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Looking for examples of “Bad” Men and Women who became Enlightened

Buddha said that a man who sees the folly of his ways and changes them is like the moon bursting out of a dark sky to shine light. I feel very inspired by stories of men and women like Angulimalla who ...
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Which Buddhists denominations agree with the difference between pain and suffering as in many DBT texts? Which disagree?

'Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.' I'm not sure I like the adjective 'optional' because I think it's insensitive to tell someone who's been injured that their suffering is some switch to ...
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Does anyone know the origin of the Buddhist Prayer of Forgiveness?

Buddhist Prayer of Forgiveness If I have harmed anyone in any way either knowingly or unknowingly through my own confusions I ask their forgiveness. If anyone has harmed me in any way ...
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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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Did the Buddha teach meditation to lay people?

During his lifetime, did the Buddha teach meditation to lay people, or did he teach meditation only to monks? Are there any references to this in the Pali Canon or commentaries? It's clear that all ...
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What are the suttas in which the Buddha describes suffering as “burning”

I remember reading suttas in which the Buddha describes suffering, lust or other unwholesome mind states as burning. What are these suttas?
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Sutta that says to do mindfulness in a slow manner

I remember that I once read a sutta by the buddha where he mentioned to do things slowly while being mindful in order to recognize each step. Any ideas which sutta it could be?
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Tonglen - Exchanging Self and Other - Intersubjectivity

Dear friends, looking for parallels between the practice of Tonglen, and the Husserlian notion of Intersubjectivity, I have come upon this research paper by Natalie Depraz, Phd. Quoting from the ...
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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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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 does it say that venerable Moggallana got lost in space?

I've heard a story about venerable Moggallana (after he became enlightened). Moggallana, the left chief disciple of the Buddha, got lost in space when he tried to find the limits of the universe. Then ...
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Tatramajjhattatā • Equanimity • In the middle of all that

Friends, could anybody direct me to some suttas of the pâli canon about Tatramajjhattatā, the developed form of the equanimous abiding 'in the middle of all that'. To the best of my knowledge, this ...
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Inter-relation between the four brahmaviharas?

I read once, online, someone (perhaps in the Tibetan tradition if that matters) saying that the four brahmaviharas are inter-related -- in particular, that too much of one is counteracted by a bit of ...
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Rebuke of Jains - resource after Bodhis approach

Recently Ven. Thanissaro sacrified a lot of effort and time, to make certain Jain-ish approaches via the Buddhas better understandable. The Limits of Description : Not-self Revisited. A response to ...
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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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Sutta Question about 4 ways of debating

There is a sutta where the Buddha discusses four ways a debate can go between two people: a person could be hard to convince, causing either torment to the speaker but not the listener, torment to the ...
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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 means HRI above lotus and moon?

What does mean the syllable HRI above lotus and moon? What does mean those visualised aspect separately and together? What kind of inner feelings they should evoke?
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How to use inner feeling (intuitive feeling) while taking refuge

Starting ngondro practice, taking refuge in 3 jewels. As we know most of the Tibetan schools use the pretty common attitude. So if we are not talking about the differences, but the inner feeling and ...
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Are teaching on gratitude and “duty” nessesary?

Supreme Buddha once mentioned… “These two people are hard to find in the world. Which two? The one who is first to do a kindness, and the one who is grateful and thankful for a kindness done.” — AN ...
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References, Suttas, on the effects of rejecting (gifts)

Just wonder if there are explicitly teachings on cause and effect of rejecting gifts. What might be the effect of rejecting a pure gift? Maybe one or another Sutta may come to your mind and maybe you ...
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Sutta on the two kinds of (debt) giver, people of guṇā?

Thinking about the two kinds of goodness in giving, and about debt when we receive a gift (guṇā), my person just thought to ask if there is a Sutta which points the different kinds of debt to those ...
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Is it true that there are 5 principal types of meditations?

According to some there are 5 principal types of meditations: Metta-Bhavana Karuna-Bhavana Mudita Bhavana Asubha Bhavana Upekka Bhavana I couldn't find any link which could support the above ...
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Monks who are not worthy and worthy

I have seen certain suttas where the Buddha explains about the qualities of monks who are and who are not worthy of gifts, salutation and etc. Where can I find the Suttas? References are appreciated.
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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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Where does Gautam Buddha say so?

I want details of following quote by Gautam Buddha. Can anyone tell where (reference) & what completely he said?
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8 Precept Commentaries?

