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Nagarjuna and the emptiness of the Dharma

Once Nagarjuna has demonstrated the emptiness of all exaggerated existential positions, including the existence of the Dharma and the Buddha's doctrine, how does he then affirm the validity of the ...
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Did the Buddha describe caste as "bigotry, oppression and vanity"?

I read the following on the internet: The suttas describe many conditions in Indian society and the world in general, but you won't find any teachings recommending monks or anyone else practice ...
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How do Buddhists separate caste system from itself when Gautama Buddha was so casteist?

There has been many questions on whether Gautama Buddha was casteist or not. The answer to that is, of course he was. Majjhima Nikaya If, sometime or other, at the end of a long period, that fool ...
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Is a thought of killing someone without actually killing him bad Karma?

Is the thought of killing someone without actually killing him bad Karma? How powerful is it? I think it is certainly bad karma. But I am willing to know the Buddhist explanation of it with more ...
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Explaining a remark made by Ajahn Brahm

I came across this statement made by Ajahn Brahm: After he became enlightened under the banyan tree, Mara came to him and said, ‘Okay, you’re enlightened, I admit it. Now don’t go teaching, it’s just ...
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detachment from goals

I'm a lay follower because I am too old to become a monastic and I have familial commitments, but I see the general futility in my goals in life. In specific my career goals. I was training for years ...
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Sexual visualizations during retreats

I’ve been going to Vipassana meditation retreats for a while now. Every single time, I am plagued by sex idea and fantasies, almost like going crazy by it. During the sittings sometimes the whole hour ...
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Does Sutta Nipata say this quote?

From a book called Pruning the Bodhi Tree the author writes in the Suttanipata (oldest Pali discourses?) the following is replied by Sakyamuni: Without ordinary perception (conception), without ...
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Why is Dependent Arising (Paṭiccasamuppāda) not included in Satipatthana Sutta?

I ask a similar question here, but why is it that dependent origination is not part of the Satipathanasutta? There are a few references to the origin of the body in section 1 (considering the body) ...
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Pragmatic and objective guide books on vipassana meditation?

Similar to "The Mind Illuminated" and "Core Teachings of the Buddha". Are there any books that offer a pragmatic and objective guide on vipassana meditation, rather than a "...
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Does wisdom only exist, in zen, when it is perfect?

Does wisdom only exist, in zen, when it is perfect? Do zen monks and laity practice wisdom or is the focus so much on one practice samadhi that it's only there when you are?
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virtues other than the paramitas to practice in daily life

For some context, I have been practicing the paramitas in daily life—one each day, and then repeating them when they're done. But I felt the need to include a few other things that were missed in ...
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How to do insight meditation as pain for the meditation object?

I'm soon getting my wisdom teeth removed. Like always, I don't plan on using any anesthesia for the procedure - the pain is probably going to be excruciating, like always. So how can I use it as a ...
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Do the children and grandchildren etc. of eminent "buddhas" get blesssed in any way?

Do the children and grandchildren etc. of eminent "buddhas" get blesssed in any way? I know the buddha had a child, before his enlightenment, and that most important buddhists are celibate, ...
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How should one say the nembutsu: "as if your life depended on it"?

How should one say the nembutsu: "as if your life depended on it"? This is an English idiom, though I think it is quite literal. Would anyone agree, and if so who?
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Regret on wrong actions

I am asking this personal question because I am recently found myself in a situation that shook me up quite a bit and I can’t seem to figure out how to deal with it. I made a wrong decision which hurt ...
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How to reconcile emptiness with dependent origination?

Already in the dedicatory verses of the MMK, Nagarjuna tells us that there is no origination or cessation of any kind. There is no arising whatsoever. I understand that this absence of arisen things ...
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Is there anything of value in any world?

Is there anything of value in any world? I feel incapable of conceiving of a world with a single valuable thing in. there is no wisdom and there is no attainment whatsoever
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Dedicatory verse of the Mūlamadhyamakakārikā?

I am writing an essay on SN 12.15 (interested folks can read the first draft here; using a new laptop & don't know how to format the Word document to fit the PDF conversion) and was heaping praise ...
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Is copying code online breaking the second precept?

I'm a computer science student striving to uphold the principles of Buddhism, particularly the precept of "not taking which is not given." In my journey to learn coding, there are moments ...
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Can I intend to be a Buddha?

Right intention is a good thing: can I intend to be an Arhat or Buddha? What if I believe I cannot be either, can I still intend it, have the intention to any of its unique qualities and skills etc.?
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Am I missing the point?

I've heard and read it said many times about realising or having insight that mind states, thoughts, emotions etc "are not you because they arise and pass". Its always said as if its some ...
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How do the later rupa kalapas get qualities of their before rupa kalapas by birth

when a object made with rupa kalapas is given a force, heated or travelling at a constant speed, how do the next generations of the same rupa kalapas get those qualities(forces, heat, speed ,etc..)by ...
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How is Cittamatra practiced in the Gelug school?

I'm new to studying Tibetan Buddhism. I'd like to ask how the Cittamatra doctrine is practiced in the Gelug school. I'm not referring to the hierarchy this school establishes of Yogacara as a ...
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How can rebirth occur without sex & parents?

I read the following on the internet: The birth that is going to take place, by which I mean the past life of the being that is going to take another birth, will do so regardless of one deciding to ...
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Why would a Buddhist have children? [duplicate]

If the ultimate goal is to reach nibanna and no longer be reborn into the samsaric realm then why would any sane practicing Buddhist want to bring children here and put them through the endless ...
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How to remove the fear?

