Questions tagged [philosophy]

The study of general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind and language. It can also be a theory or attitude that acts as a guiding principle for behaviour.

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Upekkha and Non-attachment in Buddhism

I have read on Wikipedia, after an enlightening answer on here, that upekkha signifies not total indifference, but that: The "far enemy" of Upekkha is greed and resentment, mind-states in obvious ...
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Abhidhamma Pithaka and its relationship with theoretical physics

Is it necessary to study quantum field theory to understand the Abhidhamma Pithaka
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Does the Buddhist text Alankarabuddhi still exist?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy today is the Vedanta school, which is based on the philosophical portions of the Vedas. But in the time when Buddhism ...
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If a buddhist should not kill a mouse living in their home, what justification do they have to rid themselves of a parasite such tapeworms

An extension of this question posted earlier: How not to kill the mouse in my house? Where does one draw the line for which forms of life are ok to destroy, and which ones are not? Is it just a ...
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Theory of dependent Origination and modern physics

How Buddhist theory of causality anticipates modern views of Einstein relativity.
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How to combine Buddhism with being a parent?

Buddhist philosophy says that we shouldn't get attached and try to form bonds with something and desire or crave it because everything is essentially impermanent and this will lead to suffering. But ...
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What is the different between Yogacara Buddhism and Idealism?

I've often heard the Yogacara school of Buddhism being described as 'Mind Only'. To my untutored mind this seems reminiscent of the western philosophy of Idealism. So there is a description of ...
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Is Buddhism Free will or Determinism

What is the position of Buddhism in regards to free will and Determinism? What would be the correct position of Buddhism and could you use an analogy to describe to me the correct view of Buddhism ...
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What's Buddhism view on choice, choicelesness and causality?

You see, there is only one constant, one universal, it is the only real truth: causality. Action. Reaction. Cause and effect. (...) Choice is an illusion, created between those with power, and those ...
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Does one need to make amends for a bad-action done accidentally?

Note: Originally I wrote "unintentionally" and not just "accidentally" but I have realized that even the "accidental" action described in the example below involves the person's intentions of their ...
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Apparently stream-entrants are destined to attain Nibbana but what about non-stream-entrants?

Are only stream-entrants destined to attain Nibbana? I don't know whether it is possible to be destined to attain Nibbana more than 7 lives beforehand. Is it not possible to be destined to attain ...
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Is the experience of suffering or enjoyment completely reducible to physics e.g. such as in materialist views i.e. materialism?

What do you think? I believe the experience of suffering or enjoyment is not equivalent and is not reducible to physics e.g. things like "repulsion", "attraction" etc. I cannot see "suffering" ...
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How many types of Buddhism are there? [duplicate]

And what is the main differences between them? Is it like Christianity where there seems to be a couple of main ones and then dozens of smaller ones doing their own thing?
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Is ending up in hell at some point in time inevitable for those beings who are not Stream-Entrants?

I have seen this a few times in various places, although I haven't read it in any suttas, but I am guessing there might be some that talk about this.
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Did the Buddha ever refute the view of “extreme metaphysical nihilism” e.g. a view that “nothing is real”?

Important note: I am only using the word "real" only in the sense of meaning "exists and is not an illusion". I am defining "extreme metaphysical nihilism" as the belief that "nothing is real". I ...
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What are the 4 wheels and 9 doors in Snp 1.29?

What are the four wheels and nine doors mentioned in the sutta below? Why is it "born from a bog"? What is the meaning of the sutta? From the Four Wheels Sutta (Sutta Nipata 1.29): “Having four ...
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Buddhism is not fatalism?

According to the Buddhism's theory, one man's fate is destined by the past's karma. Suppose that he faced an unfortunate incident at birth, which is due to past karma. Besides, his genes are inherited ...
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What is yoniso manasikara and ayoniso manasikara?

As suggested in this answer, it is a good idea to investigate this further. What is wise reflection (yoniso manasikāra) and unwise reflection (ayoniso manasikāra)? Yoniso manasikāra is also ...
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Candrakirti - what was his most important contribution?

I'd like to look more on Candrakirti, and have a few questions about him. What was/is Candrakirtis most important contribution to Buddhist philosophy? If you were to start reading Candrakirtis own ...
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What is actually Nirvana — what are some Tripitaka sources?

What do you know about the Nirvana? Most of this community people are from all around the world, and may have different teachers, and level of knowledge may vary. A brief explanation, with reference ...
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The pali word for this concept

I'm wondering if pali has a specifically designated word for the view that the outer world is a reflection of one's own life state, not the other way around. Additionally, I am wondering if there ...
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Did Dignaga argue against real relations?

Did Dignaga argue against real relations? I gather that his student, Dharmakirti, did. I'm asking only because I'd disagree, but am skeptical about universals.
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Buddhist logic and Nagarjuna

In this article http://aeon.co/magazine/world-views/logic-of-buddhist-philosophy/ Philosopher/Logician Graham Priest talks about some of the differences that Western logic has with Buddhist logic. ...
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Is my guilt natural?

I find this troubling. My poor relationship with my adult children causes me distress. Logic and the dharma would suggest that severing ties with them would be a positive for both sides. But I cannot ...
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Is there common ground between the Tao Te Ching and Buddhism?

