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Does the Dhamma suggest to change external unfavourable conditions

In modern society most politicians and banks are corrupt and only care to gain more money & power. They do not care about the welfare of the citizens. What would the dhammic response be? Activism ...
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English translation of the Samyutta Nikaya

Looking for suggestions on an English translation of the Samyutta Nikaya in printed book form other than Bhikkhu Bodhi's version.
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Where is DN.iii.106?

I have been trying to find a sutta DN.iii.106 on suttacentral.net but couldn't find it. On suttacentral.net DN.iii.99 is given and after that DN.iii.117, DN.iii.106 is missing. I failed to find it on ...
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why can't we swap one desire for another and another?

We know that because of impermanence, that nothing is worth clinging to. But did the Buddha say any words on why we cannot swap one impermanent source of satisfaction for another, and continue doing ...
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The Buddha's struggle with the first absorption

I need help reading the footnotes from the following passage in the book Satipatthana, and finding the suttas which they reference. in one instance at least, the Upakkilesa Sutta, the Buddha gave ...
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Two types of satipaṭṭhāna - which has jhana?

In Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond, Ajahn Brahm writes - The Buddha taught two types of satipaṭṭhāna. The first type is supported by jhāna and leads to enlightenment in a short time. Which ...
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Is there a sutta which answers where a nirvanaised consciousnesses is after death and comapres it to a fire going out?

Is there a sutta which answers where a nirvanaised consciousnesses is after death and comapres it to a fire going out? I thought there was, but can't find it. Sounds like Vacchagota mashed up with ...
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Harmlessness as the highest form of generosity?

Somewhere I thought it was said that the practice of harmlessness was praised by the Buddha as the greatest form of generosity. (I don't remember where I read this.) Has anything like this been said ...
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Is “The body never lies” supported in the suttas?

I recently went to a dhamma talk that I am skeptical of for a few reasons. One of the things we were told in this talk is that the mind always lies and the body never lies, which (in a mundane sense) ...
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Buddhism and Semiotics?

Does anyone know any research or publications on the intersection of Buddhism and semiotics/biosemiotics? I don't mean the study of Buddhist schools with the help of semiotics, but rather an ...
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References for not receiving alms in exchange for Dhamma teaching

According to this comment: I think that monks and laypeople are meant to depend on each other (e.g. as described in Iti 107) however monks must not sell their dhamma talks for food. So there ...
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Is there a source that Dalai Lama wants scientists to invent a “meditation machine”?

The 14th Dalai Lama have known to actively support scientific explanation on Buddhism. But I remember that I've read somewhere that he (jokingly?) requests scientists to invent a meditation machine, ...
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are mundane acts of compassion meaningful?

Did the Buddha say anything of the value of mundane acts of generosity which may temporarily alleviate the suffering of others in a temporary, worldly way, but do not free others from from suffering? ...
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In which context did the Buddha say this, about ordaining women?

A quote: " in whatever religion women are ordained, that religion will not last long. As families that have more women than men are easily destroyed by robbers, as a plentiful rice-field once ...
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What is the Universal Mind?

As far as I know, the concept of the Universal Mind (一心, yixin) was first coined in the 'Awakening of Faith'. In studying Zongmi, Yanshou, Chinul and Wonhyo, I found different translations such as: ...
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Seeking scriptural source for “all defilements temporarily suppressed when in jhana”

I've seen statements like "When one is in jhana, all defilements are suppressed temporarily." Is there any scriptural source for this?
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Is “the mind is without feature or surface, limitless, …” in the Pali canon?

in John Haspel's book, 'Becoming Buddha', the following quote is attributed to MN 11: “Magandiya, when you hear the true Dhamma, ... When released from clinging the mind is without feature or ...
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Why walking meditation is not mentioned in the ways of attending to mindfulness?

Namo Buddhaya. Buddha talks about walking meditation at several places in the suttas for example here. However he doesn't mention it in the Long discourse about the ways of attending to mindfulness. ...
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What is Aarya Upavaada?

Based on a real situation, I have come across some people who claim to be Sotapanna and Sakadaagaami.. When i have gotten angry or upset about something they said or did, i was told i am committing ...
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How to reconcile non-attachment in a Type-A, North American culture where work is life?

I've been meditating on-and-off for years. However, the non-attachment preached by the Buddha conflicts with the environment around me. I'm in a large urban center in North America. Achievement is ...
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Is Nirvana the goal, for Zen and Theravada?

What is the main goal for Theravada Buddhism and Zen Buddhism? Is it Nirvana for both or is there any additional differences? Can the answer be detailed because this is an assignment and I am trying ...
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What does “developed in discernment” mean?

From the Lonaphala Sutta: Now, a trifling evil act done by what sort of individual is experienced in the here & now, and for the most part barely appears for a moment? There is the case ...
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Looking for a specific podcast

This is a long shot, but I'm not sure where else to look; Google searches have been fruitless, and the Buddhism subreddit only allows links, not text posts. About two to four years ago, I heard a ...
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Upaya in Theravada Buddhism and the Pali Canon

According to the article An Explanation of Upaya in Buddhism by Barbara O'Brien: Mahayana Buddhists often use the word upaya, which is translated "skillful means" or "expedient means." Very ...
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Reference wanted for “To see your past karma, look at your present body (and environment)…”

This is a reference request, not a doctrine question. I recall seeing a quote from a Buddhist text or teacher roughly to this effect... To see your past karma, look at your present body (and ...
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Looking for mentions of karma related to actions taken while dreaming

I am looking for early mentions of the accumulation of karma while dreaming. Here is what I've been able to find so far: In The Large Sutra on Perfect Wisdom a discussion of accumulating karma in ...
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Earliest usage of “rope or snake” allegory in Buddhist literature?

