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If Buddhists believe that life is just suffering why don't they just kill themselves?

Can anyone give me a clear answer? What does the Buddha say?
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Does any real existent or genuine person end with parinibbana?

Does modern Theravada accept that no real person ends with the break up of the body of a realized one? That the moment after the break up of the body of a realized one is the same as the moment before?...
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What do you do to prepare for death?

There are probably a lot of ways to prepare for death. I myself can't come up with more than: Reflecting on ones own death on a daily basis; Don't buy stuff that's useless so that it's easier for ...
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Do arhats exist after death?

I was just looking at the connected discousres (Bhikkhu Bodhi) and it said Sorry for the rushed question, but I wondered if arhats can be said to exist or not after death? Does the Buddha say the ...
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Have Buddhas escaped samsara?

Have Buddhas escaped samsara? Obviously there is the mainly Chinese term "non-abiding in nirvana". I'm interested in an answer from any tradition at all, and for enlightened non-Buddhas, too. To be ...
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Meditate about friend's death

Someone I know is dying. If its death doesn't affect me much (Sadness, remorse...), I feel meditating about its condition as my own could be very beneficial. But if its not taking advantage of him, ...
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Is meat eating a possibility?

I have been vegan (no animal products) for over 5 years but recently have encountered many health issues (unable to digest many plant protein, leaving no viable protein to eat), including some meat in ...
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Vajrayana VS theravada - after death theories - do they contradict each other?

As far as i understand the having opposing views about what happens between after you die until you are reborn again right ? or do they "sit together" some how ?
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Buddhism practices on decease

I have a couple of questions due to a recent unfortunate event that had happened, happy if you guys could share your view base on your practices. 1) How does a Buddhist cope with grief and loss? Is ...
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Are the clinging aggregates the cause of clinging after death?

There are five clinging aggregates. Here it states that one's self clings to the five aggregates. To quote: "It's just as when a dog is tied by a leash to a post or stake: If it walks, it walks ...
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How does the craving or clinging to existence survive after death?

As per my understanding when a person dies his aggregates dissolve(his self dissolves) and if the dead person has any cravings,clinging left for the existence then he is reborn(aggregates reassemble). ...
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Dogen writings on reality and death

What is meant by body mind and the world is born simultaneously ...Buddha nature will never break apart. Do we die or is life eternal.
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Must Lay Arahants become Buddhist Monks?

A lay person who becomes an Arahant must become a monk or they will die? Can anyone explain what this teaching means? Do they have to become a Buddhist Monk? Can they just leave the world and ...
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Life With Death

How can we earn money while we don't want to live for anything? P.S.: I'm very wise and smart guy. I have high degrees in academical stuff. And I can say that I had satisfaction most of the emotions ...
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What does the Pali canon say about “death”?

I'm just clinging to this notion that the small death (of prthagjanas) is never reversible, and never incomplete. Leaving aside the notion of "karma" and "rebirth" and "continuity", what does the ...
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Can / how do we know what death is?

This question may read a little philosophical, Buddhist, and personal. I've been a little obsessed with death for a very long time, and feel like I have zen answer. Less interested in "the path" (I ...
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Buddha teaching regarding eating

Some one please tell me the story of Buddha said to some one how one should eat as if they are eating their own child having lost in a desert
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What is happening to Lord Buddha after “parinirvana”?

We all know that after Lord Buddha's parinirvana, he will never be born again. So my question is, if Lord Buddha does not have a rebirth after parinirvana, what is actually happening to him (after ...
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Did Lord Buddha gain enlightenment by inquiring into death?

I remember one just one of my treasured books 1955 copy of " the teachings of a compassionate Buddha" where I read that the Lord had a morbid fascination with death ..suffering etc and inquiring of ...
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How to do a long meditation of “death contemplation”?

because just thinking about it for a short time didnt have any effect on me - how should i do a long death contemplation meditation ? like half hour or an hour ? should i repeat a mantra over and ...
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How to actually do death contemplation? [duplicate]

How to do death contemplation ? it seems i really dont care about dying that much how long can i do it ? is there a formal technique to do it ? cause just thinking about it dosnt seem to have ...
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Doing “death contemplation” on others

I dont get much effect from death contemplation on myself - i wondered lately maybe contemplating the death of those close to me might work to install a sense of urgency do you think its effective ?...
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Escaping “certain death” in the Mahayana tradition: does it occur in India?

I was struck, when reading on the history of Buddhism in China, by the stories of brave monks escaping certain death, often many times in one life. I was curious is this was something Indian ...
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Death according to various schools of buddism

How is death perceived in various schools of Buddhism? Are they all same ? What is death according to Buddhist monk and lay Buddhist? Are there references / materials by monks on death bed about death?...
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Why do Buddhists cremate instead of burying?

A Buddhist, when dead, is most of the time cremated and not buried. Does this have to do with anything in the teachings of the Buddha? As far as I know, burying a body is more Eco-friendly than ...
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Is contemplation of death auto-suggestion?

