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Why can't we reason or logic our way to NIrvana?

I have read at various places that Nirvana can't be described or reached by logic or reason. ONLY meditation is the way. Why is that so? thanks in advance.
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Is it possible to adhere to the practices and beliefs of both Buddhist and Christianity?

What are the similarities and contrasts between Buddhism and Christianity? To what extent do they make it possible (or not) to practice in and hold the beliefs of both?
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Ignorant mind and Buddha nature

I read in a Mahayana Buddhist book (insight into emptiness) 2 concepts that I find hard to reconcile: 1- Our minds used to be pure, only Buddha nature, and got contaminated with ignorance that led to ...
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Why should Mahayana practitioners strive for anything at all?

In the Theravada tradition: There is no self in all phenomena (including the five aggregates). The five aggregates and the rest of nature and the world is always changing and not permanent (anicca). ...
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Praying to God - What are the consequences?

I was raised in a Catholic environment, however I'm adding more and more Dhamma in my life, currently I spend much more time with Buddhists practices than Catholics. the point is that I still keep ...
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Why can't a Buddha's power just save us already? Like Jesus

I am a faithful believer in the Buddha's teachings and I even believe in the iddhi powers they all had and that show up in our day as well. I also believe in the various Bodhisattvas and Buddha's even ...
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How is prayer different in Buddhism when compared to theistic religions?

We all know the concept of kamma-vipaka and that we should strive and create the causes of our happiness. I understand the Buddhas only point the way, they teach the Dhamma and we are responsible for ...
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God in Buddhism

In Islam the God is Allah, in Christianity the God is Jehovah and Jesus Christ. Is the God in Buddhism Buddha? I think it is very misleading to say that the name of the God in Buddhism is Buddha! ...
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Law of attraction to reach enlightenment?

This may be a crazy question. But just out of curiosity when we do law of attraction method they say that we can attract money, success or something. Can we attract enlightenment like that??? So in ...
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Did the Buddha intend for everyone to be enlightened?

Was it the Buddha's intention that all beings to be free from suffering i.e. enlightened? As the Dalai Lama acknowledges, “Buddhism has evolved differently in different times and places and yet ...
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Is the 'best meditation you do' the meditation you do?

There is a pithy saying for keeping fit that goes The 'best exercise you do' is the exercise you do i.e. the most important thing is to find something you enjoy and you can stick with rather that ...
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Does enlightenment in all teachings amount to a progressively deeper realisation that I am already enlightened?

So e.g. kensho is usually thought of as beginning realisation in zazen, and is into our true nature as Buddhas. Does enlightenment in all teachings amount to a progressively deeper realisation that I ...
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How does one get closer to Buddha?

Buddha being one of the three jewels, how am I supposed to take refuge in him? Is it through meditation? The only meditation I know is 'mindfulness', and I think that it isn't enough. That being so so,...
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How to chant the mantra Nam Myoho Renge Kyo?

I am a Hindu by birth. I am a huge devotee of Lord Buddha as he is considered a god in Hinduism. I wanted to know more about the Buddhist mantra Nam Myoho Renge Kyo. What is the best way to chant it? ...
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The Intention to Strive

Yesterday, I was eating some vegetable sausages and I noticed that there was just a set of teeth rhythmically opening and closing like a lonely metronome with no meaningful sensory instrumentals. It ...
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