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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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Is there a thought in Buddhism which stand for the thinker itself as a thought?

Usually our thoughts have a certain content or object, but in some way one can say that it is the person who has the thoughts. But is there also a mental thought involved of this thinker as a thought? ...
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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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How are good and bad Karmas determined in Buddhism?

One important thing that Hindus and Buddhists agree on is the law of Karma. That is, there are certain actions which will lead a person to have a positive experience in future, either in this life or ...
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What are the traditional Buddhist arguments for rebirth?

According to Buddhist philosophy, there are two Pramanas or means of valid knowledge: Pratyaksha or sensory perception and Anumana or inference. (This is in contrast to most Hindus who believe in ...
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Buddhism - Is it a religion? [duplicate]

I disagreed from the very beginning, after understanding some Buddhist philosophy, that it is not a religion. In my opinion, it is not a religion but a lifestyle or administration under which ...
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Second Noble Truth

I am reading multiple interpretations of the 2nd noble truth. Most of the sources indicate that it is craving, desires, wanting. Some sources talk about wrong understanding of reality and itself, ...
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Help me to understand the concept of Svalakshan & Savikalpaka jnana intuitively

I've found this phrase- Buddhist logic school of Dignāga and Dharmakīrti, which flourished in medieval Kashmir. According to this school, the foundation of knowledge is a series of momentary and ...
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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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Has anyone read Nagarjuna as claiming only that an effect is never its cause?

Has anyone read Nagarjuna as claiming only that an effect can never be conceived of as its cause? I'm asking because it would neatly fit my own views on how to understand science, as well as I think ...
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Insight in Buddhism

What is "insight" the "knowing that I know" in Buddhism? I understand the concept of consciousness a bit better but what about having Insight.
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What Buddha taught by his knowledge about human life?

Buddha taught that everything is ephemeral and everything is grief. What a seeker should do in the above circumstances?
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What's the “wise” answer when the epistemic distance is important?

When someone needs my help, I try to answer their questions as best as I can. Sometimes, the questions make no sense (from my perspective) and from there I struggle. For some things, the person is ...
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Why do Buddhists argue that nirvana is nothing in addition to the skandhas?

Why do Buddhists argue that nirvana is nothing in addition to the skandhas? I found this, and I hope it suffices to demonstrate that's what the Buddha taught: "What do you think: Do you regard the ...
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Does love mean crime?

I really know what does love means even my prior question was also "What does love means?" but as I'm going through. When I tried to let person know I'm loving then it gets angry at me so how love ...
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What would Buddhists say about 'pantheism'

I take 'pantheism' to be the belief that all our talk about God can resolve into "the world", while retaining the divine status of "God", perhaps because our words about God retain their structure. ...
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What does Buddha mean with '' to not sacrifice one's life for another' (Dhp 166)?

What did Buddha mean when he told not to sacrifice? Does "sacrifice" mean the same thing as in the Jewish or Christian traditions? Btw: don't feel offended when I compares some things, I'm just ...
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Question about the contrast between Buddhist statements and Christian doctrine

In the Christian Bible (especially in the Book of John), Jesus often talked about Himself as using phrases like: I am the light of the world I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be ...
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How does a Buddhist survive in a harsh world?

The following video got me thinking: Machiavelli’s Advice For Nice Guys Machiavelli believes that being kind and compassionate is good, but one often needs to learn to be harsh and ruthless in order ...
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Can Cyborg/ Trans-human reach enlightenment? When enlightenment is depended on a Human Body

The world is going to a point of no return, with the thirst for materialistic grandeur and power to rule over nature; after the conquered of Oriental by the Occidental. This article talks about Cyborg....
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Schopenhauer’s inexplicable disturbance in the heavenly calm of Nirvana?

Arthur Schopenhauer on his famed work titled “On the suffering of the world” relate as quoted below as to how he think Buddhism's doctrine describe how the world of suffering came into being. Are ...
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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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Is change permanent?

I find this an interesting question. When we say things are impermanent, we often say that it is because they constantly undergo change. But in that, do we make the assumption that change will always ...
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Life Duration and Rebirth

Did Buddha speak about the duration of lives in any way that related it to where one currently stands on the path? For example: "When one is closer to enlightenment, one will have shorter lives ...
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Life and why we (mankind ) exist

I'm stuck on this for now ...does the Buddha say anything about why we exist ( mankind ? I know how much he stated about reasons why we should not exist such as Nirvana being the highest goal to ...
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How does big bang happen in terms of Buddhism?

Want to know about big bang in terms of Buddhism point of view
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How do you see this article fitting in with Buddhist principles?

https://www.quantamagazine.org/20160421-the-evolutionary-argument-against-reality/ Fascinating read, and I wondered what the wisdom of the crowd was on how closely they thought this notion fit with ...
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Was the historical Buddha infallible?

