Questions tagged [enlightenment]

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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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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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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Any string theorists around? “Om Mane Padme Hum” [closed]

I am channelling Nyarlathotep and writing as Palimpseste here. Nyar told me some precious Buddhist material that I decided to share with the world. I have made a beautiful document out of his string ...
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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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Is it possible to be reborn for all eternity?

According to Buddhist teachings, is it possible to continue to reborn and suffer for all eternity? Suppose if a being never attained any merit, never was able to work through its old karma. Would it ...
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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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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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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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How come enlightened people don't have any laziness?

I just heard that enlightened people have zero laziness. How is it possible? What is "laziness" ? What is the connection between laziness and ego/desire? Edit: Also that monk said: "Laziness is ...
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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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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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Is understanding a practice?

Enlightened people doesn't have any desire, because they see impermanence in everything. All the things are useless to them. To achieve enlightenment , one required to practise deattachment, ...
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Is it necessary to be socialize to understand dhamma?

If some one is a anti-social person , there is no reason to get angry, to be jealous, to have conciet .... All those problems arise when people socialize. So, Is it necessary to be socialize ? If it ...
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What are the requirements for Once-returner?

I know about the ten fetters model. I read that a Once-returner has very reduced desire and aversion to the point that they only appear when tired or unmindful. Are there other relevant requirements?...
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How do enlightened people think?

Most of our thoughts are caused by desire. So, what are the thoughts of a person who has no desire? Another way of asking the same question: if we remove desire based thoughts, what will remain? ...
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How do you recognize the attainment of enlightenment?

In the Buddhist story of Ananda, Buddha's most devoted disciple, it's said that after Buddha's death the first Buddhist council was assembled to write down all of Buddha's teachings. Only those that ...
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In short, what is the path to enlightenment? Where to begin?

If I were to begin meditating, what practical list of advises would you give me?
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Losing enlightenment

I would like to ask if someone has known an enlightened being who lost it. Is there any Buddhist texts about this? I believe it can happen with some brain problem maybe.
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Can one reach enlightenment if they need to care about the wellbeing of another?

If one need to care about the well-being of another (physical health, mental health), one needs to constantly check their status to update information and act fastly. That makes one constantly worry. ...
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How can you know that meditating isn't selfish?

Perhaps 'selfish' isn't the right word for it as the 'self' is not the goal. But if you define the 'self' as your inner core/soul is it still possible to meditate selfish? If so how to know this and ...
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How to identify a sotapanna (stream enterer)

I just wan to know whether there are any measurements advised by the Buddha to identify a stream enterer (sotapanna). I know for a fact that from the stream enterer and above, all four types have ...
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I'm a widow trying to find myself

My best friend, business partner and lover died four years ago, and I’m struggling to find myself again. I’ve tried meditating before, but it doesn’t seem to work at 5 minutes a day. I have lots of ...
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Why do Buddhists believe that the Buddha was enlightened, despite that he claimed it himself?

All the answers to the question about the living enlightened people suggest that talking about one's enlightenment is taboo, so if somebody claims to be enlightened, he probably is not. Why doesn't ...
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Is Vajrayana the fastest and only way to enlightenment? Bön & Shaivism

Why is Tibetan Buddhism the fastest way to enlightenment? What is the difference of Kashmir Shaivism and Nyingma School? Why is Tibetan Buddhism faster and the only way? Tibetan Buddhism developed ...
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Have I invented this statsitic on Theravada enlightenment?

A solitary Buddha occurs in one in a million of the human population: please correct me if that's how often the vehicle occurs -- though I struggle to completely understand the concept of a "solitary" ...
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Satori and stream entry

Is Satori like a stage of stream entry? Is Satori only an intellectual knowing or something deeper than that?
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Am I missing the point of Buddhism?

I have been on a few forums and Facebook groups and a lot of people on there seem to be missing the point of their practice. What colour robes should I wear, how many breaths should I take per minute ...
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Is Satori the same as Enlightenment?

