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Do only sentient being suffer

All I can think of off the top of mind head is the zen claim that mountains are buddha nature. Do they suffer? They are composed of parts, and I believe that there is a type of suffering from "...
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Is Buddha Nature the original state, i.e. Awareness/ Consciousness without Existence?

Existence, Consciousness, Bliss is described as Brahman by Vedanta but surely that only applies when viewed through the veil of Maya and experienced as the universe. As awareness/ consciousness is ...
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Are the differences between Advaita Vedanta and Buddhism merely semantic/perspective?

having studied Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta, I've seen that the differences between the two are almost non-existent. This video does a good job at fleshing out the Vedanta and Buddhist perspective ...
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Under what conditions does a Samyaksambuddha arise?

Buddha arises. In the past there were several Buddhas. And it is said that in the future there will be at least one. My question is under what conditions does a Samyaksambuddha arise?
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Is Buddha nature everywhere the same?

Is Buddha nature everywhere the same? I don't think so, that seems wrong. But original enlightenment is always everywhere bliss, right? So how can Buddha-nature, which I would translate into, rather ...
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Are Buddha nature and Original enlightenment different, or always identical?

Are Buddha nature and Original enlightenment different, or identical? So, when a sastra says "Since the essence of Mind is grounded on the Dharmakaya, it is to be called the original enlightenment", ...
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Buddhists advise against “me and mine” does that include times?

Buddhists advise against "me and mine" does that include times? Do Buddhists really talk about "my" future past and present? If so, what are the nature of those times? Specifically: will "my" ...
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Has any Buddhist ever talked about postponing Buddhahood forever, but not for all sentient beings?

Has any Buddhist ever talked about postponing Buddhahood forever, but not for all sentient beings? I do not, I suppose, mean because the "bodhisattva" enjoys life. I am trying to ask about "...
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What if there is no rebirth but karma is not eradicated by meditation and the path?

What if there is no rebirth but karma is not eradicated by the path? I think that would mean that the agent experiences the results of their actions even without rebirth. Am I right? At least if the ...
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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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What makes a great a spiritual leader? Is it nature or nurture or something else?

Two premises presumed for my question: The 14th Dalai Lama is an especially sincere spirit Reincarnation, beyond the scientific eg recycling of atoms / culture / dna, is an incorrect idea. Is the ...
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Which body of the Buddha belongs to the Buddha nature?

Which body of the Buddha belongs to the Buddha nature? I suppose all three, but I would be interested to hear otherwise.
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Why can't I be happy in the pursuit of Nirvana?

If you are happy, you will have to face sorrow right? So I am being told to just observe everything with equanimity or Anapana. TBH which is very boring So I observed that instead of thinking of ...
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New Year Resolutions

What are some resolution that we can made in order to make the upcoming year more peaceful ,fruitful. Resolutions which may bring some major changes in our life?
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How to acknowledge emotions and their consequences in day to day life?

Do you have any suggestion on how to view the act of sexual intercourse objectively? For example, when we view a lady, we view her as a composite of flesh, bones, feces, pus, joint oil, etc. ...
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Is the Buddha nature nothingness or the Dharmakaya?

In a lot of Buddhist literature you will find passages suggesting that our Buddha nature is actually "nothingness" or "emptiness". I was wondering if this was true? I'm starting to doubt this claim ...
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Interdependent origination

Is the doctrine of interdependent origination found in Vedas . What is real origin of this? I have heard of indra net .just curious
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Does the Buddha like dogs?

I am not a buddhist but I have a friend who is. He dislikes dogs and I have questioned him as to whether he is a true Buddhist. I believe that the Buddha is peaceful and nature loving, and so would ...
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Can effective altruism (specifically Earning to Give) and Buddhism co-exist if Earning to Give was done to the extreme?

(This may be more of a philosophy stack exchange question; feel free to move it. Actually, the example I give below is probably off topic or something since it's the real meat and potatoes of the ...
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How to Attain Peace?

Sometimes we feel nervous, afraid, or anxious while doing something. So, How can we attain peace in afraid mood or anxious mood?
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Insights of the Middle Path

Everything in moderation is the key to the Middle Path. There are times when one can clearly see the outcome (insight or out of experience) and actions of other person and their way of thinking. ...
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Does hell exist in Buddhism?

I understand that hell is being used for keeping the order of our society. Does hell really exist in Buddhism? As it creates fears instead of freeing one's mind from suffering. It also creates a ...
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If sex is prohibited, how do we survive?

