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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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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What is Enlightenment, according to Robert Wright?

Robert Wright had a course about relations between Buddhism and modern psychology. I didn't have chance to watch the whole course, and I'm wondering how he sees enlightenment from that perspective. I ...
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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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Can straight samatha ever lead to enlightenment?

Can you just do so much samatha meditation that you achieve enlightenment?
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Natural practice of meditation

Hey I just wondered: I met a high intensity theravadin meditator (who teaches it) and he defined the self enlightened as being meditators that no one had to teach. It came naturally, so to speak. Is ...
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Can you gain stream entry by focusing on the clinging and stress going on at the five clinging aggregates?

If I see the clinging and the stress going on at the five clinging aggregates can that propel me into stream entry? Like say I see that clinging is going on at the five clinging aggregates and I see ...
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What is suchness (esp in Tendai or Soto)

In this thread I asked about active and passive suffering. But I'm not quite sure what I mean. It may help to know what suchenss is? I know it translates to "as it is"... so is that impermanence? Or ...
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The difference between a great man and an enlightening being

Hope that my question is pertinent here :) ? Can anyone here help me think about the difference between the two :) ?
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What makes someone enlightened?

Some years ago I somehow managed to stay almost the whole day without any thought, and for several months I used to be in that state of consciousness. I had the breathtaking feeling of emptiness and ...
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Can advances in neuroscience help attain enlightenment? Will it make Buddhist traditions obsolete?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I understand that Buddhists view enlightenment as a state of mind. As neuroscience progresses, we have more and more control over human brain, so inducing particular ...
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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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Bodhipakkhiya: Panca Indriya versus Panca Bala

In the Bodhipakkhiya (the 37 factors of enlightenment) are mentioned the Panca Indriya and the Panca Bala. Both sets have the same factors: saddha; virya; sati; samadhi and panna. Why are those sets ...
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Exact meaning of Ditthivisuddhi (3rd purification)

Is ditthivisuddhi (the 3rd purification) only the purification of the illusion of 'self'; 'I'; 'me'; 'mine'?
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Who am I- according to Buddhism

What does Buddha say about the question,"Who am I"? Our body and mind perishes with time. If so then who actually attains the Truth?
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Is there a harmful side to mindfulness as it is practiced in Western materialistic/capitalistic cultures?

Is there a harmful side to mindfulness as it is practiced in Western materialistic/capitalistic cultures? Clearly the modern mindfulness movement has been very successful, but I'm wondering if that's ...
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Sudden awaking/realization

I have seen some videos in Youtube (here and here) where it seems that just by standing in front of Papaji, people start laughing without control. Somehow it is implicitly said that this reaction is ...
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Are arahants infallible?

I've heard it said that Popes are infallible,(whether one believes this or not). Although the arahant has removed all the defilements, can they still be wrong, make mistakes, or are they all-knowing?...
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Is Enlightenment a misleading ideal?

Is Enlightenment a misleading goal? Is it more of a thought-form than just an experience? I am asking because there is a lot of discussion of awakening, enlightenment, satori, differences, levels, etc....
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On Suffering and Happiness

Is happiness something we should seek? I feel discontent seeking the state of happiness or creating this state of mind when I know that other beings are suffering. For example, if one knows that ...
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How can I be sure if the Buddha actually woke up?

waking up to the ultimate truth of reality and that anyone can do like him. I feel like I'm living in the matrix. but i'm not so sure if waking up is possible.
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Questions from 21-st century's Milinda

The Lotus Sutra’s parable of the burning house imagines inhabitants of a house in fire. They do not register the dangerous situation and therefore “the thought of getting out does not occur to them”. ...
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A good mood/satisfaction

[This is a double question. I am unsure of Buddhism.SE in relation to posting to questions vs one per post] So today, Like many teenagers, I went to school, a place where I am surrounded by friends ...
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“Anyone can be enlightened”

To my limited knowledge, in Zen, it is believed that anyone can be enlightened(if dedicated enough). Does everyone have this potential in other branches of Buddhism? Can everyone achieve this ...
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Can you explain “nirvana”?

Can anybody explain to me about "nibbana" and how it is different form "nirvana"? Are there views about it and ways to get to it?
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Virtue of monk and lay ariya

If there's a monk without any attainment of awakening yet and a layperson with some stage of attainment (say sotapanna, anagami), what does the sutta text say about virtue of them?
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Is it harder to attain enlightenment without a living Buddha?

