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Where is the sutta passage for the following citation of the description of a kalpa?

Can someone provide me a reference to the passage in the canon where the Buddha describes the length of a kalpa? In the English Wikipedia article there is this quote which is allegedly by the Buddha: ...
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What are the prescription regarding a bhikkhu or a monastery having a lay-attendant?

I am curious about vinaya regulations & accounts otherwise relevant to a householder's attending to the bhikkhusangha. Of interest are lay attendants in particular, how far one can go in being ...
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Are there stories in the suttas of people experiencing the fruits of their karma in their lifetimes?

In my reading of the suttas in the Pali canon, I've only found one story that's an example of someone experiencing the results of deeds committed in the life they are currently living, in that same ...
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Where in the canon does the Buddha teach about mindfulness?

I wanted to know if someone could reference passages from the canon where the Buddha teaches about mindfulness. If such passages exist that is. I was wondering about it because terms and explanations ...
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The Buddha spoke to many individuals. Did the Buddha ever tell an individual who did not believe in rebirth, that they must in order to be liberated?

I have yet to read the entire Pali canon, but I've read a lot of it. It is a source I trust is fairly accurate. I'm still looking for an anecdote from the Buddha's life where he tells a non-believer ...
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Searching for a sutta where Buddha talks about Nibbana

I am searching for sutta where Buddha talks about Nibbana. Also, there is one sutta where he says, "ah nothingness, great is this nothingness..." or something and his disciple replies, "...
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What happens after the death of a fully enlightened being such as Buddha Shakyamuni?

If possible could someone provide me with references to sutras where the Buddha broaches such topics? In my previous question I asked about it generally and a kind user told me that information could ...
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Sutta on leaving absorption/concentration/meditation

I'm looking for a Sutta I read recently that has instructions (or a description) on a gradual exit of meditation/levels of concentration. It might talk about this in the context of Samādhi or Jhāna, I'...
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Sankhara on a wave, a wood, and a rock?

Purpose: I want to know which sutta is this story coming from. Background: I remember that when I joined the 10-day Vipassana course held by S.N.Goenka, he said, You can carve your Sankhara like an ...
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Are there any Buddhist suttas in the scriptures about retaining memory?

As I understand, the early Buddhist teachings were transmitted orally and memorized by monks and they were written down only much later. It must have been tremendous feet of human memory to retain so ...
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What's the Jataka tale about a previous life of the Buddha sacrificing himself to get a dharma teaching (because dharma was so scarce and rare then)?

If I'm remembering right, in a pervious life of the Buddha, because dharma teachings were so rare at that time, a being offered to give a teaching, but only if he sacrificed his life to this being. ...
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Origin of the “Scorpion Story”. (Your nature to sting, My nature is to save)

Purpose: Find out the origin (reference) of this story. Situation: I got to know this Scorpion story from these websites. Dare to the Motivation The Nature of Things The summary of this story is ...
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Between Ana & Apana. What is the terminology for this moment?

Ana (Āna, Āṇā, incoming breath, inhale) & Apana (apāṇa, āpāna, outgoing breath, exhale), there is a moment between them. Or let's say the point switches from incoming breath to outgoing breath. I ...
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After the Buddha's enlightenment, did he receive any teachings?

There's not much background to this question. Did the Buddha ever receive a teaching after his enlightenment; a teaching that he accepted and made use of, either his own or another - or perhaps a ...
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Looking for a quote from Johannes Bronkhorst

I recall, years ago, reading about Buddhist treatises on rebirth, composed some long time after the Buddhas death. It was a very brief reference of Johannes Bronkhorst's, probably in a footnote. I've ...
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An example of right livelihood

A little reference-request question. As I remember it it's the story of someone who supported his aged parents. He did this by taking loose river clay -- without digging it -- making it into pots, and ...
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A summary explaining those ancient Indian philosophies of those non-Buddhist schools that had debated with Buddhist, especially Nalanda, masters?

Can anyone share or tell: where can I find a summary explaining those ancient Indian philosophies of those non-Buddhist schools that had debated with Buddhist, especially Nalanda, masters? For example,...
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Does belief in self prevent suicide & not-self cause suicide?

I read the following on the internet: The reason that Secular Buddhists (who do not admit the conventional existence of rebirth) do not commit suicide is because they believe in the true existence of ...
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Looking for anti-anti-monasticism apologia from a Buddhist perspective

It is commonly asserted that Buddhism advocates for monasticism as an ethical ideal for at least some of humanity. I am interested not in arguments for monasticism full stop, but arguments from a ...
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Is this the same nun in these sutta references?

From sutta SA 2.218: The renunciant Gotama is staying at Sāvatthī at the Jeta Grove in the Anāthapiṇḍika Park. And there is the nun Selā who took her robes and her begging bowl and entered Sāvatthī ...
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In Buddhist ethics, where does personal responsibility end?

