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The Central Path, Middle Way or Middle Path (Pali: Majjhimāpaṭipadā; Sanskrit: Madhyamāpratipad; Tibetan: དབུ་མའི་ལམ། Umélam; Vietnamese: Trung đạo; Thai: มัชฌิมา) is the term that Gautama Buddha used to describe the character of the Noble Eightfold Path he discovered that leads to liberation.

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Arguments against ascetism

Buddhism is often said to prescribe a middle way - avoiding ascetism on one hand, and avoiding indulging in sense pleasures on the other. What are some of the arguments that Buddhism offers against ...
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Right situation for Teaching Dhamma or giving advice

I often find that in real life people I know are doing things in a "wrong" way. By this I not only mean profound things related to Dhamma, but also small everyday things. Because of these ...
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How to apply Eight-fold path[Aaryashtangika marga] to each virtue action as a Vipassana Meditation? [duplicate]

How to apply eight fold path to the wholesome act as meditation of three marks of existence (Pali: tilakkhaṇa) of all existence and beings, namely impermanence (aniccā), non-self (anattā) and ...
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What does Buddhism teach about abusive parents?

My husband’s parents are very abusive now and in the past. Recently they’ve started bringing me into the mix, and so my husband decided to cut them out of our lives. They still text me to curse our ...
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Moggaliputta-tissa Kathavatthu

Anyone knows where I can find an english translation of Moggaliputta’s work “Kathavatthu” (The Points of Controversy) where he somehow “saved” the Buddha’s message of the middle way contained in the ...
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Does the middle way apply to objects as well as the skandhas?

Does the middle way -- between annihilationism and eternalism -- apply to objects? Like a mountain, will it either exist forever or be destroyed, or is it too the middle way? The expression “middle ...
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Who propounded "All doesn't exist" in the Buddha's time?

SN 12.15 says, 'Everything exists': That is one extreme. 'Everything doesn't exist': That is a second extreme. Avoiding these two extremes, the Tathagata teaches the Dhamma via the middle We know ...
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If something is relatively and ultimately correct can it still be false in the center?

If something is both relatively and ultimately correct can it still be false in the center? I'm looking for a "yes" from any extant or historical tradition.
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Psychology of 'flow'

I guess (perhaps I'm wrong) that humans and life in general tend toward homeostatis -- i.e. wanting to stay the same as before -- and not just physically but socially and mentally too, e.g. to keep ...
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Going to extremes?

In this answer, I wrote a little addendum that picks on a little tick that I find common amongst all kinds of Buddhists. That moderation is a virtue in and of itself without regard to what the object ...
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Isn't the act of Prince Vessantara giving his children away extreme?

http://www.buddha-images.com/vessantara-jataka.asp It depicts the life of prince Vessantara who gives away all his possessions, including his children to become servants of an evil spirited ...
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Madhyamaka, Mādhyamaka, Madhyamika, Mādhyamika?

Two spelling/usage questions about two Sanskrit words common in Buddhism. First, what is the difference between Madhyamaka (ending in "aka") and Madhyamika (ending in "ika"). I have seen that the ...
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Eternalism and Mahayana Buddhism

In this Wikipedia article on Arhat in Mahayana Buddhism, it is written: Instead of aspiring for arhatship, Mahayanins are urged to instead take up the path of the bodhisattva and to not fall back ...
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Questions about strong acceptance of rebirth?

In a nutshell, the Buddha's teaching is: self-views ("I have a self" and/or "I have no self") must be avoided craving is a precondition for suffering, thus we must train ourselves to gain control ...
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The Middle Way in practical life

Are there any sutras or parables where Buddha applies the middle way, not to the self or to abstract metaphysical principles, but to concrete conflicts in practical life?
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Why the Buddha abandoned asceticism

It is commonly known that the Buddha decided that asceticism does not lead to enlightenment, but less common is the reason why given. From Ajahn Brahm's book Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond, it appears ...
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If Buddhism is about moderation, then why is it that you can attain nirvana only after renouncing worldly possessions?

This is really confusing to me. Buddha himself was an ascetic, and his teachings seem to imply that the path to nirvana is attained through renouncing one's worldly possessions. Isn't this in direct ...
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Insights of the Middle Path

Everything in moderation is the key to the Middle Path. There are times when one can clearly see the outcome (insight or out of experience) and actions of other person and their way of thinking. ...
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Does Nagarjuna's Middle Treatise 24:18 teach real knowledge?

I like this verse, it is simply stated, and I like simple statements that can be made into something, or understood as, important. But I'm totally unsure how to make sense of its four (famous) ...
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What is the perfect truth in Tientai Buddhism?

It it well known that Tientai teaches the identity of the mundane and real truths. In its complete teaching, what is being equated? Is it equating the real truth of the separate teaching with the ...
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Did Buddha say "this is the Middle Way"?

Various Buddhist schools and traditions can have rather different outlooks. And they don't deny this. But most traditions seem to have at least one thing in common and that is calling themselves/their ...
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What is the true meaning of The Middle Way

All the teachers and people I have read, talked with and listened to, emphazises that Buddhism is the Middle Way. Is this the right way to see it? If so, what is the most important or central aspect ...
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Lord Buddha's First teaching and its meaning?

Can anybody provide a full translation of Lord Buddha's First teaching. I am referring to a Sutta called "Dhamma chakka pawaththana".
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Is there a middle way between working towards personal liberation and liberation for all sentient beings?

I may be a little off-mark here, but if I understand correctly there are two broad opinions on liberation. The first where a practitioner works towards her own liberation (the way of the Sravaka or ...
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What puts out the mind

Suppose we call "extinction" (by which I mean nirvana or final nirvana) whatever puts out the wandering mind / mental states. What reasons are there for supposing it does so after the mind wanders, ...
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Buddhism and the middle path

I am battling with understanding the concept of the middle path. Having read the many articles available, the concept escapes me especially with a view of self and no-self. My understanding is that ...
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Negation and the middle way

Following on from this and this thread, I'm going to expound my understanding / of the relevance of the Buddhadharma. To avoid the extremes of thought, right up to any kind of differentiating ...
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Difference between Buddhism and Aristotelian "middle-way"?

This thought occurred to me after reading the following question and top answer: How to refute the idea that Buddhism might be actually "too extreme"? The questioner thinks the logical ...
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Can Buddhists be good workplace leaders?

Many people that start to meditate and follow the Dhamma become more tolerant, less attached to reputation, more "easy going" and treat all with loving kindness, this can create an opportunity for ...
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Why is Buddhism not Nihilism?

I'm familiar with the concept of the middle way and how Buddhism is neither Eternalism nor Nihilism. Not being Eternalism seems straightforward to me - all things are impermanent. However Buddhism not ...
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