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How to pursuade someone not believing in fortune telling

How to persuade someone not to be too superstitious or too much into fortune telling? Cause based on the answers below, it's not appropriate. Did the Lord Buddha say anything about magic and fortune ...
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Does Abhidhamma explain how Attention Shift happens

every cita has an Object associated with it. when we meditate on breath then the object of attention is breath.. and after some time suddenly a past memory image pops up.. can one explain in terms of ...
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Meaning in pancasila benefit

I am Buddhism from Thailand. I have question about pali meaning. In ceremony, we have swear to make to follow five rulses of pancasila. Monk told us what pancasila consist of. Then monk said in pali. ...
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whether tripitak talk about marananusati or maranassati?

I find many monks discussing about marananusati... however I never find this word in tripitak. Instead I find maranassati. Do buddha ever talked about marananusati.
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Walking meditation which has happened automatically

After meditation practice experience there is no thoughts as a I.Is it a stage of a samadhi or insight lead in to enlightenment?This has happened after experience of automatically happened of ...
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what is difference between sukha and sukhendriyam?

Moreover inline with this question there is somanassindriya, dukkhindriya, domanassindriya and upekkhindriya?. And Uppaṭipāṭikasutta says that. arisen pain faculty (dukkhindriya) ceases without ...
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Looking for a book specifically about the 37 factors of enlightenment

Not sure if this is the correct place to ask this question so sorry if it is not. I am just looking for a book that is specifically about the 37 factors that explains each one in depth.
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what is difference between sukha and somanassam?

internet is talking more abouut difference between piti and sukha because its important for Jhana I liked this discussion here Is pīti physical and sukha emotional? However in VedanA SaSyutta, sukha ...
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Visual representation of mind and kamma

Is there a visual representation of how mind looks like with kamma, feelings, emotions, perceptions, attachments etc. Like for example, I tend to visualize lust as a tether that binds us to this human ...
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Normal Deep Breathing vs Buddhism Basic Meditation

What is the difference between normal deep breathing that recommended by all western Doctors vs Buddhism Basic Meditation ?
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Difference between optimism and expectation

In vipassana we are asked to be optimist. But buddha said expectation is the cause of all suffering. . Is there any difference between expectation and optimism?
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Can an art career distract from the Buddhist path?

I have aspired to be an artist since adolescence. I saw a Studio Ghibli movie and wanted to create that same magical feeling in others. However more recently, I think I have may have aspired only to ...
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In which sutta does the Buddha discuss his attitudes toward his audience either understanding or not understanding his teaching?

I am writing an essay on Buddhist nonattachment, in which I argue that nonattachment is compatible with a wide range of affective states and intimate relationships (contra some popular philosophical ...
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what is difference between Mansikāro and Vitakā

I have asked this question earlier but still not clear...so asking this again... This time be specific on mansikaro and vitaka.. people says vitaka is directed attention and mansikaro is always termed ...
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What Pali term most closely represents the concept of "inner conflict"?

A little context to describe what I am looking for and why I am looking for it: It is my strong intuition that "suffering" is a label that we give to a phenomenon that, upon deeper ...
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What does Buddhism teach regarding Cyber-Bullying? [duplicate]

Refer to this chart about the Cyber Bully, it causes a huge spike of cyber bully over a recent decade due to social media. It's seem getting more and more serious. source about cyberbully What does ...
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Stages of equanimity and the end

Beyond householder-equanimity is recluse-equanimity. Yet - equanimity being the highest factor of the factors for awakening - does this factor then result in a further kind of equanimity, or does ...
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Does the rebirth process apply for viruses, bacterias, fungi and plants? [duplicate]

What does Buddhism tell us about the microscopic organisms and plants? Does our kamma dictate us to a plant, or a bacterial rebirth after our demise? Where is the line drawn as to what is a sentient ...
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Is it true that its always thoughts that creates emotions?

Firstly, this question is related to this stack because during the mindfulness meditation we are told to be aware of our passing thoughts and emotions. I was going through a video that said that '...
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Fundamental building blocks of reality according to Buddhism?

Is there any mention of the fundamental building blocks of reality in Buddhism? Science tells us that we are made of atoms, which in turn are made of protons, neutrons and electrons, which in turn are ...
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Vipassana meditation in day to day life

During meditation practice have seen thinking stops ,then for 2 or 3 minutes no thinking. What have experienced?is it the pure mind?
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Is the Buddha advocating delighting in sensuality in SN 42.12?

There are a few questions I have about this Sutta (SN 42.12 Rasiya Sutta) based on the following passages: They make themselves happy and pleased. This is the second ground for praise. They don’t ...
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Buddhism Open Activities for all communities

I am not sure this post is appropriate. Pindacāra, the practice of collecting alms-food, is observed by Theravada Buddhist monks who have gone forth from ‘home-life’ to ‘homelessness’. A Buddhist ...
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How does Piti relate to Jhana?

I am able to experience Piti Specifically the "weak rapture" mentioned in this wiki page, that causes me to have full bodily bliss and itself causes piloerection (goose bumps) I am able to ...
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Can a married man have sex with a prostitute without breaking the third precept?

I tried to find the answer and looked into theses questions on the site The Third Precept and Prostitution Buddhist attitude towards prostitution and non-procreative sexual activity How is sexual ...
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source of put fence & plant seeds & pull weed simile (for avoid bad & do good & purify the mind)?

