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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 ...
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Reference request for “our Buddha nature chooses not to be enlightened”?

I seem to remember that Mahayana Buddhism said somewhere something along the lines of, "Our Buddha nature (or the Buddha) chooses not to be enlightened". I am not sure if I am remembering this ...
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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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Where can I find a reference for someone becoming a sotapanna through meditation?

I've come across many stories in the Tipitaka where people attained arahanthood or became non-returners through meditation. However, I cannot recollect any instance where someone becomes a sotapanna ...
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What are the alternative titles of Thayodhamma Sutta, it's reference number, subsections where it appear in?

I am looking Thayodhamma Sutta but could not find it based on the following searchers: accesstoinsight.org search on Google, suttacentral.net search on Google. But references do turn up in a general ...
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Schopenhauer’s inexplicable disturbance in the heavenly calm of Nirvana?

Arthur Schopenhauer on his famed work titled “On the suffering of the world” relate as quoted below as to how he think Buddhism's doctrine describe how the world of suffering came into being. Are ...
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In what Sutta(s) is there a References to Imagine the Body Inside Out and What is Below the Skin

In a Sutta there is a reference to imagine the body inside out, in which case you will be chasing animals from pecking at you. Also perhaps in the same Sutta or another you imagine what is beneath ...
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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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What, if anything, do the texts say about habits versus mindulfness?

SUMMARY (Note: I searched the group before posting and although there are several questions about habits, none are asking about this specific point. This is close, but it's not the same (and it's ...
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Buddha teaching regarding eating

Some one please tell me the story of Buddha said to some one how one should eat as if they are eating their own child having lost in a desert
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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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Sutta Reference

In the book "Be An Island" by Ayya Khema, the following section can be found in a chapter discussing the benefits of solitude: "... Once the Buddha went to a village where nobody had any faith in ...
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Canonical definition of Upekkha

Where can I find a canonical definition of equanimity (upekkha) in the Theravada buddhist texts?
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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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sutta reference: forbidding to call the Buddha by name

I've heard that there are suttas where the Buddha forbade people to call him by his given name. Which suttas are these?
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Dasa Paramitha - Sources

Where can I find sutras describing about the 10 paramithas and the 3 types of paramithas in the pali cannon? I couldn't find a proper sutra on it.
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What are some resources on Mahayana forms of Meditation?

Are there any sources about Meditations of Mahayana Schools?
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Can anyone identify which suttas these quotes (having to do with the sense of self) come from?

This document contains instructions for ridding the sense of a personal self. I was wondering which suttas (or other texts) the quotes at the end come from: “By rightly understanding ‘I am,’ one ...
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Reasons against practicing insight meditation as a main (sitting) practice for medical or other recondite-subject majoring students?

("Recondite-subject majoring" is meant to mean the more challenging subjects, such as electrical engineering or a doctorate based major.) If a student who has one hour to meditate, every day, and one ...
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Where does it say Siddhartha Gautama mastered all types of meditation?

I vaguely recall that before he sat to meditate under the bodhi tree and was enlightened, he learned all the different techniques of meditation. Where does it say this?
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Does it make any sense to read the four noble truths parallel to the Buddhaghosa's 4 interpretations of the nidanas

The Twelve Nidānas are explained in detail in the Visuddhimagga of Buddhaghosa, the central text of the Mahāvihāra commentarial tradition. Buddhaghosa recounts four methods to interpret the Twelve ...
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Can you reference an article which (dubiously) claims that the Pali Canon is an invention of Western Orientalists?

A year or so ago an ex-New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) German Tibetan Buddhist living in a monastery in Italy referred me to an article online for $35 that (he claimed) proved that the Pali Canon was ...
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Are there studies about the difference between meditating in the morning versus in the evening?

Specifically, I am wondering if it is better to meditate at 7am or 7pm (even though doing both would be ideal).
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Did lord buddha preach not to get angry even if a leg is cut?

Has lord Buddha preached not to get angry even if limbs are cut if you are a real follower of me? If so, please quote from the relevant sutta
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Lay arahants mentioned in the Pali Canon

Following are the instances of Lay Arahants that I'm aware of; Uggasena the acrobat Santati the King Pasenadi's Minister King Suddodhana [Looking for reference] What are the other instances of lay ...
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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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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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Reference request: three types of actions

I'm looking for a sutta in which the Buddha is recalling past lives, including, I believe, lives as the great Brahma, and asks himself on account of what actions he ascended to a position of such ...

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