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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: 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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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 ...
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How many hours of Meditation in single sitting during Vipassana?

I was wondering its not much difficult to sit for one hour in meditation, but i want to know in Vipassana 10 days course, How long one will have to meditate, i mean do they do split meditation of 1 ...
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How exactly i can access my Astral body in meditation?

Lord Buddha have access to unlimited knowledge, This information can be found in old Indian scriptures as well, that human body is capable to visiting to another planets with his/her Astral body (...
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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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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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Did Buddha saw his two teachers were born, where living beings did not have physical body?

Siddarth promised Alara Kalama & uddaka rāmaputta that if he ever finds the way, he will come and tell them ? Is it true that buddha saw them being born in a Universe, where there was not ...
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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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Is there any historical evidence or sayings that Buddha went to America and Africa continent for some discourses or teachings

Is there any historical evidence or sayings that Buddha went to America and Africa continent for some discourses or teachings? In their writings, local languages or any painting, drawing?
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Sammasam Buddha's Sila, was it the best Sila?

Buddha said Sariputra "My Sila is the best/incomparable". But people at the time of Buddha donated flowers, perfumes and jewelries to Buddha (Need citations in Pali Canon and Pitaka). The monk/num's ...
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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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Why this hair style on statues of the Buddha?

http://9gag.com/gag/arOnzn5 says that the Buddha's "hair" on this statue represents snails. I thought Buddha shave his head like all his disciples. And there is a claim that his hair are actually ...
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What is the significance of Reclining Buddha Statue in Laos compared to other countries in Asia?

Hello regarding the reclining Buddha statue here in this link http://www.buddhastatuesnow.com -- What are the differences between this and other reclining statues in Asia? I have seen several and ...
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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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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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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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Does the Buddha specifically said about saving environment? [duplicate]

Does the Buddha specifically mentioned anything about saving environment or planet in His teachings? If yes, what He said? If no, then Buddhist organizations need not to concern about environment?
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Do you think that this Laughing Buddha Restaurant sign is a disrespect?

Greetings to everybody, According to the image above, what do you think from your point of view? Is this disrespectful since The Laughing Buddha is being used for a branding?
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Decline and the ending of Buddhism

Here is link giving a bit of details that Buddha preached about the decline of Buddhism after parinibbana. http://www.lawsofthenature.com/GotamaSasana.aspx I share with you the following passage ...
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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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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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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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Buddha Statue Identification and Explanation

Is there a name of this particular Buddha, and what is the mudra called, what does it mean, and what is in his left hand and what does it mean?
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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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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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I'm just interested in buddhism [closed]

Do buddhists pray? Do they ever speak to the universe in a spiritual manner? What are buddhists views on suicide? Do you help plan out your life before being reincarnated?
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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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