Is the Zen term Satori the same as enlightenment or does it have different nuances or emphasis over what is commonly meant by enlightenment in non-Zen texts. If it is the same then why is used at all. ...
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Is Near death experience in enlightenment true?

I have been meditating intensively according to the Advaita tradition where self inquiry is practiced till realizing that I and effort are just feelings and that the watcher of even identity is the ...
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Buddha's night before enlightenment

According to the historical story before the day of enlightenment, Mara apparently lured the Buddha with various worldy pleasures. Now, I am not arguing whether Mara really existed or is just Buddha's ...
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Is this just a logic or experience about mind(reality)?

While doing self enquiry kind of meditation(also doing vipassana) there is feel of understanding/experience/logic that make myself convinced(but not strongly) that "me" is not the thoughts or the body ...
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Which Living Ajahns are considered to be Arahants today?

After the era of the well known Thai Bhikkhus like Ajahn Mun, Ajahn Tate, Ajahn Maha Boowa, Ajahn Waen and Ajahn Chah; Which Ajahns are considered as Arahants or Highly developed Meditators,in these ...
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Are Buddha nature and Original enlightenment different, or always identical?

Are Buddha nature and Original enlightenment different, or identical? So, when a sastra says "Since the essence of Mind is grounded on the Dharmakaya, it is to be called the original enlightenment", ...
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What is the easiest way to achieve a state of no physical suffering?

I read that those monks who self-immolated probably felt no pain because they were in nirvana... Is there a state you can get to more easily than nirvana where you can be conscious and pain-free? If ...
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gradual versus sudden enlightenment

Is it true that most "enlightened" Buddhists attained this realization gradually? Or are there cases of sudden enlightenment? I ask because either this process is way more gradual than I can even ...
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How does the Buddha attain nirvana?

It is said that only the Buddha, a fully awakened one, knows everything. I'm not sure if there's a name for that wisdom. So the Buddha got that wisdom and used (all-knowing-wisdom) to see the eight ...
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If one's inner monologue stops forever, is one necessarily an arahant?

Question in the title. I'm looking for answers citing either canonical scripture or the position of any particular school of Buddhism. The inner monologue in the question could also be read as mental ...
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Is too much of good kamma an obstacle for enlightenment?

The more good kamma one has, the more likely one is to be reborn as a deva, and not a human, right? This article says the following about devas: So in spite of their excellent concentration and ...
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How to identify Pada Parama Persons?

As preached by Buddha there are four types of people in the world, they are ugghaṭitaññū, vipañcitaññū, neyya and padaparama. The last person is definition is here. Can anyone please guide me how how ...
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Shiva's 112 ways to attain enlightenment and Buddha's way

I recently came across a video of a guru (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPINIZmQDwI&t=1s) claiming that Buddha's method to enlightenment was just one of 112 methods discovered by Shiva many ...
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Where is the complete William Hamilton's “Saints and Psychopaths”?

I have been trying to find a complete copy of William Hamilton's "Saints and Psychopaths" and although it seems to be distributed on the web in various places in electronic format, it also seems that ...
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Buddha's advice for after enlightenment

I've heard a few pieces of advice the Buddha gave to arahants, but not much. What are some teachings the Buddha gave to arahants to guide them towards further growth? (Edit) I want to clarify a bit ...
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Why can't we reason or logic our way to NIrvana?

I have read at various places that Nirvana can't be described or reached by logic or reason. ONLY meditation is the way. Why is that so? thanks in advance.
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Do you have to become a Monk to attain enlightment?

It seems that the answer is no, but in this case, why would you want to become a monk instead of staying "normal" ?
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If there is no self, why do anything?

My limited understanding of Buddhism has already helped me in many ways and I am very glad to have found it. With that said, I have always wondered about this title question. If there is no 'I', ...
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Is Enlightment ultimatelly up to you (Karma and Freewill)?

According to the traditional Buddhist dogma the fourth noble truth or eight-fold path is the way to attain Enlightenment then again some sects in Buddhism accept karma as a factor. Not knowing (gnosis)...