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How to understand Buddhism original dogma?

Buddhism has been evolving dramatically since Buddha created it. Somehow it spawned into many different 'sects' across the world. There are numerous sutra and books on Buddhism. As a beginner, it's ...
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Are there examples of the Buddha showing humour in the Pali Canon?

Leading on from this question - are there any examples of the Buddha showing a sense of humour or a certain lightness in his teachings within the Pali Canon? I was once told that it is possible to ...
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Why are exceptionally tall statues of the Buddha and Guanyin built?

When I read this article on the tallest statues in the world, I was struct by how many of them were of important Buddhist figures: of the fifteen tallest statues six are of Guanyin (Kannon/...
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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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Looking for a book that covers the biography of the Buddha's life

Which biography of the Buddha is written in (or translated into) English, and is the most widely read (from a Theravada perspective)?
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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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Would the Buddha have considered engaging in anal sex as breaking the 1st and/or 5th precept?

Would the Buddha have considered engaging in anal sex as breaking the 1st and/or 5th precepts? I would like to know this as I am trying to better understand the 5 precepts.
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Is everything about the world the 6 sense objects

I read that the world is only our 6 sense object that we percieve with our 6 sense doors, does this mean that Buddhism says that everything is mindmade and there is nothing really out there or I may ...
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Did the Buddha discourage antropomorphic representations of himself?

The first anthropomorphic representations of the Buddha appeared centuries after his death (see this related question). Buddhist art then was "aniconic", insofar as the Buddha was only represented ...
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How many countries did Lord Buddha travel?

While reading about Lord Buddha I found that he traveled to some other countries. But I couldn't find exactly how many countries. Does anyone know the answer for this?
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Is there such a thing as craving for enlightenment and would it be unwholesome?

I was wondering if for example an obsession or craving that someone has for attaining Nirvana would be considered something unwholesome. On one hand it seems to me like it would, since that person ...
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Does skillful means include meditation?

I've tried a few different Buddhist groups and they are quite prescriptive when it comes to meditation practices. They have their own system and everyone does it. But the Buddha used skillful means ...
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Was Buddha one man?

On Wikipedia Buddha redirects to Gautama Buddha, but there is also a List of the twenty-eight Buddhas Was Buddha a single human man? Or is Buddha a concept or maybe a spirit often reborn?
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Did the Buddha ever refute the view of “extreme metaphysical nihilism” e.g. a view that “nothing is real”?

Important note: I am only using the word "real" only in the sense of meaning "exists and is not an illusion". I am defining "extreme metaphysical nihilism" as the belief that "nothing is real". I ...
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What is the opinion of Buddhism on the caste system and untouchability of Hinduism?

The Varnashrama dharma (caste system) is the backbone of Brahminism (Hinduism), untouchability is a part of that social order. We all know that Gautama Buddha was against Varnashrama dharma, and ...
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What do “Buddhist” in modern world do on the highest fest-day in the year?

Not only as a reminder of Vesaka Puja, birth-, awakening- and day of depart of the Sublime Buddha: What to "Buddhists" do on this great day to be reminded on the lineage of goodness, having nourished ...
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What is the meaning in the Buddha walking seven steps?

When Buddha was born, he walked seven steps and then stopped without stepping the eighth step, and at every step there was a shower of rain. I ask: what does the seven steps symbolize?
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Does the Buddha like dogs?

I am not a buddhist but I have a friend who is. He dislikes dogs and I have questioned him as to whether he is a true Buddhist. I believe that the Buddha is peaceful and nature loving, and so would ...
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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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Is the Buddha God?

Is the Buddha an historic person (did he really exist)? If yes, was he a human being or a God, or both, or a human that became a god or God? Do Buddhists regard him as an emanation of God (for ...
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What does Buddhism say about having dreams about the Buddha?

Is there any meaning given to dreams of the Buddha? For example is it considered an omen a sign or meaningless ...? EDIT: Sorry i have to change the edit back to the Buddha instead of Bodhisattva.My ...
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Gautama self torture, holding his breath

I posted yesterday here for my first time and received many very helpful answers. I'm so grateful for having found this site because I always have questions. In continuing with yesterday's question ...
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How do I refute the claim that the Buddha was actually preaching Vedanta?

Some people are obsessed with making a great personality and revolutionary like the Buddha a follower of their own faith by making baseless, historically inaccurate and factually incorrect claims. One ...
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What is happening to Lord Buddha after “parinirvana”?

We all know that after Lord Buddha's parinirvana, he will never be born again. So my question is, if Lord Buddha does not have a rebirth after parinirvana, what is actually happening to him (after ...
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How do you pray correctly in Buddhism?

I have been calling myself a Buddhist for as long as I can remember, but I have never done it right. I notice that my mom would chant the mantras from the book, while usually I would just say anything ...
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Why Buddha rejected Upanishad and Veda?

