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How does one know if one is destined to attain Nibbana?

How does one know if one is destined to attain Nibbana? (In future lives)
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Losing enlightenment i.e. switching to conditioned state

I would like to ask you if you have known an enlightened being who lost it, in other words, someone who switched from enlightened state to the conditioned state. I have seen this has happened to ...
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Dukkha Nana - deep knowledge of our own suffering

In which school of Buddism is dukkha nana a recognised term? Where is dukkha nana discussed in the Pali canon? The nearest I can find to dukkha nana is klesha-mara which maybe related in some way. ...
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Offering water to a buddha statue?

Does offering water to a Buddha statue increase merits? Can I get more merits from offering food or drinks to a buddha statue than from giving money to beggars?
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Should you practices the noble eightfold path all at once or master is separately?

I read in a book while I'm studying the path, that you should practice the path all at once. It can't be separate. That seem to me like a very large task. Is this true.
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What is wrong speech according to Buddhism?

Is something a lie if I don’t have bad or evil intentions but what I said turns out to be false? I’m trying to protect my five precepts but sometimes when I say something it turns out to be false but ...
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Is the abhidhammic view on mind an externalist or internalist one?

I'd like to try and categorize the abhidhammic view into either as an internalist or externalist or know if it's possible at all, knowing how the historical Buddha himself even refused to either ...
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The Cula-suññata Sutta - Pali Canon and emptiness [duplicate]

I've closed the question. No need to answer It's a sore and sensitive subject, emptiness. The Cula-suññata Sutta: The Lesser Discourse on Emptiness. What else is there in the Pali canon that has a ...
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Tibetan Buddhism:Recieving inititation in India/Tibet

I recently read an introductory book on Tibetan Buddhism and intrigued by Tantra & Kalachakra practice. I have been practicing meditation for the last 2-3 years but not under the guidance of a ...
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increased body temperature during meditation

Is it common during samatha for the body temperature to rise enough to cause some isolated forms of sweating? Specifically around the head, like where a hat would set and sometimes across the upper ...
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Is it possible to eliminate all attachments?

Attachment is clearly something that we have all experienced, from a baby who is attached to their mom to an adult who is attached to their family. It is clear that attachment leads to suffering, so ...
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Why is there no self in the container of the 5 aggregates?

I can see that there is no self to find in the 5 aggregates. But what about their container ? I have a recurrent thought which troubles me : I imagine the 5 aggregates happening within a frame, ...
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Is stock trading a wrong livelihood?

Does stock trading count as pursuing gain with gain mentioned as wrong view in MN117? Sure active stock trading is very destructive, especially nowadays it's like trading the weather, but does it ...
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If you build in difference to reach higher jhana won't that make it hard to enter jhana?

If i have to review how gross the jhana factors are won't that make it hard to enter the jhana as I don't care for the factors?
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Buddism and Quantity [closed]

Does buddism support a nature of wholism as a direct diametric to a nature of western reductionism but a truth not from the nature of those extremes to self define but a from a overwhelming faith in ...
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What does celestial mean in 'celestial bodhisattva'

What does celestial mean in 'celestial bodhisattva'. I'm aware of the definition of the term "celestial", but wondered if it meant that the bodhisattva was not born on earth, so that e.g. tantric ...
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Eclecticism in the Dhamma (as per AN 3.72; AN 3.65; MN 20)

“Those who teach a Dhamma for the abandoning of passion, for the abandoning of aversion, for the abandoning of delusion — their Dhamma is well-taught”. (Ājīvaka Sutta; AN 3:72) Does this verse ...
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What is saupādisesā according to the Pali suttas?

I have not read 100% of the Pali suttas. I am only aware of the term "saupādisesā" in the following sutta: “Bhikkhus, there are these two Nibbāna-elements. What are the two? The Nibbāna-element ...
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Do Arahants have Vinnana and Namarupa?

Do Arahants have Vinnana and Namarupa? According to Dependent Origination, Namarupa is the result of Vinnana. It appears Vinnana is the contributory factor for six sense base which eventually leads to ...
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Acceptance of impermanence as the right of passage to adulthood? My take on Buddha's teaching

The Buddha encouraged us to find out for ourselves whether what he was saying was true. I say the same. Feel free to find what is true for you. The Buddha invented a rite of passage to adult age. ...
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What are the different forms of nibbāna?

Often people refer to nibbāna with the cessation of all mental defilements. However, does nibbāna also encompass 'momentary cooling off', for example when one engages in the various contemplations / ...
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What is the meaning behind this chant?

Who are the eight [types of] individuals that the chant refers to, and what is the meaning of the chant? Apparently, it is the Wat Phra Ratana Mahathat Monks at evening service before the great ...
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Self invoked feelings during meditation allowed?

I'm new to meditation and I struggle with my mind being 'blank' whilst meditating. I came across an interesting statement while trying to figure out how to advance further under circumstances when ...
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Any benefit from meditation, if your mind is already completely blank?

I have never meditated before. I really want to get into meditation to explore the benefits, especially trying to understanding who I am and how my mind affects my perception of reality (looking for ...
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What should a 11-17 years old buddhist do?

