Questions tagged [mahayana]

One of the two major vehicles of Buddhism.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
0 votes
0 answers
38 views

How common is solipsism in Buddhism? [duplicate]

Wikipedia definition "Some interpretations of Buddhism assert that external reality is an illusion, and sometimes this position is [mis]understood as metaphysical solipsism. " - I want it ...
user avatar
2 votes
3 answers
156 views

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...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
33 views

Do Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana teach any form of solipsism? [duplicate]

https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/other-minds/#AnotHist Buddhism is sometimes compared to solipsism. Discussions on this topic can be found on the Internet. I do not understand why Buddhism is ...
user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
60 views

Looking for the source of a story about the Buddha and a lady who looked the other way

I'm searching for a Sutra (or possibly a commentary) but it has escaped me. My recollection is hazy, but it is about one of the Buddha's monks (most likely Ven. Ananda or Ven. Sariputta) asking the ...
user avatar
  • 11
0 votes
1 answer
75 views

How to pursuade someone not believing in fortune telling

How to persuade someone not to be too superstitious or too much into fortune telling? Cause based on the answers below, it's not appropriate. Did the Lord Buddha say anything about magic and fortune ...
user avatar
1 vote
4 answers
88 views

Unwholesome Sankharas Emerging From Dhamma Practice

What unwholesome sankharas can be created from too much focus on dhamma concepts, reading and intellectual pursuits, and practice? What kind of results do those sankharas produce? What blockades are ...
user avatar
  • 1,250
3 votes
1 answer
59 views

Why and how is Theravada and Mahayana Abhidha(r)(m)ma different?

I know this could potentially be a huge question: if abhidhamma/abhidharma differs in Theravada and Mahayana, how does is it differ and why?
user avatar
  • 520
2 votes
2 answers
89 views

Why is continuity like "the light of a lamp"?

Because the continuity of the aggregates is similar to the light of a lamp, therefore the very existence or non-existence of an end is unreasonable. https://www.stephenbatchelor.org/index.php/en/...
user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
97 views

The commonly acceptable hypotheses/theories among scholars to explain how come Prajñāpāramitā sutra have existed so early as about 75 CE?

In 2012, Harry Falk and Seishi Karashima published a damaged and partial Kharoṣṭhī manuscript of the Mahāyāna Aṣṭasāhasrikā Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra. It is carbon dated to ca. 75 CE, making it one of the ...
user avatar
2 votes
3 answers
446 views

The Problem of Evil/Suffering modified into Buddhism

I have a question about Buddhism, which is similar to or modified from the Problem of Evil or the Problem of Suffering in western religion philosophy: If [ by definition from ordinary intuition ] the ...
user avatar
5 votes
2 answers
166 views

Mahayana revealed from Naga world to 1st century CE+ - Why?

If I take these definitive positions: Mahayana teachings did originate from the Buddha and were taught to select disciples. (Whether in full or in part) And were then passed on selectively to various ...
user avatar
0 votes
2 answers
61 views

Can't find much info on Tsem Rinpoche, was he a genuine lama?

Does anyone know anything about Tsem Rinpoche? I watched a few of his talks on Youtube recently, and found him to be incredibly charismatic.
user avatar
0 votes
2 answers
80 views

How to understand this teaching: "Whenever others treat me badly, may I accept this defeat myself and offer the victory to others"

Below is one of the verses from the "Eight Verses for Training the Mind" by Geshe Langri Tangpa Whenever others, because of their jealousy, treat me badly with abuse, insult, slander, or in ...
user avatar
  • 488
3 votes
5 answers
404 views

How to explain to someone with no knowledge about Buddhism what is meant by "extinguishing" the self?

A person I know has drawn the unwanted conclusion that the entanglement from the self is to be equated with erasing one's personality, feelings and connections in life. That to be extinguished in ...
user avatar
  • 145
2 votes
1 answer
55 views

Most efficient practices you will quickly do to recover/re-generate Bodhicitta and/or right view of Śūnyatā if realizing losing mindfulness of?

In daily (secular) life, if you realize that you are being or have been losing (or forgetting) mindfulness of Bodhicitta and/or right view of Śūnyatā, what (most efficient practices) you will quickly ...
user avatar
0 votes
2 answers
78 views

Which of the seven fold reasons does this fall under?

Which of the seven fold reasons does this fall under? The conventional self is not different to all its parts (is composed only of parts) but not the same as any part (does not depend on any part) ...
user avatar
3 votes
2 answers
388 views

Nirvana with residue/non-abiding nirvana

What is the difference between Nirvana with residue and non-abiding Nirvana? Both these states apply to a Buddha while still alive and come to an end when the physical life of a Buddha comes to an end....
user avatar
  • 31
2 votes
6 answers
167 views

How can the details of the mappō age be discussed skillfully?

