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Who was Anuruddha's father?

In the Pali commentaries, there is a contradiction regarding the name of Thera Anuruddha's father. Somewhere he is said to be the son of Sukkodana, and somewhere of Amitodana. Both Sukkodana and ...
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Is the human realm the only one where conscious moral choice is possible?

In this page's explanation of the six realms of existence the human realm is presented as below, it reads a bit off. Is it not possible, for example in the heavenly realm, to make a good choice and ...
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What is the (commentary) source for Buddha's daily schedule?

What is the (commentary) source for Buddha's five-part daily schedule, as mentioned at The Buddha's Daily Routine (Buddhanet) and A Day in the Life of the Buddha (YouTube video, Bhikkhu Bodhi).
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Different types of vipassana jhana?

I am interested in vipassana jhana. What are the different types of vipassana jhana?
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How can the details of the mappō age be discussed skillfully?

Mappō (a.k.a mòfǎ, mạt pháp) is a term used by the majority of Mahayana Buddhism branches in East and Southeast Asia. It was mentioned in the Mahayana Mahaparinirvaṇa Sutra, signalling the declination ...
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Why Become Buddhist?

I am interested in Theravada Buddhism. What are some concrete reasons as to why one should become a Buddhist?
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What are the signs indicating onset of wisdom because of meditation practice?

One of the benefits of the meditation practice that is widely talked about is becoming more wise. I am not sure if there is a universal definition of wisdom so I am trying to see what wisdom other ...
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Could anyone explain: (1) What are the advantages of practicing Guru Yoga? (2) Why (or What are the reasons) practicing Guru Yoga has such advantages?

The question is just the title. Moreover, AFAIK, currently there are 2 editions of the 14th Dalai Lama Guru Yoga. (1) "The Source of All Attainments: The Yoga of the Inseparability of the Guru ...
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How do we perceive pitch-dark?

According to Abhidhamma, following four conditions must be satisfied for the arising of eye-consciousness. Eye-door should be good Visible object must be present Light must be present Attention must ...
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Can this cause a rebirth as a homosexual?

I've been thinking about this for quite some time, and decided to ask the forum, perhaps someone have more knowledge about this. (sorry for grammar mistakes (if there's any), English is not my first ...
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Where is the sutta passage for the following citation of the description of a kalpa?

Can someone provide me a reference to the passage in the canon where the Buddha describes the length of a kalpa? In the English Wikipedia article there is this quote which is allegedly by the Buddha: ...
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Can I save my meditation practice or should I abandon it?

I'm having a really hard time. Not just in my meditation practice, but in my life in general. I've established a habit of 20 minutes of meditation first thing in the morning, then another 15 minutes ...
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What's the karmic cause for homosexuality? [duplicate]

Is being homosexual a result of poor karma? Or is it because of the person's habit in his/her past life? Or perhaps it's because the person likes and supports same-sex couple in his/her past life?
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Should meditation be practiced without a goal?

I've been meditating for some time now and consistently everyday for about six months but I don't have a definite goal or intent - I do it because I like sitting down for 30 minutes or so without ...
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How do we forgive ourselves? [duplicate]

When we make a mistake, how do we forgive ourselves? I know that bhikkhus must confess in front of the Sangha if they break a certain Vinaya (monastic rule). But what about lay people? Do we have to ...
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What are Pali terms (and sutta references) for the 3 opposites, 3 doors, and 3 gifts, which are associated with the 3 characteristics of existence?

perceptions opposites doors gifts aniccā (impermanence) ___ (stability) ___ (signless) ___ (beginner's mind) dukkhā (unsatisfactoriness) sukha (reliability) ___ (wishless) ___ (aspiration) anattā (...
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What are the prescription regarding a bhikkhu or a monastery having a lay-attendant?

I am curious about vinaya regulations & accounts otherwise relevant to a householder's attending to the bhikkhusangha. Of interest are lay attendants in particular, how far one can go in being ...
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Sexual deviance (zoophilia, etc)

If homosexuality is okay because it is never explicitly stated in the canonical texts, then how about zoophilia, or necrophilia? Those aren't explicitly stated in the texts too, so are those 'okay'?
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Does 'saṁsaṭṭha' mean “arise together”?

