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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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Where does the Buddha say, There is no happiness without calm?

Where in the canon does the Buddha say, There is no happiness without calm? I've heard the statement only second hand, and paraphrased.
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How do we know 'Buddha says?'

I think I correctly assume this Buddhism site is (appropriately) open to many, if not all, forms of Buddhism(?) However, when folks say things like “Buddha said” I often wonder what to make of this....
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How Lord Buddha did sermon for the people who was long distance

If my memory is correct, Lord Buddha did a sermon for the long-distance people. It is mentioned that Lord Budha can do a sermon even for someone in another solar system. How is it possible? Because to ...
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Buddha saying he doesn't have to follow all the rules?

In which sutta does the Buddha state that he does not have to follow all the monastic rules and austerities closely because he is already liberated and free, as an arahant? I remember reading this ...
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Sutta request: One should be fed before being able to listen to a Dhamma talk

The following quote can be found at this link: On the farmer's arrival the Buddha ordered that some food should be given him, and when the man was comforted and his mind was ready the Buddha preached ...
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Find Sutta: eat first before hearing the teaching

Trying to find the Sutta where Buddha says for some person who has come to hear him teaching something like give him to eat first, and then he can hear my teaching. There was some setup I dont ...
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Jataka Story Request: Mindfulness, Radiant Complexion and Grass Simile

I'm looking for a story in the Jataka wherein the Buddha talks about mindfulness and the importance of not living in the past or future. He compares the mind living in the past or future to grass that ...
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Where did the Buddha say that Teachings that don't contain the Noble Eightfold Path cannot lead to Enlightenment?

Question is in the title. I remember reading that statement in a Theravada Buddhist book or PDF file but now I can't seem to find it. Help would be much appreciated.
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Four kinds of people. "attahitaya ca patipanno". Good for yourself and others

According to this website, it says... The Buddha classified persons into four kinds on the basis of one’s attitude towards one’s own interest and one’s attitude towards the interest of others. I ...
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Important literature on Zen Buddhism before the year 1900

I was reading through a history of Buddhism recently, which led me to a famous title called the Shōbōgenzō by Eihei Dōgen, written in the 13th century. I highly recommend this book. I know there is a ...
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Looking for a historical text or a contemporary study of such text on how it is that this world is or isn't a "pure land"

Looking for a primary source (an actual historical text) or a secondary source (a formal study of a historical text or texts), on how it is that this world is or isn't a "pure land". ...
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Where does the story of Assaji being eaten alive come from?

In Osamu Tezuka's manga Buddha, Assaji was eaten alive by wolves or wild dogs. I always thought the manga artist came up with a lot of his own original stories. Because this story and others are not ...
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Suttas of 6 qualities of dhamma

The 6 qualities of the Dhamma are Svakkhato, 2. Samditthiko, 3. Akaliko, 4. Ehipassiko, 5. Opaneyiko, 6. Paccattam veditabbo vinnunhi according to here. This website claims that the source is ...
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Reference request where Buddha calls a monk "janitor"

Iirc there is a text where the Buddha called a monk "janitor" for being devoted to cleaning. It's probably in the Dhp commentary but i am not sure. Two monks ordained, one spent his time ...
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Where does it say "in-between worlds"?

I don't know where I am getting all these ideas; perhaps it's my failing memory, or whatever. But which sutta does it say something about, "...in-between worlds..."? I'm fairly certain I ...
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Who first claimed that "Gautama Buddha gained enlightenment"?

Some people said to me that , Gautama Buddha never made claims about himself that he had gained enlightenment and on the other hand, some people say that's not true. Some people have also said to me ...
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In which sutta does the Buddha discuss his attitudes toward his audience either understanding or not understanding his teaching?

I am writing an essay on Buddhist nonattachment, in which I argue that nonattachment is compatible with a wide range of affective states and intimate relationships (contra some popular philosophical ...
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Why do many Buddhists hold on to views?

I am not very experienced with Buddhism, but I do think I have read several suttas teaching that it is not good to hold on to views, and that the Buddha doesn't teach what the universe is like, but ...
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A collection of stories about Buddha past lives

Where can i find the collection of these stories about Buddha past lives? Any book or video about this stories especially stream-enterer in series or probably some before this stage. One life before i ...
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Sutta references for hindrances and jhana related statements

In the YouTube video entitled "Characteristics of a Sotapanna", Ven. Dhammavuddho Mahathera stated (with some paraphrasing): So who are the people who do not have the five hindrances? In ...
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Where is the sutra source of Buddha[s] (plural) existing and blessing peoples minds?

Tibetan/Mahayana Buddhists believe in such a thing, that somehow specific Buddhas exist....somewhere and emanate in forms in the world and are able to bless other peoples minds. My question is where ...
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Looking for sutta about purification of fish, turtles, etc

Is there are sutta in which the Buddha says if bathing in Ganges River could purify beings; then the fish, turtles, crocodiles, etc, would be purified?
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Which sutta(s) say that Rahula was the Buddha's son?

I have seen some suttas where the Buddha addressed Rahula. Are there suttas which explicitly state that Rahula was the Buddha's son, or does this come from the commentary?
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Using money and improper dependency of monks on householders?

If one reads this quote by a monk, who is referring to donations to SuttaCentral: ...For the past week or so, we’ve been actually losing money on Stripe: paying more in settlement fees than we get in ...
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Theravadian encyclopedia/ dictionary

Is there a reference text for the theravada tradition that contains a lists of concepts for quick reference? Such as a text that allows for reference of ideas found in the pali canon when reading, ...
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Historical works to know why Buddhism diminished from India [duplicate]

I am interested in knowing how buddhism diminished in India. 1 year back, I read this book: https://books.google.co.in/books/about/History_Of_Hindu_Imperialism.html?id=51dWPgAACAAJ&redir_esc=y But ...
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What are the websites to learn Buddhism from start?

