Questions tagged [experiential]

Experiential knowledge is knowledge gained through experience, as opposed to a priori (before experience) knowledge: it can also be contrasted both with propositional (textbook) knowledge, and with practical knowledge.

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Do enlightened people “know” what nirvana is like?

Do enlightened people "know" what nirvana is like? Obviously, they can't express it to anyone else, so the question isn't super helpful. I just wondered whether nirvana is a thing that we can know as ...
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Religious experiences in Buddhism

What would be considered a religious experience in Buddhism in the same way,for example, Moses' experience with the burning bush of God? Would it be the Buddha's enlightenment itself or a bodhisattva'...
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Do you experience presence of self now?

Many of us have been trying hard to understand the Dhamma which essentially teaches impermanence,unsatisfactoriness & nonself. Buddha famously did not give answer to Vacchagotta's direct question "...
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Receiving blessings for a baby at a temple

My cousin just had a baby two months ago, a beautiful baby boy. The father is a catholic and my cousin, the mother, is a Buddhist. They have taken this two month old baby to a very sacred Buddhist ...
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Are Teachings developed “after the fact”?

This might be a poor question, for which I apologize but I am trying to gain some insight on this idea I have had for a long time... It seems that paths and practices are taught to people with the ...
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How do memories affect the path?

If one has recollection of memories that were experiences of pain be it physical, mental, emotional, how do these affect the path? Often memories are triggered involuntarily and more than often they ...
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Why is Rupa (not) Ultimate Reality?

When we see "a car' then there is the "seeing of the car formation" and that is mind or "nama". At the same time there is the rupa car formation that is not a concept from our mind. I always thought ...
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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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Textual reference vs. Direct insight [closed]

Somewhat loaded question... According to Buddha, what is more reliable -- textual reference or one's own direct insight that came from experience? If one's own insight is in conflict with a text, ...
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Is the mind different from the other 'six senses'?

In Buddhism as I have been taught it, the mind is included as part of the six senses. So in contrast with the 'normal' five senses we have those five plus mind giving us six. However mind still feels ...
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What is Direct Seeing?

Am I wrong or is "beginner's mind" a Zen term that means "seeing the experience you are aware of, moment by moment, as if you have never experienced concepts before... Like you have just been born ...
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How does one experience or understand the experience of others?

I have found that if i do not share or understand the perspective of others, it is difficult to appreciate their point of view so that one is able to be the viewer as opposed to the actor. How does ...
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What is the difference between 'hard' and 'soft' Jhanas?

I have on a few occasions come across the distinction between a 'hard' and 'soft' Jhana and would like to know what the experiential distinction between these two terms might be.
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Is Rupa an Experience?

I have never been clear on the exact nature of rupa. Is rupa the experience of the physical, is rupa not experiential but instead it's what is in 3D space and is there whether or not it's being ...