Regarding the teachings on virtue, not considering the more advanced teachings (such as Dependent Origination), did the Buddha ever speak of where the sphere of personal responsibility ends? The ...
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Is there any advice in the Buddhist scriptures that would help a leader balance a safe economy with people's concerns about sickness & death?

Is there advice in the various Buddhist scriptures that a leader could use in this Coronavirus situation? Is there advice in the Buddhist scriptures that a lay-person could use in this Coronavirus ...
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Does “old karma” come from our parents, family, community, surroundings?

In SN 35.145 (below), we see that the body, intellect etc. is "old karma", capable to be felt. But it doesn't say whose "old karma" it is. The sutta also talks about "new ...
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What is (re)born? Did the Buddha explicitly state that it is “the mental idea of the self” that is reborn?

It's been asserted by some knowledgeable individuals that the Buddha explicitly identified "the mental idea of the self" as what is (re)born in samsara and has done so in suttas spelling out ...
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Studying the subject “the four Buddhist schools/systems of tenets” (Vaibhāṣika, Sautrāntika, Cittamātra, Mādhyamika) in English

I am one of the (Taiwanese) fans of the Dalai Lama for a long time. Currently I am studying the subject "the four Buddhist schools/systems of tenets (of mainly Indian Buddhism before its decline)&...
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Are there any stories dealing with stalkers or people who violate boundaries in seeking to grow close in the texts?

Have you come accross anything that deals with stalking behavior in the texts? Looking for something where one is stalked by another but anything close to the theme is good enough.
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What is The Prediction as defined by the Mahayana tradition?

Please see this section taken from the wiki page titled Boddhisattva which might help you answer the question: ...what early Mahayana sutras like the Aṣṭa do is to help individuals determine if they ...
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What is musavada in the five precepts?

What is musāvādā in the five precepts? On this five precepts page, it is translated as "incorrect speech", presumably by Ven. Thanissaro. On this DN 27 page, Ven. Sujato translated it as &...
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What are Buddhist arguments against Vedic validity because of its authorlessness?

There has been a rich history of debate between Vedantists and Buddhists. One main method the Vedantist uses disprove every other sect which doesn't hold Vedas as true, is to first prove that Vedas ...
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Learning about buddhism through text only

I am legally deafblind. Any form of videos, images, audio, ..., so any media apart from text is difficult to access for me. Hence, even though I'm interested in Buddhism, I struggle to figure out if ...
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In what suttas are the “4 resolves” (adhiṭṭhānī) discussed?

I have heard this list discussed in Dharma talks like this one: Gil Fronsdal: The Four Resolves (Recorded: Monday, June 12, 2017) But when I tried to find suttas on this subject, I could only find 1 ...
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Does regret help us to correct our faults?

Does regret / guilt help us to correct our faults? Doesn't the pain from our faults push us to the correct path?
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Finding the balance of thinking and working

Today I realized that I am an overthinker. I postpone things because of thinking, planning. I missed lot of time due it. But by thinking I found lot of new stuff. Those thinking is the main cause for ...
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Thinking vs Talking in mind

Sometimes, I caught me on talking in mind. Sometimes my tongue moves according to it. Sometimes I talk to myself. This feels very fast and hard to control. There also intuition like thinking. For a ...
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Trying to find a quote by Pema Chodron

I'm looking for a quote by Pema Chodron. In my memory, she's having a discussion with a Zen master, and the quote goes something like this; Pema: "what do you do when things fall apart?" Zen ...
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Trying to find causes of everything

Is trying to find causes of everything not a good practise? Isn't having rational mind a good thing? I know that the Lord Buddha advised us to not to think about beginning of life. Because it make us ...
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What does it mean to be upright?

In karaniya metta sutta, He who is skilled in (working out his own) well being, and who wishes to attain that state of Calm (Nibbana) should act thus: he should be dexterous, upright, exceedingly ...
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Techniques for sluggish mind and restless mind

The sutta quote below talks about using different awakening factors when the mind is sluggish as opposed to when the mind is restless. What are the meditation or mindfulness techniques to be used for ...
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Does speed of body movements affect the calmness of mind?

Does speed of body movements affects the mind? Do we have to slow down our actions to have a better sati? It feels it does affects. But are there any sutta about this? How that works?
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Always analysing deeds: sati and samadhi

In daily Life, I always trying to focus on single good thought so no space for bad. When I did something, I tend to analyse it wether it is good or bad. It is deep most of the time because I am trying ...
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Which sutta? The Buddha says monks missing out on pleasures of lay life and pleasures of holy life

Which pali sutta is this? I think it's in MN somewhere. The Buddha says monks missing out on pleasures of lay life and the pleasures of holy life. The idea being that their practice is such that they'...
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In what sutta does the Buddha talk about Paccekabuddhas?

Question is in the title. Thank you for your time.
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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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