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Is this forum a place for Buddhist Hermeneutics?

Buddhist Hermeneutics could be the objective study of Buddhist texts (from my limited understanding). Is hermeneutics possible in Buddhism? There are so many allegories and parables in Buddhist texts, ...
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What chapter of the Abhidharmartha Pradipika talks about infinite universes?

I've been looking into Buddhist concepts and the topic of infinite universes in existence popped up, and the Buddhist text called the "Abhidharmartha Pradipika" talks about infinite ...
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Is the Avatamsaka Sutra the only Buddhist scripture that talks about multiverse?

I know the Avatamsaka Sutra teaches about a multiverse flower garland, which represents all of reality, is made up of infinite universes which all reflect one another. Is this the only scripture that ...
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In what sutta does the Buddha talk about Paccekabuddhas?

Question is in the title. Thank you for your time.
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Do the Abhidharma texts exist online in original format?

I just learned of the Abhidharma. What was their original or early language they were written in, and do they exist online in copy/pastable (non-PDF or image) format anywhere for free? Is this of any ...
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How is the Tibetan Kangyur actually laid out?

I have been trying to gather Tibetan etexts like the Kangyur, and have found two sources: Adarsha AsianClassics Later I realized there are multiple editions of the "Kangyur" composed at ...
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Huayan Buddhism Flower Garland

Is Huayan Buddhism the one that teaches about infinite universes being held on a jeweled flower garland, or is it another branch/sect of Buddhism?
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What is the quality and status of the Tripitaka texts at tipitaka.org?

I am looking for high quality etexts of the Tripitaka and so far after weeks of search, the best place seems to be tipitaka.org. However, when looking at the texts, the punctuation and writing style ...
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Why is there a Miscellaneous chapter in the Dhammapada?

Chapter 21 of the Dhammapada is titled Miscellaneous or Varied Verses or similar depending on the exact translation. Why do all the other chapters have descriptive headings and themes such as Flowers ...
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What are the most prominent Tibetan Buddhist texts that are only written in Tibetan script?

A lot of Buddhist texts come from Sanskrit or Chinese. I am looking at the Kangyur and Tengyur, and a few scattered others. But a lot of those are from Sanskrit and Chinese as well (or other languages,...
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Question on Dhammapada Verse 30

I am trying to understand the meaning of the verse below: Verse 30 from Dhammapada. Appamadena maghava devanam setthatam gato appamadam pasamanti pamado garahito sada. "By Heedfulness did Indra ...
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What was the 1st Buddhist Council about?

I'm interested in the 1st Buddhist Council, i.e. why was it held, where was it held, who attended it and what were the outcome? I'm not looking for an in-depth and detailed answer. More like an ...
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Looking for a Sutta wherein the Buddha talks about dreams

In the Dhamma talk "Sleeping and dreaming", by Ajahn Punnadhammo, he mentions that in the Anguttara Nikaya (no specific sutta mentioned) the Buddha talked about the origins of dreams and ...
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Where can this story be found?

In the story the Buddha creates a golden lotus and gives it to a monk who soon after attains arahantship. Story is in attached screenshot taken from the book "Fundamentals of Insight Meditation&...
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Which texts are the most important to read in the Khuddaka Nikaya and why?

My preference would be a Theravada based answer to the following question: Which texts are the most important to read in the Khuddaka Nikaya and why? Thank you. :)
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Need help with finding a specific Sutta

I'm looking for a sutta wherein the Buddha explains how a person who only for a moment cultivates loving-kindness or mindfulness has not wasted his or her spiritual life. What sutta is that? Thank you ...
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What was the first Buddhist text to be translated into English?

What was the first Buddhist text to be translated into English? When was it translated and by whom? Was it reasonably available to those interested and did it have much of an impact within academic ...
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What is the most accurate translation of the word 'dukkha'?

This question is a sequel to my previous question about First Noble Truth. It seems that there is discord about the exact rendering of the word 'dukkha'. Sorry if I sound like a pedantic dou*h. I am ...
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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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Choosing advantages of one tradition over another

Like all religions, there are different branches, traditions, whatever you want to call them. Why would you choose one over the others? Do you think one is right and the others are wrong? Does one ...
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What is the textual structure of original Pali versions of the suttas of the Majjhima Nikaya?

I am reading Majjhima Nikaya from the translation by Bhikkhu Nanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi. In this book, each sutta is divided into several numerical sections. Each section consists of one or a few ...
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Is there a Buddhist equivalent to Marcus Aurelius' “Meditations”?