I read this statement in an answer: Cittasaṁsaṭṭhā means arising together because it is described in the same canon "idaṃ sukhaṃ imāya pītiyā sahagataṃ hoti sahajātaṃ saṃsaṭṭhaṃ sampayuttaṃ"...
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Why does Abhidhamma exclude becoming, birth & death from 'mutuality'?

The Abhidhamma says: 2.4. The Mutuality Tetrad PTS cs 246 With ignorance as condition there is a (volitional) process, also with a (volitional) process as condition there is ignorance, with a (...
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Abhidhamma: can dependent origination arise without any sense bases?

Abhidhammabhājanīya says: 2.1. Paccayacatukka 27.1Avijjāpaccayā saṅkhāro, saṅkhārapaccayā viññāṇaṁ, viññāṇapaccayā nāmaṁ, nāmapaccayā chaṭṭhāyatanaṁ, chaṭṭhāyatanapaccayā phasso, phassapaccayā vedanā,...
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Abhidhamma vs Sutta: Did the Buddha teach about the birth of things?

The Abhidhamma acknowledges the Suttas define 'birth' ('jati') as follows: The Section Derived from the Discourses 1.11. Definition of Birth PTS cs 235 Herein, what is ‘with continuation as ...
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Abhidhamma cross-referenced with Sutta: Can nama arise without rupa? Is nama four aggregates?

Abhidhamma appears to say nama can arise without rupa in dependent origination, as follows: PTS cs 243 With ignorance as condition there is a (volitional) process, with a (volitional) process as ...
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Abhidhamma: Is craving really the samudaya of suffering?

The Abhidhamma knowingly says the 2nd Noble Truth according to Sutta is: Tattha katamaṁ dukkhasamudayaṁ ariyasaccaṁ? Yāyaṁ taṇhā ponobhavikā nandirāgasahagatā tatratatrābhinandinī, seyyathidaṁ— ...
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Can Abhidhamma be reconciled with Sutta? Citta & vinnana

This question could comprise of many examples but here I will choose one and only four aspects of this one example. The Abhidhamma says: Rūpakkhandho anārammaṇo. 530.2Cattāro khandhā sārammaṇā. 530....
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Why cannot a mindstream be separated into two, or two mindstreams merge?

As far as I understand, Buddhism (Tibetan Gelug is what I am most familiar with) holds that a mindstream is always individual. Is there any reason against the notion that one mindstream can separate ...
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What does random Images flashing during mediation mean ,if anything at all?

I started meditation with Headspace app and have experienced a lot during meditation such as irrational fear of someone breaking in to the house and killing me while I was meditating , fear of snakes ...
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Are there stories in the suttas of people experiencing the fruits of their karma in their lifetimes?

In my reading of the suttas in the Pali canon, I've only found one story that's an example of someone experiencing the results of deeds committed in the life they are currently living, in that same ...
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The Nature of Viññāṇa as a Nidāna in the Cycle of Paṭiccasamuppāda

In the cycle of paṭiccasamuppāda, if we start from avijjā, the next nidāna is that of saṅkhāra which in turn conditions the origin of viññāṇa, loosely termed as consciousness. This viññāṇa in turn ...
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Is kasina meditation based on the suttas or was it invented in the Visuddhimagga?

Is kasina meditation and other such meditation techniques not found in the suttas (i.e. not taught by the Buddha) and only invented in the Visuddhimagga? Or does it have basis in the Pali suttas?
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The rootless, mirth-producing, mind-consciousness element

What is hasituppāda, the so-called rootless, mirth-producing, mind-consciousness element of an Arahant? What is its basis? What is its purpose, if any? Could someone provide me the details of the same ...
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To hell with metta - how to understand AN4.125?

Quote from Aṅguttara Nikāya 4.125 Paṭhamamettāsutta: Firstly, a person meditates spreading a heart full of love [...] If they abide in that, are committed to it, and meditate on it often without ...
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Was Sariputta alive during the time of Buddha's death?

