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I feel uncomfortable about jury duty

I have been asked to do jury duty. As I follow a Buddhist philosophy of Ahimsa, no-harm, I feel conflicted. If I vote guilty, and the defendant is not, i would feel guilty myself. If he/she is guilty, ...
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Is sky burial ritual inhumane and if not what is the reason for doing it?

When it seems inhumane, why is it practiced? I know Buddha didn't find. Wikipedia document says: Sky burial (Tibetan: བྱ་གཏོར་, Wylie: bya gtor, lit. "bird-scattered" is a funeral practice ...
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Non duality - does it quash ambition?

If you have fully '" arrived" at non duality is there a threat that you won't have ambition? Isn't ambition a driving force in human life ?
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Difference between “mythology” and historical “facts”?

In this video, a monk tried to draw a distinction between "mythology" and "history facts" ... Ajahn Sujato - Buddhist Mythology - The Sacred and the Profane - Part 3 ... saying that "Mythology" just ...
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Would a wise person avoide situations where other could perform lot of demerits?

Would a wise person avoide situations where other could perform lot of demerits? Or different asked: Would a wise person go out only if meritorious reactions are suspected? What do you think, or ...
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PIN POTHA (puñña potha) or Merit Book, costom still alive? How to keep it up?

My person just came across an answer by Upasak Suminda Sirinath S. Dharmasena, mentioning: Also there is a concept of Pin Potha, which is a journal of all good deeds done. And It is an age ...
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Where do hiri and ottappa (shame, and fear of wrongdoing) fit in?

Where do hiri and ottappa (shame and fear of wrongdoing) fit it, in: The Four Noble Truths (4nt) The Noble Eightfold Path (8aam) The 37 Bodhipakkhiyādhammā (37bp) The Seven Factors of Awakening (7sb) ...
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Theravada or zen buddhism [duplicate]

If some one who is born a man (best example is myself),wish to be born as a woman in his next life, how can him achieve that? What should him do for that in present life? Please kindly explain.
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What are the 4 wheels and 9 doors in Snp 1.29?

What are the four wheels and nine doors mentioned in the sutta below? Why is it "born from a bog"? What is the meaning of the sutta? From the Four Wheels Sutta (Sutta Nipata 1.29): “Having four ...
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Was is the difference between “uparujjhati” & “nirujjhati”?

In the Pali, nirujjhati (ni + rudh + ya) appears to be a verb for the noun "nirodha". nirujjhati ceases; dissolves; vanishes. to be broken up, to be dissolved, to be destroyed, to cease,...
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Pride and Compassion

I have read in psychological studies that oxytocin and serotonin interact to produce social rewards. Serotonin has been postulated to relate to authentic pride (a positive kind of pride based on ...
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Spiritual Potential and Consequences of Actions

Upon reading this question, I wondered: would a person with great spiritual potential, without compassion, be more likely to cause great harm than an average person? Not intentionally, but say due to ...
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Is it correct that dependent origination will cease to exist if one doesn't have 12 nidanas?

From Pratītyasamutpāda - Wikipedia: dependent origination refers to nothing else but the process of mental conditioning as described by the twelve nidanas So to check if my understanding is ...
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Do enlightened people “know” what nirvana is like?

Do enlightened people "know" what nirvana is like? Obviously, they can't express it to anyone else, so the question isn't super helpful. I just wondered whether nirvana is a thing that we can know as ...
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Dependent Origination and Impermanence in Buddhism

1 question: I just started learning about Buddhism and I read about the 3 marks of existence. When Buddhism speaks about impermanence does impermanence only refer to our experience (the 5 skhandas) or ...
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How does metta sutra develop loving kindness

Metta sutra says "May all living beings be happy minded." This seems illogical to me as all living beings cannot be happy minded at a particular moment of time. I also feel that contemplating on ...
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can I become a monk with schizophrenia?

can I become a monk if i have schizophrenia? I have to take a shot every two weeks and I do hear voices every once in a while
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what is this state i am undergoing?

I have been practicing meditation now for more than a year. I found that in recent months I go to a state where I am not bored, not happy, not dull, not tired but it is some state I find myself ...
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The relation between Dhamma and reality itself

What is the orthodox position or the sutta's position about the knowledge of reality itself, beyond any intervention of subjective factors? In science, when we find evidence that proves some ...
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What is the difference between approaching the idea 'no-self' and the act to 'depersonalize'?

In modern days, 'de-personalization' is seen as negative and in some cases, a symptom of an emotional disorder. In Buddhism, seeing through no-self/identity view is the minimum criteria to attain the ...
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Was Jesus or Judas crucified? [closed]

According to Islam Judas has been crucified, not Jesus. What is the opinion of Buddhism? Is there any discussion.
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Justifiable violence in Buddhism?

Does Buddhism preach absolute non-violence? Or is there any instance where Buddha had thought that violence can become a necessity under certain situations?
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Goal of liberation in yoga/meditation - Isn't it Boring?

I see that the goal of yoga/meditation is liberation from the karma and from the birth/death cycle. People say that it is the ultimate happiness forever. But wouldn't that be boring and monotonous if ...
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Did Jesus die on cross [duplicate]

I heard rumors that Jesus didn't die on the cross. Is there any proof for that? There are also Buddhist stories.
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Community topics at meta [migrated]

{note that meta was posted here since not able to post (steady error) in eta area, may the moderators pardon the additional work arising from it and may it be of benefit anyway for all your welfare} ...
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How to identify Pada Parama Persons?

