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Buddhist studies, also known as Buddhology (although the latter term is sometimes reserved for the study of Buddhas rather than that of Buddhism as a whole), is the academic study of Buddhism.

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Difference between optimism and expectation

In vipassana we are asked to be optimist. But buddha said expectation is the cause of all suffering. . Is there any difference between expectation and optimism?
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How to identify a non-returner?

Will they experience dukkha? Do they have thoughts which lead to form sankhara? What are the things they experience due to ignorance? Would they have mindfulness on five perceptions? Explain, when ...
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Sutras are in which Tripitaka

I have one query. All the Sutra's ( lotus Sutra, heart Sutra) belongs to which Tripitaka (first second or third)?
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How is Nirvana possible if everything is conditioned?

Through reading books on Buddhism I get the idea that existence is conditioned. The faculties (mind, consciousness, etc.) through which we try to attain Nirvana are also conditioned. So, how is it ...
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How did ancient Indian Buddhists describe causation vs correlation? Why were they concerned with this?

An important compendium of the ancient Indian philosophical schools - called Sarva-Darsana-Samgraha - was written in India in 14th century CE by Madhvacharya (a non-Buddhist Indian Philosopher) who ...
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Two Truths in Mahayana

There are Two Truths in Mahayana Buddhism Conventional and Ultimate. I can't understand how it works. For example: Two Mahayana Buddhists have realized the absolute truth: and one Buddhist tells the ...
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Is Mahayana Buddhism a form of idealism?

Do Mahayana Buddhists believe that the whole world and all objects are created by the mind? For example, my friend and I see a train. Do I and my friend see the same train? Tell me if it is correct to ...
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Do the texts of Mahayana Buddhism or those of any other school posit that everything is to be regarded as ideation? (Idealism)

Does Mahayana Buddhism or any other school of Buddhism posit the idea that the physical world does not exist apart from an observer's frame of reference, as in everything exists only in the mind as ...
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Madhyamaka, theravada and mahayana [duplicate]

Why is Mahayana Buddhism not a form of solipsism (epistemological, methodological, metaphysical) if the first school of Mahayana Buddhism was the Madhyamaka school from which then yogachara originated,...
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So what is a Buddhist and what makes a person a Buddhist?

In brief Devadatta was Buddha's cousin and a monk. He could fly, tried to kill the Buddha, did many bad things and went to hell. Devadatta did not understand dependent origination correctly; essence ...
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Is Buddhism methodological solipsism? [duplicate]

Is Buddhism methodological solipsism? Is Buddhism similar to methodological solipsism, or is it something completely different?
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What do Buddhists believe in? [duplicate]

Does Buddhism say everything is an illusion? For Buddhist, are all other people just an illusion (philosophical zombies)? For example, when I talk to a Buddhist, he thinks I'm a philosophical zombie ...
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What is the difference between Buddhism, Hinduism and Solipsism?

What is the difference between Buddhism, Hinduism and Solipsism? Do all these religions say that other people have no minds? If all these religions are like solipsism, then are all buddhists ...
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can any one please explain me the significance of Talipot fan in Buddhism?

Namo Buddhaya, can any one please explain me the significance of Talipot fan in Buddhism ? is it part of any traditional process ? I have seen many photos in internet as Bhikkus holding the Talipot ...
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What is the meaning of "in and of itself" in DN 22?

What is the meaning of "in and of itself" in the Maha-satipatthana Sutta DN 22?
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Was Buddhism during the life of the Buddha unique in the history of religion per Huston Smith?

In chapter 3 of Buddhism, A Concise Introduction, Huston Smith and Philip Novak give a list of characteristics present in Hinduism at the time of the Buddha: Authority: "talent and sustained ...
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Important Commentaries?

Q: 1) Can someone name the most important commentaries, sub-commentaries, etc. I should read while reading the Tipitaka?
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Arguing of Buddhists?

Q: Do Buddhists argue over topics? Wouldn't that be unwholesome and view clinging?
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Why a Buddhist prays at Hindu temple which is situated in another country and prays for the betterment of his own country?

Namo Buddhaya, I am a student of Buddhism from India, trying to learn more about the Buddhist values and more. My inspiration is Dr B R Ambedkar the great Indian Scholar and social reformer. I have a ...
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Western scholars: Did the Buddha not speak the Digha Nikaya?

Recently, Bhikkhu Sujato wrote: It is no coincidence that these elaborate texts are often addressed to the brahmins, who were the self-proclaimed spiritual leaders of the time. The brahmins were the ...
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Is there a kind of "pop Buddhism"?

Similarly to pop psychology, do we have the same effect for Buddhism? I have a feeling that many people subscribing to Buddhism because it seems to explain psychological phenomena that they (...
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Similarities between Daoism and Buddhism

What are some of the similarities between Taoism and Buddhism? Can one achieve the Tao through Buddhism and vice versa, can one achieve nirvana through Taoism?
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Buddhist Jhanas, how best to describe them?

I’m conducting research into the phenomena of Buddhist Jhanas/Dhyanas, and am looking for a good place to start. In addition to primary sources that discuss what this phenomena is, how would you ...
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Are there any Buddhist charities or organisations funding education in Buddhist studies?

