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A discussion about RENUNCIATION in details

my question is about supreme peace that is received from renunciation. when people renounce a major portion of their possession and title, they are believed to get supreme peace. ...
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What is the (middle length) sutta, where Buddha exposes a monk, who has an ignorant view of non-self?

In one sutta a monk was teaching, that there's something that is behind our existence, that is permanent (opposite of non-self). Buddha asked for this explicitely, got confirmed, and corrected the ...
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References for the history of Śāntideva's Bodhisattvacaryāvatāra

Śāntideva's Bodhisattvacaryāvatāra is a renowned Mahayana text and the source of many ideas, prayers and practices, down to today, particularly the Bodhisattva ideal, Bodhicitta, and practices for ...
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Do the Abhidharma texts exist online in original format?

I just learned of the Abhidharma. What was their original or early language they were written in, and do they exist online in copy/pastable (non-PDF or image) format anywhere for free? Is this of any ...
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How is 'consciousness' (vinyaana) defined in Buddhist texts?

How is 'consciousness' (vinyaana) defined in Buddhist texts? How similar or different is it from the way the word is used these days -- particularly in scientific studies of consciousness ?
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Animal sacrifices mentioned in the suttas or vinaya?

Hindus believe that the Buddha opposed Vedic rites of animal sacrifice in his time, for example, on this page and on this page. This apparently influenced later Hindus to abandon the practice of ...
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What is the source of this popular quote about giving?

What is the source of the following quote (rightly or wrongly) attributed to the historical Buddha (easily found online): Generosity brings happiness at every stage of its expression. We experience ...
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Looking for a reference about the significance of The Buddha being a teacher

I'm looking for some help in finding a reference. It's from a contemporary writer -- probably in the last ten years -- not from anything ancient or canonical. The context is as follows. The word “...
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The One With the Brahmin Heckler

Does there exist such a sutta in which a brahmin pays a visit to the Buddha at his dwelling at Jeta's Grove with the sole intent to heckle, only to be met with silence and then brought to his senses ...
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Understanding uncertainty of thoughts and the mind

It's quite easy to see the changing behaviour of the things we see, hear and feel. Appearence between a child and an old man. Good smell and bad smell Having a wound and not Those things are quite ...
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References to descriptions of the formless realms in the suttas (or other Theravada texts)

For example in Wikipedia it mentions: "The inhabitants of these realms are possessed entirely of mind". Also, "They do not interact with the rest of the universe". In "In the ...
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Help trying to find a sutta

One of the suttas where the Buddha is critical of a monk as not living the holy life the right way and at the same time by not disrobing missing out on the pleasures of the householder's life. In ...
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Which Pali suttas describe the Buddha & monks demonstrating psychic powers to laypeople?

The suttas about the 32 marks of a great man, such as MN 91, appear to describe the Buddha used psychic power towards Brahmins however they do not appear to say the Brahmin layperson was cognizant of ...
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Dhammapada is not “a teaching of the Buddha himself”?

A "moderator" from certain sect, corrected a post (not sure why it came up there...), telling: Dhammapada is not "a teaching of the Buddha himself". Jains have a text which is 90% ...
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Help with finding a specific sutta

I'm looking for a sutta wherein the Buddha explains how beings we meet in this life (family, friends, animals etc.) have all been our parents, friends, loved ones, pets etc. in previous lives. What ...
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The “cow-keeper”-story?

My person remembers a possible common know story about a Brahman collecting as much as possible cow's leading to sorrows for poor. The Sublime Buddha approached him one day, gave a talk and later he ...
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Is making art bad or sinful?

I would not be writing this if I had another way of knowing the answer. Unfortunately, I cannot talk to anyone due to quarantine. Even though I have thought a lot about it, I am still unsure. My ...
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Looking for a canonical reference: everyone who attains jhana will be a god of that realm in the next life

Looking for a canonical reference: that everyone who attains jhana will be a god of that realm in the next life. I'm fairly sure I've seen that claimed in scholarship, either Buddhist or otherwise.
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Are the higher arupa jhanas supernatural states expanding beyond the physical body?

The higher arupa jhanas are: fifth jhāna: infinite space (Pāḷi ākāsānañcāyatanaa), sixth jhāna: infinite consciousness (Pāḷi viññāṇañcāyatana), seventh jhāna: infinite nothingness (Pāḷi ...
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The meaning of silabbata-paramasa and freedom from this fetter?

Since often very curious ideas and means of excuses appear around the arguing with the means of "that's a fetter", my person thought it would be good if someone would have the skills and ...
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Truth Table of Buddism/Four fold logic?

One thing that I find Buddhism fascinating is the "true contradictions", which says that there are statements that can be both true and false. I was googling and found Dialetheism and ...
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Is fortune telling allowed in temples?

Is there a sutra which provides more info on the subject above? As per wikipedia, some monks should have such abilities as those found in Wikipedia page "Miracles of Gautama Buddha": ...
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How important is patience in buddhism?

I've heard that patience has a big place in Buddhism. It is especially very important for monks. I can think two ways of patience. When we get angry, we have to have patience to avoid bad ...
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Shambhawi mudra and Buddhism

Do Buddhists use the Shambhawi mudra ? What kind of tradition use it and for which purpose? (if possible with some references)
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Six types of temperaments and techniques for them

According to this Buddhist glossary (quoted below), there are six types of people i.e. people with six types of nature or temperaments. Apparently, it comes from the Visuddhimagga. There is some ...
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Why didn't the Buddha write a book outlining his teaching?

