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One of the two major vehicles of Buddhism.

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"Not experiencing the effects of actions you did not do" as a characteristic of karma

Referring to the Four Characteristics of Karma (catvāri karmasvabhāva), as taught in Tibetan schools: The certainty of karma. The magnification of karma. Not experiencing the effects of actions you ...
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Who was the first buddha?

If the number of buddhas is increasing, who was the first, and how did he become buddha without the dharma or a guru?
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Is 'impermanence' skillful means?

Is 'impermanence' skillful means? Wikipedia's definition of "Skillful means" says: The implication [of skillful means] is that even if a technique, view, etc., is not ultimately "true" in the ...
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How do Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhists make sense of Maitreya's prophecy?

How do Mayahana and Vajrayana Buddhists make sense of Maiterya's prophecy? I know for a fact that some e.g. son masters claimed to have achieved anuttara samyak sambodhi, and that some Vajrayana ...
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What is the meaning of the "one mind" in the awakening of faith?

You can read that shastra here. I'm quite fond of it, though I don't have my own meditation practice. If I had to narrow the question down, I'd ask if it contains different practices, of different ...
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Is "ghost month" really a Buddhist concept?

I currently live in Taiwan, and we are currently experiencing "ghost month". The Wikipedia article for Ghost Festival starts with: The Ghost Festival, also known as the Hungry Ghost Festival, ...
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Emptiness in Theravada and Mahayana

What is the difference between the concept of emptiness (Śūnyatā in Sanskrit, or suññatā in Pali) in the Theravada tradition and the concept of emptiness in the Mahayana tradition? From my basic ...
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miscarriage and abortion

3 years back i had to face with an relationships Problem with my ex boy friend and at that time i was pregnant. I had to abort my child at that time as a result of those problems. Now i am married ...
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Does any buddhist school, extant or otherwise, say that there is no svabhava what-so-ever?

Does any buddhist school, extant or otherwise, say that there is no svabhava what-so-ever? I was thinking maybe an early school without the abhidahrma (mahasanghika) or perhaps prasangika-yogaraca in ...
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Which body of the Buddha belongs to the Buddha nature?

Which body of the Buddha belongs to the Buddha nature? I suppose all three, but I would be interested to hear otherwise.
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What is the general Buddhist consensus on catharsis?

Is it fine if you are mindful while doing it? Or did the Buddha denounce such practices as revelling or exaggerating emotions to provide temporary relief? I find that simply being mindful while ...
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Are 'elements' defined as non-suffering?

I'd like to question something from this answer without disputing it, i.e. there was a phrase it in which I found novel: You do this by seeing that your suffering is impermanent and empty (...
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What Gautam Buddha said about "self", in Chapter Three of the Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra?

From this site, I found the following saying of Buddha: "You, monks, should not thus cultivate the  notion (samjna) of impermanence, suffering and non-Self, the notion of impurity and so forth, ...
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What is the Buddhist perspective on passively altering your subconcious?

Firstly I'd like to provide some context: When I first began getting into the Buddhist teachings, specifically that of the Theravada tradition, I'd often do things such as passively play the ...
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What does "I worship the Lord of the Thunderbolt" mean, in a translation of Shantideva's Bodhicaryavatara?

Quoted below is from Shantideva's Bodhicaryavatara. I cry aloud, looking for protection. And I worship the Lord of the Thunderbolt. When they have seen him, the messengers of death and the ...
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A good website for Mahayana texts?

The classical canon gets good coverage with suttacentral and accesstoinsight, but I was wondering if there was such a website for Mahayana writings. (Post-canon writings diverge and become extensive, ...
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Russian language Mulamadhyamakakarika?

Would anyone have any advice on where to find a good Russian translation of Nagarjuna's book? (I've tried myself, but Russian is no longer my first language!)
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Does a sexual union with one's body incarnation of an opposite sex count as a misconduct?

According to Mahayana doctrine (at least within Nyingma linbeage), different incarnations of body, mind and/or speech of a same sentient being are possible. By which I deduce that a sentient being of ...
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Taking refuge in practice

My understanding of "taking refuge" is reciting a mantra. However, is there a certain ceremony to become fully Buddhist? Is it just repeating the mantra X number of times, or is there more to it?
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What is Nirvana (mahayana)?

...as per the title. In the Theravada literature, the Buddha is seen as someone who found an end to suffering and taught that for all his life, urging his disciples to apply themselves to it, to not ...
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What is the basis of Lotus Sutta with respect to original Tipitaka?

I would like to know the basis of Lotus sutra and it's relationship with the original teachings of Buddha mentioned in the Tipitaka. I would like to also know where Lotus Sutra contradicts with things ...
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Reference request for "our Buddha nature chooses not to be enlightened"?

I seem to remember that Mahayana Buddhism said somewhere something along the lines of, "Our Buddha nature (or the Buddha) chooses not to be enlightened". I am not sure if I am remembering this ...
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How do kōans work?

A kōan (公案?) (/ˈkoʊ.ɑːn/; Chinese: 公案; pinyin: gōng'àn; Korean: 공안 (kong'an); Vietnamese: công án) is a story, dialogue, question, or statement, (1) which is used in Zen practice to provoke the "great ...
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Can there be "one day becoming a fully-awakened Buddha" after Parinibbana?

The Buddha declare to venerable Sâriputra in the Lotus Sutra that he will become a Buddha one day as it read below, but Sariputta has achieved Parinibbana. Can there be becoming a fully-awakened ...
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Are Therevada's cosmology and the Mahanaya's sutras physically impossible?

Are Therevada's cosmology and the Mahanaya's sutras physically, rather than only psychologically, plasusible? I read about the former in the abhidharmakosabhasyam, about all the hells and heavens ...
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What did Santideva, the authour of the Bodhicaryāvatāra, say about the realisabaility of Buddhahood?