Further to answers to this question, I am looking for any Buddhist organizations or charities that may offer to fund for pursuing a higher academic education in Buddhism, all over the world. I ...
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Books on Buddhism for Beginners [duplicate]

I'm just starting the study of Buddhism and I'm really interested in the whole philosophy of Buddhism. Can someone please suggest some books for beginners ? Thank you.
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Buddhism type by country

Could someone give me a breakdown of the form of Buddhism likely to be represented by Vietnamese and Cambodian? We have six Buddhist churches/Organizations near us and I've contacted them but because ...
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Are there any higher education opportunities in Buddhism?

I am searching if Buddhism can be studied in Universities academically. I searched for PhD positions, most are in US with ambiguous postings. There are programs in Thailand but most of the postings ...
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What is "Patigha", and how does it differ from "Dosa"?

I would like to know what is defined as "Patigha" (Skt. "Pratigha"), and how it varies from "Dosa" (Skt. "Dvesha"). Thank you.
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What is Aarya Upavaada?

Based on a real situation, I have come across some people who claim to be Sotapanna and Sakadaagaami.. When i have gotten angry or upset about something they said or did, i was told i am committing ...
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What does Buddhism teach about the start and end of world?

I always wonder how all this started... How did we arrive here? What are we doing in this place? So are there teachings in Buddhism that are clear on this point? How did the world start? and How is ...
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The four great elements and scientific equivalent

Science categorize physical world in to solid,liquid,gas and energy(thermal,kinetic,nuclear,radiation etc....) when it analyze, prove that nothing more than those three state of material and energy ...
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past memory of recall previous life

There are discussions about previous life recall and it is can't be scientifically proven. According to modern science memory are electrical traces on neuron cells in brain and that is scientific fact ...
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Establishing What is Not Dhamma

I realized that often, individuals provide insight which differs from typical Buddhist philosophy. For example, people either allude to a self in some way, or deny the dissatisfactory nature of ...
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Can Stoicism be seen as something close to Buddhism in some aspects?

I am asking this question, for I try to follow much of Stoicism, and I can see that there are certain similarities. But there are also many differences. Could some aspects be the same or at least ...
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Is Manual of Buddhism by Hardy Spence ,a good book to study Buddhism?

I have found hard to get stories and teachings of Buddha in the book Manual of Buddhism by Hardy Spence. Is Manual of Buddhism by Hardy Spence, a good book to study Buddhism?
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How does Buddhist Logic work?

In the Wikipedia article Buddhist Logic, it is mentioned that Buddhist Logic is different from classical western logic. ‘Indian Logic’ should be understood as being a different system of logic than ...
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Are there any body who achieved Nibbana currently (in the current world)

Are there any body who achieved Nibbana currently (in the current world). If so give one or two names, please.
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Is it possible for a human being to live without the mind?

If a human being consists of two parts as mind and body, is it then possible to live without mind? Appreciate your ideas.
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Goddess in Buddhism

When I did bit research, I found that. All the Goddess in Buddhism are Demons (Yesha) by origin. After getting enlightenment and following from Buddha's teaching, they are transform from Demon to ...
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aswaha and katawaha in Buddhism

Anyone beleves in aswaha and katawaha? Is aswaha and katawaha defines in Buddhism? Can anyone explain is there any explanations
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Does knowing Pali/Sanskrit (and to which level) give one more insights while reading Buddhist scripts?

I think we all have experienced with our own native languages how works written a while back can have different words for the same meaning or the other way round. Also that words get lost in ...
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How should one look at buddhist mythologies and cosmologies from a scientific perspective

Although it could well be that those words were not directly from Gautama himself, yet just in case, assuming Gautama probably wouldn't lie except for educational purposes, how can those rather ...
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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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Buddhist pursuit of peace questions [closed]

I've been researching about Buddhism and their pursuit for peace and i have some questions. Do you believe that Buddhism has shaped society today. If so how? How has Buddhism influenced your life? ...
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On 31 planes of existence

According to buddhism, there exists 31 "planes of existence". Theravada Buddhist cosmology describes the 31 planes of existence in which rebirth takes place. The order of the planes are ...
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Could a software model of Abidhamma ( human thought Process - citta) help in Psychology?

As of my understanding, Abidhamma explains the initial thinkings (citta -thought process) and models the final thinking patterns. If someone implements this known patterns in software, wouldn't it be ...
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Time in Buddhism

I read a couple of books on time, yet they all seemed somewhat incomplete, as if it was something simply tagged onto the rebirth / enlightenment doctrine. How important is time in Buddhism, not ...
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Pursuit of raising children ok?

Is the pursuit of having children to raise and teach good morals unwholsome or wholsome?
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Buddhist logic and Nagarjuna

In this article http://aeon.co/magazine/world-views/logic-of-buddhist-philosophy/ Philosopher/Logician Graham Priest talks about some of the differences that Western logic has with Buddhist logic. ...
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What are some examples of Buddhist rulers?

I've been searching about this for a while, I have been looking for historical rulers who based their way of governing off Buddhist principles. But haven't been able to find a lot.
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