I heard the famous Dhammapada's 183: “Not to do any evil, to cultivate good, to purify one’s mind, this is the teaching of the Buddhas.” tractated metaphorically as what one needs to do to have a ...
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What would be some very concise Buddhist teachings and symbols that could be on (future) coinage?

Say some (silver, non-governmental) Buddhist themed coinage wanted to be made, what would be some signs/symbols (other than the Buddha in human(like) form) to include, as well as some concise and ...
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Why is it called "Nama" as in namarupam?'

Nama, as in namarupa, the designation of 'feeling, perception, attention, intention & contact', why do they call these 'Nama'? Some clues or points to keep in mind; intention (cetana) is kamma ...
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How to understand lay equanimity from MN 137? [duplicate]

MN 137 discusses the six sense fields. How can we understand lay equanimity with respect to the six sense fields? For sights, lay equanimity arises for an uneducated ordinary layperson but such ...
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Why Moggallana suffered from past karma effects, but Angulimala did not?

Aṅgulimāla and Moggallāna both were Arhants. Aṅgulimāla killed 999. Moggallāna killed his parents in a past life. Only Moggallāna had to face karma? Moggallāna was killed by being cut into pieces, ...
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Why do many Buddhists hold on to views?

I am not very experienced with Buddhism, but I do think I have read several suttas teaching that it is not good to hold on to views, and that the Buddha doesn't teach what the universe is like, but ...
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An example of Papañca?

Is the following anyhow related to 'Papañca' in the apparent 'proliferation' as you understand it? And which are the 18 craving-verbalizations dependent on what is internal? There being 'I am,' there ...
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Namarupa as 'mentality & materiality', why or why not?

I see some teachers express 'namarupam' as 'mentality & materiality' and want to hear what you have to say on this matter.
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Buddhas (and Bodhisattva) are real individuals or manifestations?

As early as Mahasamghika schools of Buddhism there was a view that there are countless Buddhas in the ten directions, that all Buddha's have one body (dharmakaya), and that they are just ...
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A collection of stories about Buddha past lives

Where can i find the collection of these stories about Buddha past lives? Any book or video about this stories especially stream-enterer in series or probably some before this stage. One life before i ...
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Sutta references for hindrances and jhana related statements

In the YouTube video entitled "Characteristics of a Sotapanna", Ven. Dhammavuddho Mahathera stated (with some paraphrasing): So who are the people who do not have the five hindrances? In ...
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Feelings while meditating

During deep meditation, I start to feel waves of some sort of energy that's hard to explain, the best analogy I can find is "an electrostatic feeling, like an aurora borealis" around the ...
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If Samsara is natural in origin, is the Wheel of Dharma artificial?

I'm under the impresion that Samsara is the natural state of things in this Universe, every being just "recycles" itself on and on, at the laws of randomness and karma. Eventually, beings ...
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Concentration & Wisdom

Right concentration supports wisdom(panna) if right mindfulness arises? If right mindfulness isn't there then does right concentration support ignorance?
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Two contradictory passages in the Majjhima Nikaya

In MN 22 in the end of the simile of the raft the Buddha says that the arahant has relinquished both what is skillful and what is unskilful: "Understanding the Dhamma as taught compared to a ...
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What kind of samadhi is the Ven.Sariputta talking about here?

This seems to be a very baffling Sutta passage where he describes a seemingly contradictory state where one is in a special Samadhi beyond neither perception nor non perception but is still percipient....
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Can be the mind separated from the body?

As e.g. if somebody harms you, you don't feel because you know that the people is only harming this body, that is just a pile of cells, and the people is incapable to harm your mind. If yes, do have ...
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Baby Buddha Bathing

Vesak Day is coming, some monastery offering a baby bathing during the event. What is the story behind about this? Is it appropriate?
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How to distinguish the different stages of insight in MN 24?

In the same way, my friend, purity in terms of virtue is simply for the sake of purity in terms of mind. Purity in terms of mind is simply for the sake of purity in terms of view. Purity in terms of ...
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Please explain loathsomeness in SN 46.54

If he wants, he remains percipient of loathsomeness in the presence of what is not loathsome. If he wants, he remains percipient of unloathsomeness in the presence of what is loathsome. If he wants, ...
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Proper way of offering

I'm trying to clarify something I believe I heard a while back. I think I heard the monk instruct the lay person to say "Bhikku Sanghassa Demi" which I believe was later translated as "...
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Stuck in householders equanimity, what to do next?

I was in a really bad situation five-six years back. Since then, I have been sincerely practicing the dhamma and have overcome all the five hindrances to meditation. I am a layman and I meditate (...
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Can concentration and wisdom be developed exclusively from each other?

Can you develop Samadhi (concentration) and Pañña (wisdom) exclusively from one another (according to the suttas)? I am under the impression that a meditator cannot develop one without developing the ...
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How do I cultivate Samatha and Vipassana according to the Suttas? [duplicate]

According to the Suttas, how do I practice Vipassana and how do practice samatha? Are these practices differentiated or not?
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Should an Arahant become an unwanted burden to his caretaker?

The following sutta quote suggests that under the stated conditions, an Arahant should forcibly remain an unwanted burden or guest to a specific individual caretaker, even if sent away (or dismissed - ...
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