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Do the children and grandchildren etc. of eminent "buddhas" get blesssed in any way?

Do the children and grandchildren etc. of eminent "buddhas" get blesssed in any way? I know the buddha had a child, before his enlightenment, and that most important buddhists are celibate, ...
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Can I intend to be a Buddha?

Right intention is a good thing: can I intend to be an Arhat or Buddha? What if I believe I cannot be either, can I still intend it, have the intention to any of its unique qualities and skills etc.?
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How a Bodhisattva make the choice to keep suffering for others?

It's said Bodhisattva is very kind and he decided to keep in the Samsara until he fulfill his Pāramitā and become Buddha, so others can free from Samsara by listening to him. Even he could attain ...
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How the Bodhisatta found the way across, vast amount of time, misguided views, by himself?

It's said that after the Bodhisatta become Buddha, he was kind of surprised how himself came to that position, across vast amount of time, alternate views, other paths, misleading views. (basically ...
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Which sankhya scriptures were taught to buddha?

From wikipedia : Alara Kalama (Pāḷi & Sanskrit Āḷāra Kālāma/ Arāḍa Kālāma]), was a hermit and a teacher of SamkhyaHe was the first teacher of Gautama Buddha. I want to know which scriptures of ...
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Authentic resources to learn about Buddha's Dharma [duplicate]

I was on a project to read bhagvat geeta and understand it's true meaning by myself (since I was baffled by plenty of commentaries done by others). It's 4th adhyaya and I am convinced that this text ...
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How would the Buddha have replied to Arjuna, if he was in Krishna's place?

While reading Bhagavad Gita I just wondered what buddha would have done in this situation? It's truly not good to ask such questions they may seem speculative to some but I want probabilities not ...
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Did the Buddha ever turn away certain people from his teachings?

I'm specifically remembering a sutra where the Buddha turned away some youngsters because he said they weren't ready, or didn't have the proper attitude. I may be remembering completely incorrectly ...
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did buddha accept astrology and other occult science? [duplicate]

what about buddhas view on occult science. did he accept or unaccepted these things ? I personally know some monk also do this things.
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Are there any differences between living in a meditation centre vs a monastery?

With all due appreciation for all positive interventions and with apologies for a seemingly dilettantish question, does anyone have any insight on the differences as well as on the commonalities of ...
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If hypothetically we lived in a time when a Buddha were to arise, how could we acknowledge him as being perfectly enlightened?

Assuming that in a hypothetical multitude of so-called "enlightened masters", a future Buddha would actually arise and we were alive at that time, how would we be able to recognize him? The ...
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Buddha Statue Identification

Greetings, a delivery driver crushed my statue with a giant truck. I would like help with identification so that I may replace it.
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Couples should couples refrain from sex on first day of New Years

My fiancé in VN tells me couples must refrain from sex on first day of new year. I have not found anything supporting this claim. Where do I find more information about no sex on day one new year.
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Is thinking just measuring and comparing?

A few years ago, I listened to a dharma talk given by Ajahn Succito. In it, he said that we can think of the mind as having three aspects to it: awareness, feeling, and thinking (thinking includes ...
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What is the source and meaning of this quote of the Buddha's: "Everything rests upon the tip of intention"?

I've heard this quote in a few places, attributed to the Buddha. Prominently, Tara Brach uses it. It varies sometimes: "Everything rests on the tip of one's motivation." “Everything rests ...
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If the Tathagata exists after death, is there anyone to witness it?

This is different from asking, "does the Tathagata exist after death? or not? or both? or neither?"
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Buddha saying he doesn't have to follow all the rules?

In which sutta does the Buddha state that he does not have to follow all the monastic rules and austerities closely because he is already liberated and free, as an arahant? I remember reading this ...
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Do Buddhas and Bodhisattvas care and have compassion for all sentient beings equally

Do Buddhas and Bodhisattvas care and have compassion for all sentient beings equally. On the one hand, my question is a little facetious (if only because, at least within the laity, not doing so is ...
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Buddha speaks on time

Does the buddha ever speak on time? Does he ever say, "...time doesn't matter..."? I have this weird feeling he is said to have spoken that. I don't know in which sutra that is, or it might ...
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Have you seen evidence that Gautama Buddha visited Shambhala?

While preparing the huge online-conference "Life of the Most Worthy" on the topic of the life of the Buddha, we came across information that Gautama Buddha, in his spiritual aspirations, was ...
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Looking for the source of a story about the Buddha and a lady who looked the other way

I'm searching for a Sutra (or possibly a commentary) but it has escaped me. My recollection is hazy, but it is about one of the Buddha's monks (most likely Ven. Ananda or Ven. Sariputta) asking the ...
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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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Fundamental building blocks of reality according to Buddhism?

Is there any mention of the fundamental building blocks of reality in Buddhism? Science tells us that we are made of atoms, which in turn are made of protons, neutrons and electrons, which in turn are ...
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Buddhas (and Bodhisattva) are real individuals or manifestations?

As early as Mahasamghika schools of Buddhism there was a view that there are countless Buddhas in the ten directions, that all Buddha's have one body (dharmakaya), and that they are just ...
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A collection of stories about Buddha past lives

Where can i find the collection of these stories about Buddha past lives? Any book or video about this stories especially stream-enterer in series or probably some before this stage. One life before i ...
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Baby Buddha Bathing

Vesak Day is coming, some monastery offering a baby bathing during the event. What is the story behind about this? Is it appropriate?
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Did the Buddha's teachings change over time during his life?