Is doing contemplation of death auto-suggestion to meditate ? is it working on my subconsciousness ? maybe i should just do auto suggestion telling my self many times to meditate - maybe its more ...
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How do I do “contemplation of death” meditation? And is it dangerous?

How do I do "contemplation of death" meditation? And is it dangerous? Because I read it might cause someone to commit suicide, so how do I make sure I won't reach that situation? And how exactly ...
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What are the issues related to medical treatment that prolongs life of questionable quality?

While reading an answer to How to overcome the suffering of attachement to the body's continued existence (in Western modernity)?, I began to wonder about a related matter. In the answer: In ...
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Did Japanese Buddhists once use sky burial?

In the Chinese Wikipedia article on sky burial, there's a section saying that sky burial is illegal in Japan: 棄屍嫌疑 在某些地方,天葬的行為,可能觸犯遺棄屍體的罪行。 日本 刑法第190條(死体損壊罪) Google translation: ...
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How to overcome the suffering of attachement to the body's continued existence (in Western modernity)?

An important part of the Path is overcoming the suffering of attachement to the body's continued existence. I don't know if that's desire for living or aversion to death - maybe a combination. ...
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Did the Buddha ever cure someone?

Perhaps you could say that by teaching his path he healed many people; but what I meant is more direct, physical healing: is there something written about that?
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live as if it was your last day?

So there is a lot of teaching out there focuses on meditating on death. A lot of it talks about living life as if it was your last day, week, month... in that this way, you don't take life for granted ...
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Stages of the Bardo

From the moment of death, to the moment of rebirth (or alternative outcomes) How would you map the flowchart of the bardo? or instead of a flowchart a tree map? A list of stages would also be ...
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What's the Buddhist perspective on permanently eradicating bedbugs? (Extinction)

On one hand, killing... On the other hand, if there are no bedbugs (extinct status) no one can be reborn as a bedbug. The species causes more suffering then good. Perhaps it would be worth it to ...
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Metta for dead father

During a meditation I have practiced Metta, as I have learned it, I sent Metta to; myself a good friend a "neutral" person a difficult person all four of the above equally and then gradually the ...
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Can we program or pre-define our last thoughts?

I have heard the last thoughts of a person can define next life. If so can we somehow define them through practice, so when the time comes they will be as we planned? Or is there a practice that ...
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Near death experience and meditation

I have been trying to analyse NDE stories from a meditator's point of view. The way people change after a NDE is, in some cases, similar to the changes a person goes through after meditating for a ...
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Husband and wife for hundreds of times of consecutive rebirth. How?

In Theravada Buddhism, once a person dies he or she will be reborn immediately. Each person dies at a different time. How is it possible for a husband and a wife to meet again in the future ...
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How does the force of ones karma determine where the mind stream goes?

"On the other hand, superior Bodhisattvas, who have attained the path of seeing, are not reborn through the force of their karma and destructive emotions, but due to the power of their compassion for ...
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Which sutta is this excerpt about Buddha's death from?

An ordained Bhikkhu shared the following with me. "You have done what is good and wholesome, you have made a shelter from fear. You have not done anything to harm other. You have not been ...
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Is Nirvana redundant?

I'm confused over Buddhism's lack of afterlife, yet belief in rebirth. If there is no soul, how can there be rebirth? What happens to the five aggregates after death? Consciousness in Nibbana From ...
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Last thought before death?

I read somewhere (perhaps in an unreliable introduction to Tibetan beliefs) that rebirth is conditioned by the last thought before death (or perhaps affected by a thought or desire that you have after ...
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If a kind and generous Christian died 20 years ago, might their rebirth have resulted in there being a 19 year old person in the human realm now?

If a kind and generous Christian died 20 years ago today, 21July2015, might their rebirth have resulted in there being a 19 year old person in the human realm now? I want to assume that the kindness ...
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What puts out the mind

Suppose we call "extinction" (by which I mean nirvana or final nirvana) whatever puts out the wandering mind / mental states. What reasons are there for supposing it does so after the mind wanders, ...
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Are there any references in the Pali canon to the experience of death?

Are there any references in the Pali canon to the experience of death and what one can expect? I looked for a similar question and couldn't find one, so apologies if this is redundant.
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“Gatha” (Verse) on mindfulness/contemplation of Death : Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw

Practice : Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw Is there any "Gatha" (Verse) can be used to contemplate on "Death"? The purpose is to use as an aid to generate necessary energy to continue practice [mostly as the ...
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Isn't enlightenment the ultimate death?

Is it true that after you reach enlightenment you simply vanish into the vast space of existence, and you simply cease to exist? Kind of like, when you have not attained to enlightenment you keep on ...
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Whose nirvana is it anyway?

Allow me to take you on a little detour through Heidegger? He claims that "my death" is inalienably mine: that no one can die my death for me. I think this means that "my death" never arrives... ...
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Apocarteresis in Buddhism

Apocarteresis is a form of suicide where a person stops taking food and/or water. Now, I want to make it very clear that I have no intention of committing suicide anytime soon. However, as the ...
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Buddhist funeral process

I am seeking a proper guide on Buddhist funeral process in India. What are the things needs to be taken care while performing the last Ceremony With Metta