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Ultimate Lack of Discipline

I noticed that despite all my resolutions and intentions, I am still not much better than when I attempted to change. Therefore, I ask the following: What could a person particularly lazy and ...
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Mission on earth (In Buddhism)

Many religions claim we came to this earth on a mission, everyone has a different mission, a specific reason to be here. In Buddhism I couldn't find anything like that, the "mission" would be the ...
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What are the Pali translations for mindfulness?

I know that the Pali word for mindfulness is sati as in the Satipatthana Sutta but I've also heard that there is more than one word for mindfulness that is used throughout the Pali Canon. Can anyone ...
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Is it “bad” to want a “materialistic” happiness?

After reading several articles and a book about Buddhism, I now feel a bit uncertain about what Buddhism actually is about. Am I not allowed to dance? To sing? To fall in love? Is the purpose of ...
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Should I judge the efficacy of Samadhi based on the ethical qualities of the meditator?

As far as I understand, one of the main purposes of the eight factor of the Path (samma samadhi) is to clean the mind from impurities. I've read a lot of discussions where one meditator states that ...
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Why does Buddhism seem to have an anti-thought bias?

Why do Buddhists seem to take such a strong anti-thought bias? All I could find regarding this issue is this blog post: Thought is Bad? Enlightenment Means Not Thinking? He provides great examples ...
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What is the ultimate goal of Buddhism? Is it nirvana?

What is the ultimate goal of Buddhism? Why should a person practice Buddhism, what will it provide to him? Various religions have various goals. For example, the ultimate goal in Christianity is ...
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4answers
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Best meditation techniques (mindfulness,vipassana,yoga,zazen,TM,etc) to beat behavioral addictions (food,sex,porn,gambling,internet,videogames,etc)?

For a layman who wants to overcome behavioral addictions (i.e. any "addiction that involves a compulsion to engage in a rewarding non-drug-related behavior – sometimes called a natural reward", such ...
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4answers
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The dilemma of enlightenment

As a lay Buddhist, I know it is almost impossible for me to attain Enlightenment in this life. So if I keep enlightenment as a goal in mind it creates frustration, as I am not progressing in ...
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2answers
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What constitutes virtue and how to train myself in virtue?

It is said that Virtue is the ultimate weapon. It is also said that virtue automatically leads to enlightenment without any volition or desire to achieve enlightenment. Therefore I want to develop '...
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4answers
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Identification with Negative States

I have noticed a certain phenomenon. When I am in a positive mood, I don't identify with the mood. I don't cling to it, I am aware of its impermanence. When a negative mood occurs -- as anger, or ...
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The spirit of five precepts

The first precept tells us to refrain from killing living beings. If everyone in a city practices five precepts, everyone will become vegetarian. Is it true the spirit Buddha wants us to develop is ...
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Intention and Karma

When a text (e.g. Abhidhamma) lists 'wholesome' mental factors, is it meant that these are also likely to produce positive karmic consequences, or that these are just beneficial in general? For ...
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How observance of the 5 Precepts is done?

As I know one says the 5 propositions and then goes about his day. Or are the precepts also pegs for mindfulness? Keeping them constantly in mind?
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4answers
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Setting foot in two different boats

First some introduction: I am in my ending teen years and like a normal teen would aspire for success, I aspire for it too. But there is a catch... I don't want to get too lost into material world, ...

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