For what reason did Buddha rejected Upanishad and Vedas?
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Can Buddha be insulted by disrespect? [closed]

I found a video about Leshan Giant Buddha and was watching it with my family. In that video some workers were cleaning the statue's head while walking on it (it is a giant statue) - and my family ...
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Why does the Buddha blame Ananda asking him to remain living forever?

in the Digha Nikaya 16 The Buddhas Final Nibbhana , the Buddha blames Ananda for not requesting that the Buddha live for aeons, three times. he had only asked him twice. Why does the Buddha blame ...
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Lovingkindness and Compassion of the Buddha?

In an effort to understand the concept of lovingkindness it would help me to see how the Buddha explicitly described lovingkindness and specific acts of his unconditional compassion. I've heard from ...
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Caste of Sujātā

What was the caste of Sujātā, the woman who offered the Buddha a bowl of rice milk? I am trying to check a reference to her as a Brahman. She is described as a milkmaid, daughter of a landowner.
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What is the ultimate goal of Buddhism? Is it nirvana?

What is the ultimate goal of Buddhism? Why should a person practice Buddhism, what will it provide to him? Various religions have various goals. For example, the ultimate goal in Christianity is ...
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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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Who was the Buddha's teacher?

When Asita muni had told to King Shuddhodhana that " If he becomes a householder, he will become a universal monarch. But if he goes forth from the home to a homeless life, he will become a ...
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Is the arising of Buddhas a cosmological evolutionary occurrence?

...if not, then who or what is governing these occurrences? In the Diamond Sutta (see excerpt below) Buddha mentions the previous Buddha as being called Dīpankara Buddha possibly existing around ten ...
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Why the Buddha abandoned asceticism

It is commonly known that the Buddha decided that asceticism does not lead to enlightenment, but less common is the reason why given. From Ajahn Brahm's book Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond, it appears ...
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Do enlighted people cry? Did the Buddha ever cry?

What is the Buddhist view on crying? I don't remember hearing or reading about the Buddha ever crying. Is crying a consequence of "lack of understanding" of the ultimate reality?
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Miracles from Lord Buddha vs messages from Gods?

I live in Sri Lanka and many good Buddhist ceremonies take place all year long. And more often than not in almost all of these major functions something extraordinary happens that leave the whole ...
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“Take joy! I am your guarantor for getting 500 dove-footed nymphs.”

The Nanda sutta seems contrary to what the Buddha teaches with regard to sensual desire. Therefore, I don't understand how this was a wise approach in the case of Nanda even though Nanda acquired ...
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What is opinion of Nichiren Buddhism on the concept of a Creator or Supreme Being?

What is the opinion of Nichiren Buddhism on the concept of a Creator or Supreme Being?
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Why do Buddhists believe there is no creator?

Why do Buddhists believe there is no creator? Do Buddhists in general also believe there is no supreme being, or do they settle on that there is no intervening supreme being? Are these the Buddha's ...
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How did Buddha Explain the Creation Of the World?

I have heard that Buddha explained how the world is recreated after a destruction, in Aggan̄n̄a Sutta. One tale told by the Buddha in the Aggan̄n̄a Sutta describes the process of recreation on this ...
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Why wasn't the Buddha a solipsist?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not asking because I consider myself a great person etc., Chakravartin, but why didn't the Buddha take solipsism seriously, perhaps before his complete enlightenment? If he's ...
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How come Devdutta is also Buddha's brother-in-law?

In this wiki article it says Devdutta is his Brother in law but how?
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Did Gautama Buddha endorse the caste system?

Did Gautama Buddha endorse the caste system? Buddhism: An Atheistic and Anti-Caste Religion? Modern Ideology and Historical Reality of the Ancient Indian Bauddha Dharma by Edmun Weber Hans ...
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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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Is there any God or Satan in Buddhism? Is there any heaven or hell in Buddhism?

Every religion has a God and Satan, heaven and hell. Religion by definition means deification of a Supreme Being or worship of any deity. Monotheistic religions, like Islam and Christianity, have a ...
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The Buddha and the Jhanas

This is a continuation of an original question I asked, linked here: Buddhist Jhanas, how best to describe them? My question is: can any of you link me directly to the instances in primary sources (...
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Are there Goddesses in Buddhism? If yes, who are they?

If they exist, then how are they connected to the God(s)/Lord Buddha?
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Why Buddha said “There is No God” and Later “There is God”?

EXPLANATION : In many TV shows,sites I came to know that Buddha gave Different answers about God to Two Persons. Buddha To a Ram Bhakta : A Devotee of Lord Ram(Hindu God) was confused that God is ...
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What Nichiren Buddhism says about rebirth and reincarnation?

What is the view of Nichirenism/ Nichiren Buddhism on rebirth and reincarnation? What was the opinion of Nichiren on rebirth and reincarnation? What was the opinion of Gautama Buddha on rebirth and ...