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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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Reference request: where is this text about abandoning hindrances from?

I found the text below on another site. However, it doesn't say whether the source is a specific sutta, commentaries or something else. Could someone show me the origin? Six things are conducive to ...
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Is lazyness a killer?

If so, in how far is it a killer, a quality that harms? How does it arises, when arising? How does it vanish? [Note that this isn't given/asked for trade, exchange, stakes or other layziness ...
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Is here-and-now-view one of the wrong views in DN1?

I read the following on the internet: Here-and-now-view is one of the wrong views, DN1 Is here-and-now-view one of the wrong views in DN1? Please kindly provide some quotes about this.
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Tipitaka knowledge on relation between behaviour and movements of private organs

Elaboration:: There seems to be a relation between daily-life behaviour of a person and movements associated with his private parts. These movements can be internal, can be external. Eg. are ...
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Does anyone have a source reference for Advayavajra in tantric buddhism?

This article on tantra -- Buddhist Tantra - 5 -- says The deities of the vajrayAna are all manifestations of shUnya. Advayavajra says in a very characteristic verse that the deities are ...
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Is the sexual act contrary to achieving enlightenment?

I remember reading in a sutta that the Buddha said not engaging in the sexual act is considered right action. Does anybody know the place where that is written? I don’t remember where I read it.
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Can a Buddhist mix Buddhism with other religions?

Is there any authoritative sourced that a man can have more than one religion if he pleases?
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Are there suttas that recommend a specific order of the buddhist practices?

Every now and then i see claims that a particular practice of the noble eightfold path (or alternatively, the threefold division) builds on a specific preceding practice. Two examples of claims (...
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Understanding compassion fatigue from a buddhist point of view

For the last couple of years there has been growing research on so called compassion fatigue among social workers/therapists/social workers, and their likes. In short, compassion fatigue can be ...
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Is suffering always present?

I'm reading Thich Nhat Hanh's "The heart of the Buddhist teaching". When discussing the three dharma seals he talks about misconceptions of suffering. He says that teachings where suffering is ...
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Buddho : The one who knows which is above the mind? A Dhammatalk by Ajahn Chah

In this Dhamma Talk, Venerable Ajahn Chan expound about Buddho the one who knows which is above the mind as quoted below, what is it? is it just part of the mind? I'm looking for further reference ...
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The World • It Disintegrates

Friends, I am looking for a sutta from the Pali Canon wherein the Buddha, expounding the nature of the world, goes somewhat like this : And what is the world ? That which disintegrates is the ...
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Where is the Tibetan Book of the Dead online in Tibetan script?

THLib contains the Kangyur and Tengyur in Tibetan script, which is a lot of text. But it doesn't seem to contain the Tibetan Book of the Dead :( Is there any place online that has the Tibetan Book of ...
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What is the textual source of the 4 infinitudes and the 6 coolnesses?

If I remember this right I heard about the 4 infinitudes and the 6 coolnesses on podcasts. Not sure if I'm getting the names right and/or representing these properly. The question is, I'm looking for ...
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Are impressions or vasanas found in the Pali Canon?

According to this answer: Kilesa has a residual impression which is called vāsanā which even arhats have. Only a Buddha eliminates that. This is what drives habits. Many habits are reflexive ...
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Did Huineng claim he didn't know Buddhism? If yes, what does it mean?

In a Facebook post on Huineng (6th Patriarch), I found the below conversation - A monk asked Huineng, "Who is able to attain the essential teaching of Huangmei [the Fifth Patriarch]?" Huineng ...
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What are the canonical definitions of common terms used in the context of satipaṭṭhāna from the Tripitaka or related literature

What are the canonical definitions of the following words (sati, sampajañña, appamada, atappa, manasikara, satipaṭṭhāna) from the Tipitaka, commentaries, sub commentaries, including primary, secondary ...
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What are the canonical definitions of vitarka-vicara in the Tripitaka or related literature

The quote below defines Vitarka-vicara as: Ardency (atappa) + mindfulness (sati) => combines to make vitakka Ardency (atappa) + alertness (sampajañña) => combines to make vicara As Ajaan Lee, my ...
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How can the sixth channel of dhatus be understood?

Could someone help clarifying the sixth channel of the eighteen dhatus - that is - the mental objects (dharma-dhatu), the mental faculty (mano-dhatu) and the mental consciousness (mano-vijñāna-dhatu)...
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Was the Buddha a pessimist?

I learn from sources the Buddha and his teachings is often associated with pessimism. Is there any historical accuracies which can confirm this as a fact.
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Don't teach Dhamma to those who can't appreciate it or aren't interested

I read in an answer that AN 9.5 states: The best sort of kindly speech is to teach the Dhamma again and again to someone who is engaged and who lends an ear. However, is there an opposite quote ...
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In which sutta does a lay disciple of the Buddha tell a non-buddhist mendicant that he has experienced jhana?

I remember reading a sutta some time ago in which a lay disciple of the Buddha held a conversation with a non-Buddhist ascetic. I don't remember the topic of their conversation, but at one point the ...

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