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Within Theravāda tradition, what are the differences in doctrine and practice between schools and sects around the world?

I'm considering spending some time in the future in retreats to have a taste of what monastic life is like. It seems that Theravāda is the current tradition most related and compatible to my moral ...
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The rites of marriage and death are a significant part of most religions

The rites of marriage and death are a significant part of most religions. How does Buddhism celebrate these or any other rites?
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Noble Friendship (Kalyana Mitta) in modern times

Would "noble friendship" in modern times also refer to dhamma teachings via the Internet? Of course being surrounded by wise people is of course preferable, but how is this exactly to be understood? ...
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Buddhism is practiced in many countries by many different peoples. How do Buddhists in America differ in their beliefs, values

Buddhism is practiced in many countries by many different peoples. How do Buddhists in America differ in their beliefs, values, rituals, practices etc? Or, is Buddhism fairly uniform wherever it is ...
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How does an arahant know that ignorance won't return/re-arise after death?

The earlier aspects that now seem less relevant imo: ---How can it be known that ignorance won't return/re-arise and why won't it return/re-arise if there is no consciousness after death? ---...
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Are the Jhanas related to some of the 31 realms of existence

When I say 'related' in this sense means more about the hue that accompanies a jhana, this might be a very pleasant feeling, mind state or perception. I don't know what school this question refers to....
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I'm trying to find a specific sutta I think

I remember there being a passage where a monk says to Buddha that he thinks the Sangha is at least 50 percent of the teaching and Buddha says something along the lines of 'it's all of it'. Can anyone ...
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Do all conditioned things arise from ignorance?

A new friend said: If wisdom is not permanent, then it is conditioned. But all conditioned things arise from ignorance. How can ignorance be ended by something borne of ignorance? Do all ...
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Is this a statue of a six-armed wooden Buddha?

Please help me identify this statue. Thank you!
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To what extend should I keep doing useless stuff with my friends?

Recently my behaviour changed a lot thanks to buddhism. I am no longer interested in watching movies, listening to music, and especially going out on parties and drinking alcohol. This is creating ...
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Can anger be acceptable?

When doing physical work, there are times that anger helps to overcome physical obstacles, as a way to arouse energy where force is required, but for the purpose of doing good (thru service, altruism),...
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Why is Nibbanna unconditioned if it's dependent on mind & brain [on hold]

Often it is said that nibbana is unconditioned, but nibbana is definitely dependent on other conditions. Also, according to modern psychology nothing can be 'eliminated' (greed, hatred and delusion in ...
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Regarding Nicca and Anicca natures of Avidya and Prajna

If Tanha (Craving) is caused by Avidya (Ignorance), and Avidya is originated and sustained by Tanha, then the origination of Avidya is part of a recursive cycle with no beginning. Yet Prajna (Wisdom) (...
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If a buddhist had the opportunity to stop the holocaust by killing hitler, should he or she do it? [duplicate]

This is basically a philosophical question, in the light of buddhist ethics. Suppose a buddhist person were in a situation in which he could stop the jewish holocaust, but the ONLY way he or she ...
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Who was the Buddha's teacher?

When Asita muni had told to King Shuddhodhana that " If he becomes a householder, he will become a universal monarch. But if he goes forth from the home to a homeless life, he will become a ...
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Why do so many traditions and religions have saint men who claim having attained enlightenment?

According to the suttas, the then Bodhisatta Gotama discovered by himself that ascetic practices of his contemporary India were not enough (or were even wrong) to attain complete enlightenment. Then, ...
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What does “sandhāvitvā saṃsaritvā” mean in AN 9.12?

I quote from AN 9.12 (trans. Sujato) below, with regards to stream entry. What does "sattakkhattuparama" mean literally and non-literally? What is the meaning of the phrase "sandhāvitvā saṃsaritvā" ...
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Where do I find a Buddhist retreat in Asia?

