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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 ...
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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
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What happens to the five aggregates after death?

What happens to the five skandhas of a particular person after death? Do they stay together, and cause birth of a one specific person (which can be called rebirth), or do they separate? If they ...
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How long to leave a body undisturbed after death?

When someone dies (is pronounced dead, e.g. no heart-beat) then hospital staff will want to move the body to a refrigerated morgue. If you are next-of-kin, then when (after how long) is it right to ...
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What is Death? What did Buddha say regarding the experience of Death?

What is death according to Buddhism? When does it occur? Why do so many people die simultaneously in natural calamities? What did Buddha say about death? Please give references of Buddha's teachings.
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Experiencing physical pain

What advice (or techniques e.g. of meditation) does Buddhism (of any tradition) have for people who experience physical pain (caused by an illness and treated by a doctor)? Or for the people (friends, ...
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Meditation and good deeds vs clarity of mind during death

How important is meditation practice and doing good deeds in comparison to having a clear mind during death in order to reach nibbana or be at least reborn in a good realm? For example, if one ...
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In the wheel of life, how can death be a condition for ignorance?

Considering the 12 nidanas as represented on the Tibetan wheel of life. I can understand how the previous links cause (or condition) the subsequent ones for instance sensation is a condition for ...
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Will I keep my memories and experience with each passing incarnation?

I am curious because I have seen documentaries, videos, posts and all kinds of books and literature saying some people are born with knowledge from a past life, I believe I might be such a person as ...
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Euthanasia for animals

Killing and harming are against the first precept. I understand that an important part of the practice is being mindful at the time of death, but do animals have this capacity? Would it be better to ...
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Is there an intermediate state between death and rebirth in Theravada tradition?

The Tibetan book of the dead is very famous and widely known, but how about rebirth in the Theravada tradition? Is there anything similar to an intermediate dimension or does death automatically lead ...
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How do Buddhists express condolences?

Since converting to Buddhism, I've been unsure how to express condolences when people pass away. Everything familiar that I might say comes from a Christian perspective such as "being in a better ...

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