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When the Dharma will have been forgotten by most

It is said that the next Buddha will arise when the Dharma will have been forgotten by most. Forgetting about the time period, which seems to be around 5000 years after the previous Buddha, what does &...
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Is Buddhism a reduced version of Samkhya philosophy?

I have read a couple of articles written mostly in passing by western translators on the influence of Sage Kapila (i.e Samkhya) on the Buddha, but I'm yet to find a detailed inquiry on a similarity of ...
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How important is patience in buddhism?

I've heard that patience has a big place in Buddhism. It is especially very important for monks. I can think two ways of patience. When we get angry, we have to have patience to avoid bad ...
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Is Buddhism life denying or life negative?

My question tag is similar to this one but I am asking a different question. I am reading DN15 the mahanidana sutta where the Buddha says; Suppose there were totally and utterly no rebirth for anyone ...
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Is the goal of mindfulness to develop ultimate dissociation?

I came across this interpretation of Buddha's teaching that suggests that the Buddha ultimately sought a dissociative state, rather than one of freedom. the buddhistic mindfulness meditation does not ...
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What does female Buddha mean?

I got introduced to this "Female Buddha" when I was looking name for my friend's daughter. So what does female Buddha mean? Wikipedia : Tara (Buddhism) Tara (Sanskrit: तारा, tārā; Tib. ...
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Is the Buddha capable of making mistakes?

There is a sutta where the Buddha teaches some disciples about loathsomeness of the body. He then goes on a retreat into the forest. On his return, he finds the disciples have committed suicide as ...
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Bhadanta or Thero

Thero, Bhadanta, and Venerable.. are words for addressing the old monks, abbots in pagodas and/or temples. I really do not know how they are ranked in Buddhist Sangha. Which title is the highest... ...
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Buddha Always focused on voidness?

I remember reading about the characteristics of the or a Buddha, and one of them was “a Buddha is always focused on voidness.” Sadly I did not save the website and don’t remember where this was ...
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Can lay people acheive enlighment (Arahanthship) in this life by adhering to Buddhist principles?

During the time of Buddha, it is said many people at one gathering attained enlightenment by listening to only one one of his sermons. How can a mind develop such a achieving within matter of hours. ...
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Buddha referring to himself

Why does in almost all instances in the pali canon where Lord Buddha refers to himself he calls himself "Tathagatha" in 3rd person? Is it because Lord Buddha has eliminated self view? Or is it that ...
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First cause, appearances and mind

Im asking about the Vajrayana or Mahayana view, but theravadan views are fine too. Buddhism rejects a first cause, but how can birth and death go in infinite regress? How did samsara start? Ultimately ...
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Who should we regard as role models?

When practicing the Dhamma there are many exemplary characters found in Buddhist texts who are worthy of emulation,I want to know whether it would be right for a layman to regard an Arahant Bhikkuni ...
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Is mind the most valuable thing according to the Lord Buddha?

Is mind the most valuable thing according to the buddha that we should protect by doing anything to everything? Are there any metaphors said by Lord Buddha on the value of protecting the mind vs ...
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What are the texts which say or imply what the Buddha looked like?

My ignorance of Buddhism will show here, so please forgive me, but I've seen many depictions of the Buddha with hair, seemingly after his Bodhisattva form. I've also read that these might actually be ...
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Does mahayana believe in omniscience of the Buddha?

I read about the 18 characteristics of a Buddha, and the last three say he has knowledge of the past, present and future. Do mahayanists believe this means he has complete knowledge of everything in ...
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How did the Buddha debate?

Was he trying to convince or persuade people? Did he go towards them or did he let them come to spread the Dhamma? How did he react when he was not understood or listened? I have noticed that I ...
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How to stop a war according to Gouthama Buddha?

Are there any scriptures discussing on how to prevent wars? I mean for example, from the insights of scriptures, if Buddha were alive then how would Buddha have tried to stop World War 2?
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Doing the opposite of not skillfull things

Will it helpful to do the opposite of not skillfull things without having deeper knowledge of that thing ? Ex: I asked a question on Laziness, here. But didn't recived a satisfying answer. So,Can ...
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Why we must have a confident mind?

“Here, bhikkhus, some person has a confident mind. Having examined his mind with my mind, I know that if this person were to die at this time, as if carried there he would be placed in heaven. What is ...
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Why work on one thing at a time?

Why work on one thing at a time according to the buddhism ? Did Lord Buddha advise us to do that ? Are there any deep desires in multi-tasking ? (Like wanting to gain more in short amount of time) ...
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What Lord Buddha said about “practicing”?

When we practise some thing, we will get a new skill or improve a current skill. Similar effect happens when we do karma. There is also a result. Is practise another form of karma ? Is life all about ...
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What causes addictions and what is the remedy?

What causes addictions and what is the remedy to break free from addictions according to Buddha?
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Is it necessary to be socialize to understand dhamma?

