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General questions about teaching methods, doctrinal transmission and emphasis within any Buddhist tradition.

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Right situation for Teaching Dhamma or giving advice

I often find that in real life people I know are doing things in a "wrong" way. By this I not only mean profound things related to Dhamma, but also small everyday things. Because of these ...
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Do we indulge in ignorance?

This question arises from this previous post. The questioner seems perplexed that a person should suffer for not knowing or possessing certain knowledge i.e. simply for being unaware. While there is ...
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Did the Buddha ever turn away certain people from his teachings?

I'm specifically remembering a sutra where the Buddha turned away some youngsters because he said they weren't ready, or didn't have the proper attitude. I may be remembering completely incorrectly ...
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Which teachings and concepts were already existing before the Buddha and which ones are introduced by the Buddha?

My understanding is that the Buddha took many teachings and concepts already existing in his society and renewed them when needed, giving them a meaning in accord with his understanding. Is it correct?...
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If hypothetically we lived in a time when a Buddha were to arise, how could we acknowledge him as being perfectly enlightened?

Assuming that in a hypothetical multitude of so-called "enlightened masters", a future Buddha would actually arise and we were alive at that time, how would we be able to recognize him? The ...
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How was it possible for some people to refute the Buddha face to face?

Bearing in mind that ignorance is in opposition to knowledge and the starting point for all the suffering, it seems still unbelievable that there were people contemporary to the Buddha that ...
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Should sensual pleasure be actively avoided, rather than simply not sought? I am particularly interested in regards to taste

I understand that the active seeking of sensual pleasure is not seen as good, but it's not clear to me whether it should be actively avoided. I was preparing some noodles to eat this morning and ...
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What is Buddhist doctrine about debt, debtlessness, duty?

When I search for the word "debt" on this site -- https://buddhism.stackexchange.com/search?q=debt -- many of the posts are from the same author -- including two recent ones: https://...
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Looking for a quote, sutta or teaching about suffering not decreasing with succedent stages of enlightenment

I have heard about this before from a video teaching I watched before but I honestly cannot remember from who or where. The idea of the concept is that as one progresses upon the stages towards arhant ...
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Civilization based on the teachings of Buddha

Would a civilization based on the teachings of Buddha ever had a need for military force? It is said in Metta Sutta that one who practices metta is free from dangers of fire, poison and weapons. Is ...
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Asking questions a "childish" way to learn, to teach?

In modern world it's often regarded as "poor" if asking questions. "What, you don't know?", others would fast lower others, yet forgeting that they have been given before as well. It is also the ...
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What did the Buddha say about saying "I'm sorry"?

In the United States, many people find it cringy and even offensive when someone says "I'm sorry," especially when he or she does it frequently. Did the Buddha or any Buddhist teachers have ...
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Unconditional access to knowledge supported, benefical?

Is the modern idea of unconditional access to knowledge, teachings, supported by the Noble Ones, or maybe even seen as cause of decay and not benefical for many as well as the tradition? What are then ...
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Looking for the source of a story about the Buddha and a lady who looked the other way

I'm searching for a Sutra (or possibly a commentary) but it has escaped me. My recollection is hazy, but it is about one of the Buddha's monks (most likely Ven. Ananda or Ven. Sariputta) asking the ...
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Jainism vs Buddhism: did Buddhism borrow from Jainism?

I've come across Jainism through looking for texts on Buddhism and I've found there seems a considerable amount of overlap. Did Siddhartha Gautama encounter or study under any Jainist teachers? It ...
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What does Buddhism teach about abusive parents?

My husband’s parents are very abusive now and in the past. Recently they’ve started bringing me into the mix, and so my husband decided to cut them out of our lives. They still text me to curse our ...
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How are bhikkhus using social networking sites?

I thought bhikkhus were to not to be involved with entertainment. Thank you in advance.
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Should Lay Buddhists Teach the Dhamma?

Should a lay Buddhist teach the Dhamma in a dhamma centre? Can a lay person teach just as a monk does? If so, are there any differences (e.g., should they sit on a different level, should the audience ...
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Were/are Zen monastery time schedules liberal with regard to meal and dharma talk timing?

When reading Zen Master Dogen's Shobogenzo it attracted my attention that one of the fascicle postscripts said "Presented to the assembly at the hour of the Rat (midnight)". Given that this ...
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Is it possible to reconcile the evolution theory with Buddhism?

Is it possible to reconcile the evolution theory with Buddhism, or they are 2 things that simply cannot go along? In other words you have to choose one.
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What's the Jataka tale about a previous life of the Buddha sacrificing himself to get a dharma teaching (because dharma was so scarce and rare then)?

If I'm remembering right, in a previous life of the Buddha, because dharma teachings were so rare at that time, a being offered to give a teaching, but only if he sacrificed his life to this being. ...
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Relying upon a Spiritual Guide, who created this idea? Is it actually a necessity for liberation?

I have a friend who is in/with the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) and she states the importance of relying upon a spiritual guide. I know that this meditation practice is a part of the Tibetan Lamrim ...
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Studying the subject "the four Buddhist schools/systems of tenets" (Vaibhāṣika, Sautrāntika, Cittamātra, Mādhyamika) in English

I am one of the (Taiwanese) fans of the Dalai Lama for a long time. Currently I am studying the subject "the four Buddhist schools/systems of tenets (of mainly Indian Buddhism before its decline)&...
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Do we have to let go the "Subha Sanna" completely?

