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Help on intrusive thoughts that are disturbing and repetitive

I need some advices about unwanted intrusive thoughts. I have been living a totally normal and happy life until last week. I got random thoughts about sexual images and other unsanitary activites ...
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Using ChatGPT to submit an assignment, a Buddhist perspective

Was trying to help an undergrad with his assignment with another friend. This friend started advising the undergrad to use ChatGPT to do his assignments while the undergrad was complaining that it ...
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Is karma related to entropy and if so is escaping samsara fighting a losing battle? (Warning: long layman ramblings inside)

I am new to Buddhism and wanted to ask a question that's been brimming on my mind for a while now. As a warning, I will touch upon a number of concepts that I am a complete layman in and so I am sure ...
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"Dealing" with extremely superstitious people

This applies to all superstitious people in general, but especially to someone very close. My mom is extremely ignorant and superstitious. She comes from an uneducated village background from a third ...
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What did the Buddha teach regarding remorse?

This is a question of practical interest. My personal practice is generally to feel guilty for bad deeds, but today I tried admitting fault and guilt without feeling guilty, and it was much less ...
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Following Buddhist concepts in non Buddhist society

How do you reconcile Buddhist concepts/faith in a non-Buddhist society? For example if you live in a society where you are to kill(stray or sick animals) or expected to lie as part of your livelihood? ...
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If we are taught not to expect or desire anything in return for good deeds, does this means there are no karmic consequences?

I have often heard teachings that it is better that one should not expect or desire anything in return for good deeds or dana performed. I presume it is because this leads to attachment. If one is not ...
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How does the self-doer of AN 6.38 not conflict with anatta?

The third mark of existence states sabbe dhamma anatta - all phenomena is not self. Despite that, the following sutta states that there is a self-doer (attakārī). Also, this implies free will. How is ...
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Rescued wounded bird but forgot let it out of the sun and it's dead, am I going to hell for this?

Two days ago I rescued a wounded dove, it probably got bit by a cat or being shot by a gun. It laid on my front door and ants were eating it like hundreds of them, the eyes were still moving so I ...
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Misunderstanding of the Buddha’s words on karma

I have often seen the Anguttara Nikaya 4.77 being quoted as in this post against pondering on the precise workings of karma. My question: is there a misunderstanding of the Buddha’s words thus ...
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Causes of specific illnesses/death

Are there specific causes for a specific disease or illness or cause of death that can be attributed to kamma earned in one of previous lives for a given person? For instance, if a person is suffering ...
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What is it that pass from this life to the next?

A friend wanted to know the Buddhist position on rebirth/reincarnation since we don’t believe in a permanent soul. Specifically, what is it that pass from this life to the next? “Karma” was my reply ...
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Is it alright to have a leather jacket and still consider myself a Buddhist? [duplicate]

Ok well I got the leather jacket years before I started to follow Buddhism. Would it be alright to still have the coat, or do I have to give it to a friend, or someone else?
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how to deal with dogmatic people

Quick question. How do I deal with the kind of people who do not know THE first thing about a topic and they would pretend as if they are experts in it; and impose their opinions on the conversation ...
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According to Buddhism, everything that happens, happens for a reason, which is due to karma. How does Utu Niyama, Bija niyama fit into this?

I've listened to many theravada buddhist sermons and something that is always mentioned is how everything that happens, happens for a reason. Does that mean that if we get sick, it's our karma to get ...
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Inferiority and being judged by other

I have been all my life judged by people, especially women including my sister and mom. I have also been rejected badly by some women or at least I made wrong judgements to feel that way. My question ...
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Is my reason for not gambling justified?

I don't gamble because I worry that I might win. The problem is that by winning I am exhausting my quota of good karma/luck for non-essential material procession (like iphone or money) without which I ...
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What is this saying about the relationship between Kamma and Dana?

Reviewing topics about Dana I found this page: Dana -- Giving I don't understand this section: The important things to know about kamma are: Kamma is not a matter of 'an eye for an eye', but is ...
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Breaking Habitual Sin Through Understanding of Karma

Even though I am Catholic, I am discovering the Truth of the existence of karma through personal experience in my own spiritual journey. There is a certain habitual sin that I am struggling with. ...
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a reason for long-lasting defilements

Some other asker had said something like ‘trapped in defilement’. I thought it was interesting b/c I feel that way a lot. Can karma (results) have a long-lasting defiling quality? Or is this just an ...
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Conversions and former bad deeds

I have read that obedience to the five precepts at least guarantees that practitioners will not fall back into the lower worlds (animal world, wandering spirit world, and hell world) when they are ...
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Do we have to commit sins because of another's karma

I have a big question since my childhood and everyone I asked, failed to answer. Please help me. Imagine that there are three men A, B and C. A kills B and commit a sin in a previous bhava. Now A have ...
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How does decisive supporting cause (upanissaya paccaya) work? (and some related questions)

According to Theravada Buddhism: 1.How does Decisive Supporting Cause (Upanissaya Paccaya) work? For example, when Venerable arahant Anuruddha asked Sangha what to do to attain divine-eye in Lord ...
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"The result of kamma is of three sorts, I tell you" - Are the "sorts" explicated anywhere in the canon?

From the Penetrative Sutta, Nibbedhika Sutta, AN 6:63, translated by Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu: “And what is the result of kamma? The result of kamma is of three sorts, I tell you: that which arises right ...
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The role of being in a position of power in acquiring karma

Let's look at Alice and Bob. I'm going to emphasize gender roles on purpose, because the gender you were born as is not random. Bob is a naturally powerful, intelligent, strong man who started his ...
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How to fix a broken vow?

