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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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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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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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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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How did Arya Nagarjuna reached the direct perception of Emptiness?

our Sangha is trying to find through a lot of ancient books about the story of Arya Nagarjuna reaching a level of direct perception of Emptiness, and we couldn't find anything in the scriptures yet. ...
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Thoughts in Daily Life

I try to maintain mindfulness in daily life and I find that most of the time my thoughts keep wandering and I often find myself regurgitating on some random topic which is not at all useful at the ...
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Where is the Buddha quoted as saying do not believe anything I say until you can prove it by yourself?

If I remember rightly the Buddha is quoted as saying something along the lines of: Do not believe anything I say until you can prove it by yourself In what text(s) of the Buddhist cannon is this ...
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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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Buddha verifying his enlightenment

If I remember correctly, Buddha wanted to verify his insight after his sit under the Bodhi tree. He took a leaf and reversed the cause-and-effect leading to him holding that leaf in order to check ...
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Where can i find buddhist chanting and music?

Where can I find chanting or music, inspired by Buddhism? I would like to have this for my MP3 player so I can remember to practice when not "on the cushion" (cost-free or not, chanting or any type ...
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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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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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Are there examples of the Buddha showing humour in the Pali Canon?

Leading on from this question - are there any examples of the Buddha showing a sense of humour or a certain lightness in his teachings within the Pali Canon? I was once told that it is possible to ...
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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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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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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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What Buddhist Software is there?

I'm a programmer who is also interested in Buddhism and right now I'm in the planning stage for creating software inspired by Buddhism. I would like to know what Buddhism-related (or -inspired) ...
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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. For example his investment in the Mind and Life Institute. But I remember that I've read somewhere that he ...
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Prajñāpāramitā Hṛdaya Sūtra in Sanskrit with English translation

Is there any book or internet resource which has Prajñāpāramitā Hṛdaya Sūtra in Sanskrit and word to word English translation? I am not exactly looking for commentaries(though I don't mind ...
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Introductory books to Buddhism

I'm looking for some book(s) that are generally regarded as a good introduction to Buddhism. I know very little about Buddhism, having only read one book on it so far (What Makes You Not a Buddhist by ...
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Looking for a book that covers the biography of the Buddha's life

Which biography of the Buddha is written in (or translated into) English, and is the most widely read (from a Theravada perspective)?
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Prohibitions against eating certain animals?

I sometimes see rules suggesting that monks (at least Theravadan) should not eat various animals. The lists vary, but includes to varying degree: elephants, horses, dogs, snakes, lions, tigers, ...
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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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MN 36 parallels for section where Buddha as a 9 year old boy has first jhana

I read up on B. Analayo's Agama comparative notes between the passage in question in various EBT schools (pali, more than one agama lineage, sanskrit...). But he didn't have the part I'm interested ...
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Source: direct literary origin of “three things a Buddha can not do”?

Householder "?? English research institute" quoted: The three things a buddha can't do (如來 三不能 Buddha's three incapacities) 1.不能免 定業衆生 He cannot destroy bad karma for anyone. 2.不能度 無緣衆生 He ...
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Looking for a Buddhist story about trust

I heard a Buddhist story about trust some time ago and am trying to locate it. The story goes, there are some men travelling (I think) to a temple or monastery and on the way they get swindled and ...
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Is there a source for the story about the sun being covered by the cloud?

A common analogy about mindfulness I hear about is that the wisdom is like the sun. It is always shining there, but is frequently clouded. Your job is to avoid as much cloud as possible, and when ...
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Help locating a widespread quote attributed to Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

This quote is widely attributed to Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche: The bad news is, you’re falling through the air, nothing to hang on to, no parachute. The good news is, there’s no ground. Among the ...
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Does skillful means include meditation?

I've tried a few different Buddhist groups and they are quite prescriptive when it comes to meditation practices. They have their own system and everyone does it. But the Buddha used skillful means ...
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Resources of quotations on gratitude in “Gratitude in the Buddha's Teaching”

There are serial quotes from the Suttas and Jataka-Atthakatha in the generous gift of "Gratitude in the Buddha's Teaching" by Upasaka Mahinda Wijesinghe. It would be good if detail resources, even ...
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It is said that arahants never dream. What are the textual sources for this claim?

On various web pages relating to the Dhamma I have read the claim that arahants never dream. A few examples: Buddhist scholar Lily de Silva writes: We may also note the tradition maintaining that ...
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Metta towards yourself - useless?

