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Confused about partner's practices. Need advice

My partner has an active interest in Buddhism and I have been confused about his state of mind for two years. Kindly help us out. The past two years have been a depression time for my family and ...
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What is Karuṇā? Is 'compassion' really a good translation?

Is compassion really a good translation for Karuna? I've been fooled by "patience" before, now I'm sort of suspicious of the other common translations for the paramitas. Does karuna in addition to ...
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Can the Buddhism.SE site function as “the Sangha” for me?

I don't have access to a Sangha just now, and I do frequent this very well conceived and helpful site. Recently I was writing a comment about no longer being a programmer because it was too isolating ...
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Why does the Buddha, in the Pali Canon, periodically engage in harsh speech?

Throughout the Pali Canon you can find instances where the Buddha appears to engage in harsh speech that seems to be contrary to the noble eighfold path. There are several important points/...
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Is the goal of mindfulness to develop ultimate dissociation?

I came across this interpretation of Buddha's teaching that suggests that the Buddha ultimately sought a dissociative state, rather than one of freedom. the buddhistic mindfulness meditation does not ...
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What is the historical origin of Vajrapani?

I've always found the imagery of Vajrapani (a wrathful Bodhisattva) very evocative. I'm reading a little bit about him and how his form is to do with energy and power in service of the Dharma so he is ...
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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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What does female Buddha mean?

I got introduced to this "Female Buddha" when I was looking name for my friend's daughter. So what does female Buddha mean? Wikipedia : Tara (Buddhism) Tara (Sanskrit: तारा, tārā; Tib. ...
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Question about metta

Does metta mean that we should not ignore people? Is it possible to forcefully and assertively tell people their wrong doings? What about scolding? My reservation: If one always remains kind it's ...
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Bad births and not so Bad births?

As we know there are lower realms mentioned in Buddhism, like the animal realm. If you have heard the story of the "Alavaka yaksha/yakkha" (He was an evil being by birth) You might also think "If ...
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Does 'right speech' prohibit expressions which “hate” anything at all?

Does 'right speech' prohibit expressions which "hate" anything at all? So, not an individual, or even really a point of view, but to ex-press the sensation of intense (if not actually visceral) ...
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Attachment to trifling material things

Just a practical question on attachment to trifling material things. I struggle to put it in words but from my younger age, I have a habit of being angry when someone takes a minor item without ...