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The goal of the Buddhist path. Can refer to liberation, awakening or the end of suffering but is generally understood as being indescribable to an unenlightened being.

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Enlightened beings (Amitabha, Padmasambhava) created mantras so that people chanting them can gradually 'mould' their mindstream to a similar state

This is how I understand it and I'd like some clarity on where I'm right/wrong. Rebirth/the next birth happens when the mindstream, attracted to particular situations because of its mental imprints , '...
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Where did the Buddha say that Teachings that don't contain the Noble Eightfold Path cannot lead to Enlightenment?

Question is in the title. I remember reading that statement in a Theravada Buddhist book or PDF file but now I can't seem to find it. Help would be much appreciated.
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Who first claimed that "Gautama Buddha gained enlightenment"?

Some people said to me that , Gautama Buddha never made claims about himself that he had gained enlightenment and on the other hand, some people say that's not true. Some people have also said to me ...
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Will we all attain enlightenment eventually?

Since the Buddha said everything is impermanent (anicca) 'yan kinci samudaya dhammam sabban tam nirodha dhammam' and ignorance (avijja) is something, won't it be the case that ignorance (avijja) will ...
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Is it necessary to be Buddhist to reach enlightenment?

Is it plausible or possible in Buddhist thought for a being to experience nirvana, enlightenment, without adhering to Buddhist thoughts or viewpoints? It it possible for people to receive true dharma ...
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Is this a right explanation of phenomena of enlightenment by Osho?

Some months back I had written a comment (not able to find it atm) to a post in BSE which resonated with the following explanation of Enlightenment by Osho, that ' Enlightenment is consciousness ...
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Does an enlightened person have access to whatever information he wants?

I am following a guy online who claims to be enlightened. Everything about him is fine and he seems genuine and all but for one reason that he says he has no recollection of his past lives. Is this ...
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Hate myself more and more wish to die

Shall I be reborn as a girl again? I've had a rough life, gotten a CVA (Cerebrovascular Accident) recently, and am now half-paralyzed. I feel tired of living. I guess God forgot me, given all this ...
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Books on monastic traditions and techniques

Almost twenty years ago I did a meditation on death that catapulted me into a Near Death Experience the likes of which I could not even have imagined possible. This 'mini enlightenment' allowed me to ...
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Should we believe we have no enlightenment whatsoever?

Should we believe we have no enlightenment whatsoever? I mean, acting like you're the Dalai Lama, famous sage or future Buddha may well come off as offensive and stupid. But if we authentically ...
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Does enlightenment in all teachings amount to a progressively deeper realisation that I am already enlightened?

So e.g. kensho is usually thought of as beginning realisation in zazen, and is into our true nature as Buddhas. Does enlightenment in all teachings amount to a progressively deeper realisation that I ...
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The Problem of Evil/Suffering modified into Buddhism

I have a question about Buddhism, which is similar to or modified from the Problem of Evil or the Problem of Suffering in western religion philosophy: If [ by definition from ordinary intuition ] the ...
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Two arrows in the domain of vedana

I am familiar with the simile of the two arrows, i.e. an unenlightened being experiencing physical pain (first arrow that hits) will grasp for the release from that pain and thus be hit by a second ...
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Is there a compendium of enlightenment stories (about Arhats and/or Bodhisattvas)?

If I'm getting this right it is/was customary to utter a poem shortly after realizing enlightenment. Are these verses and/or maybe stories and accounts surrounding these beings collected somewhere?
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Confusion about Stream Entry

How is the fetter "Identity View" destroyed by confidence in the triple-gem and ethics ([DN 16, see "Dhamma-Mirror"])? The concept of identity view also seems to be a bit fuzzy. ...
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How to reconcile 'You are already enlightened. There's no need to strive!' with 'You should strive for enlightenment. Purify your mind!'

