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Any authentic sutta from any tradition that gives guidance on what kind of partner to choose?

Any authentic sutta or part of sutta from any tradition that gives guidance on what kind of sexual relationship partner to choose? I'm thinking the Vimalikirti sutra should say something about such ...
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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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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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Did the Buddha ever 'thunder' during a Fire Sermon?

If I recall correctly, I once read (in a book which I no longer have) that: The Fire Sermon happened (soon) after the Setting the Wheel of Dhamma in Motion The Buddha spoke it to a believer/theorist/...
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What is the story where some of the Buddha's followers commit suicide?

There is a Buddhist story when some monks (or followers of the Buddha) misinterpret what the Buddha is saying and commit suicide. Does anyone know anymore details about the story and where it comes ...
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Sutta references which Discuss Self and Not Self under Different Contexts

What are the Suttas which discuss self and nonself and under which contexts and angles? To break it down: What Suttas discuss no self as an extreme view? What Suttas discuss what is not pleasent ...
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Is Chant of Metta from Tipitaka?

I came across 'The Chant of Metta' (Metta Gatha), in a beautiful rendition by Imee Ooi in this YouTube video. Here is the full text in Pali, with English translation: THE CHANT OF METTA Is this ...
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Is there a compassion only Buddhist path?

In a recent version of the Buddhist Geeks podcast Rick Hanson said that recent academic research is showing that in the Pali Canon there were teachings indicating that compassion is enough to progress ...
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Are there any alternative formulations of the five skandas?

Considering the 5 skandas of Form Feeling Perception Volition Consciousness I was told during a study group once that this was only one of many possible formulations of the skandas and other ...
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Recommendation - Book for beginner

I am interested in knowing more about Buddhism especially the pursuit of happiness. Which book would you recommend me for introducing me to Buddhism philosophy on this subject?
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What are 'suttas of indirect meaning' in the Pali canon?

This subsection of Wikipedia's Two Truths article says that the "two truths" distinction is not made in the suttas, but that there are some "suttas of indirect meaning". Two Truths > Origin and ...
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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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What are metta and karuna?

I'm wondering what these terms, mettā and karuṇā (loving-kindness and compassion), mean. Are there suttas in which they're defined, otherwise where do the definitions come from? Is there any ...
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Where is the story of the non-returner who “sold” pots on the side of the road?

I'm trying to find a specific story in the Pali canon (or commentaries, probably), where an anagami who looks after his mother makes a living by firing pots and putting them out by the side of the ...
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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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Can following Buddhist practices help me in my studies?

I am a student and follow Buddhist ideas. Can Buddhist practices increase my capabilities to be a better student? More discipline? Clearer mind? What practices would be of the most benefit to achieve ...
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Where does the Dalai Lama say '… be a better whatever you already are'?

One of my favourite Buddhist quotes is from the 14th Dalai Lama Don’t try to use what you learn from buddhism to be a buddhist; use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are. Amazing. But does ...
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A Monk Reborn in a Lower Realm for Breaking a Leaf

Where does the story appear about a monk who was born in a lower realm for breaking a leaf of a tree? Also there are some related stories (use generally alongside the above) where small ...
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Where is the description of the vow and the Bodhi tree?

There's a famous story that, eventually, the Buddha vowed not to move until he gained enlightenment. The story can be found for example here: Still seeking a way to understand the meaning of life, ...
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Specific sutta in the Tipitaka: Where did the Buddha compare leaves in the forest to his knowledge?

I'm trying to find the sutta in where the Buddha is walking through a forest with his disciples. He then picks up a handful of leaves and says that what he teach is comparable to the leaves in his ...
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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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Who said 'if you are too busy meditate for two hours'?

There is a zen quote that goes something like Meditate for an hour every day unless you are too busy. In that case meditate for two hours. I'm not sure about the exact quote - it might be 0.5 ...
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Where does the Buddha mention a craving for non-existence?

In which pali canon texts does the Buddha mention a craving for nonexistence? I'm just curious to see what it means in its wider context. I suspect its mentioned in a number of different places but ...
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Buddhist point of view in the research process

I'm looking for some texts where the Buddha explains the nature of mind in relation with the process of learning/researching. I was reading a quote by a famous mathematician known to be very ...
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Zen & Dukkha — Is Everything Suffering?

Thich Nhat Hanh seems to deny a major teaching on dukkha/suffering common to both Theravada and Tibetan teachings -- the idea of all-perasive suffering ("the suffering of composite things",samskara ...
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Do Cittamatra / Yogacara explicitly refute the existence of an external world?

