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Questions tagged [texts]

A broad term referring to canonical, commentary or scriptural compositions of any tradition.

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What are the languages associated with each Buddhist school?

Suppose I am really serious about following the path of Vajrayana Buddhism o the point of studying texts in their original and I speak only English. I assume that the best language to learn would be ...
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The Buddha's struggle with the first absorption

I need help reading the footnotes from the following passage in the book Satipatthana, and finding the suttas which they reference. in one instance at least, the Upakkilesa Sutta, the Buddha gave ...
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From which text is the quote by Buddha “My practice is the nonpractice, the attainment of nonattainment” taken?

I was reading an article on Tricycle written by Thich Nhat Hanh, in which he quotes Buddha as follows: “My practice is the nonpractice, the attainment of nonattainment.” From which text is this ...
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Are there any translations available from the Gandharan Buddhist Texts? When will they be available?

Please find reference for the texts: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gandhāran_Buddhist_texts
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Do you know of a Buddhist text explaining why living in a community?

There are a number of texts explaining how to live in a community, what rules to follow, what activities, etc. For instance, the classical Vinaya texts, or the "Standards and Rules of Purity" genre in ...
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If our present suffering is the result of bad karma from a prior life, what is the real present remedy for suffering in this life?

Can all suffering be alleviated in this life through our efforts with the Eight Fold Path? Why engage in any effort related to the Eight Fold Path, if the only true benefits are to be realized in the ...
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Is overthinking violate third precept?

I have noticed most of the time third precept is interpreted as sexual misconduct or adultery. But third precept emphasize all the misbehavior and misconduct using all six sensual spheres. "...
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Why are many links on SuttaCentral showing page not found error? [closed]

Namo Budhhaya. I had bookmarked many Suttas from SuttaCentral but most of them are showing page not found error. For example : This link and this link. I wonder why are many links on SuttaCentral ...
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If no sentient being exists, for whom is there compassion? 'A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life' by Santideva

Quoted below is from 'A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life' by Santideva, Chapter IX: The Perfection of Wisdom. I'm struggling to follow the line of thought, can someone please decipher what it ...
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Why Buddha rejected Upanishad and Veda?

For what reason did Buddha rejected Upanishad and Vedas?
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Why do we still don't know exact birth & date year of the Buddha?

I just want to know: 1)Why do we still don't know exact birth & date year of the Buddha? 2)What are the factors that is limiting in knowing Buddha's birth & death year? 3)Why many people/...
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Can anyone explain non-self or Anatta of Buddhism in simple terms with example? [duplicate]

Recently I got to know about 'Non-Self' or Anatta term but online material was not comprehendible. Below are my questions: 1) Can anyone explain it in simple terms with example? 2) If there's no ...
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Did Buddha ever met Mahavir(Jain GOD)?

Mahavir(Jain GOD) was the contemporary of the Buddha of his time. Buddha did knew some details about Mahavir, Jainism(as its mentioned in the text) & about its own way of enlightenment which he ...
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Calming the mind

I am usually a calm person but lately my anxiety is off the roof. A little bit of background. I am a 28 year old female about to end my enlistment in the army and have put my resume out there. But I ...
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What specific emotion would best describe dukkah?

One of my key problems studying Buddhism has been definitions. My definition often doesn't have the same span as that of the typical Buddhist - but I am usually successful in coming to similar ...
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Why is swastika in buddhism is in this 卍 format and not in this 卐 format? What is the difference between the two? What is the meaning of each sign?

I want to know why swastika is reverse in both the religion and what is the meaning of each sign? Someone within this forum said below lines on which I want to know what you people have to say on it ...
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What is the Buddhist text quoted by the Hindu philosopher Yogaraja?

Kashmiri Shaivism is a sect of Hinduism that used to be popular in the Kashmir region of India. Now this excerpt from the Paramarthasara Vivriti, a work by the 11th century Kashmiri Shaivite ...
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What is the difference between an arhat, bodhisattva and a buddha?

What is the difference between an arhat, a bodhisattva and a buddha? References to the scriptures would be most helpful. I'm open to both Theravada and Mahayana perspectives.
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Websites with the Chinese canon translated into English? [duplicate]

Are there any websites that have an English translation of the Chinese Buddhist canon, similar to what is available for the Pali canon at accesstoinsight.org and suttacentral.net? Grateful for help ...
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Does the Buddhist text Alankarabuddhi still exist?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy today is the Vedanta school, which is based on the philosophical portions of the Vedas. But in the time when Buddhism ...
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How does Buddhist Logic work?

In the Wikipedia article Buddhist Logic, it is mentioned that Buddhist Logic is different from classical western logic. ‘Indian Logic’ should be understood as being a different system of logic than ...
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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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Where do I start?

