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

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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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English (or other European) translations of Pali Canon

Perhaps this should be closed as a 'shopping' question, but maybe translations take a long time to make and therefore there are not too many of them, and they don't go out of date quickly. The ...
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Should a Buddhist have Children?

In Buddhism having a rebirth is itself a origin of all the Dukhhas. Doesn't it imply that Buddhist laymen who are married should not have children to stop this cycle of rebirth. This leads to a more ...
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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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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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Where does the Dalai Lama say '… be a better whatever you already are'?

One of my favourite Buddhist quotes is from the 14th Dalai Lama Don’t try to use what you learn from buddhism to be a buddhist; use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are. Amazing. But does ...
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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 does Buddhism teach about anger?

I would like to know what Buddhism says about both our own anger and other people's anger. Especially how to cope with other people's anger, how to handle it, how to avoid suffering from it? Also what ...
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Is what is taught under the term “Radical Buddhism” consistent with Buddhist values?

Recently, so-called "radical Buddhists" like the monk Wirathu from the 969 Buddhist Nationalist movement in Burma, incited unrest and preached violence against minorities like Muslims. (See, for ...
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Could someone provide a list of all Buddhist schools?

If someone could provide a list of all Buddhist schools (both extinct and extant) it would be much appreciated. If this is unmanageable due to the high number, major schools would be good, or a link ...
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Don't teach Dhamma to those who can't appreciate it or aren't interested

I read in an answer that AN 9.5 states: The best sort of kindly speech is to teach the Dhamma again and again to someone who is engaged and who lends an ear. However, is there an opposite quote ...
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Jainism vs Buddhism, did Buddha actualy borrow from Jainism?

Ok, this may be simple to answer. But I've come across Jainism through looking for texts on Buddhism. An I found there is a alarming amount of Jainism in Buddhism. I hate to say this, but did ...
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What is the best translation of Anatta into English?

Is the best translation of Anatta "non-self" or "there is nothing that you can take as me, mine, self or non-changing everlasting controllable part which can be identified as me, mine or everlasting ...
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Shouldn't we take Lord Buddha's word above the all others?

I have seen many answers to questions referring teachings of modern teacher in this SE. But as i have learned Lord Buddha's understanding is above any other,even above an arahant. Dhamma/Dharma ...
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Is it possible to abandon desire by means of desire [duplicate]

Regarding previous Question Desire without attachment. If desire without the attachment still lead to suffering then how abandon desire without desire? As shown by Unnabha the Brahman it's an endless ...
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Is there a kind of “pop Buddhism”?

Similarly to pop psychology, do we have the same effect for Buddhism? I have a feeling that many people subscribing to Buddhism because it seems to explain psychological phenomena that they (...
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my meditation practice question

Would like to ask if my method of meditation(Mahasi method rising-falling) is correct. When some feeling arise in me, most of the time, i can noting the feeling was somewhere in the body( example: ...
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Why are Buddhist concepts so difficult?

Why are Buddhist concepts so challenging for people to understand? What do people who understand know that average people don't know? What are some of the barriers to the understanding of Dharma? ...
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Can We Teach Animals the Dhamma?

I have a dog that i love very much.I don't feel like his a dog.I have a lot of respect for him.And treat him like an old friend.As he is old now.I heard somewhere that animals who hear the Dharma can ...
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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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What did the Buddha teach about aliens?

What are the teachings of the Buddha about aliens or other planets that have lives? Is this the only place that can have life or human beings? Is it possible to be born a Buddha in some other ...
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How and when should a child be introduced to Buddhism?

My son will be four soon. I would like to introduce him to Buddhist philosophy, and some meditation practices. However, stillness is, at this point, completely foreign to his personality :) My wife ...
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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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What are the benefits of practicing under a teacher vs. practicing alone?

Question is in the title. I was wondering about the benefits of practicing with a teacher vs. practicing alone. By alone i mean when one has a great deal of time to practice and no worldly ...
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Is there any kind of stress and suffering the Buddhas medicine would not help?

Often my person comes accross certain "disclaimers" in regard of the use of Dhamma-Practice, the medicine of the Buddha, his therapy, saying, like just read again here in an answer: "The Buddha did ...
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Impermanence, nonexistance of self, meaning of life

I've been learning lately about Buddhism and I have several questions about it. I haven't actually read any of the sacred books, just some stuff on the internet and now I'm reading What Makes You Not ...
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Did Buddha ever go outside India to teach?

It is said that Buddha has divine eye (ability to see who're capable of realizing liberation) and psychic power. Is there any account in pali canon in which Buddha sees someone who could realize ...
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Does any sutta talk about the right conditions for teaching the Dhamma?

I've read in other posts (such as this one) about the right way to teach the Dhamma. But is there a way to know about the "when", i.e. when to reach out someone else to teach the Dhamma? In specific,...
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How does the buddhist teachings differentiate between reality and perception?

How does the buddhist teachings differentiate between reality and perception ? Can anyone point me to on-line resources where in I can read more about this topic ?
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Teaching Buddhist concepts to a child

The post here specifically refers to introducing Buddhism to a child as well as meditation and recitals. The question i am seeking to answer though is the introduction of concepts such as clinging, ...
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Three Marks of Existence in Mahayana

What is the equivalent to the 3 Marks of Existence in Vajrayana or Mahayana Buddhism? I heard a version of the Buddha's enlightenment¹, where the Buddha didn't realize impermanence, dukkha and no-...
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Is there a kind of consulting service in Buddhism?

Similarly to psychotherapy counselling/consulting service, is there an equivalent form in Buddhism, in that the counselor is trained in Buddhism instead of clinical psychology? I haven't heard of such ...
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Right way to teaching Dhamma

Buddha said that there is a specific way to teach the dhamma. That for example, if I remember correctly, among other things, it's important to mention the cause and effect in one's teaching. I can't ...
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Was Buddha deceiving others to get them on the path?

I understand that the Buddha used different teachings styles, depending on the audience/people that were listening. Also, I understand that there seems to be a ,superficial', easier accessible ...
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Are Teachings developed “after the fact”?

This might be a poor question, for which I apologize but I am trying to gain some insight on this idea I have had for a long time... It seems that paths and practices are taught to people with the ...
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Computer Feedback in Meditation

Are there any meditation computer feedback programs out there? Like Biofeedback. What could they do? Allow a teacher much insight into a student? Allow a meditator to know when wandering is ...
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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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Can an answer, while sakayaditthi is present, be intentional free of bias?

Aside of the trap of self-overestimating, theoretical (abhidhamma in action): When one is asked a question and brings his person, his estimate, into play, is it possible to give an answer which is ...
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Does any/every form of lying violate the precept of “not-lying”?

What if one thought it wiser to tell a lie, because the truth could potentially endanger one's own life? For instance, someone might lie that they believe in a supreme being, in reply to a question ...
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Does rational thinking avoid dogma and enhance our wisdom?

Rational - decisions and thoughts are based on reason rather than on emotion. Reason - a cause, explanation, or justification for an action or event. Wisdom - ability to use your experience and ...
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How this quote by Mahathma Ghandi is compatable with non-violence teaching of Buddhism?

Here is the famous quote by Mahathma Ghani the great leader from India; "It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of non-violence to cover ...