I have found two Suttas and I am a bit confused about Sariputta's death. In DN 16, there is a part about Sariputta being alive at the time of Buddha's death. (look at 4. Sāriputta’s Lion’s Roar in DN ...
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Good source of Buddha stories and what they mean

Try again. I have an idea for a comic book I would like to attempt. It is based in a contemporary setting and sort of outlines the principles of buddhism without actually comingout and saying so. ...
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I have a question, but feel it's far to sensitive to share here

I have a question about my current practice, but feel it's far too sensitive to share here. I do not personally know any person, teacher or guru who I could ask this question. What could I do in this ...
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Help finding “Breath Energy” as described by Thanissaro Bhikku

I plan on calling the Metta forest monastery with this question shortly but have not had the opportunity yet to do so. In “With Each and every breath” and in many of Thanissaro’s guided meditations he ...
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Did the Buddha invent any words?

A person told me that the Buddha coined certain words as part of his teachings. I don't remember which words, but perhaps "samadhi" was one of them. Is there any evidence the Buddha invented ...
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What is the meaning of the word 'Emptiness' as it was used in the oldest texts?

Want references/excerpts and inference pertaining to the references & etymology for the designation[s] of "Emptiness" as it is used in the Pali Sutta.
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Where in the canon does the Buddha teach about mindfulness?

I wanted to know if someone could reference passages from the canon where the Buddha teaches about mindfulness. If such passages exist that is. I was wondering about it because terms and explanations ...
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What is the “sensual desire” fetter?

What is the "sensual desire" described as one of the fetters, which is: Reduced or weakened in a once-returner Abandoned in a non-returner Are kāmarāga and kāmacchando used interchangeably?...
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Were monastic training texts written down during the Buddha's life?

It seems a commonly held notion that the actual written text of Buddhadharma were only recorded well after the life of the Buddha. However, this sutta seems to indicate that was not so: "Take a ...
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What is world (loka) in SN 12.44? Why is it called “world”?

What is world (loka) in the context of SN 12.44? Why is it called "world"? Is it related to "The All" (SN 35.23)? “And what, bhikkhus, is the origin of the world? In dependence on ...
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How can the Buddha (after he was enlightened) reflect that he was not at ease and then became at ease in seclusion?

This is from the Theravada Vinaya: While he was staying by himself, the Buddha thought, “When I was previously surrounded by people, I was not at ease because of those monks at Kosambī who were ...
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Does Noble right view say that specific people (in this life and the next) don't exist just like the son of a barren woman?

Premise: It's been asserted that the proper Noble right view results in the denial of rebirth of specific people. This seems akin to saying the Buddha knew rebirth of specific people to not exist just ...
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Does one who has Noble right view understand people to not exist in the present life? [closed]

The Buddha spoke of five factors of the path with effluents like this: Right view - ‘There is what is given and what is offered and what is sacrificed; there is fruit and result of good and bad ...
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Can long sits be easier than short sits?

I tend to write down when I meditate, and also note the length of the sessions. Observing my notes, I had the impression that when I sat for longer times (40m - 1h), I also was paradoxically more ...
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How to reconcile the “right view” in the Noble Eightfold path with Snp 4.5?

The Four Noble Truths include the Noble Eightfold Path which importantly includes “right view” as the first step on that path. However, it is said in Snp 4.5 that a Realized One does not hold any “...
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What is a person (puggala)?

What is a person (puggala) in Buddhism? What is the difference between a person (puggala) and other terms like self (atta) and sentient being (satta)? Is a person (puggala) reborn into future lives? ...
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Is liberation possible for those practicing unskillful means?

Is it possible for a person to gain liberation while simultaneously practicing unskillful means? Is it possible for a person to understand profound universal truths while simultaneously practicing ...
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The Buddha spoke to many individuals. Did the Buddha ever tell an individual who did not believe in rebirth, that they must in order to be liberated?

I have yet to read the entire Pali canon, but I've read a lot of it. It is a source I trust is fairly accurate. I'm still looking for an anecdote from the Buddha's life where he tells a non-believer ...

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