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How did the original mental event arise according to Dharmakīrti's argument for rebirth?

This answer on Reddit gave a basic outline of Dharmakīrti's argument for rebirth in the form of a syllogism: Matter and consciousness are metaphysically different, their characteristics and nature ...
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What is wrong with this reasoning about final nirvana?

anicca: things only exist for a moment: I infer that every rebirth that occurs does so in a present moment. dukkha: I am suffering: I infer that I am conclusively not in final nirvana. anatta: there ...
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Arguments against ascetism

Buddhism is often said to prescribe a middle way - avoiding ascetism on one hand, and avoiding indulging in sense pleasures on the other. What are some of the arguments that Buddhism offers against ...
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Buddhism and Mathematics

Have there been any Buddhist texts addressing geometry, calculation or abstract algebra? I recently read a composite biography of several mathematicians through history. While some had schizophrenia, ...
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What are the traditional Buddhist arguments for rebirth?

According to Buddhist philosophy, there are two Pramanas or means of valid knowledge: Pratyaksha or sensory perception and Anumana or inference. (This is in contrast to most Hindus who believe in ...
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Why do Buddhists argue that nirvana is nothing in addition to the skandhas?

Why do Buddhists argue that nirvana is nothing in addition to the skandhas? I found this, and I hope it suffices to demonstrate that's what the Buddha taught: "What do you think: Do you regard the ...
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Which Buddhists say that there are no conventionally existent wholes, and for what reasons?

Which Buddhists say that there are no conventionally existent wholes, and what's the best reason for the claim? My "whole" I mean something more than the sum of its parts, an object that does not ...
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