Did the Buddha's teachings change over time during his life? In the Buddha's decades long work, did he change or redevelop his teachings? Which ones?
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Tathagata vs disciple: taking the Buddha as Father, Dhamma as Mother

Disciples of the noble ones are supposed to take the Buddha as the role of the Father, and Dhamma as Mother. When a disciple attains full liberation, completes the path to self-enlightenment, becomes ...
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Is there a future Buddha?

Did the Buddha (Shakamuni) say another Buddha will appear in the future? Which text does that appear in? didn't he say he would not be born again? I recall that's what he said.
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Validating a position means attempting to discredit other positions?

When the Sublime Buddha discredited some wanderers' position by uprooting their stand, would it be correct to assume that such an act is made for their harm, the harm of many, even his own? What does ...
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Did Buddha die of Bloody diarrhea?

As the title, Buddha died of Bloody diarrhea? Because it is confusing that Buddha died in cancer here but I cannot manage to find any source. The only reference I found is Mahāparinibbānasutta and it ...
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Which Animal corresponds to which Buddha?

For example, peacocks are often associated with Amitabha. They were said to be his mounts, and images of Amitabha often feature peacock symbolism. What about the other Buddhas? Do they each have an ...
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The Impact of Violence on Our Concentration

Our reality is quite violent. Observing the violence of others causes mental conflict, And it will ruin your state of mind during meditation. What should be the reaction of a person to violence? Put ...
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Longest meditation period of historical Buddha

Is there any record of the longest period the historical Buddha stayed in meditation? I have heard rumors ranging from many days to many weeks. Also when? Prior to his first sermon or after?
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Does reality fight back when you want to meditate?

Whenever I want to meditate (down to Nirvana), it seems that the whole world wants to confront me to stop me. Does reality fight back when you want to meditate? Have other people encountered this? i ...
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Regarding Zodiac signs in authentic and classic Buddhist scriptures

There is still considerable amount of controversy regarding Lord Buddha's dating and the dating of incorporation of Zodiac signs of Mesha, Vrishaba etc into Indian and Asian culture. Their mentioning ...
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Enlightment of Early Monks

Did any contemporaries/students of the historical Buddha achieve "full enlightenment" before he passed away?
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Nirvana with residue/non-abiding nirvana

What is the difference between Nirvana with residue and non-abiding Nirvana? Both these states apply to a Buddha while still alive and come to an end when the physical life of a Buddha comes to an end....
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What is the (commentary) source for Buddha's daily schedule?

What is the (commentary) source for Buddha's five-part daily schedule, as mentioned at The Buddha's Daily Routine (Buddhanet) and A Day in the Life of the Buddha (YouTube video, Bhikkhu Bodhi).
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Does Avalokiteshvara speak through the Buddha in the Heart Sutra? Or how is it that Avalokiteshvara speaks to Shariputra?

I wanted to know how it is that Avalokiteshvara answered Shariputra in the Heart Sutra. I thought Avalokiteshvara was a cosmic being representing the compassion of all Buddhas. As such he would not be ...
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What raised mudra is depicted on the Buddha rupa at the London Peace Pagoda and what does it mean?

What raised mudra is depicted on this particular Buddha rupa at the London Peace Pagoda and what does it mean? Also, which Buddha is this?
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Is it ok to watch a media that promote homosexuality?

this is my first post I have researched what the buddhist sutra says about Homosexuality...I found Saddhama Smrty Uposttana sutra and Upasakasila sutra that said homosexuality is sexual misconduct and ...
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Did The Buddha promise to send a Paracelete, or Holy Spirit?

In page 32 of The Pagan Christ, Tom Harper writes: "The Buddha, when he prepares to depart, promises (like Jesus) to send the Paraclete, "even the spirit of truth which shall lead his ...
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Was Buddha had a expected food poisoning?

Refer to the link below, the Buddha was poisoned in his last meal. Where can i find more information about this? Why was Buddha poisoned? The Buddha died after eating a meal often called “pig’s ...
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Are there no Buddhas from other universes that are equal to our Buddha?

Buddha said "nowhere between the lowest of hells below and the highest heaven above, nowhere in all the infinite worlds that stretch right and left, is there the equal, much less the superior, of ...
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Do the enlightened not experience the results of their past karma? [duplicate]

Can buddha attain Nibbana without Devadatta's throwing a rock and hurting Buddha's foot? I read somewhere that buddha redeem his past karma by getting hit from that stone hence my question I am sorry ...
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How can we end the suffering of all animals?

My idea is to build a black hole and destroy everything, but this idea may seem evil to many. I have no other idea, and many may say we should allow other beings to continue to suffer, I think this is ...
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What Does It Feel Like to Be in Nirvana?

Nirvana is the goal of the Buddhist path. The literal meaning of the term is "blowing out" or "quenching". Nirvana is the ultimate spiritual goal in Buddhism. What Does It Feel ...
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What is the meaning of the Datthabba Sutta?

In relation to the question: "Is there is no benefit and there is no intrinsic positive nature in a pleasant sensation?", I read the following quote from SN 36.5 on the internet: A ...
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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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