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Questions tagged [reference-request]

A question asking for a single text or a set of texts. This can be from a general request on a subject area or a specific request for a text where the questioner knows a fragment or detail of it.

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Are the Jhanas related to some of the 31 realms of existence

When I say 'related' in this sense means more about the hue that accompanies a jhana, this might be a very pleasant feeling, mind state or perception. I don't know what school this question refers to....
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Is the arising of Buddhas a cosmological evolutionary occurrence?

...if not, then who or what is governing these occurrences? In the Diamond Sutta (see excerpt below) Buddha mentions the previous Buddha as being called Dīpankara Buddha possibly existing around ten ...
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Perceiving or not perceiving?

My question is related to the quote below taken from Chapter 29 of The Diamond Sutra. Can you provide any references for other explanations for this quote or can you provide your own explanation? “...
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Did the Buddha know God?

I recall reading or hearing, I don't know how long ago, that the Buddha knew the God that many religions believe is the creator. The story is that this powerful, long lived God was around when the ...
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“The number of dust on the earth could be counted…”

In the video documentary Go Beyond Samsara - Part 2, it mentions that Buddha had said: "The number of dust on the earth could be counted, but the number of beings that had been one's parents is ...
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What does wrong freedom or wrong release mean?

This is from the Paṭhamaadhammasutta (AN10.113). Katamo ca bhikkhave adhammo ca anattho ca? Micchā-diṭṭhi, micchā-saŋkappo, micchā-vācā micchā-kammanto, micchā-ājīvo, micchā-vāyāmo, ...
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The Buddha and the Jhanas

This is a continuation of an original question I asked, linked here: Buddhist Jhanas, how best to describe them? My question is: can any of you link me directly to the instances in primary sources (...
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*“… not the physical lama, … but your own nature of mind … That's the real lama …”* Is that actually a concept in vajrayana?

In a recent comment in a blog I've read the following remark: "(...) Not the physical lama, not anything or anyone outside of yourself, but your own nature of mind, the true nature of reality. That’...
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About the Buddha Preaching that we Humans are Aliens

What I have heard is, the Buddha has preached that we Humans are the Evolution of Alien life which had arrived on earth many years before Could this be correct and did he preach so and in which SUTRA ...
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Losing enlightenment i.e. switching to conditioned state

I would like to ask if someone has known an enlightened being who lost it. In other words, someone who switched from an enlightened state to the conditioned state. I have seen this happening to ...
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Dukkha Nana - deep knowledge of our own suffering

In which school of Buddism is dukkha nana a recognised term? Where is dukkha nana discussed in the Pali canon? The nearest I can find to dukkha nana is klesha-mara which maybe related in some way. ...
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Satipathanna sutta in audio English (long version)

Can anyone direct me to the full audio version of the satipathanna sutta? NOTE: I'm not looking for a guide or a talk just the plain sutta spoken clearly in English.
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Color perception in meditation

In the Theravada tradition, there is a list of 38 objects of meditation. In them, there are 3 colors: Blue-Green, Yellow, Red. This is not what I'd expect if these three colors are picked in a way ...
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Buddhist cannon database

s there an online database that either contains the Buddhist canon in either English or Chinese? I've had a difficult time tracking down first hand sources other than the usual suspects (Heart Sutra, ...
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What are some of the sutra's related to the Twelve Links (Nidanas)?

Jarāmaranam, Jāti, Bhava, Upādāna, Tanhā, Vedanā, Phassa, Salāyatana, Nāma-rūpa, Viññāna, Sankhārā, Avidya. I believe they operate inversely and wanted to see further how this inversion is ...
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Of the two extremes (eternalism vs nihilism) the latter is more harmful. Reference?

A common teaching in Mahayana is that of the two extremes it is better to fall into eternalism rather than nihilism. This advice is given by many Mahayana or Middle Way teachers. I'm looking for Sutra ...
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Online reference to AA.i.254

I'm looking for an online reference to AA.i.254 mention at the bottom of this page: No woman can become a Cakka-vatti (the reasons for this are given at AA.i.254). Either an English or Sinhala ...
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Are there different types of enlightenment?

I came across this article by Jack Kornfield in which he says that it is better to talk about enlightenments, since there are different versions of it. (So, this is not about different levels of ...
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Can someone give references of the four stages of enlightenment in the four major Nikayas?

It is generally held that there are four stages of enlightenment, namely, Soatapanna, Sakadagami, Anagami and Arahant. These stages are achieved by a practitioner as she/he gradually eradicates the ...
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What are the four dharma seals?

I can find various modern English-language translations (and descriptions, explanations) of the four dharma seals (e.g. on Wikipedia or on Lion's Roar); but -- What's the earliest or original ...
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Is it true that arahants don't have sati?

A couple of months ago someone tried to convince me that arahants no longer have sati. He said that sati is like a raft in the sense that it should be given up as soon as the goal, arahantship, has ...
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Suffering due to non-self-related preconceived notions in Theravada

According to this answer: However, there is another type of suffering that cannot be fixed with anatta! This type of suffering comes from attachment to forms other than oneself, forms that have ...
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Reference for Thoughts like rain drop bubbles

There is reference in the Thai Forest tradition to a teaching given to sāriputta by Buddha of thoughts like rain drop bubbles rising the mergie into the body of water. Dose anyone know of this suta ...
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Reference request for “the Buddha takes the Dhamma as his superior”

In what Pali sutta[s] does the Buddha says something approximately like, Everyone needs someone better than them, who they can revere and who can guide them: who will be their teacher. But there is ...
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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 ...