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What does the first para of Lonaphala Sutta mean?

The first paragraph of the Lonaphala Sutta, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu, states: "Monks, for anyone who says, 'In whatever way a person makes kamma, that is how it is experienced,' there is ...
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Second Noble Truth

I am reading multiple interpretations of the 2nd noble truth. Most of the sources indicate that it is craving, desires, wanting. Some sources talk about wrong understanding of reality and itself, ...
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Dogen writings on reality and death

What is meant by body mind and the world is born simultaneously ...Buddha nature will never break apart. Do we die or is life eternal.
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Do predatory animals gain bad karma? [duplicate]

To my understanding, the killing of any animal will produce bad karma to whoever or whatever it committed the murder. For humans, I can understand that we have the power to go vegan and let animals be ...
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Should Buddhists only cultivate native plants?

Reading various threads here, I know that plants are not considered to be sentient beings in Buddhism. But I still can't help wondering whether Buddhists create bad karma if they cultivate non-native ...
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What is the term for not believing in cause and effect after death?

Is it just "annihilationism"? Whatever it is called, has is always been a heresy or wrong view? I can't see how it must be annihilationism, because the budha answers that this dogma is wrong on the ...
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Is the buddhist concept of kamma supersticiously deterministic? [duplicate]

(Before asking my question, I'd like to make clear that all of my previous knowledge comes from sources other than the suttas). Is the buddhist doctrine of kamma a superstitious explanation for what ...
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Mahāsamādhi in Buddhism?

Wikipedia defines Mahāsamādhi as follows: Mahāsamādhi (the great and final samādhi) is the act of consciously and intentionally leaving one's body. A realized yogi (male) or yogini (female) who ...
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Importance of making and sharing merit

What are the benefits of transferring karmic fruitfulness and how is this done by Buddhists?
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Is an analogy between karma and modern day physics possible?

The Buddha spoke about kalapa's. A body, including the mind, consists of tiny particles which arise and cease in a everlasting flow of sequence. Karma as the law of action/reaction. Unwholesome acts ...
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Theravada - Death and rebirth [duplicate]

Recently I did my research and getting familiar with actual teachings of Buddha. Here are my questions. 2 : There are some kids who can/ could remember things from their past life. Could this be true?...
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If a Buddhists was trapped with a predator animal in a cage, would they kill it? [closed]

Since Buddhists believe that we shouldn't hurt animals, then would they kill one for survival?
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The hidden cycle: dying, death, rebirth [closed]

I am looking for an explanation for my wife about what happens during the dying-death-rebirth cycle according to Buddhist teachings as well as any background readings we can locate. I was ...
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What happens if no beings choose to act on one's bad karma?

What happens if no beings choose to act on one's bad karma? Does one then hallucinate one's bad karma? ( By this I mean i.e. is there experiencing of hallucinations (or illusions) alongside things ...
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Relationship between karma and science

How can science support or challenge the concept of Karma?
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Question about Narakas

I want to ask the following: Is there a mention in the suttas or anywhere else that tells that there is a corresponding hell (Naraka) according to specific evil deeds? I wonder if it is a random thing ...
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What is the Buddhist perspective on child abuse?

Suppose a father is abusing his 3 year old child. As a consequence, the child is suffering. Who is the cause of the child's suffering?
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Invalid logic pertaining to karma in sutta AN 5.129?

WARNING: I don't hold the views put forward in Section B (by "the views put forward in Section B" I mean everything in Section B besides the sutta itself.) of this question anymore and I think that ...
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What is the true nature of karma?

The more I study and meditate upon karma the more I am convinced that it is a physical thing and not a moral one. The universe is a massive interweaving assemblage of gears and wheels and shafts and ...
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What arguments are there for “karma” — that the agent inevitably experiences the result of their actions?

There are philosophical arguments for e.g. 'emptiness', as evidenced by it having sections in philosophy encyclopedias. Whether or not you agree with them, probably depends on your language and pre-...
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What is the difference between Karma and Sanskara

Karma and Sanskara seam to be very much related. How are they related and how are they different.
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What are the cases where a karma's fruit is destroyed?

I would like to know what are all the cases in which a karma's fruit is destroyed. Except being destroyed by walking the "path" - this will derail this question cause this causes discussions on ...
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Modernity and black magic can coexist?

1. In Buddhism, does black magic, magic spell exist? If it is, what's our belief system should be when we are taught to treat all with loving kindness? Often Black magic is not only concerned with ...
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What is wrong with my vision of karma?

We are consciousness housed inside a physical form. We started off as the nothingness of the universe ... all potential. Then we were bound to this form just as someone capturing air in a bag. ...
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Kamma associated with “Provocation”

The question is: How does Kamma associate with "provocation"? Example 1: A says to B "Hit/kill me if you dare." Example 2: A tells B that killing is justified if the cause is right. In the above ...
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How is one reborn as a chakravartin?

