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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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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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Where did the Buddha speak of his difficulty in eating almsfood as a Bodhisatta?

In this answer, I mention that the Bodhisatta had trouble keeping down coarse alms food, to the extent that he felt like his stomach was going to leap out of his throat. @ThiagoSilva asked in a ...
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“The Blessed One”, is it bad translation?

I found "The Blessed One" in English translation of Suttas. Because in Buddhism blessing is not legit/proper word to use to anyone, especially Buddha need not to be blessed, is it loosely translated ...
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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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Sankhara meditation

Could someone explain to me how to meditate in order to see how the sankharas can be manipulated and changed so to not feel that the current situation is fixed and a must and helpless. I read ...
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What does the Buddha mean by this quote?

There is no punishment for anger. It is the anger which will punish you I pondered on this for a few hours now but can't understand the meaning. Tnx for all the help
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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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What happened to Siddhārtha Gautama wife Yashodhara?

When Lord Buddha's wife Yashodhara also joined Sangha (become bhikkhuni), what happened to her ? Did she also get enlightened ? Did his son Rahula get enlightened ? This, This answers says Buddha ...
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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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Law of Karma in the Buddha's own words

Where can I find the law of karma and rebirth in Buddha's own words? Which scripture mentions it explicitly, as told by Buddha, and accepted by all sects of Buddhism?
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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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After Enlightenment - 7 Weeks (Sath Sathiya)

As we all have heard the Buddha spent 7 weeks after his enlightenment in different places and engaging in different activities. But in the Mahavagga Pali (the first half) in Vinaya Pitakaya states ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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What exactly did Lord Buddha say about Size of Atom?

I have heard that Lord Buddha wrote or discussed about the smallest indivisible particle i.e the atom. What exactly did he say. Is it mentioned in some scriptures? If yes, did he give any argument or ...
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What happens if you drop and break a plate of fruit from the Buddha's altar?

What happens if you drop and break a plate of fruit from the Buddha's altar?
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Three types of characteristics to achieve a goal

I have heard in a lot of sermons about how an individual achieve a goal. Even Buddha had the same type of characteristics. As far as I know they are Determination Consistency Desire to see and end of ...
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Is Buddha immortal? (in Mahayana)

As I know Buddhism, it says 'Nothing is permament' I just came across this in Wikipedia: ...a Buddha is immortal. Even though he descends in the samsara to preach Dharma and save sentient beings ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why is focusing on the breath more difficult than focusing on Mantras, and how important is it before vipassana?

I have been doing mantra meditation for years and saying "Aum" for a few minutes makes me go deeper in meditation within like 10 minutes. But focus on the breath is difficult compared to the mantras. ...
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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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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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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: That 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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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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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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In which Sutta, Buddha wore cloth of dead body?

It is difficult for me to find the reference about Gautama Buddha wore robe made from cloth which was wrapped to a death body. Which part of Sutta do I have to reference? Can we calculate how long ...
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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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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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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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Shiva's 112 ways to attain enlightenment and Buddha's way

I recently came across a video of a guru (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPINIZmQDwI&t=1s) claiming that Buddha's method to enlightenment was just one of 112 methods discovered by Shiva many ...
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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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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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Mahayana-specific definition of “a buddha”?

We all know the Pali Canon's definition of "The Buddha". The Buddha is one who discovers The Dhamma all by himself without external help, therefore by definition there may be only one Buddha until the ...
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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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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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5 Skandhas / 5 aggregates

My question is what is the action each of the 5 aggregates perform. If I was not clear about the question please drop me a message here I will try to be much clearer. Please provide a Sutta as a ...
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Question about Vijnana and the correct view of Nama and Rupa

So I understood Vinana to be activated only when there is an object present to be aware of, and I think that is why in dependent origination it is said Vijnana conditions nama rupa and nama rupa ...
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The Animal Plane & Evolution?

(Please Theravada perspective if possible) NAMO TASSA BAGAVATO ARAHANTO SAMMA-SAMBUDDHASA (I am not fluent, forgive errors) These are my following questions: Do animals feel emotions just like ...
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How Atheism and Buddhism are different?

As I'm knowing Buddhism called atheism religion but I've doubt both are different, I call myself I'm an atheist as well as Buddhist. Or it just described what is it ?
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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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Are these translations of the Sutta Nipata correct?

A Hindu site by the name "Agniveer" has claimed that Buddha never rejected the Vedas. To substantiate their claim, they have quoted a few verses from the Sutta Nipata to show Buddha's respect for the ...
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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 ...