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Does Buddhist scripture mention Zoroastrianism?

Do any of the Buddhist texts mention anything about Zoroastrianism? Has the Buddha ever met Zoroaster?
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Devas' Mortality

As I understand, there is an acknowledgement of the expected lifespan within the respective deva worlds, though this differs among traditions. I'm curious if there's any textual reference to devas' ...
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Did Gautama Buddha endorse the caste system?

Did Gautama Buddha endorse the caste system? Buddhism: An Atheistic and Anti-Caste Religion? Modern Ideology and Historical Reality of the Ancient Indian Bauddha Dharma by Edmun Weber Hans ...
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Buddhism and miracles

Do all Buddhists believe that miracles happen in the real world? Are the miracles described in scripture such as the Buddha being able to walk after birth literal or symbolic?
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Do Buddhist texts record or comment on the then-prevalent varna or caste systems?

Do Buddhist ancient scriptures/texts record or comment on: The then-prevalent varna system? or The then-prevalent caste system (clan-like system)? I understand that Buddhism is based on equality, ...
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Where does Buddha mention about Sanatana dharma (Hinduism)?

Hindupedia states, on its page about the Sanātan Dharma principle, that: Although Buddha usually spoke of the Sanātan Dharma, he sometimes used other synonymous terms for "Sanātan Dharma," such as "...
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What are the strengths and weaknesses of attempts to describe Nirvana in scripture?

How can we evaluate which description of nirvana is accurate? Also what problems does King Millinda point out about nirvana in his 80th dilemma?
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Is there an absolute and known hierarchy in the Dharma?

Are there resolved authorities in what is called Buddhism or is there an array of separate, respected lineages practicing different things, believing different premises, and therefore in dispute on ...
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Where can i find the original text of learning the jhanas

I want to find the cannon text on learning the jhanas. Is there a pdf or something in english i can download? Any help would be appreciated
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Buddhist Verse Closest To Christian/Jewish Verse

What verse that has actually meaning and carries value is similar in both Buddhism and Christianity? This may be closed as to broad but I think it holds value to have a verse that crosses between ...
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Is there a standard way to cite Buddhist scriptures?

Is there anything for Buddhist texts equivalent to the typical way of citing Biblical verses? (e.g. John 1:1) [Related question on Tripitaka Section Numbering.]
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What exactly did Lord Buddha say about Size of Atom?

I have heard that Lord Buddha wrote or discussed about the smallest indivisible particle i.e the atom. What exactly did he say. Is it mentioned in some scriptures? If yes, did he give any argument or ...
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Why do the scriptures employ so much repetition?

I was reading the Anatta-lakkhana Sutta: The Discourse on the Not-self Characteristic and here the Buddha attempts to demonstrate that not in any of the five aggregates is the self to be found. He ...
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How does Dating work in Buddhism

What does the Buddha say about dating, in general? This is a fairly open-ended question, and any scriptural references would help. I would have lustful thoughts when I look at a pretty girl (though I ...
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Teachings from Buddhas other than Gautama

I asked this question earlier: What "religions" did previous Buddhas practice? Now I'm wondering if any teachings from earlier (or later) Buddhas have been passed down to our time. And if ...
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Buddha's past lives in the Jatakas

In multiple Jataka stories, the Buddha tells of his different past lives, multiple of which occurred under King Brahmadatta. Am I missing something here? How is it that the Buddha was living multiple ...
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Mahasi Sayadaw Walking

In the tradition of Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw, it is taught that walking and sitting meditation should be practiced balanced with one another. I am wondering where it can be found that the Buddha taught ...
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What are the various Buddhist scriptural designations and to what do they refer?

In my readings so far (mostly Theravada based), I come across many scriptural references - for example, "AN," "MN 118," etc. To what do these designations refer? Is there some sort of concordance that ...
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How are Buddhist Sacred Texts used in practice and historically, given the questioned authenticity of some of them

I'm curious on how Buddhist Sacred Texts are used in teachings and in practice. The Buddha often says not to solely follow transmitted tradition, instead Buddhists are "exhorted to know for ...
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What is the buddhist way of responding to compliments?

"Hey David you're a genius!" "Hey David you look so fine!" I think blushing and feeling a little nervous isn't really buddhist... But sometimes if you don't react this way you might look as if youre ...
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Why is Buddhahood attained only by males? [duplicate]

Is there a particular reason(s) for a Buddha to be only of male gender? I'm interested in any explanation in scriptures as well as your interpretations and opinions.
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Where to get the Pali Canon in Pali?

Does anyone know of a place on the Internet, where one can find the entire Pali Canon written in Pali ? I did a basic search but could not find any such resource. Also, where can one buy a ...
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Do Buddhists have sacred scripture to read?

Christians have The Holy Bible, Muslims have The Noble Quran, Hindus have Bhagavad Gita and many more. Do Buddhists have sacred scripture(s) to read?