I recently broke my vow (do not harm). I purchased a pack of cigarettes for a homeless guy. What should I do to fix this? is there a ritual to do or can i make an offering? Thanks in Advance...
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What does Buddhism teach regarding Cyber-Bullying? [duplicate]

Refer to this chart about the Cyber Bully, it causes a huge spike of cyber bully over a recent decade due to social media. It's seem getting more and more serious. source about cyberbully What does ...
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Why Moggallana suffered from past karma effects, but Angulimala did not?

Aṅgulimāla and Moggallāna both were Arhants. Aṅgulimāla killed 999. Moggallāna killed his parents in a past life. Only Moggallāna had to face karma? Moggallāna was killed by being cut into pieces, ...
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Why do many Buddhists hold on to views?

I am not very experienced with Buddhism, but I do think I have read several suttas teaching that it is not good to hold on to views, and that the Buddha doesn't teach what the universe is like, but ...
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How to deal with immense guilt over past acts of cruelty? Is sincere repentance and striving really enough?

I won't go into details, but I am dealing with horrible guilt and shame over cruel acts I have committed in the past. It feels like I am now come to terms with the significance of these actions, and ...
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Is belief in eternalism completely useless?

Is belief in karma due to eternalism completely useless? I do not know why those without self view believe in karma, but belief in karma is said to be useful, so does it matter if your metaphysics ...
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How do Buddhists who believe in a non momentary conventional self during life account for karma without enlightenment?

How do Buddhists who believe in a non momentary conventional self during life account for karma without enlightenment? Specifically, what happens to "my" karma when I die, if I am not ...
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Did I disrespect the Buddha on the altar?

Why do we close a question about trying to find out if I’m disrespecting The Buddha, I learned I should not look at my altar when I’m angry or disappointed. see I’m so angry right now I don’t think I ...
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What is the difference between sin and karma in Buddhism?

Christianity says sin is when someone does something bad. In Buddhism, people are reincarnated for karmic reasons, but they say this without reference to sin causing bad karma. Does sin preclude karma?...
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Can i be reborn having my father again?

I lost my father when I was a kid. Can I be reborn with the same father? I didn't know him well, as I was very young, but from people's words, he was a great man, and I'm dying to know him, to love ...
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Intent and Karmic benefit

With intent being so important, would the karmic benefit of saving someone's life because they were in danger be the same as doing it because you thought you would be rewarded for it?
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Happiness and Karma

I suddenly thought of a question... If one often feels unhappy, stress, uncontented, negativity, does it mean this person has bad karma? Is there a way to improve the situation so that the person can ...
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How should a bodhisattva respond to evil?

Not saying I have bodhicitta, one assumes I would know the answer if I did, but we can all emulate enlightening beings. What is the best way to respond to an nominally (nothing like that is innate) ...
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Does anyone interpret 'karma' this way?

Does anyone interpret karma to mean that the future itself arrives twice, "now" and again in the future? Is there any reason to think that karma itself is that movement of impermanence, so ...
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When does right or wrong view at death over ride the karma one has accumulated in life?

When does right or wrong view at death over ride the karma one has accumulated in life? I was just reading (googling) how right and wrong view when we be die can determine our next birth, rather than ...
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Causing lose of property, wealth, access in modern times: downfall transgression or just a 'virtual gaming'?

What does one think, to reflect and investigate: If a Bhikkhu would do efforts that finally lead to lose for at least a non-Bhikkhu (lay man, novice...), such would be easy a downfall transgression (...
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Will working for a company that engages in animal experimentation to alleviate suffering of humans be wrong livelihood?

I have been lurking here for a long time, but I made an account just to ask this because I am very conflicted, and I think some of you here maybe able to help me like you have many times before ...
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The Super Fast Karma - Covid 19

Recently i have visited various charities clubs/monastery backup by quite a huge religion community to help out my dad due to covid infection. They are doing well in many areas in term of good deed ...
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Karma is impression?

I have read in various sources that karma is impression (when we grasp to something, it creates karma/impression), is this true? So what if, for example, a girl is sitting in a place then then they ...
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Do all good and/or all pleasant intentions have pleasant outcomes for one/or another?

This was a question here: Do all good and/or all pleasant intentions have pleasant outcomes for one/or another? It may be good to investigate in frames of the Buddha-Dhamma. And could that be always ...
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Kamma vs. kiriya / kriya

What is the difference between the terms kamma and kiriya / kriya? What is the difference between kiriya and kriya? Please provide references to kiriya / kriya from the Pali suttas.
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Unintentional karma and its effect

Does Buddhism believe that karma (action) without intention is forming merit/demerit? Doesn't the term "karma" have merit/demerit built in as an intrinsic quality?
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Isn't giving to attain good Kamma "greedy" and therefore Unwholesome (akusala)?

I'm currently reading In the Buddha's Words by Ven. Bikkhu Bodhi. In the introduction to The Way to a Fortunate Rebirth he states that the roots of what make an action unwholesome (akusala) are: &...
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Input and output mental phenomenas?

coming across such an distinction here: how, if, should such be understood in Dynamic context? Can deeds ever be an input phenomena?
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Can someone be literally reborn in lower realms due to unskillful thoughts and emotions?

I often wonder myself if the buddhist teachings says that realms are mental states, realities based on external conditions or a combination of the two. Why is that? For example: "There's the ...
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