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Buddhist (Theravada) cure for “Insecurity”?

While the Pali scriptures address (or at least reference) a number of specific sufferings that a human being can be subject to (Jealousy, Anger, Fear, etc.), do any of the teachings deal with the ...
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When were the earliest Buddhist writings created

Buddha was born (according to Wikipedia) somewhere around 563 BCE to 480 BCE, and lived 80 years. From what I have understood, no teachings that made it to this day, have been written down when he ...
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What are the Core Teachings of Buddhism?

I asked, What is the core teachings of the Buddha, ( As I do Know ) There was no modern traditions then. I know that there has been a Buddhist Council gathered to try an reach the core understandings. ...
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What are 'suttas of indirect meaning' in the Pali canon?

This subsection of Wikipedia's Two Truths article says that the "two truths" distinction is not made in the suttas, but that there are some "suttas of indirect meaning". Two ...
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What is storehouse consciousness?

I've been reading Peter Harvey's Introduction the Buddhism and I've come across the concept of storehouse consciousness. It's in relation to Yogācāra and Chan Buddhism - originally with Yogācāra. It ...
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Did the Buddha mean this by “rebirth”?

I suspect the Buddha used the term "rebirth" in a sense different from its traditional meaning. Probably he meant that our sense of separate self is repeatedly being born, decaying, dying and being ...
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Can I call myself Buddhist? Is Buddhism a religion?

There are differences of opinion on the question of whether or not Buddhism should be considered a religion. Many sources commonly refer to Buddhism as a religion. If yes then in which region? Can I ...
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What is the Buddhist Perspective on Lucid Dreaming?

What is the buddhist perspective on lucid dreaming? I am very curious about my first lucid dream last night.
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What was the reason behind the fall of Buddhism in India? [duplicate]

Buddhism was originated from India.It spread all accross the world, many countries are called as Buddhist countries. Lord Buddha was the most scientific, serene, logical and kind person of the world,...
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What are good resources to study the historic evolution and comparative studies of Abhidhamma

What are good resources and references (ideally online) to learn historic evolution of Abhidhamma. Also comparative studies on different Abhidhamma schools. NB: I am aware of BPU BPhil 3rd Year ...
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Is there a real difference between “not-self” and “no self”, and if so, which one is correct?

Just in case someone is interested, this is a question based on this thread, but it's not necessary to read such discussion to understand and answer this question. I'd like to know about the ...
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Time in Buddhism

I read a couple of books on time, yet they all seemed somewhat incomplete, as if it was something simply tagged onto the rebirth / enlightenment doctrine. How important is time in Buddhism, not ...
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Does knowing Pali/Sanskrit (and to which level) give one more insights while reading Buddhist scripts?

I think we all have experienced with our own native languages how works written a while back can have different words for the same meaning or the other way round. Also that words get lost in ...
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What is “Pattichha Samuppadha” in buddhism

i want clarification about what is "patichcha samuppada" its in "Anekajati sansaram sandhavissam anibbisam Gahakarakam gavesanto dukka jati punappunam" “This tour, this cycle of existence, has run ...
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Ṛta, ritual and Buddhism

Not "clinging to rites and rituals" is one of the three requirements to become a Sotapanna. But in creating a Sangha with strict rules (especially given the extensive permutations within the ...
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Why didn't Buddhism become Popular in India in Lord Buddha's time?

In Ancient India when Prince Siddhartha became Lord Buddha, Buddhism started. After that so many people in India followed Buddhism. As per this Map in India shows very little stats having Buddhism, ...
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What is the Origin and History of Milindapanha?

What is the Origin and History of Milindapanha? When was it 1st written? How did evolve over time? What are the notable changes to it if any? Since when was it in the current form?
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Which is a good book to read about history of Buddhism?

I'd like to read about the history of Buddhism. Which book or books would you recommend?
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Why is the Yogācāra school called 'mind only'?

I've heard the Yogācāra school of Buddhism called 'mind only'. What does that refer to? Does this school believe that the mind has a real inherent existence but nothing else does? Alternatively is it ...
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Permission of parents to be a Monk

I already know this much https://buddhism.stackexchange.com/a/35802/17220 Still ,there is a particular case where ,I have no experience/knowledge which is below. Person with 27 yrs. of age and ...
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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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Were there 27 more Buddhas before Siddhartha Gautam Buddha?

Were there 27 more Buddhas before Siddhartha Gautam Buddha? If so, are there any evidences of it. How about the finding of Buddhist Stupas and Idols in Harappa civilization?Is it linked with this fact?...
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Why Buddha rejected Upanishad and Veda?

For what reason did Buddha rejected Upanishad and Vedas?
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How is Cakkhupālattheravatthu pronounced exactly?

I read stories about the monk called Cakkhupālattheravatthu, but still don't know how this name is pronounced? Can anyone please tell me the exact pronunciation of this name or word?
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Cause and End of Suffering vs the Four Noble truths

I have heard that the Buddha once stated that he only teaches the cause of suffering and the end of suffering. Can I have a Sutta reference for this? What happened to the other two of the four noble ...
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Bhadanta or Thero

Thero, Bhadanta, and Venerable.. are words for addressing the old monks, abbots in pagodas and/or temples. I really do not know how they are ranked in Buddhist Sangha. Which title is the highest... ...
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Was Anuruddha, one of the ten Great Disciples of the Buddha, born in Sri Lanka?