Lord Buddha said that we should practise Asubha sanna (perception of the non-beautiful). Does it mean that we have to let go Subha sanna (perception of the beautiful) completely ? Are there anything ...
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The Various Theravada Traditions

What are the various specific traditions in Theravada Buddhism? If you could please describe, compare, and contrast each of them that would be greatly appreciated. May you be well.
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What basic knowledge and skills are required to become a Vipassana teacher?

What would you say are the basic requirements to become a Vipassana teacher? I don't necessarily refer to attainments. More to basic knowledge and skills. What I can think of would be for instance: -...
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Can anyone explain the hua-yen sutra accroding to tendai, to me?

Can anyone explain the hua-yen sutra accroding to tendai, to me? I've read a few books of secondary literature on tientai and tendai, a few translations of Zhiyi, the lotus sutra, some of the hua-yen ...
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What could be some teachings that Buddha has not revealed to us?

In Maha-parinibbana Sutta Buddha has said: "there is nothing, Ananda, with regard to the teachings that the Tathagata holds to the last with the closed fist of a teacher who keeps some things ...
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Is Yiguandao teachings part of buddhism?

I've recently been invited to a Maitreya Buddha's Temple. They are required to held a ceremony if you want to join. So I do a little research and found out the name of their teaching is actually "...
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My explanation of six realms of existence

The six realms states of mind This is my graphical interpretation of existence of six realms by Buddha. I have attempted to decode the great concept of Buddhist teaching consider the state of mind ...
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Monastics & Hygiene

I had questions on monastic hygiene in Theravada: Do monks/nuns brush their teeth and put on deodorant etc.? If monks/nuns are only allowed to bathe every 2 weeks, how do they deal with the health ...
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What are stories on awakening while practicing teaching the Dhamma?

Teaching the Dhamma (Dhammadesana), having heard the good, is one of the higher meritorious deeds, practiced by instructed, not regarded as useless question & answer ways, as from outsider often ...
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Is there any skillful use of using 'we' in addressing certain opinion?

As possible also observed, when teaching, the address of ones position by 'we' is hardly found in the teaching of the Buddha and his disciples. It seems that this often used way of using 'we' in ...
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"Guard the sense doors"- What does this mean, and what is it's application?

What does it mean to "guard the sense doors"? What is the practical application of this concept in daily life? For example, does this concept mean that a heterosexual male should entirely avoid ...
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Is Dhamma-thinking considered wise attention?

According to AN 5.73 (translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu): "Then there is the case where a monk takes the Dhamma as he has heard & studied it and thinks about it, evaluates it, and examines it ...
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Is there any Buddhist society / group / organisation in Mumbai, India? Where we can meet similar like minded people, attend cultural events

I am looking for some kind of Buddhist society/group/organization in Mumbai, India, where we can meet similar like-minded people, attend cultural events, discuss/talk/teachings (dharma talk) on ...
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How should one teach the Dhamma to others?

Answering questions here in buddhism.stackexchange.com is often Dhamma teaching, or at least an effort of it. How can that be rightly done?
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Did Lord Buddha preach not to believe our own minds?

Has Lord Buddha preached that we shouldn't believe our own minds? If he did, what is the meaning of that saying? Update: Are there any meaning other than ignorence, Ilusion ? Like Uncertainty of ...
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What teachings do all schools of Buddhism share?

Among the many schools and traditions, what core teachings are shared by all Buddhists?
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Is "the blind men and the elephant" a true Buddhist story?

It is hard to trace the source of this lovely story, it is present in different religions from India. In some versions of the story, the Buddha was there, in other versions the Buddha only told the ...
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Doing the opposite of not skillfull things

Will it helpful to do the opposite of not skillfull things without having deeper knowledge of that thing ? Ex: I asked a question on Laziness, here. But didn't recived a satisfying answer. So,Can ...
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What Lord Buddha said about "practicing"?

When we practise some thing, we will get a new skill or improve a current skill. Similar effect happens when we do karma. There is also a result. Is practise another form of karma ? Is life all about ...
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Did Lord Buddha teach, or do Buddhist sects teach, about Ghosts?

The existence of Ghosts is taught in many religions. And Buddhist sites (mainly Tibetan Buddhists) claim the existence of "Hungry Ghosts". However I didn't see sites saying that the Buddha claimed ...
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Are Jataka tales authentic words of the Buddha? [duplicate]

If these stories could be taken to be truly narrated by the Buddha, it gives some interesting twists to the generally understood history of India and Indian philosophy. For example, there are Jataka ...
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Different lyings

Here are my questions: Can lying be nonverbal? like in action? Is cheating lying? Is writing the wrong answer when you know the correct answer lying? Is skipping the line cheating, ...
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A beginner facing Culadasa

I am a complete beginner who was looking for a good Buddhist guide for meditation. I discovered the book "The Mind Illuminated" by Culadasa and I thought I had found the grail: the shape of the guide ...
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A Problem in Need of an Answer

Through many of Yuttadhammo's videos and accesstoinsight, I have learned a vast amount of knowledge on the Buddha's teachings. But I feel like I am causing myself problems. 1) I keep on questioning ...
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Did the Lord Buddha say anything about magic and fortune telling?

Did the Lord Buddha say anything about magic and fortune telling? I just want to know because in this modern world everyone is following some astrology (Fortune tellers). People believe what ever ...
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Is it possible and good to know and/or talk about other/more details about the way out of suffering than the Buddha did?

(One of the reasons for asking this question is that I thought that maybe some people needed some extra/other knowledge/insight in order for the Noble Eightfold Path to become more accessible to them.)...
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What should we accept? What should we let go?

What is it to let go in Buddhism? What is it to accept in Buddhism? What are the things we accept? What are the things we let go? Why? How? What do Buddhists scriptures have to say about it?