What I mean by equivalent is in significance and style. Marcus Aurelius was an extremely important man and was forced to deal with specifically difficult problems in life. This adds weight to his ...
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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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Is rebirth a delusional belief?

I find it difficult to assign a meaning to the word 'rebirth'. Here are some hints that rebirth might not be real: Views regarding one's past and future existence are included in the "62 false ...
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Does the Lankavatara Sutra exist anywhere online in Tibetan script, Sanskrit (Devanagari), or Chinese?

Not sure what the earliest copy is we have of the Lankavatara Sutra, but wondering if it can be found online for free in copy/pastable text format (i.e. not PDF or image). I am looking through The ...
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Which canon and traditions does the Flower Sermon text belong to?

I've heard of a Buddhist story in which the Buddha just holds up a flower and one monk in the audience understands then becomes instantly enlightened. I believe it is a foundational text for Zen ...
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Why did Buddha put so much emphasis on no-self?

Why should we care if we have no-self or have a self. Ultimately it is of no help. I know any buddhist teacher will say that feelings or body are not-self, so you shouldn't get attached to it, but ...
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What are the Wikipedia Pages for these Kangyur titles

Not knowing Tibetan or having access to a wide array of sources, I am using the (Tibetan script) Kangyur from these. The table of contents is here pretty much. After converting their Excel file to a ...
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Doing evil knowingly and unknowingly

In the Milindapanha, Nagasena points out to king Milinda that doing evil knowingly accrues lesser demerit than doing evil unknowingly. Does the Buddha make the same statement anywhere in the Suttas? ...
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Infinity, eternity, countlessness in Buddhism

I'm interested in concepts of infinity, eternity, countlessness, etc. in Buddhist thought. Could you please help me out with sources, both primary and secondary, where these concepts are used? I ...
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What does ཕལ་པོ་ཆེ། (translated to the Flower Ornament Sutra) really mean?

I am not versed in Tibetan language but wanted to know what the literal meaning of ཕལ་པོ་ཆེ། is, which is translated into either of these The Sūtra of the Buddhas' Vastness The Flower Ornament Sūtra ...
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Where are the verse markers in Perfection of Wisdom in 8000 Verses?

I am looking here at the Tibetan script text, but I don't see any indication of verses. Looking at an English translation I don't see any verses either. Is it just a metaphor or something, not ...
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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 ("...
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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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Can anyone please list important books on Buddhism?

What all are the important books, that are part of Buddhism, other than Dhammapada?
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What are the Five Pungent (Vegetables/Roots/Spices) and when were they first proscribed?

According to Salguero (2017): The Five Pungent Roots generally refer to garlic, leeks, scallions, onions, and asafoetida, as well as their subvarieties. In some sources, the list includes ginger ...
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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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Reference for the teaching of not-self

I have heard in the past a kind of argument to show that there is no self along the lines of: are you your body? No, your cells regenerate all the time. Are you your emotions? No, they come and go. ...
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Clarification on a different notion of Prince Rahula's parentage said to be in Mahayana buddhism

If we refer to Buddhist literature there are several versions of the same story. It differs between the branches Theravada and Mahayana and even within one branch the interpretation varies. Recently ...
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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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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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I'm looking for a sutta which mentions nationalism

I remember a sutta which uses the word "nationalism" in reference to a taint to be removed. It was the last in a certain sequence of taints. I think i read it on access to insight. However, when i ...
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What is the Avatamsaka Sutra about?

I'm not really expecting a short summary, but I'd be happy to get one. This is a 1600 page sutra in English (and cost over $100 on Amazon). It gets reference a lot in the Brahma Net Sutra and Huayan ...
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Did the Buddha speak Pali? Are the suttas his word verbatim?

Was Pali the language spoken during the time of the Buddha, and would he have spoken this language? Are the suttas contained in the Pali Canon verbatim what the Buddha said, or would things have been ...
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I'm trying to find a specific sutta I think

I remember there being a passage where a monk says to Buddha that he thinks the Sangha is at least 50 percent of the teaching and Buddha says something along the lines of 'it's all of it'. Can anyone ...
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Where is the most concrete exposition on the Buddhist ethics in the source material?

In the Bible a complex saga of the human experience is elaborated in a multitude of ways, and these nuances make the text hard to crack in a linear reading. However, there exists a very illuminating ...
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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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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 ...