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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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Are you familiar with a particular AN or SN sutta on bowing?

There is a sutta AN or SN, I believe, I read months ago that discussed about a kingsman who wanted to give respect to the Buddha by bowing but couldn't because he would lose a good job, family, and ...
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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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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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A person asks the Buddha to sit on his lotus. The Buddha agrees, with one requirement: keep silence. What is the name of this story?

Once upon a time there was a beggar who wanted to sit in the Buddha's seat in a temple. The Buddha agreed, with one requirement: keep silence. At first, a rich man went to the temple to ask for virtue....
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Which sūtras about cosmology are being referenced?

The wikipedia page for Buddhist Cosmology has a section titled "Origins" in which the following sentence occurs: No single sūtra sets out the entire structure of the universe, but in ...
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Zen Master verse about an ‘eternal battle on the temple steps’

I think I once read a Zen Master verse about an “eternal battle on the temple steps”, possibly it was referenced by Hakuin(?). Please could you let me know who said this, and what the verse was?
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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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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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