Can a 11-17 years old meditate and become arahant? Is Buddhism only for adults?
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Is Will Power required to renounce sense pleasures?

Is there will power & endurance required in order to renounce worldy pleasures? I am particularly speaking of those people who did not experience (profound) meditative bliss à la sukha or various ...
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What's the karmic cause for shyness?

What did we do in our previous lives to become a shy person in this life?
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Type of Meditation and Mood

I was wondering what meditation type is most conducive to improvement of mood or even mood stability in Buddhism? I noticed that most of my problematic behaviours and attitudes depend on low mood.
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Samatha Meditation

This summer I got the chance to spend 20 days at Pa-Auk Tawya forest meditation center in Myanamar and I did Anapana-Sati for 20 days. Now I'm back at my university but when I look back I see than ...
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Did the Buddha teach the four noble truths to laypeople?

Sometimes I see comments like, "the Buddha never taught the four noble truths to laypeople". Is that so? If so, why didn't he? Aren't the 4NT the best, most succinct and most helpful, part of the ...
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Jhanic potential in Christians?

I was reading over at this post... https://buddhism.stackexchange.com/a/26834/13249 ...and saw this reply (quoted below) and wondered if I could get some elaboration. How is it a Christian could ...
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When is the best time for ordination?

When exactly is it worth considering to ordain as a monk? Is it something that happens automatically during the path, that is, (a) special experience(s) or insight into the three characteristics? Is ...
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What are the “seven stations of consciousness” supposed to mean?

DN 15 includes the utterance of the "seven stations of consciousness", where the later six equate with the six of the eight jhanas, namely: 1. There are sentient beings that are diverse in body (...
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What are The Buddha's most compassionate acts?

Source could be from sutras or anything else. Thank you.
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Are there universal experiences associated with seeing through individual aggregates?

To further refine the question: the falling away of saññā (perception), for instance, may leave behind a sense of wholeness, awe and wonder as there is no longer the conditioned interpretation of the ...
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Reincarnation in Buddhism? [duplicate]

A boy named Ram Bahadur Bomjon from Rantanpuri village, Nepal meditated for almost a year in the jungle inside a hollow tree. It is said that he did not eat, drink at all for whole year. His followers ...
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Is there any reason of restlessness in the afternoon?

I have been practicing mindfulness and watching thoughts. I usually feel rapture, calm and desireless all the day but not in afternoon after lunch. In afternoon, I even forget all stability ...
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Mindfulness and Pushing Away Emotions

With objectless mindfulness, if I am in a bad mood the mood perseveres. I just observe the bad mood but it doesn't easily stop. However, if I applied concentration on an object such as the breath, ...
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What did the Buddha mean by “the stage beyond study” in the Shurangama Sutta?

The Buddha mentioned, "The stage beyond study", in chapter 5 of the Shurangama Sutta. What did the Buddha mean by this?
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Danger of Body Scan Meditation

Once, one of my teachers, a Buddhist practitioner, advised against body scan meditation saying that it can cause psychosis and the surfacing of problematic contents. I have subscribed to this advice ...
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Sensual Pleasures and their removal (MN 19 & MN 75)

According to these suttas, is itsomewhat possible through seeing the inherent harm in sensual pleasures, to shy away from them? I remember that it by first experiencing piti during meditation that one ...
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What to do if parents not agree on my willing of becoming a monk? [duplicate]

I am a 24 year old male and i am very interested in joining a Buddhist monastery and becoming a monk so that i can give my life a right and peaceful purpose. But my parents follow Hinduism and think ...
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Did the Buddha believe in the existence of soul? [duplicate]

Did Gautama Buddha believe in the existence of soul in human body? If not, why?
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What is SGI? And the Lotus sutra?

How many types of Buddhism are there? Someone told me about SGI, Nam Myo Ho Renge Kyo. How that is derived from the Buddha. but mostly on the lotus sutra. Can we read the lotus sutra in English ...
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Fame in Buddhism

What is craving for fame in Buddhism? I am aware that fame pertains to the eight worldly concerns and is detrimental. However I wonder: what is fame-seeking in Buddhism? I ask this because when I ...
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Difference Between Belief and Valuing

Just as in Buddhism one's views and self are questions of importance for well being, I noticed my difficulties relating to spirituality relate precisely to those two topics. On the one hand, I don't ...
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Three Questions about Sexual Desire

I am wondering a few questions in regard to sexual desire and Buddhism. Is fantasizing a form of craving and thus worse than sexual activity without it? What are the mental processes involved? How ...
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Satipathanna sutta in audio English (long version)

Can anyone direct me to the full audio version of the satipathanna sutta? NOTE: I'm not looking for a guide or a talk just the plain sutta spoken clearly in English.
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Can you reconcile (professional) ambition with buddhism?

I have been a practicioner of mindfulness and vipassana for a few years. I have felt that buddhism is at odds with striving towards professional success and ambition. Ambition and professional success ...
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What leisure activities did the Buddha partake in?

I find this guy fascinating but during that time I can only think that he may have played eye-spy on the banks of the river Ganges or flicked pomegranate seeds at the bodhi tree. I'm probably way off ...

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