I'm 22 years old and have been interested in Buddhism for a long time and consider myself Buddhist. I meditate 2 or 3 times a week and have read a few books on Buddhism. I am more interested in ...
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What Is the significance of 'Sal Tree' in Buddhism?

'Sal Tree' is revered by most people in sri lanka and most temple in the country grown it. Is this tree mentioned in the buddhist tradition?
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What is meant by this description of a type of person in the suttas?

There seems to be this reoccurring phrase to describe a specific type of person in the suttas. For example in MN 45 "And what is the taking on of a practice that is painful in the present and ...
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How are the importance of sutras determined?

I assume that there variations of sects within buddhism that deem certain sutras as more "correct" or being closer to the buddha's teaching. I personally see the Lotus sutra as the "true teaching", ...
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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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Which is the Buddhist holy book? Where can it be read?

Is there a holy book for buddhists as the Bible is for Jews and Christians and Quran for Muslims? Is that the Tipitaka? A book where you can find all the teachings of Buddhism, and how to behave, ...
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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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Are the Buddhist sutras 100% verified if applied in life?

I remember my teacher mentioned this in class : "Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumoured by many. Do ...
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Where can I learn more about 孔明點將?

A relative of mine did some kind of praying ritual in front of a Buddha where she had a canister of 100 or so sticks, and on each stick there is a Chinese number from 1 to 100. My relative started ...
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Did the Buddha make any reference to Krishna and Gita?

As Hinduism was a prominent religion of the Buddha's time (though not in today's unified form ), Buddha must have learnt about the Gita and krishna's philosophy. In fact, the Buddha's karma philosophy ...
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The Nine Devices

I was reading The Lotus Sutra the other day and I came across Shakyamuni referring to "nine devices" as a way of teaching and leading people towardsed "the great vehicle", but upon looking the term, "...
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Question about Nichiren Buddhism

More specifically, I am refering to the Soka Gakkai movement of Nichiren Buddhism. In one excerpt from the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, it, in essence, states that every time one says "nam-myoho ...
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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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Where to find multilingual and/or beautifully typeset Buddhist texts?

I recently stumbled upon a lovely collection of well-typeset Vietnamese Buddhist texts. It must have taken tremendous effort to typeset this bilingual Chinese-Vietnamese edition of the ...
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Does knowing Pali/Sanskrit (and to which level) give one more insights while reading Buddhist scripts?

I think we all have experienced with our own native languages how works written a while back can have different words for the same meaning or the other way round. Also that words get lost in ...
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How should one look at buddhist mythologies and cosmologies from a scientific perspective

Although it could well be that those words were not directly from Gautama himself, yet just in case, assuming Gautama probably wouldn't lie except for educational purposes, how can those rather ...
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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 does Buddhism say about how to manage other people's anger?

What does Buddhism say about how to manage other people's anger? Does Buddhism suggest any specific attitude when we are facing angry people, especially when they are unable to control their anger and/...
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“Human Dignity” in Buddhism

Can we find a concept of "Dignity" or "Human Dignity" in Buddhism? My understanding is that in the Western World the concept of Human Dignity is used to justify that each of us deserves to be not only ...
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I would like to become Buddhist

I'm a mathematics student and I want to become a buddhist because I've heard that they don't believe in any god. How can I get in to buddhism? What kind of books do you recomend to read for starters?...
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Why did Dr. BR Ambedkar convert to buddhism?

Me text-book and dad(historian + buddhist) told me that the father of the indian constitution converted into buddhism towards the end of his life. Can anyone please tell me why he did so? Tnx for ...
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Law of Karma in the Buddha's own words

Where can I find the law of karma and rebirth in Buddha's own words? Which scripture mentions it explicitly, as told by Buddha, and accepted by all sects of Buddhism?
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What is right gifting?

I came across this explanation by Buddha, from the Dana Mahapphala Sutta. THE BEST WAY TO GIVE. Or, instead of thinking, ‘When this gift of mine is given, it calms my mind. Satisfaction and joy ...
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Miscarriages & Natural abortions as a result of evil beings?

There is a belief in my country that Miscarriages & Natural abortions can happen as a result of evil beings taking revenge from someone. I recently heard a story from a teacher of mine that some ...
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What did the Buddha say about reincarnation?

I want to know the original quotes by the Buddha and their sources.
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What are the suttas in which the Buddha provides instruction on how to meditate?

What are the actual suttas in which the Buddha described how to meditate? A list of all such suttas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Male & Female - Is gender an illusion?

According to Buddhism & Science there is no gender to the mind but to the body.The difference between the male and female ideology is a difference between practicing two different ways of life. ...
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Karma of Birth?

I've heard even though two people do the same good Karma their returns can be different on what they were thinking. And when coming to effect these different Karmas can give different births ("...