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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 anything in Buddhism analogous to the Christian Eucharist?

I hope to have a go at reading a little about the Eucharist. Because my religious sympathies largely lie with Buddhism, I thought it'd be good to know of anything comparative therein.
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What is Buddhist doctrine on the question of counterfactual definiteness?

Counterfactual definiteness is, "is the ability to speak "meaningfully" of the definiteness of the results of measurements that have not been performed." The classic question to illustrate is, "When ...
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Cessation of suffering is the main goal of Buddhism, but is cessation of suffering the end goal or does Buddhism pursue Joy beyond end of suffering?

I ask the above because Socrates in the Republic has proven that the cessation of suffering is a quietude of the mind, an illusion or a jugglery not real. What we should we aim according to him is not ...
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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 the Mind [essentially] bound to ignorance “not-knowing” or free?

Is the Mind [essentially] bound to ignorance "not-knowing" or free? If it is bound, then its essential nature of "non-knowing" cannot depart, and, therefore, liberation is not [...
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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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Does MN9 imply a cyclic causation? How does it work?

The Nanamoli and Bodhi translation of MN9 states in 2 excerpts: With the arising of the taints there is the arising of ignorance. With the cessation of the taints there is the cessation of ...
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Has any Buddhist philosopher claimed space is ideal because it is a whole?

Has any Buddhist philosopher claimed space is ideal because it is a whole, and wholes can't be real? With emphasis on space, not what takes it up, except perhaps to say they're "in" space likes parts ...
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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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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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Does mankind evolve or devolve spiritually? [closed]

Some philosophers have the idea that humanity is undergoing a spiritual evolution. The most famous representative of this idea is G. W. F. Hegel (whose ideas Marx used and later Communism tried to put ...
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How does cause depend on its effect?

This philosophical treatment of Nagarjuna by Westerhoff talks about how a cause depends on its effect. I think that this point is a stumbling block for me but in my philosophical interpretations of ...
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The alayavijnana and emptiness

I asked a question about rebirth without new awareness, only karmic conditioning. According to the doctrine of the Nidanas, I answered my question saying that: Kamma-bhava [bhava being the 10th ...
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What is the Samsaric Mind? How does it operate?

Quoted below is from 'A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life' by Shantideva For a western reader, I mean someone familiar with Greek Philosophy, the objective emptiness Shantideva expound with regards ...
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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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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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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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Different Pali words for remorse or regret

The Pali word for remorse or regret in the definition of the five hindrances (in MN 10) is "kukucca". Sometimes, this word is also translated as worry or anxiety. This word usually appears together ...
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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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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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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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Infinity, eternity, countlessness in Buddhism

I'm interested in concepts of infinity, eternity, countlessness, etc. in Buddhist thought. Could you please help me out with sources, both primary and secondary, where these concepts are used? I ...
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Why does the Noble Eightfold Path work? [duplicate]

Since I have started reading Buddhist texts and trying to follow the Noble Eightfold Path, my life is happier and 'easier' but why is this? I believe it to be 'common sense' and the innate human ...
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When saying that the aggregate is not-self are we not predicting the existence of a thing called self?

Parmenides, a presocratic philosopher, said: The only roads of inquiry there are to think of: one, that it is and that it is not possible for it not to be, this is the path of persuasion (for ...
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How can one relate Buddhism epistemology of Thought and Attention to its Western counterpart? [closed]

There are at least two possibilities, and no doubt many more besides. The first one turns around the Cartesian dictum, "Cogito ergo sum", "I think therefore I am". René Descartes got off to a ...
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Why Mind is Fickle?

Monkey mind I don't think. I live in present. My mind always thinking. Past thinking Future thinking. Hate thought.. Worry thought.. Pleasure thought.. Lust thought..
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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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What arguments are there for “karma” — that the agent inevitably experiences the result of their actions?

There are philosophical arguments for e.g. 'emptiness', as evidenced by it having sections in philosophy encyclopedias. Whether or not you agree with them, probably depends on your language and pre-...
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Is the seer and seen different? Example i saw tree . tree and “me” are different? Or tree and “me” are same?

Is the seer and seen different? Is th watcher and watching different ? Is the observer and observe different? camera and picture are different ? For example I saw a tree? Tree and "me" ...
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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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The Philosophy of Zen

How can the Zen school of thought distinguished from the Chan school of thought? Both spring from Mahayana, true; but what are the basic differences?
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Is luminous mind unconditioned and not impermanent?

In AN1.51-52, we find a description of the luminous mind. The Pali version can be found here. The description in 51-52 implies that it is pre-existing. It's just that the ordinary worldling doesn't ...
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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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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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What is beyond the realm of Gods.

After have studied Hinduism, and more modern reality creation referring to concepts such as higher vibrations, higher realms that exists beyond our material, such as the astral or heavenly. Also ...
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Tolerating Sensations VS Diminishing them

I was wondering something. Basically, I was wondering whether sensations, such as suffering: (1) naturally occur within the person, as pleasure and pain, or happiness and suffering, and it is their ...
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Why did Buddha refrain from finding knowledge of the whole universe?

I know that lord Buddha refrain from finding the all the laws of nature from science, everything in universe.(Understanding the whole truth of the universe). I like to know the reason for this. Is it ...
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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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Usefulness of Madhyamaka to personal practice?

In my opinion, the Sutta Pitaka and Mahayana Agamas (the Mahayana equivalent of the Pali suttas) discuss the nature of the self (anatta, empty of self, dependent arising) in such a way that it is ...
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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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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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Is ignorance a form of superstition?

There are many varieties of delusion, and probably many ways to categorize them. I’ve heard one way of categorization that was interesting. This was from Alex Berzin. (Alex Berzin often talks from the ...
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When we do any moral act on the basis of greed, we get merit or sin

I am hindu. So My mind say if you Will help anyone . you get rewards for example job,beautiful wife, health, Rebirth good place and rebirth in healthy human beings. So I do good act for rewards....
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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 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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How does one know if one is destined to attain Nibbana?

How does one know if one is destined to attain Nibbana? (In future lives)
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How is the pendulum understood in Buddhism?

I've seen the pendulum is widely used as an illustration for finding a neutral, balance point between the extremes. Its movement is also periodic which shares the same characteristic with samsara. It ...
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Does Krishnamurti claim of No Path, No Progress, No Goal fit with Buddhist thought?

Quoted below is an article posted on BuddhaNet Magazine relating Krishnamurti's philosophy with Buddhism. The writer relates Krishnamurti's view that there is "no "path", no procedures, no ...
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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 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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