Chakravartin (Sanskrit cakravartin, Pali cakkavattin) is a Sanskrit term used to refer to an ideal universal ruler who rules ethically and benevolently over the entire world. Such a ruler's reign ...
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Can the seeds of desires bowed in the past lives can now be eradicated from the mind completely?

Desires are the seeds which have effects later or sooner. Can we destroy such seeds without experiencing their effect or Karmas?
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Is preparing eggs for a meal considered as sinful in Buddhism?

When preparing a meal with eggs, If a person cracks a egg will it be bad karma? Because, It is considered that farm chicken eggs are not fertile or doesn't have chicks growing inside. Therefore will ...
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Consider then the magician and the philosopher

Introduction Earlier I asked this question. I think that was too broad, and I hope this question is more answerable. In Buddhism there exists two truths, often called the Conventional and Ultimate ...
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gratitude towards & repaying the debt to one's parents

Consider these two texts: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/iti/iti.4.100-112.than.html the part that contains: Mother & father, compassionate to their family, are called ...
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Most beneficial Buddhist organizations and monastic orders?

My understanding is that, in order to hear the correct dhamma, one must hear it from somebody who displays the outward marks of humility, generosity and selflessness. Otherwise, one cannot be sure ...
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What is the Buddhist Perspective on Dreaming?

I met my family who has already died in my dream. He told me something bad about my partner. Should I believe him?
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Is it a sin to organize liqour & meat on cutomer request as a prt of my job?

I'm interested in Event planning & if I take up that job I'll have to make necessary arrangements for liqour & meat to be served at events upon client request. I'd like to know if that is ...
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Difference between Pin (Punya) and Kusal(Kushala)?

I have seen people using the words Pin ("good deeds") interchangeably with Kusal; and Paw ("bad deeds") interchangeably with Akusal. But there are clear differences between them -- per my ...
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If teacher punishing student is also supposed bad karma?

Either school teacher or Buddhist teacher in monastery, if they would punish their students is also supposed bad karma even if it cause of bad behavior of students?
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Can Buddhists make very eccentric vows?

Can Buddhists make very eccentric vows, and in what sense might these affect their karma? I do believe in karma, in some sense, but am struggling to understand something specific -- and a little ...
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What if there is no rebirth but karma is not eradicated by meditation and the path?

What if there is no rebirth but karma is not eradicated by the path? I think that would mean that the agent experiences the results of their actions even without rebirth. Am I right? At least if the ...
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Is Karma part of Dharma? In other terms, is Karma a subset of Dharma?

As per title. I read the English translation of the heart sutra recently.If Karma is part of the Dharma, or is the Dharma, does this mean that Karma is not created or destroyed, and it neither ...
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Reference wanted for “To see your past karma, look at your present body (and environment)…”

This is a reference request, not a doctrine question. I recall seeing a quote from a Buddhist text or teacher roughly to this effect... To see your past karma, look at your present body (and ...
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How can the term “spirit” be translated into Buddhist doctrine?

How can the term "spirit" be translated into Buddhist doctrine? If I may just copy paste the definition: Moreover, could be mean anything unconditioned, permanent, or in some way separate from the ...
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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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Why activity makes me material & full of desires?

I am in very dilemma- When I am inactive or lazy I meditate well, read good religious books etc. But whenever I come into action like studies or useful work I become very material & also get ...
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Bad Ordinations?

If a Novice was ordained but was not ready to be ordained because of one little issue, like for example, the novice: admitted to not having parental permission admitted to an alchohol problem ...
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When is a wordly consequence a karmic retribution?

Let me illustrate this question with an example: Assume "A" killed someone intentionally, as a consequence the police took A and he is in jail. After all his/her time in jail, will A be free from his ...
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Is the continuous effect of karma also sustained by karma?

Like say that someone gets cancer which is caused by karma. Now is that cancer staying on that person also sustained by karma, so that if the karma ran out then they would lose the cancer. Or someone ...
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How closely related are the concepts of Karma and Pavlovian conditioning?

If I get into a habit of fighting to defend "my self" is it reasonable to say that getting into a fight and getting beat up is karma? How similar is karma to the idiom "you reap what you sow"?
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State of mind corrected by anti anxiety or anti depressants

How does karma apply itself to an incarnation with a predisposition to aniexty who acts and reacts differently on no anti depressants , to the same incarnation who is not on mind control drugs.
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Judges passing the death sentence

The Yodhajiva Sutta tells the story of a warrior who thought that brave warriors who fought valiantly and died heroically on the battlefield, would go to warrior heavan. The Buddha disappointed him by ...
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No more kamma and vipaka for Noble Ones?

There is a (are) person(s) here, who advocate the denying of "person is heir of his action", advocate no-self, for whom who has reached the path already (Sekha). In that case, do, and why, make ...
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Taking Vinaya as a measure of the weight of kamma?

Some Brahmans, strangely those learning Abhidhamma and give into meditation, draw excuses of deeds and weight of kamma from the Vinaya, arguing that a lesser transgression must be lighter kamma. Is ...

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