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If there's nobody to get enlightened, why bother?

It seems the goal of Buddhist practice is to become an Arahant - someone who won't take a rebirth, and therefore will be eternally relieved from suffering. But WHO is this someone who doesn't get ...
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Why is desire the root of suffering?

I fail to understand how this teaching would ever help man become productive. Please help me understand this. Not everyone seeks nirvana and some people want to better the world, not only for ...
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Is Buddhism against scientific attitude?

According to Buddhism, the cause of all suffering is desire and liberation from desire would lead to the cessation of suffering. But isn’t curiosity a desire? Is Buddhism against scientific attitude? ...
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Are all forms of Dukkha related to a sense of self?

A few days ago I started reading books about Paticcasamuppada because I realized how little and shallow was my understanding on this capital matter. Despite getting the gist of it, I still have ...
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Is it wrong to wish you could die?

I'm so over life. I'm nearly 50 and I feel worn down by everything. The struggle to make sense of it, to find purpose and meaning, to make lasting friendships, to feel I belong somewhere, to survive ...
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Difference between Attachment and Goals

I am confused about the differences between attachment (desire) and having a dream/setting goals. Are they the same or different? I am currently working in a job that I do not love but also do not ...
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Rejecting clinging to both pleasure and displeasure

I recently listened to a talk by Ajahn Chah, in which he mentions (@ ~14:20-14:53) that wisdom is found when one clings to neither pleasure nor displeasure. This really created a dilemma in my head ...
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What is non-duality in Buddhism?

I noticed some questioners on this site using the term "non-duality". What is non-duality in Buddhism? This is a well-known idea in Hinduism i.e. advaita. But does it exist in Buddhism? Is it an ...
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Does craving include basic survival drives like hunger, thirst, reproduction?

And how does one be free from craving food without starving to death ?
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The four noble truths

H.E Tsem Rinpoche says the following on his website. "Through a lack of understanding of how things truly exist, we create and recreate an independent self entity called “me.” The whole of our ...
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How do I recognize the attachment to certain things?

How do I know whether I am attached to ceratain things or not ? Examples: When we attached to the taste we will trying to find more & more tasty foods. We can reduce that by getting a simple ...
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What is the difference between Tanha and Upadana?

What is the difference between Tanha and Upadana? Why Buddha did not say Tanha Paccaya Bhava (instead of Upadana Paccaya Bhava)? And there are three kinds of Tanha in Sutta (Kama, Bhava, Vibhava): ...
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The World and Five Aggregates of Clinging

As I've heard, the "world" referred by Buddha (mentioned in the Loka Sutta and in Samyutta Nikaya - 4 -> LokaSamudaya Sutta) is the same as "Five Aggregates of Clinging" (Five-Updana-Skandas). That's ...
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11 year old daughter suffocated, was dead and was resuscitated now in a state of reduced concsciousness

I am a father of a now 13 year old daughter. She was born with the genetic disorder Achondroplasie (Dwarfism, "small people"). At the age of 11 we decided that she should undergo leg-extension surgery....
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Why can't existence be mostly good?

My question has to do with existence itself. We all know there is suffering in life and that it is due to the fact that fenomena is ever changing, so any state (good or bad) is conditionated and will ...

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