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Most commonly, nihilism is presented in the form of existential nihilism, which argues that life is without objective meaning, purpose, or intrinsic value. Moral nihilists assert that morality does not inherently exist, and that any established moral values are abstractly contrived.

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Did the Buddha describe caste as "bigotry, oppression and vanity"?

I read the following on the internet: The suttas describe many conditions in Indian society and the world in general, but you won't find any teachings recommending monks or anyone else practice ...
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Are mosquito nets "cheating"?

I saw many monks sit in the nets, what is the point of meditating in the forest if one cant handle the forest? Might as well just stay indoors imo. Did the ancient monks use nets? what do you think? I ...
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How to let go of something the other person involved won't acknowledge

How does one let go of something the other person involved won't acknowledge? I don't mean the niceties of the other person's behaviour, the ins and outs and whys. Merely, that the other person - I ...
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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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What could go wrong if one misconstrue Buddhism with nihilism?

I see that Buddhism is absolutely not nihilism, but I wonder what could go wrong if one misconstrue one with another. This is especially true with people with psychological issues, because they have ...
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Is Buddhism Nihilistic?

I just finished reading Ajahn Brahm's book on Buddhist Meditation called Mindfulness, bliss and beyond. According to him, as per the Buddhist sutras, advancing in meditation you enter into jhanas, ...
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Does the will to live cease after enlightenment?

What would motivate an enlightened person to continue living? It seems like once somebody attains enlightenment, other than teaching, there would be no reason to continue living.
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Feeling concern for others but like my efforts in anything are wasted

I feel concern for others, but like my efforts in anything are wasted. Is there any practice I could engage in, to remedy the latter? I've been taught meditation in a handful of contexts. What about ...
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Which Buddhists say that there are no conventionally existent wholes, and for what reasons?

Which Buddhists say that there are no conventionally existent wholes, and what's the best reason for the claim? My "whole" I mean something more than the sum of its parts, an object that does not ...
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Tanha vs "Right Aspiration" & Anatta vs nihilism: how does one resolve contradictions in BUddhism?

From my perspective, the two biggest obstacles to to perfect understanding of Dharma is the apparent contradictions between "Tanha" and "Right Aspiration" and Anatta vs Buddha's condemnation of ...
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How to not slip into Nihilism from Vipassana?

I am sensing this disenchantment from letting go. Meditating on impermanence feels like nihilism to me. There is a fleeting moment of joy from the liberation and just watching emotions go by. And I ...
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Seeking to enlighten other sentient beings - is it ever redemptive

Following on from a few question I've asked about nihilism, I wondered - quite casually if not in an idle way - whether seeking to enlighten other sentient beings (into Buddhahood) is ever redemptive ...
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Thing-hood in Buddhism and meaningfulness

I often struggle with feelings of despair about not so much that I will die but my mortality, my insignificance in a time as time never ends. But it also occurred to me that actually everyone is in ...
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Karma instead of God's plan

Hello I wondered if the existence of karma (I believe in it anyway) can take the place of the concept of "God's plan" - which is how some people live with the horrors of Nihilism. I am not a ...
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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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