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Is there an antibuddha?

Is there a figure in Buddhism corresponding to the Christian notion of such? And what would that mean, practically?
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If every bad event is because of karma, how can anyone ever murder an arhat or buddha?

If every bad event is because of karma, how can anyone ever murder an arhat? Killing an Arhat (enlightened being) is one of the ānantarika-kamma actions.
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Do modern-day Buddhists take “Mara The Evil One” literally?

I find that a good number of believing Christians and Muslims think that Satan literally exists and is a very real actor in the real world. Is "Mara the Evil One, the Tempter" a rhetoric device in ...
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What is morality according to Buddhism?

What is good and bad according to Buddhism? Is there good and bad? What is it's cause? What defines good and bad? Why some people think "this same X is bad" and others think "this same X is good"? ...
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What is meant by “possessed by spirits” in Buddhism?

In this answer there is a quote from The Buddhist Monastic Code 1 - The Patimokkha Rules Translated and Explained by Thanissaro Bhikkhu, which reads in part only when one is possessed by non-human ...
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What advice did the Buddha give to corrupt officials?

I'm wondering if there were any such occasions, and what suttas/sutras this is recorded in. Also if the Buddha gave advice to otherwise evil people besides Angulimala or Devadatta, or possible ...
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What is the motivation for the list of 5 deadly sins?

I'm particularly interested in if there is any evidence in the sutras (or commentaries or anything old) that explains this peculiar list of transgressions (the Ānantarika-karma): patricide matricide ...
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What/Who is 'Mara' in Buddhism?

Is there any definition for 'Mara' in Buddhism? Islam has a concept called Shayṭān. They explain it as the devil inside a human (Islam explanation). There is something like this in Christianity too. ...
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Does the concept of evil spirits occur in Buddhism?

Some of the western religions have evil spirits like devils and demons. Does the concept or belief in evil spirits occur in Buddhism?