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Why is Buddhism a venture of a limited few?

This question is further to my last question on Nirvana and evolution, and considering the answer... If we believe the Buddhist cosmology to be true and Nirvana as an evolutionary next step, then why ...
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What is the relation between Nirvana and Parinirvana?

The Buddha attained Nirvana at the age of 35. He lived 45 years more after which his Parinirvana occurred. Is it not somewhat contradictory? If Nirvana means the end of rebirth and rebirth means the ...
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Why is “I have no self” a wrong view?

In the Sabbasava Sutta (MN2), the view that "I have no self" is listed as one of the six wrong views and one who holds this view will not be freed from suffering. Questions: Why is "I have no self" ...
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Enlightenment finding me

How can a small woman in a small country who does not understand many of these questions, let alone the answers, ever hope to become enlightened.
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What is the difference between a Vipassana Jhana and a Samatha Jhana?

Definitions of the term Jhana tend to emphasize the 'mind state' quality it refers to in various states of meditative absorption: The jhanas are altered states of consciousness which are produced ...
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In which ways do anagamis still experience ignorance?

According to the ten fetters model, one of the five fetters which are only removed at attaining arahantship is ignorance (avijja). This means that anagamis are still subject to ignorance in some way. ...
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Was the doctrine of 'Anatta', accepted as doctrine by modern Buddhism, actually taught by the Buddha?

Understanding of 'Anatta' is key to so much Buddhist meditation practice and philosophy that I've been exposed to but (call me conservative) I gain great confidence when the Buddha himself had ...
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Questions About Views in Buddhism

I have looked at a list of some wrong-views in Buddhism, and I'm somewhat confused about the meaning of the notion of 'view' [ditthi]. In Buddhism, what does it mean to hold a view? 1) I ask this ...
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Is it right to use the term rebirth in the Buddhist context?

As I delve into the Buddhist literature deeper and deeper, particularly the Theravāda sutta literature, I am getting convinced more and more that when we use the term ‘rebirth’, and more so, the ...
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Scholarship and Buddhism

What role if any does academic scholarship play in Buddhism? Should Buddhists be concerned with what scholars say, or can we safely ignore them? How should we resolve conflicts between tradition and ...
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What is the physics of the 'phenomena' of Nirvana?

Although a lot has been said and written on the internet about Nirvana, the physics behind it seems to be an obscure and elusive area. Human experience seems to be summed up in five-skandhas, ...
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Should I identify myself as formless?

Namo Buddhaya. Sabbe Dhamma Anatta. Form is Anatta too. Meaning form is not worth identifying as myself, me or mine. Does that mean that I should identify myself as formless ? Am I in form or am I ...
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The Four Nutriments: what do the metaphors in SN 12.63 mean?

In the Puttamansa Sutta, the Four Nutriments ('ahara') of physical food, sense contact, intention & consciousness are discussed using four comparative similes ('metaphors'). The 1st simile of ...
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Why are the psychological forces that stop us from attaining Nibbana greater/stronger than those propel us towards Nibbana?

Why is it that the psychological forces like lust, greed, desire, unskilful emotions, etc, which take us away from Nibbana feel so strong and have greater pull than the forces that propel us towards ...
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Practice of the other three Brahmaviharas

Metta has received plenty of attention and focus of practice. Even a search of Buddhism SE shows over 170 posts with the word "metta" in it. Comparatively, the other three Brahmaviharas are not so ...

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