I am interested in Buddhism and the book Tao Te Ching, written by Lao-Tzu in c. 600 BC. Is there common ground between these two Eastern philosophies? link to audio of Tao Te Ching
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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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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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Is an 'Existential Crisis' a necessary condition to start on the path of Dhamma?

The path of Dhamma is a journey towards the end of all suffering through the attainment of Nibbana. The Buddha set out to find the cure for human suffering, but there are so many people around us ...
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How and when should a child be introduced to Buddhism?

My son will be four soon. I would like to introduce him to Buddhist philosophy, and some meditation practices. However, stillness is, at this point, completely foreign to his personality :) My wife ...
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Are there any attempts to prove the eternal blissful etc. self?

The mahaparinirvana sutra seems to claim that there is an eternal blissful and pure self 'Self' appears in the positive very many times in that sutra, e.g. here (Chapter 33) ,,, Knowledge ["jnana"]...
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Is this an ok understanding of Dharmakirti's vināśitvānumāna?

The point is that such moment by moment destruction is spontaneous (ākasmika) and is the uncaused real nature of things, because it cannot be an effect of any cause. The effect of such a cause, i....
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Does Viññāṇa generate Nāmarūpa in the sense that would make “uploading concsciousness” impossible?

Does Viññāṇa generate Nāmarūpa in the sense that would make "uploading concsciousness" to a computer impossible? I was reading this question on philosophy.stack I'd suspect that it's impossible to ...
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Critique on Kalama Sutta: Is Buddhism bad for Buddhism?

Kalama Sutta is a key part of the Buddhist teaching that tells you to question everything, not to blindly follow any dogma or teacher. This is one of the features that make this religion/philosophy so ...
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Buddhism on We are all one

As explained here Buddhism does no belong into pantheism because God can be interpreted no as oneness but a creation of the mind as the fourth aggregate explains (eg. "an invisible man who lives in ...
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Why would existence remove my knowledge after reicarnation?

Avidyā and moha which can be translated as confusion or ignorance are sources of suffering. The western term for the study of reality and knowledge is called "philosophy" which an be translated from ...
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A Buddhist Point of View of Virtual Reality

Buddhism teaches that what is real is experience; seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, feeling, thinking. From this perspective, is virtual reality, (video games, Oculus Rift, and such) objectively ...
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Bundle of processes, constantly remaking ourselves using past materials

Retired Oxford Professor Richard Gombrich is an indologist and, scholar of Pali, Sanskrit and Buddhist Studies. He also founded the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies. He wrote in this biography: ...
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Are there other things like life?

In this text SN 56.46 Andhakara Sutta: Darkness, the Buddha seems to say, in my opinion, that life is much more stressful than black holes. And I think life is an anomaly in this universe just like ...
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Nagarjuna and the Schools

I am confused by the variety of views within Buddhism. It appears to me that Nagarjuna provides a complete philosophical justification and explanation for the Buddha's teachings and that this is ...
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Can Jiddu Krishnamurthy's teachings be considered Buddhist in nature? [closed]

There was a guy named Jiddu Krishnamurthy. He talked a lot about conditioning, awareness and to see the things as they are. One of the content from the hyperlink is His aim was to set humanity ...
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Did the Buddha according to the suttas mean anything else by the word “self” beyond simply the aspect of control/power?

It looks like according to [the Anatta-lakkhana Sutta][1] one aspect that is considered "self" by the Buddha is power or control. Why did he use the word "self" instead of just "complete control/power"...
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What are the historical accounts on Buddhist scriptures that certify the authenticity of the teachings and traditions? [closed]

If Buddhists themselves cannot agree on which scriptural writings or traditions for practice are actually true statements from the Buddha, how can Buddhism as a system claim any truth? The above ...
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Evidence of determinism in DN 2 Samaññaphala Sutta? Was the King already a faith follower?

Near the end of the Samaññaphala Sutta it says this: "The king is incapacitated. Had he not killed his father — that righteous man, that righteous king — the dustless, stainless Dhamma eye would ...
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How is one supposed to be compassionate and 100% free of suffering while others are suffering?

How is this possible besides if one simply doesn't mind if others are suffering? But if one truly doesn't mind whether others are suffering or not isn't that a lack of compassion? Is one supposed to ...
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Did the Buddha ever define what he meant by “self”?

Added: I am asking this because I am not sure if anything I observe would be considered "self" according to the Buddha. I don't have this problem with craving or suffering because I can observe/...
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What did Siddhartha really meant by ending suffering

I constantly hear from buddhists that "happiness is inside of you" and that thinking you can get away from suffering by wanting to be somewhere else, or wanting to be with someone else or stuff like ...
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Is the abhidhammic view on mind an externalist or internalist one?

I'd like to try and categorize the abhidhammic view into either as an internalist or externalist or know if it's possible at all, knowing how the historical Buddha himself even refused to either ...
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Is it wrong-view to think there might be more than 5 aggregates?

Although the 5 aggregates seem to fully explain my experience, is it wrong view if I think that there might be more?
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What is a “thought?” (Particularly in reference to thoughts that arise during meditation)

I've been reading/studying E F Shumacher's A Guide for the Perplexed, a philosophical book about the nature of knowledge and our capacity for understanding the world, especially in relation to "higher"...
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Why does one suffer because of ignorance if ignorance is unintentional?

It makes no sense that a person would knowingly choose to be ignorant of what causes them suffering, yet people suffer for "their" ignorance anyway. How is a person supposed to "freely/willingly ...