Mappō (a.k.a mòfǎ, mạt pháp) is a term used by the majority of Mahayana Buddhism branches in East and Southeast Asia. It was mentioned in the Mahayana Mahaparinirvaṇa Sutra, signalling the declination ...
user avatar
3 votes
3 answers
138 views

Does Avalokiteshvara speak through the Buddha in the Heart Sutra? Or how is it that Avalokiteshvara speaks to Shariputra?

I wanted to know how it is that Avalokiteshvara answered Shariputra in the Heart Sutra. I thought Avalokiteshvara was a cosmic being representing the compassion of all Buddhas. As such he would not be ...
user avatar
  • 145
1 vote
3 answers
136 views

After the Buddha's enlightenment, did he receive any teachings?

There's not much background to this question. Did the Buddha ever receive a teaching after his enlightenment; a teaching that he accepted and made use of, either his own or another - or perhaps a ...
user avatar
  • 1,250
0 votes
1 answer
67 views

Did Nagarjuna want to become a Buddha?

Did Nagarjuna aspire to Buddhahood in a way that he wouldn't be a 'ariyasavaka' type of disciple who attains awakening to the truth during a Buddha's sasana?
user avatar
3 votes
5 answers
204 views

What is (re)born? Did the Buddha explicitly state that it is "the mental idea of the self" that is reborn?

It's been asserted by some knowledgeable individuals that the Buddha explicitly identified "the mental idea of the self" as what is (re)born in samsara and has done so in suttas spelling out ...
user avatar
  • 4,173
3 votes
4 answers
232 views

How does an enlightened mind distinguish itself from all other phenomena?

How does an enlightened mind distinguish itself from all other phenomena? There is one such person amidst a crowd of other people. Somebody shouts their name, and they say, "yes, that is I. I am ...
user avatar
  • 1,250
1 vote
3 answers
152 views

What do the words of the Mahayana Buddhist mean?

A Mahayana Buddhist said: Mahayana Buddhists agree that there other sentient beings exist, that they have discrete mindstreams, and ingest and interpret reality in accordance to their own karmic ...
user avatar
  • 67
5 votes
2 answers
148 views

Studying the subject "the four Buddhist schools/systems of tenets" (Vaibhāṣika, Sautrāntika, Cittamātra, Mādhyamika) in English

I am one of the (Taiwanese) fans of the Dalai Lama for a long time. Currently I am studying the subject "the four Buddhist schools/systems of tenets (of mainly Indian Buddhism before its decline)&...
user avatar
0 votes
2 answers
141 views

Is it ok to watch a media that promote homosexuality?

this is my first post I have researched what the buddhist sutra says about Homosexuality...I found Saddhama Smrty Uposttana sutra and Upasakasila sutra that said homosexuality is sexual misconduct and ...
user avatar
2 votes
3 answers
109 views

Chinese Buddhists consider all people to be potential Buddhas

Do the Chinese Buddhists of all Chinese schools of Buddhism regard all people as potential Buddhas or just Buddhists? Do they believe that only the minds of Buddhists can come to enlightenment? What ...
user avatar
  • 21
2 votes
3 answers
129 views

The Account of Other Minds in Chinese Yogācāra Buddhism

https://scholarlypublications.universiteitleiden.nl/handle/1887/80747 "POM1: Presume that other minds can be perceived. Then, they shall be like external forms and have no real existence. POM2: ...
user avatar
  • 67
2 votes
4 answers
284 views

Two Truths in Mahayana

There are Two Truths in Mahayana Buddhism Conventional and Ultimate. I can't understand how it works. For example: Two Mahayana Buddhists have realized the absolute truth: and one Buddhist tells the ...
user avatar
  • 67
0 votes
7 answers
277 views

Is Chögyal Namkhai Norbu correct when he says our life is unreal and that Buddha taught that life is just like a dream?

In this video clip you can see renowned Tibetan master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu saying that life is unreal and that the Buddha taught it is just like a dream. Is he correct? I've transcribed below: ...
user avatar
  • 4,173
0 votes
1 answer
72 views

What is The Prediction as defined by the Mahayana tradition?

Please see this section taken from the wiki page titled Boddhisattva which might help you answer the question: ...what early Mahayana sutras like the Aṣṭa do is to help individuals determine if they ...
user avatar
  • 1,250
1 vote
8 answers
398 views

Does reality exist?

Does reality exist? Carlo Rovelli (a famous theoretical physicist) doesn't think so and he cites Nagarjuna as believing the same: Rovelli has a different idea. He says reality doesn’t exist. The ...
user avatar
  • 4,173
12 votes
11 answers
2k views

Logic of Emptiness still unconvincing. Please help explain

I've been a practitioner of Vipassana and Mahamudra for 2 years now. One thing quite bothering me is various explanations from different teachers on emptiness logically disturbing... Usually, it goes ...
user avatar
  • 131
3 votes
2 answers
156 views

Is Mahayana Buddhism a form of idealism?