Sex can lead us to suffering in many ways; however, if all of us are just like Lord Buddha according to his story, wouldn't humanity become extinct?
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What is right gifting?

I came across this explanation by Buddha, from the Dana Mahapphala Sutta. THE BEST WAY TO GIVE. Or, instead of thinking, ‘When this gift of mine is given, it calms my mind. Satisfaction and joy ...
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How to differentiate between a spiritual experience and a mental disorder or delusion?

Many spiritual teachings ask the followers to develop detachment towards worldly objects and events. Certain meditation techniques ask the followers to be a mere spectator to one's thoughts and get ...
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Is there a generally agreed upon idea of what Buddha nature is?

I often hear and read about Buddha nature. I wonder, is Buddha nature something common to all varieties of Buddhism? And where in the scriptures can I find out more about this? I'm asking because ...
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Why Buddha didn't want him to be called 'friend' by the monks?

Referring these lines from 'The Discourse to Prince Bodhi': As I approached, Prince, the group-of-five monks were unable to continue with their own agreement, and after coming out to meet me, ...
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Watching crime in apps or website

By watching crime in mobile apps or in website , is one actually participating in the incident? If one thinks about it, is one perpetuating the incident again? Does it add to one's karma? How does one ...
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Did I do more harm than good?

I was out walking today when my eyes were intially attracted to a butterfly that was on the ground to my right. I stopped to have a quick look at it to notice that it couldnt' fly very well. I picked ...
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What is the relationship between Tathāgatagarbha and Buddha Nature?

Can someone help me out with the relationship between Tathāgatagarbha and Buddha Nature. The way that Tathāgatagarbha was described to me was it's like someone finding an amazing jewel in a great heap ...
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Tathagatagarbha and dhammakaya

Can we consider 'tathagatagarbha' and 'dhammakaya' as synonyms? If not, what is the difference between those words.
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What does a monk think on a day to day basis?

I go through my daily chores and it has become habituated to the extent that i do not need to concentrate on the action and my mind has some time to do thinking or just wander. Now monks life is also ...
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How do animals attain enlightenment?

The Wikipedia article on animals in Buddhism states that animals have Buddha nature, and therefore have potential for enlightenment. I do not dispute this as I sit here petting my cat, but wonder - ...
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What are the positions of the different schools on a primordial mind?

Different Buddhist traditions have some mention of an original, primordial mind of some sort. If there is one, what are its attributes.
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Is buddha nature active?

Is Buddha nature active or passive? Would anyone say that enlightenment means we can suffer (frustration) in an active way?
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Do beings without conscious experiences have buddha nature

A philosophical zombie is defined as follows, Zombies in philosophy are imaginary creatures used to illuminate problems about consciousness and its relation to the physical world. Unlike those in ...
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Does yesterday have buddha nature

I am asking because I think that if the past has buddha nature, and the dharmakaya is impermanent, then there is nothing left of the enlightened when they die.
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Impermanence is Buddha nature / Buddha nature is impermanence

Can anyone please explain these aphorism / these aphorisms? Thank you in advance.
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Does any Mahayana school teach that I am atman?

Does any Mahayana school teach that I am atman, the Self of buddha nature? Assuming a resounding "no", may I please ask, if atman is "like" anything, or is it more like the eventual non existence, ...
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Nature of spiritual advancement and material advancement

How would you balance, material advancement and spiritual advancement in terms of Buddhism? I consider this because something material is close to what we see and feel in the moment, and related to ...
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“Anyone can be enlightened”

To my limited knowledge, in Zen, it is believed that anyone can be enlightened(if dedicated enough). Does everyone have this potential in other branches of Buddhism? Can everyone achieve this ...
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What caused the Golden Bowl to go upstream?

After finishing the last meal before attaining enlightenment, the Ascetic Gautama threw the golden bowl into the river and said: "If I am to succeed in becoming a Buddha today, let this bowl go ...
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Is Gautama Buddha the greatest Buddha who ever existed?

According to tradition, there were 27 Buddhas before Gautama Buddha. Is Gautama Buddha the greatest Buddha out of all the 28 Buddhas?
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What is taught about Buddha nature in Theravada Buddhism?

Reference: http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/snapshot02.htm The very last row talks about Buddha Nature. According to this page, Buddha Nature is not taught in Theravada Buddhism, and to my ...