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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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Addicted to a particular pleasure even when you know it has its drawbacks.

There’s a passage where the Buddha says that the reason we get so stuck on sensual desires, sensual pleasures, is because we don’t see any other alternative to pain. But when you see that there is the ...
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Sutta with firefly simile

What is the sutta that uses the following metaphor? Firefly(Samsaric being) jumps into candlelight seeking a pleasure(Tanha), not knowing(Avijja) that the candlelight will burn the firefly to ...
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Reference request: Can a king rule justly without killing?

I recall reading a sutta in which the Buddha rises from meditation and says that while he was meditating, it occurred to him: Is it possible for a king to rule righteously without killing? If anyone ...
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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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Did the Buddha say “There is no path to happiness.. ”?

According to the teachings of lord Buddha, what can we say about this quote? Is it fake? "There is no path to happiness. Happiness is the path"
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What is the best introductory (but comprehensive) book on SECULAR Buddhism?

There is already a question on the best overall books, but many readers/newcomers may be put off (as I have been) by books that discuss for instance rebirth and karma in a literal sense. So what is ...
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Is low self-esteem a Western phenomenon?

I while ago I read a story about the Dalai Lama and the metta bhavana practice. Someone was talking to him about the difficulty in practicing the first stage (wishing well for oneself) and was ...
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What are some of the best practices for generating loving kindness?

I came across many lectures from Ram Dass/Richard Alpert in the beginning of my meditation practice about a month ago, and I found the attitudes toward life and other people he espoused very ...
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Looking for a clear explanation of “interdependent origination” in English (one that doesn't rely a lot of Buddhist terminology)?

I am having difficulty understanding the idea of interdependent origination within the following text. It is from The Essence of Buddhism by Traleg Kyabgon. I am finding this book very useful as a ...
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Shaking REM and movement [duplicate]

i Wanted to know what kind of experience i had today while i meditated. I meditated after a long time and it lasted 1,5 hours. I started shaking after a while, then twitching my eyes, REM and after ...
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What is “thukdam”?

I was reading an article in National Geographic about death, in which there was a brief reference to "thukdam". This was described as a form of meditation that takes place in India, during which monks ...
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Tikapatthana in English

I am looking for a proper translation of the Tikapatthana into English which might be available online as a PDF. Is it possible to point me to such reference. I am looking for the complete set.
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Lord Buddha's Noble values

We all know the famous nine values of Lord Buddha that we often recite when worshiping Lord Buddha. But i've heard the extended versions of those 9 values. Can someone point me a source to learn them?
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What are the occasions did Panchasika or Pansilu meet the Buddha

The veena in Buddhist stories and Is disharmony allowed in Buddhism? mention that Panchasika or Pansilu had couple of interactions with the Buddha. Can someone give where is this mentioned in citing ...
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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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How to get rid of “Ego”

I have a Girlfriend that I met few years back. She loves me a lot,she is quite brilliant from her childhood, and now she is working in a big firm. I am working in a smaller firm than her. When we were ...
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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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Can you point me some Sutras on Buddhist Cosmology?

Can someone point me some good sutras for Buddhist Cosmology. I'm interested in the Theravada school's teaching on this.
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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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Can someone point me the Sutra that explains the fall of Human civilization?

There is a sutra about the downfall of our civilization. It explains how some people flee the urban life and live in far away places while others go into a Killing spree/ War. It also features how the ...
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Jhāna, seeing the welfare of self and other

I am looking for a sutta in which something is said--roughly: that unless one has suppressed the hindrances, one cannot see the welfare of self or other. Or that without jhāna one cannot see one's own ...
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What is the “nature of reality” according to the Buddha?

I have read that the Buddha said the cause of suffering is ignorance of the "nature of reality". Is this correct? What is the "nature of reality" that the Buddha talks about?
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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, ...