Would like some suggestions on books/authors/resources for commentaries on keeping and maintaining the 8 and 10 precepts. Haven't found this question answered elsewhere. Am already aware of what the ...
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Second Noble Truth

I am reading multiple interpretations of the 2nd noble truth. Most of the sources indicate that it is craving, desires, wanting. Some sources talk about wrong understanding of reality and itself, ...
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Attacking others with words such as they are weapons

Reference needed. I remember reading a sutta where Buddha mentioned something like a stream enterer would no longer use words to attack others like weapons. I would like to read that sutta in its ...
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Similes of Attainment

Though to the extent of my admittedly scarce knowledge, decapitation as a simile for some level of attainment is not to be found in the Pali Canon, but I bet the Zen tradition offers countless koans ...
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In which suttas did Lord Buddha teach nihilism is better than eternalism?

I read the Lord Buddha taught nihilism is better than eternalism. In which Pali suttas is this teaching found? Please provide quote the relevant suttas. Please do not give personal opinions.
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Cause and End of Suffering vs the Four Noble truths

I have heard that the Buddha once stated that he only teaches the cause of suffering and the end of suffering. Can I have a Sutta reference for this? What happened to the other two of the four noble ...
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Sutta Reference of Buddhism Not being a Philosophy

I am looking for the proper Suttra/Dhammapada in which the Buddha states the following. My teaching is not a philosophy. It is the result of direct experience... My teaching is a means of ...
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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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Quicksands Simile?

I am looking for that very specific sutta in the Pâli Canons wherein it is made plain that such a one not having himself attained to liberation, is not qualified to liberate other. The simile, I think,...
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Is there anything I can read about the Buddhist tradition today?

I've read the book Makers of Modern Korean Buddhism, and it was really interesting to read about the recent history of Buddhism, in Korea. And there's quite a few books on how Buddhism came to America ...
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Buddhist References about Space and Time

What are the Buddhist references which deal with: space and time Primary sources from the Tripitaka or secondary and tertiary sources with proper citations are also welcome.
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When the Buddha changes his mind to teach

I remember reading a sutta (possibly in Majjhima or Samyutta) where a passage has the Buddha talking about his teaching attitude towards certain people when talking to them. Then, he says something to ...
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Dejection and Sensuality

I am looking for a very specific sutta in the Pali Canon wherein it is explained how the uninstructed worldling, upon feeling dejected, will turn to sensual pleasures to assuage his craving for ...
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How should a lay person respond if they see a monk teaching something contrary to Dhamma?

Let's say if a lay person sees fault of a monk (something against the monastic code, or against the Dhamma). Should the lay person just stay silent (thinking it would create bad karma), or should they ...
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Moderation of sensual pleasures?

In SN 56.11 we find a famous passage: “Bhikkhus, these two extremes should not be followed by one who has gone forth into homelessness. What two? The pursuit of sensual happiness in sensual ...
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Sutta Reference - Sound and musical instruments metaphors in the Suttas

I am looking for a specific sutta wherein the conditionality and insubstantiality of the existential process of a sentient being, or consciousness, is made plain by use of the simile of a resonating ...
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Has a teacher referred to sleep as a form of 'lazy nirvana'?

The other night at a group meditation meeting, I mentioned to another practitioner that sleep is a 'lazy form of Nirvana'. My memory tells me that Tara Brach or another teacher jokingly referred to ...
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Where did Buddha state “Mother is the Buddha of the home?”

I grew up in Sri Lanka where we often hear Gedara budun amma Which translates to Buddha of the house is mother I also learned that this was to reinstate the lost value of a mother in the ...
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Was ascetic Sumedha with iddhi powers?

I have heard that in the birth where Gautama Bodhisathva met Deepankara Buddha, he had many powers but he didn't use it to prepare the road the Buddha was supposed to walk across but used his own ...
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What are the Sutta stating Paramithä requirements to be a stream winner?

I have heard, therefore I am yet to discover in Tipitaka, that to achieve certain stream winner stages, one needs to fulfill paramithä. Could you please give me the names of some sutta which I can ...
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What is Indra's Net, according to Mahayana Buddhism?

I have heard lot about "Indra's Net". A wiki says that it describes how emptiness and dependent origination are creating the universe. Can anyone provide me a link and book which I should read, to ...
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Which Sutta does Sakkra asks 14 Questions from the Buddha?

In Maha Buddhavamsa The Great Chronicle of The Buddhas by Tipitakadhara Mingun Sayadaw, page 949 to 980, there is a series of question between the Buddha and Sakkra. This seems very relevant to the ...
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Early life of the Buddha's references

Many accounts of the Buddha's life describe Śuddhodana preventing his son from leaving the palace to avoid a prophecy said by Asita. For example, this site says: Suddhodana was determined to see ...
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References on Rupa and Arupa Jhana through Brahma Vihara

I am looking for freely available resource on achievement of Jhana through Brahmavihara. What are such references? Also I would like to dig deeper into what Bhanthe Vimalasiri has written on the ...