Questions tagged [the-buddha]

For questions about the Buddha (Siddartha Gautama) as a person - his life, sayings, actions, etc.

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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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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 ...
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What are The Buddha's most compassionate acts?

Source could be from sutras or anything else. Thank you.
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Did the Buddha believe in the existence of soul? [duplicate]

Did Gautama Buddha believe in the existence of soul in human body? If not, why?
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Why did Buddha choose sacred fig for meditating and austerity?

Is there any reason or any sutta tells why Buddha choose sacred fig for meditation and austerity?
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Why was Lord Buddha reluctant to ordain females as Bhikkuni initially?

I have learnt that Lord Buddha was initially reluctant to ordain females but after a lot of convincing by his step mother Buddha started ordaining females. Why was he initially reluctant? If not for ...
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What is the fastest way to reach enlightenment?

I am asking for reference request and sutras where a person can cut through samsara quickly and obtain liberation. I have heard a story when Buddha was asked this question and he replied "Sound". ...
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Buddha's self-declaration without identity view and without conceit

In this question, the OP asked: In the context of the four stages of enlightenment would it be right to say that, without identity-view, there's no such thing as an "enlightened person": ...
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Ignorance and the root of suffering?

Searching the Pali Canon for the "root of suffering", we find the direct definition only occurs in a few suttas: delight is the root of suffering (MN1) attachment is the root of suffering (MN105, ...
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Did the Buddha believe in rebirth and reincarnation? [duplicate]

The Buddha didn't believe in a Supreme Being, or a universal soul. The Buddha didn't even believe in a soul. Then how could he preach rebirth and reincarnation when he didn't even believe in a soul? ...
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How to refute the claim that the Buddha was an “avatar” of Vishnu? [closed]

We as Buddhists know that Gautama Buddha didn't believe in a Supreme Being or an universal soul. We also know that the Buddha criticised the Vedic/Astik shastras, rejected the Vedic religion and the ...
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Did the Buddha teach Engaged Buddhism?

Did the Buddha teach some measure of "Engaged Buddhism", to maybe more of a lay person audience? Did the Buddha ever teach "Engaged Buddhism" to the Bhikkhus? What Buddhist scriptures support ...
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Does God exist in Buddhism?

I'm new to this site. So I'd like to ask a question about God. Do Buddhists believe in the existence of a God? Does Lord Buddha mention anything about this?
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Did the Buddha leave room for the possibility of a self?

Did the Buddha teach that a self or soul (whether permanent and fixed or impermanent and changing) cannot be found, did he teach that it cannot exist, or what?
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How did the Buddha subdue fear and terror while standing, sitting, etc.?

The Bhaya Bherava Sutta (MN4) states the following: ...I stayed in the sort of places that are awe-inspiring and make your hair stand on end, such as park-shrines, forest-shrines, & tree-...
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What exactly was the difference between Alara Kalama & uddaka rāmaputta teachings?

Correct me if I am wrong. Siddharth went to Alara Kalama, who told him to focus on his breath in order to get rid of Feelings, (Buddha achieved Alara Kalama level in 2 months), Now he told his ...
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Did the Buddha ever mention the Upanishads or the Vedas?

I don't know a lot about those two, but I hear that they are full of wisdom. Since they date farther back than buddhism, I was wondering if the Buddha ever mentioned them. What did he think of them? ...
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Is there a difference between the 32 physical characteristics and the the 32 physical marks?

Why does the Buddha ask the same question twice, and why does Subhuti answer it two different ways? In Diamond Sutra Chapter 13 “Subhuti, what do you think? Can the Buddha be perceived by means of ...
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Buddhist views on transgender issues [duplicate]

The Buddha or the scriptures do not state specifically if an individual being a transgender is right or wrong. So how would a Buddhist interpret this in a modern light and why?
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Why does the Buddha, in the Pali Canon, periodically engage in harsh speech?

Throughout the Pali Canon you can find instances where the Buddha appears to engage in harsh speech that seems to be contrary to the noble eighfold path. There are several important points/...
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Did the Buddha ever talk about his family?

When Siddhārtha Gautama left his home to become an ascetic, he left a wife, son, father and step mother. His achievement of enlightenment and subsequent teachings of the 4 Noble Truths and 8 Fold ...
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What was the historical Buddha's ethnicity?

Gautama Buddha is traditionally regarded as having a noble body with 32 signs of a Great Man and one of those signs are deep blue eyes. I came across many online discussions about Buddha's ethnicity ...
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Buddha's past lives in the Pali Suttas outside of Jataka

According to this answer for the question "Does Theravada Buddhism accept Jataka Stories?": The Theravada accepts the Jataka stories as commentarial literature; they are not canonical, but are ...
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Conscience in Buddhism

Conscience is described as being the moral sense in which an individual makes decisions. Do Buddhists believe there is a conscience? If so how is it defined
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Importance of making and sharing merit

What are the benefits of transferring karmic fruitfulness and how is this done by Buddhists?
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Do monks not have responsibility towards parents and family?

In this age, getting enlightened is not sought after by many as in Buddhas era. So I assume it must be harder for parents to accept such a decision. But monks who decide to ordain also have ...
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Was the Buddha a vegetarian?

Was Sakyamuni Buddha a vegetarian? I've heard that he ate some pork and got poisoned by it when he died? Yet the precepts say that he was vegetarian. Which one is correct?
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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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What is real meanning of Prathipathi poojawa?

I know best poojawa is prathipathi poojawa. Does it mean follow the Lord Buddha's instructions? However what is a depth meaning of it? And how can I achieve it?
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Can the Buddha ever be a woman?

Is it true that the Buddha will never be a woman? If so, why is this? To be specific, I am particularly asking whether or not the Buddha itself can be female. I am not asking whether a woman can ...
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Why is fasting allowed in Buddhism?

One of the answers to this question 'Is there a tradition or practice involving fasting in Buddhism or Buddhist countries?' says that fasting is followed by Tibetan Buddhists. Why is fasting allowed ...
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Questions of Faith

Which sects or schools of Buddhism make the least reference to reincarnation and memories of past lives ?, also the least likely to talk about deities ? Which texts are the most accurate records of ...
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Alternative to lying?

This looks like a bunch of riddles, for that pardon me.... If someone run past you and some chasing him with weapons ask you if you saw him or not, seeing the danger that he is in you might want to ...
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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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Is Gautama Buddha the greatest Buddha who ever existed?

According to tradition, there were 27 Buddhas before Gautama Buddha. Is Gautama Buddha the greatest Buddha out of all the 28 Buddhas?
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Do transformation bodies appear before a buddha reaches enlightenment?

Do transformation bodies appear before a buddha reaches enlightenment? So that the many bodies of Shakyamuni that the fan Wang ching (Sutra of Brahmas net) claims Vairocana manifests may have ...
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What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom?

I keep on long wondered the difference between wisdom and knowledge. I do not understand why the Buddha refers only to the intellect without talking to intellectuals?