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What would be a secular interpretation of animal rebirth

For people who don't believe in literal rebirth as animals,(secular or non) how would they describe the mental state associated with rebirth in the animal realm? E.g, if stress is associated with ...
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If each person's mind creates “reality” then why do we need to eat?

My teacher has been talking about how each person's reality (including the body) is in fact an illusion generated by the mind in each moment. As an extension of this, she teaches that there are no "...
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why can't the spirtual experience explained from logic

I have heard that when a meditators do a very deep meditation and experiences supernatural phonomenon that experience can't be expressed with words and logic. What does that mean. I remember Albert ...
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Mind as a creator

All words are creations of mind. How do we explain the mind with the words? So that proves there is something beyond words. That is thoughts. Connected to mind. Are mind and thoughts two different ...
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mind is like illusionist

as per "mano puggmama dahma mano setta mano maya" Buddha explain mind as illusionist create millions of imaginary questions and travel time to find answers to those imaginary questions like ...
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What is the Difference between Desire and Compulsion?

What is the difference between desire and compulsion? When do I know that something is a desire and when do I know that something is a compulsion? Can there be compulsion in sexual thoughts even if I ...
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Is the Mind (Citta) the Self? If not, what is it?

It's been discussed in all perspectives that the Buddha was teaching about not-Self (Anatta) in this forum. However, it taught that one should empty the Mind (Citta) to realize Anatta, or Sunyata, in ...
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Is there concept of recollection in Buddhism?

Quoted below is from, Kitagiri Sutta MN 70 …There is the case where, when conviction has arisen, one visits [a teacher]. Having visited, one grows close. Having grown close, one lends ear. ...
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What is volition?

This is a third attempt at formulating a question. This question and this question have been asked, but not formulated in a way that conveyed the question. So now, in a third attempt, the ...
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What allows to make a choice

For example, the body has the choice to walk on path A or B. Before the body starts walking, there must be thoughts of path A and B. There must also be a (mental?) decision/choice made to walk on one ...
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How is it possible to change habits cultivated over lifetimes

If one has cultivated a habit for countless lifetimes, how is it possible to reverse such habit? Is it possible at all? Is that person entirely at the mercy of external factors? (are we ever not ...
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Why does my mind naturally wander?

Before sitting for meditation I got a few strange questions: why does my mind even wander? What does my mind want, and can it ever be satisfied completely? Can anybody please explain this to me?
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Is consciousness immaterial?

I've been doing a lot of scripture reading on consciousness (vijnana, mana, citta, etc) in the pali canon and Mahayana doctrines. Buddha never seemed to accept materialism, or that mind was material, ...
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How cognition can be explained in Buddha's Abidhamma?

Cognition, how it happens on one's mind? Is there any comprehensible English explanation about it?
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Six Senses and Four elements

The six senses are arises from NamaRupa in PaticcaSamuppada. NamaRupa paccaya Salayathana. So basically all 6 senses are a combination of Mentality(Nama) and Form (Rupa - which is a combination of the ...
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If there is no “I”, who or what is controlling my animalistic urges?

All sorts of impulses and urges in human and other beings are invoked by nature in order to sustain life. In my way of thinking, it is a rational "I" who attempts to control reacting to these impulses ...
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How to understand a patient's coma status in Buddhism

My friend was healthy and normal. There was a sudden bleeding in her brain due to an AVM and went through a serious brain surgery. Now around 3 weeks she is in a coma status. How can I understand this ...
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What is the appeal of not Re-incarnating?

I understand that after death, the mind may move to a different plane of existance to be re-incarnated, but what is the appeal of moving to a different plane after death? Is it wrong to say that I'm ...
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What would you say about being overly optimistic or overly pessimistic about the ways of approaching the path?

As everyone is entitled to their own opinion to a question of this nature, let me first say this. Now I recognize that they’re both forms of conceit. If we learn the proper use of conceit: the ...
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Is being skeptical bad?

Vicikicca or skeptical doubt, some interpret this as perplexity, is known to be one of the mental hindrances. But why is having doubt bad for one's mind? For me, doubt is what makes me think more ...
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Burst bubble : How to deal with a traumatizing event?

Recently i stumbled upon a movie disc and on it was a movie called "American guinea pigs". It wasn't a typical funny horror story, it was a ultra realistic documentary style movie. There was a woman ...
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Beings who are not aware of their own existence?