Tibetan texts that belong to the genre of tenets (doctrinal classification) usually claim that the Cittamatra school refutes external existence. These texts further claim that Cittamatrin posit that '...
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Role of IQ in attainment of stream entry

I quoted below, the words of Ven. Dhammavuddho, who stated that, according to SN 55.5, to attain stream entry, one must have focused attention (yoniso manasikara) when listening to the true Dhamma ...
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The Vanishing of Greed, Hatred, and Delusion ~ Nyanatiloka

At the beginning of his talk, The Vanishing of Greed, Hatred, and Delusion, Ajahn Viradhammo reads verses about Nibbana from a translation by Nyanatiloka of a fragment of the Pali Canon, from the ...
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Which suttas in the Pali canon give instructions for how to cultivate equanimity?

Which suttas in the Pali Canon give flat out instructions for how to develop equanimity?
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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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Details for Kasina Meditation

I've searched through the web and also Wikipedia regarding Kasina meditation and could not find detailed information. Can the meditation object be anything? (Say anything green or blue for those ...
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Is there a story or a mentioning about masturbation in the Buddhist teachings?

Is masturbation wrong? In what exact way is it wrong? I just need to know if the act of masturbation is wrong. This may include watching nudity while masturbating. Even though it's an addiction, I was ...
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What are some entertaining/fictional movies, books, etc. about Buddhadharma or Buddha himself?

What are entertaining/fictional movies, cartoons or books about Buddhadharma or Buddha himself?
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Does Zen Buddhism have canonical texts?

I'm aware that Theravada, Tibetan and Chinese Buddhism have a canon of texts. However I have never heard of a canon for Zen Buddhism. Does it have a canon or does it just not bother with such a thing? ...
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Scientific approach of Kamma

The concept of Kamma implies that information is stored in the mind (not the brain) and after the being is dead, this mind (or this data "storage") goes on and carries with it the current position of ...
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Stages of the Bardo

From the moment of death, to the moment of rebirth (or alternative outcomes) How would you map the flowchart of the bardo? or instead of a flowchart a tree map? A list of stages would also be ...
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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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Which Hindrances are counteracted or enhance by the 37 and Jhana Factors?

If you take Jhana factors or the 37 Factors, many of them counteract one of the Hindrances. So if these factors (and perhaps other factors mentioned in the Tripitaka) are grouped with the hindrance ...
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Iconography in Buddhism - from the Greeks? And why isn't the Buddha bald?

When you read or hear about Gotama leaving his home and family, the story is usually something like "he shaved his face and head and went out to be a wandering monk". But very few depictions of the ...
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Who said “cease to do evil learn to do good purify the heart”?

Who said this as a complete description of the Buddhist path Cease to do evil Learn to do good Purify the heart I thought it was Bodhidharma but I can't find the exact reference for the ...
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Looking for negative reference to women in the Avatamsaka Sutra

I came across this rather gender progressive comment from Nichiren If we examine the Flower Garland Sutra, the first sutra to be preached after the Buddha attained enlightenment, we find that it ...
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Secularized Buddhism

I've been reading some of Stephen Batchelor's ideas, and find them quite interesting. Does anyone have references to further reading of secularized Buddhist ideas and literature?
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Are there any detail exposition of Consciousness without surface (viññanam anidassanam)?

I asked this question recently to understand why consciousness is different from the intellect itself and considering the answer given I now think that Consciousness is not something higher than ...
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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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Which is this sutta, which describes a monk prepared to travel and to experience violence?

A reference-request question. Which sutta contains the following story? It starts with a monk who will travel to a far land (perhaps to a state on the west coast of what's now India, and perhaps as a ...
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Taking Refuge in the Dhamma

Friends, having heard in many a Dhamma talk references being made to the permanence of the Dhamma as refuge, I am looking for suttas in the Pali Canon evoking that very theme of permanence of the ...
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Where in the Pali Canon are there Discussions on Reanimated Corpse?

I have heard about are couple of places in the Vinaya which discusses situations involving reanimated corpses. I want to find the exact locations and reference. Also are there any other in the ...
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Text request--Abhidhamma

I am looking for a legal, online version of the Abhidhamma in English. Can anyone point me towards some good online sources, especially for the major books of the Abhidhamma?
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Shamata - attention on upper lip, diaphragm or belly?

A very interesting discussion here on SE on breathing focus made me a bit confused. Allan Wallace says in the beginning focus on belly, then when you get better at it, diaphragm, then nostril/upper ...
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Buddha's advice regarding meditation practice

It seems clear to me that the Buddha's only intention throughout his life (after becoming a Buddha) was to help as many people as possible to reach Nibbana. But I think he gives different meditation ...