I am a 25 year old who has become interested in Buddhism due to personal reasons. Are there any good websites which have material to understand Buddhism from the start? Can you please recommend them ...
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Buddhism texts which have least amount of disinformation

I am interested in learning about Buddhism. But I want to learn it from teachings of Buddha or other those texts which have not disinformed over the course of history. For example , if you read the ...
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What texts in Buddhism should be read for understanding/ controlling these emotions?

I am a 25 years student who has hard time struggling with emotions of anger and revenge. I am taking therapy but I also have decided to become a Buddhist as it is a rational religion. I just wanted to ...
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Need a list of all the people in Buddhas life

I need a list of all the people mentioned in the Pali canon who were in the story of the historic Gautama the Buddha. For e.g. Angulimal, Ananda etc. I did a google search for the same but did not ...
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Source of Golden Rule quote

Hayy and thank you for being here. I have heard quotes of the Golden Rule, which is the foundation of all religions. The Buddist one I received was "Hurt not others in ways that you yourself ...
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Where are the main collections of digitized Buddhist art online?

I have found the himalayanart.org website, which has the kind of art I am looking for, things like religious paintings, mandalas, etc. Where are the most digitized high-res buddhist art records kept ...
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What is the sutta where the Buddha says that one breath or one bite of food is the proper timeframe with which to contemplate life/death?

I have heard this sutta referenced in dhamma talks by Ajahn Thanissaro, although I don't have a specific talk to point to. I know I have also read the sutta, but I can't remember when. In the sutta, ...
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Will working for a company that engages in animal experimentation to alleviate suffering of humans be wrong livelihood?

I have been lurking here for a long time, but I made an account just to ask this because I am very conflicted, and I think some of you here maybe able to help me like you have many times before ...
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What to do in order to get back to meditating?

I meditated for many years and read quite a few Buddhist books by famous authors from here in America and abroad. Unfortunately, I have fallen away from meditating on a regular basis and reading ...
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Is the emptiness of final nirvana an illusion?

Is the emptiness of final nirvana an illusion? When we misplace a box with nothing at all inside we haven't really lost its contents. I am convinced, based on this, nothingness is only really inside ...
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What is the reference for taming a ferocious bathhouse Naga into a tiny snake in a bowl?

I remember Ajahn Punnadhammo telling a story about maybe the Buddha or Moggallana taming a ferocious bathhouse Naga and emerging from the bathhouse displaying that it was now a small snake in a bowl. ...
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Kamma vs. kiriya / kriya

What is the difference between the terms kamma and kiriya / kriya? What is the difference between kiriya and kriya? Please provide references to kiriya / kriya from the Pali suttas.
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While in Jhāna to walk or (reaching) Jhāna is not possible while walking?

How could one come, if any experiances and understanding, to the idea that one in Jhana isn't able to walk, not to speak of to listen and talk? Maybe there is a different between sitting, standing, ...
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Longest meditation period of historical Buddha

Is there any record of the longest period the historical Buddha stayed in meditation? I have heard rumors ranging from many days to many weeks. Also when? Prior to his first sermon or after?
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What did the Buddha said and taught about sharing demerit?

"It seems not customary to share demerit in certain Buddhist traditions. However, I've recently heard demerit can't really be shared. What did the Buddha say about this?" What's the matter ...
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How should a buddhist behave when he&she is treated unfairly?

OK, religions just say: "be patient, trust god and never think revenge!" god takes your revenge or better you will see prize here or you will reach nirvana I mean big paradise prize in other ...
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What did the Buddha say about sharing merit?

It seems customary to share merit in certain Buddhist traditions. However, I've recently heard merit can't really be shared. What did the Buddha say about this?
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Mention of Saraswathi river in Buddhist scriptures

Does any authentic Buddhist scripture mentions the Saraswathi River? If yes where and what does it say? Saraswathi river is an ancient Indian river mentioned widely across all Indian scriptures but it'...
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Searching for this Jataka where a monk is brought to the heaven and hell by The Buddha

I'm searching for this Jataka where a monk is brought by The Buddha to heaven, and then to hell, where the monk sees a vacant place(?) in hell and asks a hell officer about it. The hell officer ...
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Hard breath (intentional breath) in Pali

When your mind is wandering during Anapana, you may use "Hard Breath" (intentional breath). What is the Pali word for this technique? What is the Pali text explaining this "hard breath&...
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Where does the Buddha talk about investigation of energy (offering him some relief while in physical pain)?

If remembering correctly I once heard a Dhamma talk about the Buddha finding solace in/with the investigation of energy while (at least once) experiencing physical pain. What's the sutta reference(s) ...
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What are the sutta references for the Buddha unsuccessfully attempting to stop wars/battles?

I remember hearing that on one, two, or maybe more occasions the Buddha attempted pretty much unsuccessfully to intervene in war or battle. Maybe one had to do with fighting over water rights. I also ...
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What is the meaning of atammayata and where is it used?

What is the meaning of the word atammayata? Is it Pali or Sanskrit? I couldn't find it in any Pali-English dictionary. Where is it used and in what context? Please provide references from suttas and/...
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Questions Regarding Venerable Ānanda's Overview of Meditation

I SUGGEST & REQUEST THAT YOU READ DN 10 (LINKED) BEFORE READING AND/OR ANSWERING THIS POST. After contemplating DN 10, several questions have arisen in me pertaining to the clarification of the ...
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