Perhaps with the exception of Laozi, most sages, founders of religion, & great thinkers from virtuous tradition do not leave us books authored directly by them. In most cases what we have is books ...
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Bodhisattva Śvetaketu and Gautama

The Buddha taught that he was the Bodhisattva Śvetaketu who resided in the Tushita heavans, before being born as the human Prince Gautama. where is this passage coming from?
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How do you explain Zeno's paradox in Buddhist terms?

I thought id ask how you would explain what is commonly referred to as "Zeno' Paradox of Achillies racing the turtle" in Buddhist terms. For those who aren't familiar the paradox is like ...
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Looking for sutta reference on entering into Jhana

Following are the stages Ajahn Brahm mentions in his book Mindfulness, Bliss and Beyond, to enter in to Jhana. Present moment awareness Silent present moment awareness Silent present moment awareness ...
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Desire root cause is Suffering, isn't Nirvana the goal of Buddhism is a Desire? [duplicate]

Subject refers, any short good answer here with an article supports? This is for in case somebody asks me this?
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Which discourses list the factors needed for becoming successful?

I want help tracking down two discourses. First discourse is where The Buddha is asked how long it takes to complete his training and he answers posing a counter question, then lists an amount of ...
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What are the Buddhist guidelines for choosing the true Dhamma?

With many traditions and teachers to choose from, how should one go about figuring out what is the true Dhamma? I prefer answers based on Buddhist scriptute and references to Sutta, ideally to the ...
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Scriptural source for the lost son story

I vaguely recall reading this story before, possible from the Suttas. Can anyone tell me the scriptural source? (Not looking for modern re-telling such as those by Ven Thich Nhat Hanh.) THE LOST SON &...
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What does Buddhism teach about energy?

I am interested in what Buddhism has to say about the flow of energy in our lives. (For clarification, by "energy" i am referring to the concrete aspects of stamina/fatigue, feeling tired or ...
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What's the difference between eating food and adultery?

A question for the initial phase of starting meditation. To start meditation, it's important to know food first as per satipatthana. Materialistic food preserves cell-offspring reproduction inside ...
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Can someone help me to find suttas on Self compassion

QN: I'm looking for Buddha's teachings on self compassion. (Especially for lay practitioners.) There are few verses which can be found in Dhammapada: He, who by good deeds covers the evil he has done,...
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bKa’gyur , words of the Buddha?

According to accredited scholars like L.Brown, the bka’gyur is a collection of the translation of the pronouncements. Are the bk’gyur the words of the Buddha transcribed?
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Sutta on which Buddha states the gravity of merits

What is the sutta where Buddha says about the order of merits as in for example "Observing the 5 precepts gives more merit than offering alms" and such.
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The Buddha and the Gods realm

So according to Buddhism , the gods realm is part of the cycle of existence. What are the references of this , according to all buddhists canons?
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Why these skandhas?

(Not sure if i should break this down into two questions. Let me know if that's better.) Is Gautama Buddha the originator of the idea of skandhas? The suttas provides multiple accounts of the ...
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Did Lord Buddha preach not to believe our own minds?

Has Lord Buddha preached that we shouldn't believe our own minds? If he did, what is the meaning of that saying? Update: Are there any meaning other than ignorence, Ilusion ? Like Uncertainty of ...
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Basic readings and references: where to start

Although I have read some basic articles and book about buddhism, they are all written by modern western sources, and I would like to get to know the foundations. Even when reading this site, I ...
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Comparing suffering of humans to people from higher realm

In the story of Prince Nanda, He equal the most beautiful female humen on earth to a died monkey as compared with a women from higher realm. Lord Buddha said that The king of all earth is like a ...
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Extending Buddha's lifespan

Where did Lord Buddha say to Ananda Thero that a Buddha can, if there is an invitation, extend His lifespan? Was this mentioned in a Sutta or somewhere else?
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Is better sati cause to better memory?

Did Lord Buddha tell something about this ? (Relationship between sati and memory) There was a monk in Buddha's time who is enlightened but didn't have a strong memory. To be enlightened, some has ...
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Which Sutta? Karma of unknowingly doing evil is worse than knowingly doing evil

Which Sutta? Karma of unknowingly doing evil is worse than knowingly doing evil. Which Sutta(s) talk about this, hopefully in more detail than I can remember? The subject is karmic consequence, and ...
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Where does the Buddha describe suffering as being like a person who is hit by two arrows?

The attached discourse was delivered a few days back from New York and presents a very comprehensive approach to face the corona pandemic from a spiritual standpoint. The wisdom of the Buddha 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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Stages of Compassion • Mahayana

Dear friends, I am looking for references pertaining to the notion of the Four Stages of Compassion in the Mahayana traditions. Thank you for your kind and generous help, may you all be well and safe. ...
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Is there a pali term for “natural concentration”?

In the book, "Handbook for mankind" Buddhadhasa Bikkhu describes two types of concentration: One "as a result of organized practice", which he refers to as vipassana-dhura, and is mentioned in post-...

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