There is a part of Yuttadhammo's answer at How to practice Metta without a Benefactor? that has very confused me: cultivate metta towards yourself (useless, but a good example) Why is metta ...
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Where is the complete William Hamilton's “Saints and Psychopaths”?

I have been trying to find a complete copy of William Hamilton's "Saints and Psychopaths" and although it seems to be distributed on the web in various places in electronic format, it also seems that ...
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Losing enlightenment

I would like to ask if someone has known an enlightened being who lost it. Is there any Buddhist texts about this? I believe it can happen with some brain problem maybe.
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Zazen to get an LSD effect?

In Zen the key practice is sitting meditation (Zazen or 座禅). Is monks' experience in Zazen like the LSD effect (i.e. "ego is dead")? Does Zazen give at least approximately some experience similar to ...
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Candrakirti - what was his most important contribution?

I'd like to look more on Candrakirti, and have a few questions about him. What was/is Candrakirtis most important contribution to Buddhist philosophy? If you were to start reading Candrakirtis own ...
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Is there any source saying that Buddhists can temporarily form relationship to help people?

There are many good answers in the question Would Buddhists help non-Buddhists continuing their attachments?. I'll summarize some of the points here: Buddhism only teaches that things don't last, not ...
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Where is recorded that the Buddha said this (perhaps about microorganisms)?

I wish to verify the reference of events claimed by Bhante Vimalaramsi: Buddha said there are 80 different kinds of beings in your body that are dying everyday; Also, a certain Arahant with ...
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Review of this “Bhaddekaratta Sutta - Liberation teachings on an ideal seclusion”, and/or info about the author?

(Note that this is surely an experimental "question" for the usual use, although not different, just the purpose and circumstances) Today the Sangha of the eight directions was given, aside of other ...
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Did Ledi Sayadaw teach that Vipassanā should be practised by observing bodily sensations with equanimity?

A very short summary of the Vipassanā technique taught by S.N. Goenka would be: "observe your bodily sensations with equanimity". The role of physical bodily sensations is the key aspect of the ...
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Does an Arahant yawn? Or: What are the characteristics of the Noble Ones: Sotāpanna, Sakadāgāmi, Anāgāmi and Arahant?

The Abhidhamma seems to talk only in terms of eradications. According to the Abhidhamma the following defilements are eradicated (different list than the fetters): by Sotāpanna: wrong view, avarice, ...
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Searching for a Pali sutta where Buddha said “Enough!” to rebirth speculations

There is a sutta where a man kept asking the Buddha about forecasting destinations or future lives or something similar and the Buddha said to the man: "Enough!" and exhorted the purpose or goal of ...
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What is the meaning of the Zen quote: “Before Enlightenment chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment chop wood, carry water”?

In the question "A question regarding the level of worldly participation for a buddhist monk", Bhante gave an answer containing a Zen quote. The quote is; "Before Enlightenment chop wood, carry ...
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Sutta request: dedication of offerings in another ones name

This is a request for sutta references. I'd like to know the sutta's that describe how one can dedicate offerings in the name of a dearly departed one so that (s)he can, hopefully, have a better ...
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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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Are there any comparative studies done between Ashtavakra Gita and Buddhim?

I have been in search of a higher truth as far as I remember, like a stargazer looking for the brighter one and dropping the dimmer. I started from Christianity or generally from the Abrahamic ...
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Did any Indian Mahayana Buddhists have non-cognition as a goal?

I have found a page in which a sravaka seems to object to a mahayanist that, if those that aren't ordinary people have no cognition, then it's ultimately correct to have sexual relations with a ...
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Comparing Chinese Agama the ? Bundles of Reeds Simile with Pali Nalakalapiyo Sutta

In commenting a post, I have just been introduced to the "two bundles of reeds leaning up against each other" Sutta. The comments have just been moved to chat and I hope it would be kept for awhile ...
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Nimitta - sutta references

Please provide references from the Pali suttas on nimitta. Are they mentioned in the context of jhana? In the article below, it is mentioned that nimitta is found in the Anapanasati Sutta, but I ...
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“I want Happiness” / “Remove `I` and `want`” story

A man said to the Buddha, "I want Happiness." Buddha said, first remove "I", that's ego, then remove "want", that's desire. See now you are left with only Happiness. If the story given above true? If ...