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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Why do users of psychedelic drugs tend to gravitate toward Buddhism and other Eastern philosophies? [closed]

This post was submitted to reddit and I thought it might be interesting to re-post it here. I will now copy and paste the body of text the original poster submitted: "It seems like so many people who ...
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Buddhism and racism

How does the problem of racism relate to Buddha-Dharma? Can Buddhism teach us something about racism? Is there something in the teachings or texts addressing the topic, directly or indirectly?
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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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What is Inner and Outer Peace and how can I achieve them?

I am bit Confused about Inner and Outer Peace. If they exist, how can I know and how can I achieve them?
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Which case is “I am a professor” with identity view?

According to the Yamaka Sutta quoted below, a run-of-the-mill person thinks one of the following: the form to be the self the self as possessing form the form as in the self the self as in form And ...
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Decoupling happiness from state of the world: Useful? Against human nature?

I'm currently reading the book "Happiness - a guide to developing life's most important skill" by Matthieu Ricard (my first real contact with buddhism/buddhist philosophy). I found the argument he ...
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If someone causes me pain but I don’t lament it, feel sorrow about it- what circumstance, if any, warrants acting against the person causing pain?

Step 1: Some person causes me pain Step 2: let’s say I stay neutral about pain, pain does not cause me sorrow, and I don’t feel even slightest feelings of ill will towards that person — all because ...
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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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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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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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Reflexive awareness?

Indian philosophers, both Buddhist and others, are divided on how they stand on the issue of reflexive awareness. As I understand it, reflexive awareness can be formulated thus: when I remember ...
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Why talk and think about self as noun?

We always talk and think about self as a noun. When reading Buddhist philosophy, I have never seen exceptions to this. Both "common sense looking" and "metaphysical looking" is looking for the self. ...
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Killing a parent and killing a foster parent

We all know what happens if someone kill a parent but does the same apply to killing a foster parent
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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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Is there a scientific book summarizing the orthodox buddhism, the most ancient form of it?

I found many personal book about Buddhism; witnessing; life story; spiritual encounter, experiences, meditation. I never found however a book that explain and summarize the classical Buddhism : a ...
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What really Sekha means?

i'm still a bit confused, i know that "sekha" means literally "a learner; in course of perfection" but in some article "sekha" means "a pupil or one under training in a religious doctrine." what i ...
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Concept of Panchang Pranam in Buddhist culture

What is Panchang Pranam in Buddhism and what is the correct way of doing it and its significance? Is it some sort of chanting?
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Apologetics and Upanishads

Are there good apologetic resources (books, audios, sites, etc.) that give the buddhist answer to advaita vedanta and/or hinduism in general? To the substantial model of the atman-brahman or purusha/...
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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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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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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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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 a phenomenological perspective?

I have seen in answers on this site (about consciousness in connection with rebirth) that Theravada adhere to a phenomenological perspective on consciousness. Can anyone explain for me what it means ...
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The Simultaneity of Cause and Effect

The conventional Buddhist view of causality is that the present negative and positive effects we see in our lives are a result of negative and positive causes that we created in the past. So in order ...
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what separates us from our identity to another person

I am indian. You are Americans . Our identity divide human beings? I am hindu. You are muslim. Our identity divide human beings? I am buddhist monk. I am ordinary human. I am hindu. I am ...
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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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Step siblings and relationships

Lord Buddha once said "The future humans will have unusual lusts and temptations" So when i saw a this in a TV series i couldn't define the line, If two step siblings form a romantic relationship ...
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Does Buddhism allow for true randomness?

Is the law of dependent origination completely deterministic? If everything is dependent, there should be no true randomness. The current mainstream view of the physicists is that true randomness does ...
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What are the views considered “false convictions”, and why are they false?

According to Brahmajāla Sutta, there are "62 False Convictions" (Views) regarding the Past & Future. False Convictions Regarding the Past Eternity of the Self and World, ...
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Causation without causes

I just reread Bachelor's translation of MMK. It struck me that the argument against causation was that: A cause has no essence in addition to what it is, else it would not be the final cause. But it ...
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How can I work with doubt and existential concerns?

After a 'bad trip' a big hindrance of mine is doubt and the idea that all is just a dream that we have no control over. This brings up terrifying ideas, concepts and images for me. That this may all ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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Central idea of Buddhism

Is the central idea of Buddhism about being totally objective, see things as what they are and don't have a preference or judgement? If that is correct, then why we should prefer the ideas in Buddhism ...
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Is Buddhism a reduced version of Samkhya philosophy?

I have read a couple of articles written mostly in passing by western translators on the influence of Sage Kapila (i.e Samkhya) on the Buddha, but I'm yet to find a detailed inquiry on a similarity of ...
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The eternal universe

As far as I know, in Buddhism and Hinduism, the universe has birth and death, like the time of life. However, in Buddhism, as well as other Eastern religions, there are a lot of schools and movements. ...
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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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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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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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Can Buddhism be harmful?

There is the much talked about example of "zen sickness". But I wondered can any buddhist theory or practice can ever be harmful to a human? I'm looking for an answer from anyone, not necessarily a ...
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Why do people pretend or show off?

Why do people pretend or show off? For example: Show off their new girl friend Show off their new job, on Facebook and their friends circle Show off a new dress Show off a new iPhone "show ...
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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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What is intellect-consciousness and why is it different from intellect itself?

In SN 35.93 quoted below, it reads intellect-consciousness arises in dependence on the intellect and ideas, but if this consciousness is also a thinking about the work of intellect on ideas then it in ...
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What would be the motivation for an arahant to perform generous deeds?

In the early stages of the gradual training, the instructions point out to perform generous deeds out of compassion. Knowing that a arahant has no more any trace of desire or self-identification and ...
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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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What's the difference between remorse and shame of evil?

Remorse or regret (kukucca) is supposed to be unwholesome, while shame of evil (hiri) is wholesome. What is the difference between the two? Why is one wholesome, while the other isn't?
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Does Nirvana have svabhava in Madhyamaka?

As suggested in this comment, we shall try to look more closely into this. Does Nirvana have svabhāva in Madhyamaka? Here, svabhāva is as defined in Nagarjuna's Madhyamaka, and commonly translated ...
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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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