In many Buddhist stories we hear about people attaining enlightenment, stream entry and other blessings. It seems like it is much easier to progress in the path when there is a living Buddha around, ...
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3 deliverance 8 liberations and stages of enlightenment

Is there any relations between 3 deliverance, attha vimokkha and stages of enlightenment? During meditation (like anapanasati) , how does one switch to insight (into five aggregates) after gaining ...
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What dietary practices are most helpful for reaching enlightenment?

Gandhi, a Hindu ascetic, was adamant that the spiritual well being of a person was not disconnected from one's diet. He said "The body was never meant to be treated as a refuse bin, holding all the ...
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If there's nobody to get enlightened, why bother?

It seems the goal of Buddhist practice is to become an Arahant - someone who won't take a rebirth, and therefore will be eternally relieved from suffering. But WHO is this someone who doesn't get ...
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Is there a finite amount of beings?

According to the Buddhist teachings all beings are subject to Samsara and one can escape Samsara as he finds enlightenment. But if all beings were ultimately to be reborn, with exception of those ...
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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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Was the Buddha an arahant?

According to Theravadan Buddhism would the Buddha have been considered an arahant? Is this word synonymous with the title 'the Buddha' or does being the Buddha mean something over and above being an ...
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What is the Distinction Between Knowledge of The Path and the Fruit?

It is said that this happens in close proximity. So it is always referenced together. What happens when you get the knowledge and how do to transition to the Fruit? What happens just before the ...
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What are the differences of Phala Samapatti between each stage of sainthood?

What are the differences of Phala Samapatti between each stage of sainthood? The fruit of each stage of Sainthood possibly would be different. Hence there would be some distinction and differences ...
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How do I become a Buddha, the stages of the path?

I'm interested to see the process broken down into steps preferably using Theravada theory, all in the context of a summarized "how to". This would range from trying meditation, through all the ...
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Is it possible to become UNenlightened?

Is it possible for i.e. an Arhat to become unenlightened after he reached the state of Nirvana? What if an enlightened being gets a severe brain injury by some cause leaving him with amnesia. Could ...
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Are there any living enlightened people?

Is there any person who is widely believed to be enlightened by Buddhists, and who confirms that himself/herself?
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Enlightenment vs nibbana/nirvana

What is the difference between enlightenment/awakening and nibbana/nirvana? And how do these terms relate to parinibbana/parinirvana?
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Is there anything like “positive suffering” for Buddhists?

In some religions, suffering is seen as a positive thing, some people even see it as a necessary step for growing, however in Buddhism suffering is seen as something that should be avoid or eliminated,...
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Do meditative “exercises” and “mental workouts” enhance the ability to reach enlightenment?

If i were to practice some serious brain training regimens for a short period to develop my mundane mental faculties into almost super powers... or even to develop Super mundane powers... 1- Would ...
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Can a person reach enlightment living an average life, married with children?

As the Bodhisattva had to leave his wife and son behind to become the Buddha and as the monks do a similar thing (avoiding marriage etc), I would like to know if this is some kind of precondition to ...
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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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Can we reach enlightentment with recreational drugs?

Some drugs, like ecstasy, help build empathy and help our mind see things from a different point of view. What about if meditation is the obsolete ways to see enlightment and perhaps drugs are the ...
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Does (bad) karma have to be depleted to be able to attain enlightenment?

This question came to me from over thinking the "Angulimala" story. He had to "repent" to some extent for the murders he committed, by being scolded an hit by stones. However, the effect of the karma ...
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Why do users of psychedelic drugs tend to gravitate toward Buddhism and other Eastern philosophies? [closed]

This post was submitted to reddit and I thought it might be interesting to re-post it here. I will now copy and paste the body of text the original poster submitted: "It seems like so many people who ...
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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 Dalai Lama is enlightened, why he keeps coming back?

Assuming the result of enlightenment is attainment of Nirvana, and assuming Dalai Lama is enlightened, why does he keep on getting reborn? Could it mean that Nirvana means something else, for example ...
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Isn't Buddhist insight practice more scientific than the so-called scientific method? [closed]

All enlightened beings since the first Arahant have confirmed the four noble truths and the noble eightfold path to be true through their own experience. So there is a community of Ariya Sangha who ...
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Is there any extreme of physical pain that a fully enlightened person would find unpleasant on any level?

In other words, by not conceptualizing sensations of physical pain, do fully enlightened people still experience unpleasantness and simply not label it as such, or is the experience fundamentally ...
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Would a world full of good Buddhists seeking enlightenment would never have developed technology? [closed]

If realizing the true nature of mind is the ultimate goal that drives us to enlightenment, constant blizz and the end of suffering, what would be the interest of developing technology? Technology ...