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Chinese Korean & Japanese aesthetic cultural practices at the altar

I recently attended a tea ceremony, and was reminded of how it is considered polite in Asia to handle everything with two hands. My first dharma teacher was from Hong Kong, and did this, but I notice ...
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Buddhism and social roles

Is a buddhist's goal to transcend a culture's social roles? How do enlightened beings see social roles? As buddhists try to not make distinctions between people, I would imagine that they are not ...
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Without formal refuge?

An unknown contributer wrote Imo a yogi (homeless) without formal association is more likely to be assumed to be an outcast holding wrong views, unable to get along with 'the contemporary masters'. ...
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What does "Namaste" mean in Buddhism context and why is it even associated with Buddhism?

A commenter on the NewBuddhist blog claimed that one should not say Namaste in a Tibetan Buddhist event (in this context). I remember one time saying "Namaste" while at a Tibetan Buddhist ...
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What are benefits of being bald?

Monks are bald because as I read somewhere that when person is bald he looks unattractive and so no one else attract towards it. So what are other benefits to being bald either for monks or layman?
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A thought-experiment about the importance of Buddhist traditions

Suppose a leading Buddhist figure -- say a well-known Tibetan monk -- were to suddenly start displaying cultural behavior appropriate to other religious faiths. For instance, suppose this monk were to ...
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Significance of Bhikkhus uncovering their right shoulder

Often in the suttas one finds Bhikkhus who approach the Buddha reverentially uncover their right shoulder as a mark of respect. What is the significance of this practice? Is it cultural or is there a ...
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Role of food as an allowed monastic luxury

Whenever the Buddha and his retinue were invited to the palace of a great King or a big merchant, the suttas don't forget to mention the feast was delicious and rich. Then King Prasenajit, for the ...
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