or ambient light?

I have started facing a weird problem which I wouldn't earlier. While meditating during daytime, I sometimes doubt whether I am actually experiencing nimitta or my vittaka has waned and, instead of ...
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Relying upon a Spiritual Guide, who created this idea? Is it actually a necessity for liberation?

I have a friend who is in/with the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) and she states the importance of relying upon a spiritual guide. I know that this meditation practice is a part of the Tibetan Lamrim ...
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Should I practice a single mantra or multiple?

I've received empowerment for Seven Line Prayer & have been practicing it consistently ever since. Once in a while, a thought arises that I would like to practice other mantras for 'worldly ...
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Are we Mindful in Jhana?

When a person enters into Jhana (particularly 2nd onward): What is he mindful of? What kind of meta awareness or introspective awareness(Sampajānakārī) is there? Note: it says that the 2nd onward is ...
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What exactly is a Desire? [duplicate]

What exactly is the anatomy of a Desire and why does it have such a potent effect on our psyche and life? Is it a thought of wanting something we don't have, but then we have so many thoughts about so ...
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Canki Sutta (MN95) Buddha's use of "Bharadvaja" as a term of address

In the Canki Sutta (MN95) the Buddha talks to a Brahmin youth called Kapathika, but addresses him as "Bharadvaja". Does this litterally mean "supporter of the cow pen"? What might ...
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Brahmas at formless realms are unable to hear the teachings of the Buddha

Why Brahmas at formless realms are unable to hear/communicate/understand the teachings of the Buddha when they have high intelligence? Alara Kalama is wise, competent, intelligent. He has long had ...
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The difference between Arupaloka and Nibbana

The first level, the Realm of Formlessness (Arupaloka), consists of four planes of brahmas who have no physical body, consisting entirely of mind, but who may create a physical body if they want to be ...
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Where is Buddha Now? [duplicate]

Namaste to Buddha. How and where is Buddha now? Does he still teaching now? I am trying to understand Nibbana and where Buddha is now. What I understand is that Nibbana is a state rather than a ...
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How to reconcile 'You are already enlightened. There's no need to strive!' with 'You should strive for enlightenment. Purify your mind!'

There are some teachings that go along the lines of: 'You are already enlightened. You just need to realize it. Actually there's no need for you to do anything. If you try to strive for enlightenment ...
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Non-striving and happiness

I have only an informal understanding of Buddhism, so please excuse the informal language used in this question. My intent is to understand Buddhism better, and I welcome any answers or resources that ...
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How is it that everyone's cocksure of their own religion or spiritual path?

This question may not appear as exactly Buddhist or related to Buddhism but considering a bigger picture of Buddhism as a religion I want to know the answer to this. We Buddhists consider 'Doubt' in ...
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How to teach sympathy/empathy in Buddhism?

I have been following Buddhism and mindfulness for a while now. I have a 5 year old son and want to teach him to be sympathetic/empathetic and grateful but im struggle to reconcile some of the ...
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Proper to let trade carry liberation, even possible?

No question that it isn't proper to let trades for world carry Dhamma, share Dhamma via market places, but what does one think in regard of receiving? Would Dhamma made avaliable by commerce take one ...
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How difficult is it to be a foreign monk in Asia?

I wonder about the practicalities of being a foreign monk in Asia, especially Theravada-majority countries. In particular; About the Visa arrangements, can this at all be handled without much stress ...
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What is the best distance for kasina meditation between person and object?

Some websites show that it is ideal to get 1.5 m distance between the person and the kasina object. Is there any science behind the recommendation to get that specific distance?

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