I have had experience in meditation, I want to have experience of living and learning with Buddhist monks. Where in Asia can I experience this for 8 to 10 weeks to start?
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What should I choose, Life or Nirvana?

A little personal story ahead also sorry for the long post... Story: Three years back my life was a disaster, I was as far away from Dhamma as possible, I was into the dark side of modern life. ...
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Sn 2.1: What is meant by an “eighth grasping (ādiyanti)”?

Sn 2.1 has been translated as follows: Ye ariyasaccāni vibhāvayanti, Gambhīrapaññena sudesitāni; Kiñcāpi te honti bhusaṃ pamattā, Na te bhavaṃ aṭṭhamam ādiyanti; Idampi saṅghe ratanaṃ ...
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Have Matreiya ever meet the present buddha?

I know that the Buddha went to tusita heaven or tavatimsa heaven to teach the dharma or Abidhamma to his mother. Matreiya is in tusita heaven so did he ever come down to tavatimsa heaven to hear the ...
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Is suffering dependent on aging & death? If so, how is suffering experienced before & after death?

A translation of SN 12.2 says: And what is dependent co-arising? From ignorance as a requisite condition come fabrications. From fabrications as a requisite condition comes consciousness. From ...
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Gums throbbing and blood rushing to mouth

I have been doing a part of the bliss of inner fire meditation. The part where you pull energy from above down through yourself. While doing this, I once floated above my body for literally 5-10 ...
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What are the historical accounts on Buddhist scriptures that certify the authenticity of the teachings and traditions? [closed]

If Buddhists themselves cannot agree on which scriptural writings or traditions for practice are actually true statements from the Buddha, how can Buddhism as a system claim any truth? The above ...
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Is “To Forgive is the only way to forget” an authentic quote of the Buddha?

" To Forgive is the only way to forget " Is this one of the sayings of Lord Buddha. This quote is beautiful, but I couldn't find the source.
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What to do when it itching (according to suttas and your own experience)?

I know the question may seems a little trivial and superfluous, but rather than being interested in the itching itself, I'd like to know what to do when any kind of unpleasent feeling rises. I think ...
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How or why do arahants not experience aging & death?

There are various verses in the Pali suttta that give the impression arahants not experience aging & death, as follows: Then, monks, being subject myself to aging... death... seeking the aging-...
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MN 38: How do aging-&-death cease when the eye sees a form?

MN 38 has the following two different or opposite verses on the arising of suffering & the ceasing of suffering: On seeing a form with the eye, he lusts after it if it is pleasing; he dislikes ...
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Why does SN 12.66 say aging-and-death has acquisition as its source?

SN 12.66 says: The many diverse kinds of suffering that arise in the world headed by aging-and-death: this suffering has acquisition as its source, acquisition as its origin; it is born and ...
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Where is the most concrete exposition on the Buddhist ethics in the source material?

In the Bible a complex saga of the human experience is elaborated in a multitude of ways, and these nuances make the text hard to crack in a linear reading. However, there exists a very illuminating ...
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How can we make compatible the 'ehipassiko' aspect of the Dhamma with the faith aspects of it?

In this sutta (https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an04/an04.077.than.html), it is explained that the power of Gotama Buddha as a sammasambuddha cannot or should not be conjecture about; the ...
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How does rebirth work for arahant and non-arahants?

I read in a sutta a few days ago (I can't remember the exactly where) that the question of rebirth after parinibbana is not a valid one, because there was no one to be reborn. But if anatta is valid ...
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Is the buddhist concept of kamma supersticiously deterministic? [duplicate]

(Before asking my question, I'd like to make clear that all of my previous knowledge comes from sources other than the suttas). Is the buddhist doctrine of kamma a superstitious explanation for what ...
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Can I attain Vipassana without doing the body scan?

I returned from Goenka's Vipassana retreat. The technique of being aware of sensations with equanimity was very helpful and led me into deeper states of meditation. But his technique includes ...
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Is the arising of Buddhas a cosmological evolutionary occurrence?