If some one is a anti-social person , there is no reason to get angry, to be jealous, to have conciet .... All those problems arise when people socialize. So, Is it necessary to be socialize ? If it ...
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How do mahayana Buddhist sutras describe a realized bodhisattvas?

My question is how do the Mahayana sutras describe the behavioral characteristics of a realized bodhisattva? How does he behave? For example an Arahant is described as having “characteristics that ...
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Question about Buddhism [duplicate]

How would you describe the Buddhist world view. Is it realism where everything we observe is really existing out there in a public world and we are observing it or some sort of idealism whereby ...
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How could the Buddha know that he had attained enlightenment when he didn't know what it was?

Having learned and gained complete mastery from the two most famous teachers of his time, he decided to apply extreme austerities for some six years. With these skills acquired, driving a powerful ...
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Is buddha's paths corrupt as no one attains the goal nowadays? (or are they?)

Anyone reaching nirvana in recent years? People practise buddhism for many years but no one achieves nirvana. No one reaches anātman (pali: anattā). The only theories Buddhism offers are anātman, ...
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Where does the Buddha say that human life can have at most 50% happiness?

Ajahn Martin claims so in this talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tsu3GEsoMT4 at 14:25. What's his source for this claim?
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Questions about buying a Buddha statue

How important is the hand gesture of a Buddha statue? I heard in a video that I should definitely get a Dhyāna Mudrā (Meditation) statue or a bhūmisparśa (calling the Earth to witness / touching the ...
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Alms and questions

Q: 1) What is the proper thing to do if you, as a monk, were to accept alms but have stomach issues so can't eat all the food? 2) What would a monk do if they are allergic to the alms given? ...
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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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Woman touch Buddha

q: Can a woman touch a Buddha? And if so, what would happen, how would the Buddha react?
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Buddha's relation to Hinduism

Q: Did the Buddha copy Hinduism and add his own stuff? Why is Buddhism connected to thoughts in Hinduism if he didn't do so?
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Walking bare foot?

q: Why is it some monks (Yuttadhammo specifically) walks barefoot in his alms rounds as well as while doing walking meditation? Is there a purpose to it?
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Sociality and meditation

I had a question. I have been getting deeper into the Buddha's teaching and meditation & I feel awkward to be around or to talk to people, specifically those who do not meditate. How do I ...
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Arahants and exersise

Q: Would an arahant get physically exausted if he/she was to exersise, like if they were to run 5 miles? Would this in anyway shake their mind?
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Not doing anything

q: Is not doing anything in a situation and just being mindful breaking any of the precepts?
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Awkwardness in the world

Here is my question: How does a lay Buddhist respond to awkwardness and how does a monk respond to awkwardness such as dropping something while ordaining or falling on the floor?
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Hospitalization and its Morals

I have questions regarding hospitalization and its morals 1) Are monks/nuns allowed to be hospitalized and can they go to a hospital or doctor if sick? (because aren't they not allowed to ...
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Monastics & Hygiene

I had questions on monastic hygiene in Theravada: Do monks/nuns brush their teeth and put on deodorant etc.? If monks/nuns are only allowed to bathe every 2 weeks, how do they deal with the health ...
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Relying on the Laity, monastics

I had questions regarding the laity, monastic relationship. 1) How exactly (the step by step or explained) does the process work in which the monastics rely solely on the laity? 2) How do ...
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Monastic Stimulation & Lay Protection

I had some questions regarding monastic and lay sexuality & stimulation. 1) If a monk or nun was to get stimulated (i.e. an erection), but it was involuntary, unintentional, an accident, or ...
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The Complex Abhidhamma

I have been having trouble analyzing the Abhidhamma. Can someone explain all or the main points of the Abhidhamma, but simply, just so I can understand it better as I continue my studies? Thanks!...
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A Problem in Need of an Answer

Through many of Yuttadhammo's videos and accesstoinsight, I have learned a vast amount of knowledge on the Buddha's teachings. But I feel like I am causing myself problems. 1) I keep on questioning ...
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Who propounded “All doesn't exist” in the Buddha's time?

SN 12.15 says, 'Everything exists': That is one extreme. 'Everything doesn't exist': That is a second extreme. Avoiding these two extremes, the Tathagata teaches the Dhamma via the middle We know ...
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Materiality not materiality but mentality

In our world the belief is that matter is only made of materiality not mentality. What I heard from a Buddhit monk is that materiality is actually mental. Can I hear both the Thervada view and the ...
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Can anyone give me a suggestion of a good monk to learn Buddhism?

Can someone give a name of a monk to learn Buddhism? Thanks
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View of Thervada and Mahayana Buddhism on where Conciousness is located

Does these 2 types of Buddhism claim that conciousness is located inside our brain or somewhere else, beacuse I have started studying a Thervada monk that claims that conciousness is not inside the ...
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Parents suppressing the teaching

I love my parents, but for some reason they do not understand my teaching and misinterpret what I say and won't listen to me. Their misinterpretations led them to take all of my books on Buddhism I ...