In some realms there are some beings who are not aware of their own existence (Some place in Brahma realm). How do their aggregates work when they themselves aren't aware of their existence? If you ...
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What is a “sentient being” in Tibetan Buddhism?

The answer to this question seems to depend on what school one talks about. So my question is about Mahayana Buddhism, more specifically Tibetan Madhyamaka Buddhist schools. I kind of wonder where ...
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Male & Female - Is gender an illusion?

According to Buddhism & Science there is no gender to the mind but to the body.The difference between the male and female ideology is a difference between practicing two different ways of life. ...
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What is the process that creates “Saṅkhāra”

Is it right if i say the origin of Saṅkhāra is not by a natural process of the mind but it is a byproduct of Avidyā which dominates the non-arahant mind?
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Are dreams good or bad?

I normally do not dream and if i dream those are very long and mixed when it comes to content (Both calming and provoking). So what is the Buddhist point of view on dreams.
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Does mind ever stop?

I have learned..... When a receptor (eyes,ears,nose,tongue,body,mind) meet with the preferred input (light,sound,smell,taste,touch,thoughts) if the dedicated "Vinyana" is born to accept it the being ...
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How does one explain consistency within phenomena if the mind generates phenomena?

I'm having trouble framing this question right so please let me know if it needs clarification. I'll first describe the issues surrounding the question and then ask the question itself. I've been ...
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What are the differences between the mind and consciousness? [duplicate]

I have some understanding regarding consciousness as related to the six senses, but I'm less clear on the mind itself?
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Who am 'I'? Verification as to the demarcations of 'Sankhara'

It maybe a very confusing question. But I have been contemplating this quite a lot recently. Ven. Ajahn Chah preached, as the Lord Buddha once said : One who sees Sankhara and is purged of ...
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What is the best way to forget bad choices in the past?

We all have done bad karma,so if something is bugging my mind constantly (Like killing some mosquito) what is the solution for me,what can i do to overcome it/or to forget it?
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Differently able people and their “Vinyana”

Say i am a Differently able person and i cant move my arms so how does my Vinyana work? Is that part of my "Kaya Vinyana" (The vinyana that works with the body) deactivated or lost contact with the ...
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Can we program or pre-define our last thoughts?

I have heard the last thoughts of a person can define next life. If so can we somehow define them through practice, so when the time comes they will be as we planned? Or is there a practice that ...
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Unconscious intention?

Sometimes we do thing intentionally sometimes unintentionally. But is there such thing such as unconscious intention in Buddhism (Theravada)?
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Is Mind in Buddhism connected to Brain (the physical organ)?

According to Buddhism, is the Mind (known by Citta, Manas, Vinnana or any other name that corresponds to Mind/Consciousness) connected with the organ called Brain? Is the brain (or loosely speaking, ...
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Does the Buddha's concept of Citta contradict the Mahayana doctrine of emptiness?

In the suttas quoted in this answer, the Buddha describes the Citta as pure, free from defilement and transcending the 5 aggregates, and its liberation from samsara as the highest aim of his teaching. ...
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Clenching teeth and pressing tongue against roof of mouth

This may sound similar to this question, but it's not the same. This practice appears to be similar to the Khecari Mudra of Hindu yoga, but it's not the same, because the tongue need not be inserted ...
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Buddhist philosophy and “events”

By "event" I mean something that happens over some interval of time. Am I right that for Buddhists, intervals don't exist (everything lasts only for an instant): so neither do events? If so may I ...
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Can anything in Buddhist theory explain phenomena like Buck Fever?

A surprising number of people whom I know, who are generally kind and compassionate, are also avid hunters or at least enthusiastically support hunting by others. They feel hunting is a healthy ...
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Emptiness and one taste

Might it be true that emptiness can be conceived of as the one taste of mind: that the world of mind has only one reality which is everywhere and always the same, unchanging. Who (which groups or ...
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Could a software model of Abidhamma ( human thought Process - citta) help in Psychology?

As of my understanding, Abidhamma explains the initial thinkings (citta -thought process) and models the final thinking patterns. If someone implements this known patterns in software, wouldn't it be ...
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What's the difference between a “primordial consciousness” and a soul?

It seems certain Buddhist groups have come to believe in something they call the "luminous mind" or the "primordial consciousness"; in essence, a mind that is lasting, stable, and assumedly pleasant. ...
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How do we sense the flow of time?

According to the Abhidhamma, at each given instant there is a consciousness that arises and ceases completely before the next consciousness arises. Each consciousness is only aware of the present ...

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