When I was searching for the translated name from Chinese 阿那律 to Sanskrit while attempting a comment on one post, I entered 阿那律 or Anuruddha to Google it came up with the list and the usual short ...
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Where to get the genuine e-book on “Jataka Tales” in English?

I have been looking for an e-book on "Jataka Tales", I got one in Marathi by Ven.Dharmanand Kosambi which I feel is good and the another one I got is in English by Todd Anderson which is totally ...
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About the authencity of modern meditation methods

I've been reading a few sources, books, essays and teachings that discuss the idea that the current orthodoxy of Theravada and its modern meditation methods show great differences with what the suttas ...
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What are the Five Pungent (Vegetables/Roots/Spices) and when were they first proscribed?

According to Salguero (2017): The Five Pungent Roots generally refer to garlic, leeks, scallions, onions, and asafoetida, as well as their subvarieties. In some sources, the list includes ginger ...
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Does any buddhist school, extant or otherwise, say that there is no svabhava what-so-ever?

Does any buddhist school, extant or otherwise, say that there is no svabhava what-so-ever? I was thinking maybe an early school without the abhidahrma (mahasanghika) or perhaps prasangika-yogaraca in ...
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Was the Abhidhamma taught by the Buddha?

According to the Theravada tradition, the Abhidhamma was taught by the Buddha. From "The Abhidhamma in Practice" by N.K.G. Mendis: Theravaada tradition holds that the Buddha conceived the ...
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Was Buddhism during the life of the Buddha unique in the history of religion per Huston Smith?

In chapter 3 of Buddhism, A Concise Introduction, Huston Smith and Philip Novak give a list of characteristics present in Hinduism at the time of the Buddha: Authority: "talent and sustained ...
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Buddha's view on sexuality

In contemporary society (apart from religion) sex is mostly seen as something pleasurable, which is done even without considering childbearing. As far as I can see, Buddha taught extensively to lay ...
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Were the Buddha's earliest followers bhikkhus?

What is the proper name for the Buddha's earliest followers such as Ananda and Sariputta - the ones that followed the Buddha during his lifetime. Would the term be bhikkhu and bhikkhuni or does this ...
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Is Nibbana devoid of a permanent and eternal substance?

I read the following on the internet: According to Wikipedia by the way, Nagarjuna wrote, in the Mūlamadhyamakakārikā, "[A]ll experienced phenomena are empty (sunya). This did not mean that ...
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Who should we regard as role models?

When practicing the Dhamma there are many exemplary characters found in Buddhist texts who are worthy of emulation,I want to know whether it would be right for a layman to regard an Arahant Bhikkuni ...
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what is Sakkayaditti whats it meaning

I have read about sakkayaditti https://www.wisdomlib.org/definition/sakkayaditti Sakkayaditti means something in Buddhism, Pali. please help me to clarify
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Examples of early Buddhist art

I was reading that early Buddhist art doesn't actually depict the Buddha. Instead it shows an empty space, a dharma wheel or a footprint where you would expect the Buddha to be shown. It was only ...
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Khandha vs Kaya

What is the difference between "Khandha" and "Kaya". Are the words related? The translations for khandha that I've found are "groupings", "aggregates", "heaps". Also for Kaya I have found that the ...
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Is Buddhism the Way of Truth?

I mean, free from misguidance, from being wrong and misdirected? And if it the case, where is the evidence?
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When Buddhism started?

After Gautama Buddha's born or Buddhism were already there in the world when Gautama Buddha was born? who was the first Buddhism follower?
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Are Samatha and Vipassana mentioned in the Pali Canon as different styles/techniques of meditation?

I've seen in a lot of discussions that there are two kinds of meditation methods with different but complementary goals: meditation for establishing tranquility (samatha) and meditation for ...
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how to aware of Dukkha ( “suffering”, “anxiety”, “stress”, or “unsatisfactoriness”)

I have read about 'Dukkha': What is the difference between 'suffering' & 'unsatisfactoriness'? but i want to know how to aware Dukkha what are the good practicess to ...
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Is this the correct translation and exact meaning of these epic verses in Tripitaka?

There are two sentences found in Tripitaka. Do they mean, "the Divine one come to teach on earth"? Please forgive me, but it very close to Jesus's savings. As Jesus says, "I'm son of Lord, come for ...
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Feedback - Are spaced-repetition cards useful for learning core Dhamma?

I've created an Anki deck (still WIP, link here: https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/414202630), drawing on the translations available here in SuttaCentral (with direct links to those pages). My thinking ...
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Dependent Origination, 'here-&-now' & 11th & 12th link

On this site there are some users who claim that birth & death are mental phenomena, while other people argue that it's something physical. Contextually, the Buddha lived in a time where other ...
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What is the meaning of “in and of itself” in DN 22?

What is the meaning of "in and of itself" in the Maha-satipatthana Sutta DN 22?
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Momentariness, but birth and death?

If everything exists for an instant only, as with Sautrāntika Buddhism, then doesn't that mean everything dies at the exact same time it is born? Isn't that impossible? I am not asking for an analysis ...