There are some teachings that go along the lines of: 'You are already enlightened. You just need to realize it. Actually there's no need for you to do anything. If you try to strive for enlightenment ...
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What is difference between Nibbana and asaṅkhataṃ (unconditioned)?

Buddha says Nibbana is ajātaṃ abhūtaṃ akataṃ asaṅkhataṃ. Out of all these four, only asaṅkhataṃ (unconditioned) is something that I have to achieve. So can I say asaṅkhataṃ is Nibbana and vice versa? ...
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Why is there even a way to the end of suffering?

There are the four noble truths and we know who and how he found and taught them. There are philosophical questions like where did the first Karma come from and so on, that are not quite conceivable ...
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Non-Self vs. depersonalization disorder

After quite some time of daily meditation, I feel less like having a real separate, permanent self (specific details see below, but it's a general question), which, in my opinion, could be regarded as ...
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How can the Buddha (after he was enlightened) reflect that he was not at ease and then became at ease in seclusion?

This is from the Theravada Vinaya: While he was staying by himself, the Buddha thought, “When I was previously surrounded by people, I was not at ease because of those monks at Kosambī who were ...
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Relationship between truth and compassion

Can a bodhisattva or lay Buddhist be too concerned with truth at the expense of compassion and altruism? What is the relationship between truth and compassion? e.g.. is the truth always compassionate, ...
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Is even Buddhahood itself a short straw next to material wealth and pleasure and fame?

Is even Buddhahood itself a short straw next to material wealth and pleasure and fame? The Buddha could have been a wheel turning monarch, and was in deed born a prince. So perhaps his decision isn't ...
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Why do enlightened beings want to save sentient beings? Does everyone want to be saved?

Does enlightenment always comes with compassion so that all enlightened beings aspire to save sentient beings from sufferings? Or is the question 'why' only showing that I am using my discriminating ...
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What is the state,the during vipassana meditation?

Now there is no bodily sensation on sitting posture of meditation. Only thoughts are coming. Always close the eyes can see a oil lamp in the Middle. When the lamp not appeared in the front negative ...
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Companies that practice right livelihood

I am looking for companies who operate in resonance with the ideas of right livelihood. I have looked for them, but don't seem to be finding any. Does anyone know how to find companies that practice ...
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Did Gautama Buddha know his path?

When Siddhartha Gautama started his path, before acknowledging the possibility of achieving and passing on the path to enlightenment, is there reference of his thoughts before making the decision to ...
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What happens to consciousness/awareness when entering Paranirvana?

If consciousness/awareness as the 5th skandha is impermanent (?), shouldn't it cease to exist when entering Paranirvana? But in SN 22.53 the Buddha says: "If a monk abandons passion for the ...
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What would be the relationship between mindfulness, enlightenment and incubation?

From Incubation (psychology) - Wikipedia: Incubation is one of the four proposed stages of creativity, which are preparation, incubation, illumination, and verification. Incubation is defined as, ...
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Where can this story be found?

In the story the Buddha creates a golden lotus and gives it to a monk who soon after attains arahantship. Story is in attached screenshot taken from the book "Fundamentals of Insight Meditation&...
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Body state after enlightenment

I've heard (not from Buddhist texts) that after enlightenment the investment in the body dwindles becomes delicate and less resistant to disease ,and that the body needs to be prepared first.So what ...
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What is known about enlightenment before the lifetime of the Buddha? Are there any claims that he was the first?

I am a non-Buddhist who is curious about Buddhism. In modern times, Eckhart Tolle reports spontaneous awakening as a result of a sudden realisation that came out of intense suffering. As far as I am ...
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Nature of Enlightenment

How did different people with different philosophies and ideologies attain the same enlightenment or did they not? Buddha attained enlightenment and so did Adi Shankaracharya, but their philosophies ...
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For an "advanced practitioner" (sorry), how to view "addictions" (or bad habits) correctly? How to practice?