What did Santideva, the authour of the Bodhicaryāvatāra, say about the realisabaility of Buddhahood? What assurances did he make?
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Why did the buddha teach the mahayana?

I know that the standard Mahayana claim about the Theravada canon is that he needed to teach it for those who were not ready to accept the Mahayana. But do all Buddhas have to teach the four noble ...
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Vegetarianism in Buddhism on different schools

Namo Buddhaya I want to ask something related to vegetarianism in Buddhism. This question started when I read about vegetarianism according to several schools of Buddhism such as Theravada and ...
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Is there are difference between 'self' & 'soul' in Buddhism?

A core teaching of Buddhism is 'anatta' or 'not-self'. Does the word 'atta' refer to both 'self' & 'soul' or can these two ideas (self & soul) be different in Buddhism to give them different ...
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Do (any) Mahayana Buddhists teach subjectivity?

I don't think "self" is the right term in English for the sort of quality I want to ask about. So, regardless of its ontological status, or that of what it relates to (objects), do (any) Mahayana ...
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What percent of income do Buddhists give to temples?

From the upaseka precepts: "He levies one sixth of people’s wealth as taxes." I used to just think this was prosocial advice, but for much of Buddhism's history, it has been state supported. ...
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Why Buddha said "if you want to remove small/light codes from Vinaya"?

In Maha-parinibbana Sutta, Buddha said "if Sanga want, after I completed Parinibbana, you can remove small and/or light codes from Vinaya". Why Buddha said this approval to Sanga? Is it a kind of ...
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What are some resources on Mahayana forms of Meditation?

Are there any sources about Meditations of Mahayana Schools?
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Even if those offended are just ignorant about the word "Hinayana", why use it?

Why use a word thought by some to be offensive even if the meaning isn't meant to be offensive? There is no other word that can be used? Would using another word (or phrase) be compassionate towards ...
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Who follows which yana (Vajrayana, Hinayana or Mahayana)?

I have heard about these traditions: Vajrayana, Mahayana, and Hinayana. In today's world, Buddhist people dwell in South Asia and East Asia. Who among them follows each particular sect? Does anybody ...
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How important is the surangama sutra in cotemporary buddhism?

How important is the surangama sutra in contemporary Mahayana Buddhism? As far as I know there's never been any "school" which based itself on its interpretations, unlike the Mahaparinirvana, hua-yen,...
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Two-arrows paradigm (Sallatha Sutta) -- in the Mahayana?

The Sallatha Sutta (SN 36.6) in the Pali Canon is well-known in the Theravada and MBI (mindfulness-based-intervention -- MBSR, MBCT, etc) worlds for the two-arrows paradigm. The first arrow is a ...
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text for the 2013 course: Shamatha and the Bodhisattva Way of Life. Class 2 on Motivation and 7 Point Mind Training

Alan mentions a handout for this class from which he's teaching the Lojong. Is there any way to acquire this hand out or; is there a text that goes along with this lojong portion of the class?
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Escaping "certain death" in the Mahayana tradition: does it occur in India?

I was struck, when reading on the history of Buddhism in China, by the stories of brave monks escaping certain death, often many times in one life. I was curious is this was something Indian ...
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What is Lo Jong mind training?

A friend of mine recently mentioned Lo Jong mind training to me, when I asked my teacher he told me not to worry about it. Would anyone be willing to explain what it is and what it is used for?
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How do the four marks (cessation, change, etc,) build?

The four marks are, in order from coarse to subtle Cessation Changing Abiding Arising These are discussed in a number of places, but the English language translator of Kihwa's (Korean) commentary ...
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Why is the Heart Sutra so important in Mahayana Buddhism?

So the Heart Sutra is one of the most popular sutra in Mahayana Buddhism, said to be the summary and heart of the Prajna Paramita Sutra. It was popularized by the famous monk Xuanzang. It was said ...
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Are the positive qualities of enlightenment ultimate or conventional realities?

Are the positive qualities of enlightenment ultimate or conventional realities? These are permanence, bliss, personality, purity. If they are ultimately the case, can they be directly seen?
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What does Buddhism say about the existence of a self?

Anatta and Sunyata doctrines from the Tripitaka and later Mahayana/Parjnaparimata sutras both have mentioned "not-self" or "empty of self" doctrines. I am still a bit confused, though, even after ...
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The Law of One Form

In the Burton Watson translation of the Lotus Sutra, on page 136-7 there is mentioning of "The law of one form" Here is an exerpt of where this is mentioned by Shakyamuni: "The thus come one knows ...
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The Nine Devices

I was reading The Lotus Sutra the other day and I came across Shakyamuni referring to "nine devices" as a way of teaching and leading people towardsed "the great vehicle", but upon looking the term, "...
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Is non-emptiness empty?

The term "non-emptiness" appears in the literature. For example from Chi-tsang (madhyamaka): When the sutras speak of "the emptiness of visible form" this refers to its emptiness and lack of a true ...
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Do the scholastic sects say that chan practice is something separate from themselves?

Dogen famously said that there are no Buddhist schools, and the idea there is [this or that Buddhist school] is the creation of demons, etc. [Dogen's Eihei Koroku, discourse 7.491, reads:] The ...
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What are the 8 Consciousness in Chinese Buddhism

The answeres to the following question: Is the Ocean Samadhi a metaphor or an actual meditation? implply there are 8 types of conciousness in Chinese Buddhism. What are these? How did they originate? ...
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Are there problems from mixing different sources of teachings?

I discovered Buddhism by reading and practising the Theravada teachings. As I wanted to make some progress, I started looking for a teacher who could guide me and direct my practicing. So I decided ...

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