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Alone with a woman

Are monks allowed to be in the same room as a nun alone (not a laywoman)? Are monks allowed to be in the same room as a nun (considering the rule applies) while others a present? Is there a ...
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Enlightend beings don't make more good or neutral karma?

Does a Buddha or Arahant not make good or neutral karma? If somehow an enlightened one does make karma does it immediately come to a result? Are all the actions enlightened beings do the result(...
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Is regret worth?

Today I regret for a sparrow was wandering around running ceiling fan. Even I had noticed and think to turn it off but I forget. I don't care if it was my bad karma which is not important than ...
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Does a Buddha see the heart objectively?

Does a Buddha or arahant like food and is mindful of that liking at all times or does liking just no longer arise? Does the Buddha like or dislike at the heart level and yet sees the heart objectively?...
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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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Jhana Explaination [duplicate]

Namo Buddhaya! Can someone please SIMPLY explain the EIGHT Jhanas, specifically: 1) What are Jhanas meant to do & why would one want to achieve them? 2) How does one specifically achieve ...
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Responding to Worldly Questions

Namo Buddhaya! People always ask "How are you?", "Isn't that beautiful/horrible", "You are so lucky/unlucky!", "Did you enjoy/like that", and so on. How do I respond to these things in a way that ...
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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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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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What's the sutta/source for Devadatta's attempt to kill the Buddha with the drunken war elephant Nalagiri?

Is there Sutta reference for Devadatta's third attempt to kill the Buddha with drunken elephant Nalagiri as mentioned in Life of the Buddha? https://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/buddhism/lifebuddha/...
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Handling Poisons?

Please help with these questions! :) What is the most skillful way to handle someone who is angry? What is the most skillful way to handle someone who is deluded? What is the most skillful way to ...
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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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Sentience, killing, & extremes?

The Buddha always said killing, no matter the circumstance, is always unskillful & leads to negative Rebirths. In no recorded instance did he approve of killing any living being at all. When ...
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Does Buddhism endorse pacifism in times of injustice?

How would a monk or a Buddhist answer look like in dealing with injustices like murder, rape, torture? If we refer to Dhammapada 3, the victims get instructions how to deal with those misfortunes, ...
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What exactly is the difference between Mindfulness and Concentration [closed]

What exactly is the difference between Mindfulness and Concentration (I have seen different views on this topic so I would be happy if you could help me understand it)
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What am I doing to my self to make my natural state "I am trapped in pain" (This seems like a must for me and there is nothing I can do about it)

Lets say for example I was trapped in pain before for a long time with no way out for long time and the pain kept torturing me. Now I feel better and not anymore in a no way out situation because I ...
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What is meant by the impossibility "A Buddha can not help someone not related to him"?

What is meant by the impossibility "A Buddha can not help someone not related to him, no relative of him"? Is said to be one of the three things a/the Buddha can not do. How should that be understood?...
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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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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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Can anyone please list important books on Buddhism?

What all are the important books, that are part of Buddhism, other than Dhammapada?
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Dependent Origination and Impermanence in Buddhism

1 question: I just started learning about Buddhism and I read about the 3 marks of existence. When Buddhism speaks about impermanence does impermanence only refer to our experience (the 5 skhandas) or ...
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Justifiable violence in Buddhism?

Does Buddhism preach absolute non-violence? Or is there any instance where Buddha had thought that violence can become a necessity under certain situations?
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What is Aarya dukkha Sacca?

In buddhism what is aarya dukkha? And what’s the reason for it? Dukkha is one of four noble truth. And as I heard it’s because of the impermanence. Can in permanence be the cause for the Dukkha? Is ...
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How do time and space exist?

I have a questions and I hope someone could help. Regarding time and space, I have seen different views: do they exist independently of our mind perceiving them, or is that all mind (inside mind)? I ...
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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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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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Why did Marco Polo say the Buddhist religion originated in Sielan? [closed]

Read page 295 here. Also refer to the editorial note on p.289 “this is the well known island of Ceylon, both direction and distance are extremely correct”. A Summary. Until 1890 the world knew ...
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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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How can I tell the difference between the Deva realm and the Buddha and bodhisattva realms?

How can I tell the difference between joy bourne of karma that will expire and joy bourne of karma which has turned the irreversible wheel of the dharma?
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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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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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