Recently, I was got cyberbullied by my schoolmate. yeah, I am not student. I'm depressed. I remove all contact and block them but I can't remove my anxiety and fear. Oh yeah, I feel that I am not ...
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How did the original mental event arise according to Dharmakīrti's argument for rebirth?

This answer on Reddit gave a basic outline of Dharmakīrti's argument for rebirth in the form of a syllogism: Matter and consciousness are metaphysically different, their characteristics and nature ...
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Are the Buddhist 8 hot hells and 8 cold hells ordered together into one list?

I am reading about these in Buddhist Cosmology, and am wondering if they are ordered together (hot and cold) into one sequential list, where it goes (from least severe to most severe): top cold (...
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How did they arrive at things like the 33 heavens, and the gods presiding over each?

I am looking at Heaven of the 33, where it says: second heaven of the desire realm, situated on the summit of Mount Meru and presided over by thirty-three gods of whom Indra is the chief. Looking it ...
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How to explain the concept of "body" as in "rupakaya" in intuitive terms?

I am looking at Rupakaya on the Rigpa Wiki, and it says: [It] refers to the two 'form kayas' of a buddha: nirmanakaya and sambhogakaya. It is said that the rupakaya arises from the accumulation of ...
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How does the infinite divine mind (the All) subdivide into self-experiences (atman)?

I have been listening to audiobooks on Buddhism and Hinduism (Dhammapada, Bhagavad Gita, Heart Sutra, Upanishads, Rig Veda, etc.), and am stuck trying to imagine and/or understand how the infinite ...
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The everyday sense that you are wasting your life

This question may seem a little new age. I am often discouraged in my life in general by the belief that I want more, nothing specific, but something is missing, perhaps a more meaningful life. Could ...
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Why is the first jhana omitted from MN 125?

Why is the first jhana omitted from MN 125? How is this omission related to the context of that sutta? As the placing of the mind and keeping it connected are stilled, they enter and remain in the ...
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Can you map 12 links of Dependent origination to citta of abhidhamma cithavitthi?

So far these are independently discussed. Can you map at list few links of Dependent origination to the jargons of cittavitthis?
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First jhana and vipassana

In various suttas like SN 35.204 and AN 4.170, we find that both tranquility (samatha) and insight (vipassana) must be developed in most cases, in order to make progress on the path towards complete ...
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Practical example of paramattha dhamma compared to samutti

Please give a clear simple example of how this looks in a practical way without quoting suttas. I just want a practical example. Thanks "The object of consciousness, or mind-object, that arises ...
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What is wrong with this reasoning about final nirvana?

anicca: things only exist for a moment: I infer that every rebirth that occurs does so in a present moment. dukkha: I am suffering: I infer that I am conclusively not in final nirvana. anatta: there ...
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Deep meaning of Phassa in the Mahānidāna Sutta?

How would one explain when Buddha said in Mahānidāna Sutta, that "rūpakāye adhivacanasamphasso" and "nāmakāye paṭighasamphasso". The meaning of this?
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Are the heavens and hells in karamdhatu meant to be physical places?

Are the heavens and hells in karamdhatu meant to be physical places? I was looking at the abhidharmakośa-bhāsya, and Vasabandhu lists 20 places: 8 hells; 6 heavens; pretas; animals; physical world; ...
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What is the Tusita heaven, and how can I be reborn there?

What is the Tusita heaven, and how can I be reborn there? I just think it sounds fun, plus Maitreya might be there!
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How is vitakka / vicara a "fruit" of concentration?

I have issues with the exact meaning of vitakka/vicara. I'm familiar with the stock translation "initial and sustained application of attention" and the images of vitakka and vicara being ...
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Does the intermediate state remember its past life?

For those Buddhists who believe there is an intermediate state between death and our next rebirth (IIRC this can last anything upto 7 weeks), does the intermediate state remember what has happened to ...
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How can "feeling" occur *after* "forms" in the 5 Aggregates Framework (5 skandhas)?

Looking at https://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?title=Five_skandhas, how is it possible that the feeling is derived out of the forms? If the forms don't have feeling themselves, how can feeling emerge ...
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How to stop singing and humming, speaking myself?

As a layperson, I try to achieve sotapanna and do vipassana meditation for one month approximately. I like to hear song, so I leave it. But, I often sing and hum accidentally. I try to stop it but it'...
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Does Pure Land Buddhism only acknowledge the 3 sutra in its canon?

On this website, it is stated: The Pure Land tradition is founded on three sutras and two commentaries: the Sutra on Immeasurable Life, also known as the Larger Pure Land Sutra; the Amida Sutra, also ...
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What is first? Vedanā (feeling) or saññā (perception)?

Do we feel because we perceive? Or do we perceive because we feel? As per mahā-vedallasutta(MN43) Yaṁ vedeti taṁ sañjānāti, yaṁ sañjānāti taṁ vijānāti. so vedanā -> sañjānāti -> vijānāti But ...
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Is there any form of Vajrayana Buddhism that is based on the Pali canon?

As far as I'm aware, most forms of Vajrayana Buddhism (which is really only Tibetan and Shingon I think) are based on the Mahayana (Chinese?) canon and accept their sutras generally. Is there any form ...
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Body / Mind – why are they different?

In Buddhism it's mostly all about mind training. The mind is regarded as a skhanda/aggregate separate from the body. Also, feelings, consciousness and karmic conditions. Now I am in doubt, thinking ...
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Is Buddha wrong in Dhammapada?

In Dhammapada, verse 129, Buddha states: All tremble at violence; all fear death. Putting oneself in the place of another, one should not kill nor cause another to kill. Taking this at face value, ...
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