As preached by Buddha there are four types of people in the world, they are ugghaṭitaññū, vipañcitaññū, neyya and padaparama. The last person is definition is here. Can anyone please guide me how how ...
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Boundaries and Buddhism

Further to this question Do Buddhists adhere to the Western concept of “Boundaries” to protect oneself? Or is the creation of boundaries an obstacle to enlightenment because of its avoidance of future ...
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SN 22.62: What is meant by “scope of language”?

What is the message of this sutta? At Sāvatthī. “Mendicants, there are these three scopes of language, terminology, and descriptions. They’re uncorrupted, as they have been since the ...
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Is “impermanence” a bad translation of “anicca”?

This article explains Anicca, Dukkha, and Anatta -- and in this question I'd like to ask about Anicca. The article says that Anicca doesn't mean, or shouldn't be translated as, "impermanence": ...
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Observing the breath vs Pranayama

Is it better to just watch the breath as it unfolds or sometimes we need to control it to slow it down ,calming down and noticing it in the same time ?.
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How should a Buddhist approach honoring parents who abused them?

As a Buddhist, we are called upon to honor our mother and father. However, how should this be applied in a situation where parents were abusive, neglectful, and harmful? When engaging the parents is ...
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What's the different between kusala (good) and akusala (bad)? [duplicate]

What's the different between ku-sala (good) and a-ku-sala (bad), in regard of what the Buddha taught? (ku - bad, sala - cutting away, a - not) What are good and bad actions by deeds, speech and mind,...
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Have the copies of original Tipitaka written in Aluvihara Sri Lanka now been lost?

Have the copies of original Tipitaka written in Aluvihara Sri Lanka now been lost? It appears that the Tipitaka used in Sri Lanka an import from Thailand or Myanmar. I ask because in this essay, The ...
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Sakkāya-Ditthi and Self-View

It's mentioned in many references that when someone becomes Sotāpanna (= stream-entrant = Person-who-has-seen-Dharma) then the first three fetters (saŋyojana) are dropped. My question is, if the ...
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What can cause one to feel offended when asked 'how are you', 'having any problem? [closed]

Rowf, Rowf! I once saw a dog who couldn't eat all the rice I had given it, so he lay down and kept watch over the rice right there. He was so full he couldn't eat any more, but he still lay keeping ...
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Vanna-maccharia, stinginess in regard of ones reputations: What to practice to get ride of it?

Vaṇṇā-maccharia, stinginess in regard ones honor, reputation, don't letting make others use of it, envy to lose it, is one of the five kinds of maccharia, based on ingratitude, wrong view, and a ...
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What's the (mental) quality different between aversive leaving (vi-bhava) and renouncing (nekkhamma)?

Whats the different between leaving, abounding, letting go, push away, say out of aversion, anger, and renouncing? Both seems to be combined with tanha (thirst), yet one is called ku-sala (bad-...
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Why do Buddhists believe in reincarnation?

What makes a person believe in the idea of reincarnation? It can’t be “because the books/teachers say so”, given the Buddhist ideology of “come and see by yourself”
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What do Birth, Age, and Death mean in the first noble truth?

Below is from Ariyapariyesana Sutta "Monks, there are these two searches: ignoble search & noble search. And what is ignoble search? There is the case where a person, being subject himself ...
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What are the points against social engagement?

Last year, I applied for the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Tech Visa in the UK. From the two criteria: "prove at least 2 innovations in tech" and "demonstrate how your engagement with the community ...
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Past life regression techniques

Is there anyone knows and has experience in past life regression? How can I do to recall my past life memory? Thank you.
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How to avoid the dangers of gain and honor (lābhasakkara)?

It's said that desire for gains as intention for one undertakings, beyond simply that for liberation from suffering, is a huge hindrance, obstacle. No, the Buddha also warned even Arahats, at least ...
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Kalachakra Tantra (translation of the original text)

Where can I find the English / Chinese translation of the Kalachakra Tantra? (not commentary) Thank you.
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The World and Five Aggregates of Clinging

As I've heard, the "world" referred by Buddha (mentioned in the Loka Sutta and in Samyutta Nikaya - 4 -> LokaSamudaya Sutta) is the same as "Five Aggregates of Clinging" (Five-Updana-Skandas). That's ...
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What is exactly Avijja — and how to uproot it?

To most of the questions about Nibbana, the easiest answer is "Avijja". But what exactly this Avijja? Improper attention, ignorance? What are we ignoring, and then what's the fact that we should not ...
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Nature of dependent origination, and is Buddhism non-duality?

Is dependent arising meant for us to understand the arising of suffering -- or is it also meant to describe how phenomena in the outside World arise dependent on other conditions (for instance how ...
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A question about my karma and how it’s affecting me

I come from a very well off family but I have issues with my parents even though I’m very grateful for everything I have,I’m having a problem with self acceptance beacuse of them which took me a very ...
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Why living beings like / dislike things in the world?

All living beings (animals + humans) like something, and they don't like some another things? What is the reason for liking and disliking. Eg: Imagine there are two best friends let's call friend A ...
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What is the Reason for Noble Dukkha and How? [duplicate]

The direct answer to this question is attachment (upadana). To be more specific my question is how attachment become the cause for the Noble Dukkha? Eg: If I like a car, its an attachment. And how ...
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What is Aarya dukkha Sacca?

In buddhism what is aarya dukkha? And what’s the reason for it? Dukkha is one of four noble truth. And as I heard it’s because of the impermanence. Can in permanence be the cause for the Dukkha? Is ...

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