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In Buddhism, a mental fetter, chain or bond (Pāli: samyojana, saŋyojana, saññojana) shackles a sentient being to saṃsāra, the cycle of lives with dukkha. By cutting through all fetters, one attains nibbāna (Pali; Skt.: nirvāṇa).

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Arahants are perfect. Do they realize others are not perfect and they themselves are?

Arahants have eliminated the conceit of, "better," amongst other aspects of conceit and other fetters. However, if they are perfected people, that would mean they are perfect. Other people ...
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Visual representation of mind and kamma

Is there a visual representation of how mind looks like with kamma, feelings, emotions, perceptions, attachments etc. Like for example, I tend to visualize lust as a tether that binds us to this human ...
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"abandoning samyojanas" vs "removing saṅkhāras"

When researching stream-entry, I came across this fascinating statement ... "The stream enterer ... has removed the saṅkhāras that force rebirth in lower planes". SOURCE: https://en....
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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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What does "becoming" mean in the phrase "the 10 fetters of becoming"?

From Wikipedia's Sutta Pitaka's list of ten fetters: The Pali canon's Sutta Pitaka identifies ten "fetters of becoming". sakkāya-diṭṭhi vicikicchā sīlabbata-parāmāsa kāmacchando vyāpādo ...
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What is the "sensual desire" fetter?

What is the "sensual desire" described as one of the fetters, which is: Reduced or weakened in a once-returner Abandoned in a non-returner Are kāmarāga and kāmacchando used interchangeably?...
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Understanding Rūparāgo and Arūparāgo

In the Theravada tradition, the fetters model makes reference to rūparāgo and arūparāgo found in the higher fetters. I've never been a jhana follower, but I can clearly recognise that the rupa jhanas ...
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Is it demerit to give donations to sick non-Buddhists?

I recall reading words or translations in the Pali suttas suggesting the following: It is a path of decline to give donations to non-Buddhists. It is most meritorious to give donations to the Noble ...
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How to let go of doubt?

I have a question which has probably been answered before, but I'm unable to find it. Sorry about that. My mind is unfortunately very logically driven. My question is, is doubt removed after making ...
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What is the cause of Muṣitasmṛtitā?

I have read the causes of anger, lust, etc. but I haven't yet encountered the cause of Muṣitasmṛtitā. I am sure, most of us have had issues with this ailment. What is the root cause of it?
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In which ways do anagamis still experience ignorance?

According to the ten fetters model, one of the five fetters which are only removed at attaining arahantship is ignorance (avijja). This means that anagamis are still subject to ignorance in some way. ...
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Sakkāya-Ditthi and Self-View

It's mentioned in many references that when someone becomes Sotāpanna (= stream-entrant = Person-who-has-seen-Dharma) then the first three fetters (saŋyojana) are dropped. My question is, if the ...
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How to Practice After Stream Entry as Opposed to Before?

I follow the notion that when the false view of an independent, permanent "self" is annihilated for the first time this is Stream Entry. The Dharma no long is merely a question mark, and it'...
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Silabatta Parāmāsa

What does this fetter really refer to? Is it clinging to rites & rituals and thinking that these practises by their own can lead to liberation OR does it refer to clinging to precepts? If it is ...
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Explaining the 6th fetter?

What is exactly meant by "Material rebirth lust", and how is it properly abandoned?
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Is there a list of things to abandon before abandoning craving?

There are several things which Buddha asked us to abandon before we can abandon craving finally. For example Buddha asks us to abandon five fetters and hindrances. My question is : Is there a ...
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How are the fetters by Anapanasati diminished?

According to the Anapanasati Sutta it is this practise that leads to liberation but how does the destruction of (a) fetter(s) exactly happen? Let's take the stage from once-returner to non-returner. ...
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What is anger. How it is different from violence?

I want the differences between the two, followed by their definitions?
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What is eradication of the fetter of identity-view (sakkāya-diṭṭhi)?

I'm asking this question based on this comment and this question. It is well known that the goal of Buddhism is to end suffering. However, it is popularly mistaken (as seen in the cited comment and ...
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Why does the third noble truth not include the ten fetters?

The Four Noble Truths are defined in the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta as: "The Noble Truth of Suffering (dukkha), monks, is this: Birth is suffering, aging is suffering, sickness is suffering, ...
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If buddha never got angry, why do so many buddhist teachers say anger is inescapable?

Some buddhist teachers say anger is inescapable, or even necessary and healthy, are they not enlightened ?
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What does breaking the fetter 'Clinging to rites and rituals' actually mean?

The second fetter to break when one becomes a stream entrant is given as 'Clinging to rites and rituals'. I've always found that one a little puzzling. How do you know if you are clinging to a ritual? ...
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