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Does the saṅ­kha­ta­lak­kha­ṇa of dukkha apply to the noble path?

Dukkha is usually clarified as an intrinsic characteristic of everything conditioned and to be as such a direct derivative of the characteristic of impermanence. Does this also apply to the noble ...
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If a buddhist should not kill a mouse living in their home, what justification do they have to rid themselves of a parasite such tapeworms

An extension of this question posted earlier: How not to kill the mouse in my house? Where does one draw the line for which forms of life are ok to destroy, and which ones are not? Is it just a ...
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Are some forms of employment less just to workers, according to Buddhism?

I live in a pleasant apartment complex and work as an Instructor. My job is cushy, which is good because I have health issues (and teach adults with health issues). But I watch workers mow the lawn at ...
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Handling painful emotions

My students' formal feedback about teaching makes me feel defeated. What would be a Buddhist view of this pain?
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According to the Buddha, how is one freed from suffering?

I'm a bit confused about how, according to the Buddha, one is freed from suffering. I have read that suffering is one of the marks of existence. So can one be freed from it at all? If it's an aspect ...
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Why do I learn the most from people that suffer?

When ever I see an individual that is suffering and I am able to tolerate their suffering, is also when I seem to learn and grow the most. Spiritual leaders get me on the path but the so called 'bad ...
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What is the Buddhist perspective on child abuse?

Suppose a father is abusing his 3 year old child. As a consequence, the child is suffering. Who is the cause of the child's suffering?
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How do you help or take on the sufferings of others?

In the past month or so, a number of people i know are suffering in a number of ways e.g. cancer, allergies, etc. Especially when a child is concerned, i am inclined to 'take on' their suffering. ...
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Are practical solutions to everyday suffering that contradict Buddhism Upaya or avidya?

If we are caught in the great web of desire and aversion, and are roiling in Samsara, helpful or well meaning advise (to let go, to be in the moment, to inspect the emptiness of reality, to not ...
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Are we taught to try to understand our fears?

On page 13 of Good Questions, Good Answers it says, The Buddha taught us to try to understand our fears, to lessen our desires and to calmly and courageously accept the things we cannot change. Is ...
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How does one escape suffering when they cannot provide for those they love

Taoism and Buddhism say we should distance our self from suffering and accept life as is if we cannot change it. But what if we have serious clinical depression or cannot provide properly for those we ...
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Does suffering motivate us to achieve our goals?

Here's an interesting situation. Let's say we have to persons. Tom and Happy. Both have the same desire: "I want a new car." The strength of their desires are equal. Tom lives in universe A, Happy ...
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Dealing with intense negative emotions

What would you recommend as a short-term fix for someone in serious psychological/emotional pain? If meditation, what kind? I feel pretty angry/powerless/frustrated right now, or "unenlightened". I ...
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Attachment to other people and beings?

How does one live a life with multiple relationships (family, girlfriends, friends, pets, etc) while not being attached to them(being aware it will end eventually and therefore do not dwell in Dukkha ...
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Understanding Psychosomatic ailments

I am given to understand deep mental suffering can inflict physical ailments. (very understandable.) Specifically harbouring certain kinds of negative mental constructs, for extended periods of time, ...
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Is buddha nature active?

Is Buddha nature active or passive? Would anyone say that enlightenment means we can suffer (frustration) in an active way?
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How can you see suffering in the breath?

In his book Breath by Breath, Larry Rosenberg says that being mindful of the breath, as in the Anapanasati Sutta, is a complete practice and can lead to complete liberation. Following on from that I ...
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How does our inactions contribute to Karma?… For eg:How can you justify act of your cook killing an animal for your non buddhist guest?

I came to know His Holiness Dalai Lama serves his guests meat at his residency.... Is it dharma to ask your cook to kill an animal to serve your guest or further is it not your dharma to ask your cook ...
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Material wealth and dukkha

This article on money and happiness prompted my asking myself: Are the wealthy experiencing dukkha in a different way to the poor? If so, in what way? Are they experiencing it in a more / less ...
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How to explain what Buddhism is?

My mother and I come from a non-Buddhist culture/background/society/country/family. At one point when I had an opportunity to explain to her what Buddhism is, I was doing well (i.e. she was listening ...
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The relation between the three types of dukkha

Dukkha is said to have three types. Can Vipariṇāma-dukkha be analysed in terms of Dukkha-dukkha alone? Is the experience of Saṃkhāra-dukkha nothing more than Vipariṇāma-dukkha?
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Impermanence and suffering in Buddhism

I have an intuitive agreement with the idea that impermanence does mean that everything either is or ends in suffering. But I am not sure it makes rational sense. Can anyone explain the arguments ...
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How should I view others sufferings I cannot affect?

Through Vipassan meditation one can learn how to guard ones mind against externalities and not be affected by emotions. I believe that trying to follow this meditation to view the world from an ...
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Keeping in mind impermanence, suffering and non-self

If one doesn't know the notion of "impermanence, suffering and non-self", can one see it by one's self? I know that I don't need to "force" myself to see impermanence: but do I need to keep in mind "...
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Experiencing physical pain

What advice (or techniques e.g. of meditation) does Buddhism (of any tradition) have for people who experience physical pain (caused by an illness and treated by a doctor)? Or for the people (friends, ...
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Compassion to friends: stepping in vs. letting them learn on their own

There is a story about how the Buddha will knock on your door if your house is on fire, but he will not kick it down because you have to answer the door yourself. This is analogous to the Four Noble ...
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Is action a form of discontent?

I know Buddhism stresses the importance of being a content person, but I can't help thinking that any action such as walking or even shifting my foot is a form of dissatisfaction for current moment. ...

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