The allegory of a rope being mistaken for a snake to explain subtle metaphysical points is widespread in Buddhist literature. In particular, Je Tsongkhapa uses this allegory many times in his works to ...
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What are the wholesome qualities?

Namo Buddhaya. At many places in the Suttas, Buddha calls for development of wholesome qualities. I guess Love , Joy , Compassion , Equanimity,Honesty,Conscience are wholesome qualities but that is ...
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Do you know of a Buddhist text explaining why living in a community?

There are a number of texts explaining how to live in a community, what rules to follow, what activities, etc. For instance, the classical Vinaya texts, or the "Standards and Rules of Purity" genre in ...
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How to develop Equanimity or Upeksha? [duplicate]

Namo Buddhaya. This sutta asks for development of 7 factors of enlightenment including Mindfulness and Equanimity. Development of Mindfulness is described in detail but I couldn't find any sutta ...
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When you see The Light (according to textual sources)

According to the original textual sources, what happens during that moment you become enlightened? What is felt? What is it that you see? Please quote or provide a reference.
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Drowsiness / Sloth & Torpor

Does drowsiness as a defilement only refer to a psychological state of mind? I know that emotions manifest also as physical phenomena, but how do I distinguish between physical exhaustion and ...
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Are there any detail exposition of Consciousness without surface (viññanam anidassanam)?

I asked this question recently to understand why consciousness is different from the intellect itself and considering the answer given I now think that Consciousness is not something higher than ...
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Importance of the first three Brahmaviharas in Theravadan Buddhism

So while reading a lot of teachings, especially "higher" teachings, a great deal is mentioned about dispassion in worldy things, unattractiveness in the body and various contemplations on death. It's ...
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Ledi Sayadaw and “prodding one's anatomy”

In the collection "The Ledi Dhamma on Nibbana" and in Ledi's "Lakkhana Dipani", we find the following classification of methods for "prodding one's anatomy": Exposition on the Three Characteristics ...
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Do Buddhist texts record or comment on the then-prevalent varna or caste systems?

Do Buddhist ancient scriptures/texts record or comment on: The then-prevalent varna system? or The then-prevalent caste system (clan-like system)? I understand that Buddhism is based on equality, ...
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Reference request: the ways of the world

I am looking for sutta text where the Buddha says something like... The ways of the world will never be finished find your own salvation with diligence... Meaning, all the politics, hatered, war ...
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How to deal with obstacles (with Sutta reference)

Are there any Suttas that explain how to deal with (unexpected) life obstacles? It seems that in this regard Buddhism seems to be a bit passive? I might be wrong.
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Looking for examples of “Bad” Men and Women who became Enlightened

Buddha said that a man who sees the folly of his ways and changes them is like the moon bursting out of a dark sky to shine light. I feel very inspired by stories of men and women like Angulimalla who ...
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Which Buddhists denominations agree with the difference between pain and suffering as in many DBT texts? Which disagree?

'Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.' I'm not sure I like the adjective 'optional' because I think it's insensitive to tell someone who's been injured that their suffering is some switch to ...
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Does anyone know the origin of the Buddhist Prayer of Forgiveness?

Buddhist Prayer of Forgiveness If I have harmed anyone in any way either knowingly or unknowingly through my own confusions I ask their forgiveness. If anyone has harmed me in any way ...
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Mindfulness of brain — references?

I am looking for references to any (obviously modern) practices that might be described as "mindfulness of brain" or "meditation on brain" -- using the brain, part of the brain or nervous system, or ...
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Did the Buddha teach meditation to lay people?

During his lifetime, did the Buddha teach meditation to lay people, or did he teach meditation only to monks? Are there any references to this in the Pali Canon or commentaries? It's clear that all ...
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What are the suttas in which the Buddha describes suffering as “burning”

I remember reading suttas in which the Buddha describes suffering, lust or other unwholesome mind states as burning. What are these suttas?
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Sutta that says to do mindfulness in a slow manner

I remember that I once read a sutta by the buddha where he mentioned to do things slowly while being mindful in order to recognize each step. Any ideas which sutta it could be?
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Tonglen - Exchanging Self and Other - Intersubjectivity

Dear friends, looking for parallels between the practice of Tonglen, and the Husserlian notion of Intersubjectivity, I have come upon this research paper by Natalie Depraz, Phd. Quoting from the ...
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Role of IQ in attainment of stream entry

I quoted below, the words of Ven. Dhammavuddho, who stated that, according to SN 55.5, to attain stream entry, one must have focused attention (yoniso manasikara) when listening to the true Dhamma ...
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Taking Refuge in the Dhamma

Friends, having heard in many a Dhamma talk references being made to the permanence of the Dhamma as refuge, I am looking for suttas in the Pali Canon evoking that very theme of permanence of the ...
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Source describing the 24 qualities of a Buddhist follower (Santani?)

According to wikipedia, the twenty-four spokes of the Dharmachakra represent 24 virtues of an ideal Buddhist. “The Buddha described the 24 qualities of ideal Buddhist followers, represented by the ...
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Where does it say that venerable Moggallana got lost in space?

I've heard a story about venerable Moggallana (after he became enlightened). Moggallana, the left chief disciple of the Buddha, got lost in space when he tried to find the limits of the universe. Then ...