Do Mahayana Buddhists believe that the whole world and all objects are created by the mind? For example, my friend and I see a train. Do I and my friend see the same train? Tell me if it is correct to ...
user avatar
  • 31
1 vote
4 answers
189 views

How do Mahayana Buddhists perceive the world?

One Mahayana Buddhist said, "we act as if each person has his or her own consciousness, sensation, and thoughts." Does everyone Mahayana Buddhist believe that he lives in a world in which ...
user avatar
  • 19
1 vote
0 answers
75 views

Vajrayana, Mahayana, Theravada, "Magic", Using breath control as an anchor to meditation? Where are the boundaries of Bhuddism that merit down votes?

Let us rock the boat for a moment, in intellectual detached discourse, free of the emotions, if this is possible? My question: Is this a group tailored and friendly only to Theravada /Pali Canon? Are ...
user avatar
  • 37
1 vote
3 answers
193 views

Dwelling Upon Seeming Levels of Emptiness?

Note: the term sunyata here is being used from the Mahayana context. Not too long ago, I asked this question about concentration and openness where I suggested that concentration was a hindrance to my ...
user avatar
  • 1,250
0 votes
3 answers
91 views

Do the texts of Mahayana Buddhism or those of any other school posit that everything is to be regarded as ideation? (Idealism)

Does Mahayana Buddhism or any other school of Buddhism posit the idea that the physical world does not exist apart from an observer's frame of reference, as in everything exists only in the mind as ...
user avatar
  • 1
0 votes
1 answer
83 views

Madhyamaka, theravada and mahayana [duplicate]

Why is Mahayana Buddhism not a form of solipsism (epistemological, methodological, metaphysical) if the first school of Mahayana Buddhism was the Madhyamaka school from which then yogachara originated,...
user avatar
  • 1
3 votes
2 answers
151 views

Is it bad karma if you are waiting for someone to die?

I was just wondering if it’s bad karma if you were just waiting for someone to die? For example, let’s say you asked your parents for permission to become a monk but they declined so you decided to ...
user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
123 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 1,250
1 vote
5 answers
899 views

Vaccination, Ethics and Morals

During the present times, there is an excessive need to vaccinate people, but what I have noticed is that when one wishes to scrutinize this action, when one wants to ask viable, pertinent and ...
user avatar
  • 1,250
0 votes
1 answer
59 views

Is the tranquil mind vipassana; assessing before consciousness; and dualized self?

I read the following on the internet: Vipassana, the tranquil mind, is the core. When emotions arise, the tranquil mind observes and assesses before the conscious is involved. The tranquil mind will ...
user avatar
1 vote
5 answers
127 views

Personality and Conditioning?

The bulk of my personality is made up of other people's beliefs about what is lacking. These core beliefs rise up like bubbles and when the attention is placed on them, they burst into a rather coarse ...
user avatar
  • 1,250
2 votes
0 answers
30 views

References for the history of Śāntideva's Bodhisattvacaryāvatāra

Śāntideva's Bodhisattvacaryāvatāra is a renowned Mahayana text and the source of many ideas, prayers and practices, down to today, particularly the Bodhisattva ideal, Bodhicitta, and practices for ...
user avatar
  • 1,151
5 votes
6 answers
572 views

Impermanence causing depression and anxiety

I’ve learned that all things are impermanence. This is causing depression and anxiety in my life. I’m sad and scared that my relationships will one day come to an end. The fact that all things are ...
user avatar
6 votes
5 answers
791 views

Fear of Samsara in Others

I have been recently experiencing tremendous fear, but as I look through my eyes at the world and the objects it contains, the fear does not accord with what I see. The world itself is beautiful but ...
user avatar
  • 1,250
3 votes
5 answers
322 views

Concentration with no object?

The Buddha often makes this requests on his monks, "incline your mind towards Nibbana" Does this mean concentration with no object? As far as I can ascertain, concentration with no object ...
user avatar
  • 1,250
2 votes
1 answer
73 views

Bodhi day celebration, is it universally on December 8th or do some Mahayana buddhists use a lunar calendar?

National Public Radio's Buddhists Prepare To Observe Bodhi Day, When Siddhartha Gautama Became Buddha article and podcast begins: These winter holidays are a time for fellowship, joy and, for ...
user avatar
  • 159
1 vote
2 answers
79 views

Is the Tathagata 'special'?

Mahayana or Theravada, or any other offshoot. Is a Buddha an exception? Or a personification?
user avatar

1
2 3 4 5
7