Could he have erred, even as the enlightened one?
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Are philosophers today misunderstanding 'emptiness' because of a new metaphysics?

From an article about Heidegger, The beginning of this story, as told by Heidegger especially in the Nietzsche lectures, is the end, the completion of philosophy by its dissolution into particular ...
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Be like water - but what if i fail

Be like water - but what if i fail i really like the quote "be like water" and wanted to live by it - but the problems was what happenes when i fail - when i cant meditate or more truly too lazy ...
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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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Are there any body who achieved Nibbana currently (in the current world)

Are there any body who achieved Nibbana currently (in the current world). If so give one or two names, please.
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Interdependent origination

Is the doctrine of interdependent origination found in Vedas . What is real origin of this? I have heard of indra net .just curious
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Is it possible for a human being to live without the mind?

If a human being consists of two parts as mind and body, is it then possible to live without mind? Appreciate your ideas.
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In Buddhism what is love meant to be and how is it shown and can two people love each other?

In some denominations in buddhism there is a conventional and an ultimate reality. So from the conventional point there could be, to begin with, two people so they could love each other. But in the ...
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How are the importance of sutras determined?

I assume that there variations of sects within buddhism that deem certain sutras as more "correct" or being closer to the buddha's teaching. I personally see the Lotus sutra as the "true teaching", ...
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Should I help an aggressive panhandler?

I recently encountered an aggressive panhandler. To be exact, he was a peddler who was selling a small good at a profitable price. I didn't end up buying anything from him because I simply didn't ...
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Why is fasting allowed in Buddhism?

One of the answers to this question 'Is there a tradition or practice involving fasting in Buddhism or Buddhist countries?' says that fasting is followed by Tibetan Buddhists. Why is fasting allowed ...
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Is enlightened cognition more than its parts?

Is enlightened cognition, in any Buddhist tradition, more than its parts? I'm asking cos: (philosophical interpretations) they say that for Buddhists there is nothing more to a thing than its parts. ...
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Do any of scholastic currents conclusively affirm or deny that there are any facts at all?

Do any of scholastic currents unambiguously affirm or deny that there are any facts at all? In any tradition, so I welcome a reply from any perspective. By facts, I don't mean certain knowledge. ...
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How can we view the statement that “life must be understood backwards but must be lived forwards" from a Buddhist perspective?

Soren Kierkegaard once wrote, Det er ganske sandt, hvad Philosophien siger, at Livet maa forstaaes baglænds. Men derover glemmer man den anden Sætning, at det maa leves forlænds. It is ...
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Did the Buddha say “There is no path to happiness.. ”?

According to the teachings of lord Buddha, what can we say about this quote? Is it fake? "There is no path to happiness. Happiness is the path"
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How integral is the synergetic aspect of buddhism?

I remember reading, in the 1st book I picked up on Buddhism, that it was a synergetic religion, literally, that it combines with (I suppose indigenous) traditions, such as the tao, and bon. Did the ...
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What is the school of Buddhism that believes in God?

I am a Westerner raised in the Christian faith but have left it in search of a path that fits with my beliefs and philosophy. Over the past few years, I have studied, prayed, researched, etc of the ...
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Can Dukkha be considered as the consequence of a psychological allergic reaction?

An physical allergic reaction happens when the immune system is activated when it is not really necessary and harms more than it helps. Dukkha can perhaps be the result of activity of the ego ...
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Are chakra's used in Buddhism?

I think that in the hindoestic yogi there are using chakra's very common. But are they also used in buddhism? If not, why not? Or what is similar to chakra's in buddhism?
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Is Schopenhauer's “the Will” equivalent to “the Mystic Law”?

I recently was watching a video in which Schopenhauer's views on aesthetics were expressed. Part of his views relied on saying that there is one aspect of the nominal world which can be experienced -...
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Are there buddhists who criticize Eckhart Tolle as it is not really a buddhist teach? If so, what is their critique?

Eckhart Tolle is a spiritual teacher who is influenced by Christianity and Buddhism etc. Now he says that there are Buddhists who claim that his teachings are not really Buddhist. But in what way are ...
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I only know that I will know nothing: can that ever have any currency for Buddhists?

The Socratic / dialectical phrase: I know one thing: that I know nothing. If one were to subvert it to I know one thing: that I will know nothing. Is it a maxim that can guide practice, in any ...
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In Buddhism, is Escapism seen as a bad thing to take part in?

In general in Buddhism, is escapism seen as a bad "movement" to involve one's self in? I have seen many posts on SE about separating one's self from one's body, or getting rid of desire, so; would ...
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Question about Nichiren Buddhism

More specifically, I am refering to the Soka Gakkai movement of Nichiren Buddhism. In one excerpt from the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, it, in essence, states that every time one says "nam-myoho ...