Sorry but I will talk about attainments and mention some stuff that are sometimes considered hard to get to, you are free to not read. I will probably abandon this account after this post. Well... I'm ...
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At which stage of enlightenment are the aggregates seen as not-self fully?

In the Khemaka Sutta (https://suttacentral.net/sn22.89/en/sujato) Khemaka is an Anagami and he sees the aggregates as not-self. Based on this I guess the answer to my question is probably stream-entry ...
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Is Enlightenment a momentum with a continuum or can have regressions?

According to buddhism , does the enlightenment have a continuum from an initial momentum or can have also regressions? I suppose if a specific state of mind has been acquired from innumerable causes ...
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What happens in the state/non-state of Nibbāna?

When a ‘person’ walks the path and reaches the goal of Nibbāna, ‘who’ actually reaches it? ‘Who’ walked the path and where did 'he' go when Nibbāna was reached, to be more exact? We as unenlightened ...
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Buddhism Supernatural feats and abilities (Part 2)

Subject refers, this is refer to URL below where question already closed Buddhism Supernatural feats and abilities This is some sharing with a question. Hope it will help some science development in ...
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Is it true that enlightenment is equivalent with perfect knowledge?

It seems to me that there is a popular and strong belief that if you reach enlightenment, and thus have four immeasurables, you can help a person without making them feel extra suffering or fighting ...
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Is it even possible to attain Nirvana?

Sorry, I've just read Satipatthana Sutta (MN 10) and feel a bit overwhelmed. As far as I understand, this is some sort of instruction on how to attain enlightenment. It teaches, that one has to ...
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Can lay people acheive enlighment (Arahanthship) in this life by adhering to Buddhist principles?

During the time of Buddha, it is said many people at one gathering attained enlightenment by listening to only one one of his sermons. How can a mind develop such a achieving within matter of hours. ...
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How buddha came back to his human consciousness if consciousness and fabrication ceases after release

QN 1: After complete cessation of consciousness, how did the Buddha come back to human consciousness? If he can come back, isn't it not a complete release? And that state is just like the Dimension ...
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What can I do to have my destination confirmed?

I have seen a lot of great buddhists who change their paths due to some kind of conditions. Recently, I also face a that kind of situation. When, I faced a dissapointment, I forgot all teachings that ...
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Sudden enlightenment & knowledge of the Abhidhamma

In the Mahayana tradition, there is the notion of sudden enlightenment. I am not asking whether sudden enlightenment is possible or not. I would like to know if Mahayanists see acquisition of ...
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Why we need Samadhi to attain enlightement?

Why we need Samadhi to attain enlightement ? Do people with better samadhi can think more than the people with less within short amount of time ? experiment of people with low IQ, and high IQ, put ...
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Where is the consciousness located? Cosmic Consciousness?

I recently became aware of questions regarding the location of consciousness. The argument put forward is that the consciousness is separate to the body. This is not something I considered before. ...
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What is the common understanding of all enlightened people?

There are many sutras and they are on different topics. Many people got enlightened by asking different sutras. Ven. Saripuththa thero got sothapanna by asking to cause and effect. Ven. Kondanna thero ...
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Is wanting to do something = desire?

Is wanting to do something = desire ? Doesn't enlightened people want to do anything ? They just react to whatever comes ? ( "react" may not be a suitable word). A related question that I hope to ask ...
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Developing a intense focus on materialistic things

Can we make our daily activities as a meditation practise ? I'm not asking about being aware on what we are doing. When we do samatha meditation, we focused on the breath only. I'm asking, When we do ...
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Are there anything to care about in this universe?

Due to impermanance of everything, Are there anything to be happy or sad about ? Even about dhamma ? If something seems like to be happy, there are some reasons to not to be happy. It is impermanant ...
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What are the things that the enlightened people know but others don't?

Recently, I heard a list of things that the non-enlightened people don't know about reality. Ex: Some people might think "everything is permenant". but I forgot the complete list. So, what are they ? ...
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