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Did the Buddha know God?

I recall reading or hearing, I don't know how long ago, that the Buddha knew the God that many religions believe is the creator. The story is that this powerful, long lived God was around when the ...
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What leisure activities did the Buddha partake in?

I find this guy fascinating but during that time I can only think that he may have played eye-spy on the banks of the river Ganges or flicked pomegranate seeds at the bodhi tree. I'm probably way off ...
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Beards or no beards

I know that there were rules for the Disciples to shave only on the New moon and the Full moon. Did the Buddha follow this practice , too? Or, did Buddha usually have a beard?'
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Statues I can't find anything about

I picked up these two statues today. I have been searching for an hour or two, to identify them or learn anything at all I can about them. I've searched through thousands of images, been comparing ...
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Did Buddha ever get angry after enlightenment? [duplicate]

I'm exploring the nature of anger, so want to know.
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How to chant the mantra Nam Myoho Renge Kyo?

I am a Hindu by birth. I am a huge devotee of Lord Buddha as he is considered a god in Hinduism. I wanted to know more about the Buddhist mantra Nam Myoho Renge Kyo. What is the best way to chant it? ...
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What are these three things Buddha cannot do?

According to this page from BuddhaNet, it is mentioned that there are three things Buddha cannot do. They are not mentioned in there and I don't know how reliable the source is. The Buddha is ...
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Buddha's past lives in the Pali Suttas outside of Jataka

According to this answer for the question "Does Theravada Buddhism accept Jataka Stories?": The Theravada accepts the Jataka stories as commentarial literature; they are not canonical, but are ...
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Importance of making and sharing merit

What are the benefits of transferring karmic fruitfulness and how is this done by Buddhists?
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Other than Nirvana , what else is not changing?

It is said that Nirvana is not changing. But I found a text here which states that dharma of conditioned arising is unchanging. The Buddha said to the monk: “Conditioned arising was neither made by ...
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Someone told me Buddha copied almost everything from Brahmanism, how accurate is that?

I am fairly new to the Dhamma and this site specifically. I was told by an Indian person that dyana (meditation) was a part of a yoga system which became zen in china, dharma became dhamma, most of ...
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Content of Ashoka's Edicts

How significant can Ashoka's Edict's be considered to Buddhists? Or how closely do they relate to the actual teachings of the Buddha?
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Do Buddhists believe Buddha to be God? Do Buddhists practice idolatry?

I have seen Buddhists worship Gautam Buddha, a great personality, a great philosopher, a great social reformer and spiritual master, with incense and candles. They would offer flower to his idol made ...
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How is Nichiren Buddhism different from other branches of Buddhism?

Nichiren Buddhism is a branch Mahayana Buddhism founded by Nichiren in the 13th century Japan. How is it different from other sects and branches of Buddhism? What are it's tenets, philosophy and ...
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Is vegetarianism compulsory/obligatory in Nicherin Buddhism?

I recently visited Japan and went to see a Nicherin Buddhist monastery and temple in Tokyo. There they were preaching that Buddhism is not just for the Japanese or Chinese or some particular race, it ...
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How to get a nymph rebirth in deva heavens?

How exactly does that go down because I know male devas have nymphs.
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Compassion is a result of knowledge. But what about Courage?

We are all suffering. This knowledge results in compassion. Buddha was compassionate. And courageous too. My question is : Is there any aspect of knowledge which results in courage?
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Reference request: the ways of the world

I am looking for sutta text where the Buddha says something like... The ways of the world will never be finished find your own salvation with diligence... Meaning, all the politics, hatered, war ...
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Religious experiences in Buddhism

What would be considered a religious experience in Buddhism in the same way,for example, Moses' experience with the burning bush of God? Would it be the Buddha's enlightenment itself or a bodhisattva'...
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Is Sakyamuni a “higher power”?

Is Sakyamuni a "higher power"? I know what I mean, by "higher power" but it may still be opaque, to you. I don't mean a substance, or all powerful personality. But something like that. So, I mean to ...
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Did the Buddha die in absorption?

I thought I'd just ask here: did the Buddha die in absorption / any of the dhaynas?
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What does it mean by 'All beings have a Buddha nature'?

I have come across this phrase while studying Zen, in a Zen meditation center. It is Dogen's translation of Nirvan Sutra. That all beings by nature are Buddha. As I understand, we become Buddha when ...
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I want to leave my mother

As I just starting to learn about Buddhism and the methods of be free from samsara. I have confusion about my relationship and my mother. I am 24 yo now- I feel like I have enough of being used by my ...
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Might be possible to gain highest bliss without a loyal relationship?

Marriage (and/or a binding relationship) is not very popular among modern people, who believe strongly in promoted "pseudo-liberality". As an aside: The word religion has very similar meaning like ...
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Would Siddhartha Gautama have agreed with modern forms of Buddhism?

Siddhartha Gautama accepted as its close disciples some secular. They had the same chance to gain enlightenment, without practicing rituals, and without believing in everything he said or did. ...
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Would the Buddha Shelter us from being offended?

Would the Buddha shelter one from being offended by people? If so, how would he shelter one? If not, then why not?
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How comes that praising oneself and blame others is unskillful but the teacher of it does?

