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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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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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5answers
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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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5answers
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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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5answers
447 views

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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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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6answers
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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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6answers
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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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2answers
744 views

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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God in Buddhism

In Islam the God is Allah , in Christian the God is Jehovah and Jesus Christ . The God in Buddhism is Buddha ? . I think this is very very misleading to say that the name of the God in Buddhism is ...
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4answers
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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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A path to another university outside of Buddhism

This post is a revision of Buddhism Or Christ? which already closed. I posted that Buddhism or Christ? question on a Christian forum too, and after quite a response from them, I felt I have some clues....
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6answers
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What reference to other powers are there in Buddhism?

Does Buddhism, other than Amidism, describe or explain entities like Amida, or any other "other power," or intra-psychic, in yer mind, other. I did not mean to consider whether Buddhism is ...
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4answers
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What are the soteriological aims of different traditions?

From this answer ... I would suggest dropping this line of inquiry or at least treading very carefully as you seem quite confused about what is being taught by the differing traditions and their ...
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2answers
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Buddha as “lord” and Buddha as “choosing” his followers

The following section in the Modernist poem The Waste Land is often linked to Buddhism, in the academic literature. Burning burning burning burning / O Lord Thou pluckest me out / O Lord Thou ...
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3answers
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Mental illness and the Layperson's Practice

I would like to return to the practice of Buddhism. Where should I begin? I have a serious mental illness. It has been well treated by medication. When I was young, before I developed this illness I ...
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1answer
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Escape the suffering?

if believe we can escape the suffering of this world and the limits of our material existence by observing and practicing a set of practices. for Christian, we know that the way of “escape” is only ...
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“Free will” or just 'will' ? [closed]

The term "free will" can imply that one's will is without causes. But whenever we make a decision, it always has causes. ex: If you have just enough money to buy either an apple or a chocolate for a ...
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5answers
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Am I holding the right views?

Apart from right view of stress , origination of stress, cessation of stress and path to cessation of stress, I hold the view that humanity,which is under stress, must be saved. My question is :Am I ...
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Where is the consciousness located? Cosmic Consciousness?

I recently became aware of questions regarding the location of consciousness. The argument put forward is that the consciousness is separate to the body. This is not something I considered before. ...
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4answers
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Is ritual always a practice, or can it be a belief too?

If ritual is repetition outside of what can be justified through direct experience, can ideas and opinions, as well as words and actions, be ritualistic? Would a belief in God - given the axiomatic ...
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2answers
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Do Mahayana Buddhists explain birth and extinction in the same way?

Nirvana is the extinction of rebirth, and birth is its arising. Right? Is the debate throughout Buddhism on the "difference" between samsara and nirvana one of how to explain, rather than describe or ...
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Is Buddha a source of suffering?

Buddha said he taught only the suffering , origin of suffering , cessation of suffering and path to cessation of suffering. He also said whatever arises must perish and that is why whatever arises is ...
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Prayer vs Meditation

When we have a powerful practice called Meditation, why prayer? Does the prayer deals with the worldly things, because everyone pray to god like I want a car or I wanna be rich. Is that only deals ...
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Is there a Buddhist equivalent to Lutheran doctrine of Justification?

I read on the internet Martin Luther said: No sin can separate us from Him (Christ), even if we were to kill or commit adultery thousands of times each day. the Law shows us our inability to ...
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Is Sakyamuni a “higher power”?

Is Sakyamuni a "higher power"? I know what I mean, by "higher power" but it may still be opaque, to you. I don't mean a substance, or all powerful personality. But something like that. So, I mean to ...
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What are the best question-and-answer sequences on Buddhism?

If you would like to, suggest the -- let's say 10 -- best core question-and-answer sequences on this site ... which you would select to present (maybe for a tiny book "BSE and beyond - teachings on ...
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1answer
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What do Buddhists think in quick prayers (at graves, near altars etc.)?

When declared Buddhists and Eastern Asians in general quickly pray next to graves and altars in silence, what kinds of thoughts go on their minds? Of course, it's not possible to read people's minds, ...
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2answers
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Discovering Pureland Faith

I'm an older male, actually a grandfather, and a Western convert to Buddhism. I came to Buddhism through meditation and interest in 60's mysticism - Alan Watts, D T Suzuki and the like. I read many ...
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Reference request for “our Buddha nature chooses not to be enlightened”?

I seem to remember that Mahayana Buddhism said somewhere something along the lines of, "Our Buddha nature (or the Buddha) chooses not to be enlightened". I am not sure if I am remembering this ...