...if not, then who or what is governing these occurrences? In the Diamond Sutta (see excerpt below) Buddha mentions the previous Buddha as being called Dīpankara Buddha possibly existing around ten ...
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How do I practise Vipassana and Samatha through Anapanasati?

After reading the answers to this question I understand that keeping the object of meditation same, Samatha leads to calm and tranquility of mind and Vipassana leads to insight into nature of reality....
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What is Vibhava Tanha?

What is Vibhava Tanha? What is the destination (rebirth) of a person with Vibhaba Tanha? Is the view non-existence considered Vibhava Tanha? What is the Sutta reference relating to this teaching? Why ...
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Does the mental process of assigning subjective qualities to any phenomenon have a name in the suttas?

This question is related to this one (and its comments) I made before: In the Dependent Origination formula, shouldn't perception precede craving instead of feeling? According to the Khajjaniya ...
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SN 12.51 Why are meritorious formations rooted in ignorance?

SN 12.51 says: Bhikkhus, if a person immersed in ignorance generates a meritorious volitional formation, consciousness fares on to the meritorious; if he generates a demeritorious volitional ...
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Did the Buddha according to the suttas mean anything else by the word “self” beyond simply the aspect of control/power?

It looks like according to [the Anatta-lakkhana Sutta][1] one aspect that is considered "self" by the Buddha is power or control. Why did he use the word "self" instead of just "complete control/power"...
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How is one supposed to be compassionate and 100% free of suffering while others are suffering?

How is this possible besides if one simply doesn't mind if others are suffering? But if one truly doesn't mind whether others are suffering or not isn't that a lack of compassion? Is one supposed to ...
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Evidence of determinism in DN 2 Samaññaphala Sutta? Was the King already a faith follower?

Near the end of the Samaññaphala Sutta it says this: "The king is incapacitated. Had he not killed his father — that righteous man, that righteous king — the dustless, stainless Dhamma eye would ...
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Nagarjuna and the Schools

I am confused by the variety of views within Buddhism. It appears to me that Nagarjuna provides a complete philosophical justification and explanation for the Buddha's teachings and that this is ...
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Which is a certified/authentic guide to entering Jhnanas?

By far I have came across only Ajahn Brahms book which gives detailed instructions on entering Jhnanas. If I google for any other instruction manual I get this link. I don't doubt Ajahn Brahm at all ...
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What are the Five Pungent (Vegetables/Roots/Spices) and when were they first proscribed?

According to Salguero (2017): The Five Pungent Roots generally refer to garlic, leeks, scallions, onions, and asafoetida, as well as their subvarieties. In some sources, the list includes ginger ...
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Why is the Pali word 'saṅkhārā' in Dependent Origination plural?

In researching Dependent Origination as described in SN 12.2 and using a basic Pali language guide (page 18), I found the following about each main Pali word: jarāmaraṇaṃ singular from maraṇa ...
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In the Dependent Origination formula, shouldn't perception precede craving instead of feeling?

In the paticcasamuppada's formulation of the twelve nidanas, vedana precedes tanha. As far as I currently understand, vedana is just the physiological and psychological -and involuntary- response (...
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Accuracy of suttas [closed]

The suttas were as far as I heard transmitted orally, and it was only several hundred years later that the teachings were put on to paper. Now my questions: i) Do you believe in every sutta? For ...
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Considering other traditions than Goenka Vipassana for better Right Effort, Right Concentration and Right Mindfullness

I have been on three 10-day Goenka Vipassana retreats in the past four years. I continue to meditate every day, although I question my technique, my progress, and eventually if this is the right ...
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In AN 4.171, what is “reincarnation where the intention of others is effective”?

Bhikkhu Sujato's translation of AN 4.171 says: Mendicants, there are four kinds of reincarnation. Cattārome, bhikkhave, attabhāvapaṭilābhā. What four? Katame cattāro? There is a ...

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