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The story of Ji Gong 濟公

Chinese often worship Ji Gong and I m quite confuse here. Buddhism practices should be placed at 1st instead of just worshiping or believing in fortune telling. Some may have possession of Ji Gong and ...
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Incarnation of Arhat Ji Gong 濟公

Chinese often worship Ji Gong and I personally believe it's a misconception of Buddhism or something need to be revised by Buddhism teaching/new Sutta? Source of Ji Gong  He was widely recognised by ...
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False Speech for forming a non exist Buddhism Club

Dad admitted due to covid. Me, mum and Dad stayed in the same house so me and mum were close contact yet need to quarantined. I was tested negative with no syndrome for all 10 days quarantine. Mum had ...
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The difference between Arupaloka and Nibbana

The first level, the Realm of Formlessness (Arupaloka), consists of four planes of brahmas who have no physical body, consisting entirely of mind, but who may create a physical body if they want to be ...
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How do handle termite/white ant

Buddhism most basic perception is avoid killing. Assume the house is filled by termite and killing is unavoidable, assume house is too badly affected and without killing need the house to be left ...
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Is lack of doubt a form of self-cherishing?

Many people frequently make bold and confident claims about what Buddhism is or isn't with little or no humility or doubt. Their views are asserted to be correct, and anything contrary to their view ...
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How to escape Karma fight

I think the co-worker fighting is normal here: (YouTube) Horrifying office fight (Leaked video). It happened to me as well quite a few times with different bosses. How to handle in this scenario in ...
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Where is Buddha Now? [duplicate]

Namaste to Buddha. How and where is Buddha now? Does he still teaching now? I am trying to understand Nibbana and where Buddha is now. What I understand is that Nibbana is a state rather than a ...
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How does the 'Great Doubt' compare to doubt?

A while back I heard something about the 'Great Doubt'. I think it is a Zen thing? Does anyone know what it is and how it might compare to the doubt that all human beings feel from time to time? Many ...
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Why there is limited sharing in Buddhism

I found there are lacking of Buddhism knowledge sharing in Temple or some close friends. The temple would rather be superstitious like worshiping, or more commercialize or like a tourism place. I was ...
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Unforgiveable/Unforgetable Past Abortion and Miscarriage

I knew a few very senior Buddhism Scholars, one of them also start teaching Dharma having an issue as per title above. The guiltiness is persist more than a decade and the actions below i personally ...
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Nīlakaṇṭha Dhāraṇī (“Great Compassion Mantra”) One of the most popular Mantra in China

Ques 1) Base on Wiki below, which English translation found to be accurate? D.T. Suzuki or Kazuaki Tanahashi and Joan Halifax https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N%C4%ABlaka%E1%B9%87%E1%B9%ADha_Dh%C4%81ra%...
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Non Buddhist can say Hello to Buddha or Monk?

I understand this hand sign is to respect and say hello to Buddha or greeting to monks. Ques 1: Where is this written in Sutta exactly what the hand sign means? Ques 2: Can non Buddhist bow to Buddha ...
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Sequece of Meditation and Side Effects

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkKOyV_pJ74 Refer to the image and video above, Venerable Guan Cheng explains that meditation should be practiced after proper moral virtue/Sila been achieved for the ...
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Seafood - End and The Alternative Karma Consequences

Assume a scenario that a seafood chef that inherited from the parent's seafood restaurant business and used to kill seafood alive before have a chance to study Buddhism. When the chef understood the ...
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How can I respond to Christians' unpleasant feedback on Buddhism?

I have some friends who are Christian that I can't avoid the subject with. We used to see each other very often for some events. Normally those are friends of friends. Examples of the unpleasant ...
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Buddhism Supernatural feats and abilities

Recently i experiencing the psychic abilities, telepathy and seeing other dimension sentiment when i having this so call 3rd eye syndrome (All of it) https://www.holycitysinner.com/2020/01/22/signs-...
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How is Nirvana illustrated [duplicate]

Anyone has pictures or videos link illustrate as subject refers
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Shaolin Legandary Elders Great Power Comes with Great Responsibilty - Buddhism Zen

According to the Chinese History, subject refers are the 5 survivor of Shaolin legendary grand masters. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bak_Mei In history, Ng Mui was escaping from temple to temple ...
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Is there any proof that Budai was an actual historical figure

Does any online site refer to evidence that this monk ever existed as an actual historical figure? If the person is believed to be so important and famous as next Buddha then where is the tomb? Refer ...
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Buddhism Community

What type of community normally in a country to feedback on the Buddhism Study in the country or Buddhism Temple for improvement ? Sangha Community? Some Temple claimed they the HQ or Main branch ? ...
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Guan Yin - Bodhisattva as Goddess of Mercy [closed]

Where can I find the sanskrit or original version that mentioning Guan Yin is "Goddess of Mercy" as this wording popping up everywhere online. The word "God" really needs to be ...
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Can Buddhist accept prayers from other religions?

Subject refers, can a Buddhist accepts prayer from other religion say Muslim or Christian? I understand the answer is yes.
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Why do some English-language texts refer to the Buddha as "Lord"?