Coming from a closed, probably ill-intended and insulting question, or not, but anyway it's root is actually good to investigate: How comes that praising oneself is unskillful but the teacher of it ...
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Should Buddhists in India celebrate diwali (New moon of November)?

On the occasion of diwali I've to ask, should Indian Buddhists celebrate diwali? Because recently I've read dark history behind diwali: Tthat Tathagata Gautama Buddha had entrusted the team with the ...
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Who was the first buddha?

If the number of buddhas is increasing, who was the first, and how did he become buddha without the dharma or a guru?
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How do Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhists make sense of Maitreya's prophecy?

How do Mayahana and Vajrayana Buddhists make sense of Maiterya's prophecy? I know for a fact that some e.g. son masters claimed to have achieved anuttara samyak sambodhi, and that some Vajrayana ...
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Did Buddha ever met Mahavir(Jain GOD)?

Mahavir(Jain GOD) was the contemporary of the Buddha of his time. Buddha did knew some details about Mahavir, Jainism(as its mentioned in the text) & about its own way of enlightenment which he ...
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Did Gautama Buddha cease to exist after death?

After death did Gautama Buddha ceased to exist? Or does he still exist?
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The Story of Buddha

Recently I am fascinated by the accounts of Gautama Buddha and of Buddhism, after having read The Story of Buddha within the book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson. I am led to want ...
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Can one find liberation independent for himself?

Ven. Members of the Sangha, Ven. Fellows, Valued Upasaka, Upasika, Dear readers and interested, - Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammā-sambuddhassa - since the root-consideration of this possible vey ...
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Did Buddha ever think about himself?

After attaining Nibbana, Buddha had realized that there is no self. However due to practical difficulties of communication, he had to use personal pronouns like 'I' , 'me' , 'myself' many times during ...
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How can Buddha take rebirth as Metteyya?

Gautama Buddha died and had attained final Nirvana. His cleaving to existing objects had ceased. His ignorance was destroyed. He had no upadana or karma left. Yet Buddha said that he will take rebirth ...
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Information on the best vow/Baare to do for a child's health and safety

I am a Sri Lankan Buddhist looking for help .. Our child is very sick and doctors have said any help is difficult to be given at this time for her or operated on. I would like to ask for ...
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How did the suffering of Gautama Buddha arise or co-arise?

As per my understanding during his lifetime, Gautama Buddha, had attained Nibbana with residue. And after death he attained Parinibbana (or Nibbana with no residue). Nibbana with residue is defined ...
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Did I exist ? Am I existing or Will I exist?

In Potthapada Sutta Buddha asks Citta similar question. "Suppose they were to ask you: 'Did you exist in the past? Did you not not exist? Will you exist in the future? Will you not not exist? Do ...
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What is meant by “Practice the truth thy brother is same as thou”?

We are different. Our upbringing is different.Our sanskaras are different. We are made up of sanskaras therefore every self must be different. Yet Buddha says Practice the truth that thy brother is ...
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The proper meaning of Bhagava

What is the real meaning of Bhagava? Or are there any multiple meanings? Sutta references are appreciated. -Metta
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Is fasting good or bad?

Got interested after seeing benefits of intermediate fasting in retreats from noon (more energy more time) - but started to read about benefits of longer fasts now (24 hours - 28 days) But there ...
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Buddha's Power of Seeing Other Beings Mind

What is the proper Pali word for Buddha's power of seeing other beings mind? I think it starts with Paricitta or something. I want the proper Pali term. Also, can I have any sutta references to it as ...
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What Gautam Buddha said about “self”, in Chapter Three of the Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra?

From this site, I found the following saying of Buddha: "You, monks, should not thus cultivate the  notion (samjna) of impermanence, suffering and non-Self, the notion of impurity and so forth, ...
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Is there a concept of after life in Buddhism?

I know that Nirvana is not like heaven the one they have in Christianity and Islam, but rather just a state of mind in the present world. Then what happens to someone who dies after becoming the ...
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Does anyone have High resolution Buddha wallpapers for computer?

Please feel free to delete this question if not relevant. I want to find peaceful Buddha statue wallpaper (Drawing or Statue). I wish to see lockscreen and my desktop with a spiritual wallpaper of ...
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Observing fever and Not taking medicine?

I have been trying to tie mind with breathe lately and successful several times through the day. But today I have fever, and I am finding it very difficult to observe, I just want to this feeling of ...
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The question of why do we have craving

In Buddhism everything boils down to we as humans and animals crave. Craving is the root cause for suffering and rebirth. So the question becomes why are we hard coded to crave. Is there any ...
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Why Dharma(धर्म) is pronounced as Dhamma in Buddhism?

First for all I know that the correct Sanskrit word is धर्म (pronounced as Dharma) same goes with Nibbana (Nirvana, निर्वाण in Sanskrit) as Siddharth was born in India. So either Pali is just a local ...
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If hatred rises, How far I am to Nirvana?

I saw in Indian T.V. serial Buddha saying that if hatred rises then know that you are far from Nirvana, is it true? Is there any other way Buddha described a way where one can see his current ...