I often see this word online, especially in Sutras translated into English. Does the original Sutra written in Pali or Sanskrit mentioned it like this? The meaning of "Lord" as per wikipedia ...
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Desire root cause is Suffering, isn't Nirvana the goal of Buddhism is a Desire? [duplicate]

Subject refers, any short good answer here with an article supports? This is for in case somebody asks me this?
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Merits and Credit Point In Buddhism

I was taught that studying and practices in Buddhism should not keep a mindset that a good deed action to expect a good return of credit points to be used afterlife. Anyone has article explaining more ...
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Buddha is a God or different God's level misconception in Buddhism System

Subject refers, many people from other religions might think Buddha is a God or Buddhist is serving the lord of Buddhism (God alike) whom is the Buddha. This is creating discomfort feeling from them, ...
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Buddhism and the Diet Practices view from other religion

Since ever i have the half vegetarian diet practices, i have problem below with the society especially with the close friends. Ques: How to handle the scenario below or how to answer them to make them ...
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Loss of "faith" in buddhism

I've never had any religion throughout my childhood and adolescence, and at the age of 18 I had my first contacts with buddhism; It seemed fascinating, and I kept reading about all the things I could ...
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A path to another university outside of Buddhism

This post is a revision of Buddhism Or Christ? which already closed. I posted that Buddhism or Christ? question on a Christian forum too, and after quite a response from them, I felt I have some clues....
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Is the seer and seen different? Example i saw tree . tree and "me" are different? Or tree and "me" are same?

Is the seer and seen different? Is th watcher and watching different ? Is the observer and observe different? camera and picture are different ? For example I saw a tree? Tree and "me" ...
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Doubts and Meditation

I am usually filled with common doubts (not necessarily doubts towards the dharma). My mind keeps forming thoughts that say: "Maybe things are like this! Maybe things are like that!" without much ...
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Sociality and meditation

I had a question. I have been getting deeper into the Buddha's teaching and meditation & I feel awkward to be around or to talk to people, specifically those who do not meditate. How do I ...
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To Be or Not to Be?

If it's wrong view to say, "I am" then why isn't it also wrong view to say, "there is" since they both point to the same verb, "to be?" It is said that there are Four Noble Truths. Yet, somehow, these ...
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What happens after the great doubt of koan practice?

I read that koan practice is meant to create doubt. But what happens when the koan has been passed? Does doubt end, or begin again, or get literally "shattered"? Does the practitioner experience a ...
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The role of doubt in Zen Buddhist practice?

The Zen monk Hakuin said that 3 things are essential to practice great faith, great doubt, and great resolve I can see how faith and resolve would be essential but I don't see why doubt would be? ...
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Metaphysical Contemplation and Speculation

There are many parables and stories from the Buddha's life suggesting he valued above all what is practical and conducive to virtue. He discouraged metaphysical speculation and musings. Given ...
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Critique on Kalama Sutta: Is Buddhism bad for Buddhism?

Kalama Sutta is a key part of the Buddhist teaching that tells you to question everything, not to blindly follow any dogma or teacher. This is one of the features that make this religion/philosophy so ...
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Lack of objective thinking in Buddhist practitionners

My meditation practice is hindered by doubt. First of all I see that the framework of the noble eightfold path (to which I adhere) does not seem to matter much, to so many gurus with repulsive ...
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What is the logic behind visualization meditation

I have practiced meditation for the better part of a decade now. I wouldn't call myself a Buddhist, but that's immaterial. I've experienced and practiced many kinds of meditation (energy, dream, ...
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What to do when overwhelmed with Doubt - Practical Advice

I have a major problem in my practice. When things are going well in life ,doubt rarely raises its head and I practice diligently. However , when something bad happens , I feel, how could this happen ,...
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Can someone address this critique?

I found a rather compelling critique on the Internet and would like to ask you to answer this. He probably misunderstood dukkha, however, he is somewhat right on the nihilism aspect of buddhism. In ...
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High doubt on Buddhist teaching

I hope you can clarify my doubts: If one is skeptical concerning enlightenment (because no one besides the Buddha and mysteriously only those people in his time got enlightened) does it then even ...
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A man asks Buddha about god's existence

Video: Does God Exist? - Sadhguru This is a story I picked up from the above video (watch from 4.25): A man confused about the existence of god asks Buddha if god exists. Buddha gives a ...
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Doubt and Criticism

I have pondered about the buddhist teaching a little bit and I came to a point where doubt arose in me. It is probably because of my skeptical nature (which the Buddha endorsed). So here are certain ...
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Disenchanted with Buddhism

Im nearly 50 years old and so far in my life I have never found a sense of belonging or any sense of purpose. I haven't found a way to work that offers any sense of contribution or meaning. I have ...
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Is being skeptical bad?

Vicikicca or skeptical doubt, some interpret this as perplexity, is known to be one of the mental hindrances. But why is having doubt bad for one's mind? For me, doubt is what makes me think more ...
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When did Shakyamuni became buddha?

We know Shakyamuni was a prince and had all the lavish life a prince should have. He was isolated from every pain and suffering as we are told. As he traveled countryside he began to feel pain and ...
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Was buddha aware of future or future way of living?

I need a suggestion. I raised up as an aspirant on my side. As per my family (attached people) i was a sign of glory to them. In India, i did completed my education with good grades. I started my ...
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Is there anything one can do to save the deceased from the consequences of their Kamma?

I generally had the understanding that there is no way one can save the deceased from the consequences of their Kamma. At most, we can send Metta to the deceased which may comfort them wherever they ...