Questions tagged [the-buddha]

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

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Did the Buddha tell how to visit another part of universe via meditation?

Based on this answer I came to know that the Buddha has spoken about life on other planets; so did he ever explain any method, how to visit those places while doing meditation? Weirdly I have read ...
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Buddha's opinion on late night talk shows

I am wondering what Buddha would have said about late night talk shows that are now busy making fun of Donald Trump. Do they break the precept on gossiping and frivolous talk since they are making fun ...
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Who were the first followers of the Buddha?

I've read that the Buddha's mother Maya became the first Buddhist. Who were the first followers of the Buddha other than his mother?
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Will 10,000 hours of Vipasanna be enough for Enlightenment?

As studies says 10,000 hours of practice usually makes an expert in your field, be it athletes, musician, doctors, engineers or any profession. So I was wondering if I start doing 10 days course ...
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Could the Buddha have touched goal and gems in the 7 weeks after enlightenment

Lord Buddha and other 'rahath' priests are prohibited to touch any jewels. So how could Lord Buddha stay inside the ruwan ge, which is totally made with gems? For example, Main places to honor and ...
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Can Buddhism help me find my passion?

I have been trying to find my passion for last many years, to be honest I do not even know how should I try to find my passion. Though I have been practicing meditation for last couple of years (not ...
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Previous gurus or teachers of the Buddha

When Gautama left his palace to become an ascetic, it is said that he found some Gurus he learnt from, and left further dissatisfied. Is there any mention of that period of the Buddha's life in the ...
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How to Focus consciously?

I have been trying to read while being conscious about myself or breathe but it seems impossible: I can think about only one thing at a time, and even if I do it "consciously" then I have to go ...
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Is Buddha a Man or Woman?

Was Buddha a Man or Woman? Was he/she sometimes know as a man and sometimes as a woman? Why was he/she sometimes know as a man and sometimes as a woman? What was his/her real gender? Give proof please....
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Is rebirth a conventional truth within the Buddha's message?

There is a lot on this site (and elsewhere) on the validity of rebirth, whether it is necessary to understand the Buddha's message, or to reach enlightenment etc. My question is slightly different ...
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How did the Buddha define success?

I read somewhere that Buddha said "Those who fear death have not lived wisely". What did he meant by "Living Wisely" ? I sometimes interpret this to mean that I should take a chance, quit my job, ...
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What would the Buddha say about science and rebirth [closed]

Did the Buddha ever say anything like the following? I cannot prove that there is no rebirth with deduction alone I cannot prove that there is no rebirth with induction alone, because I have never ...
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Why should we worship statues of Lord Buddha?

Why should we worship Lord Buddha statues with flowers, lights and food, even when we know Lord Buddha is not alive and does not exist? Did Lord Buddha instruct us to do so or is there any other ...
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Why my Mind told me to Sleep?

I have observed one thing, when i meditated first time Vipassana last week, i saw vibrations in my body, but after that day its been many days i have not seen them, in-fact i can not sit for long (...
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Why do i look sad, while doing things consciously?

I have started doing things consciously, i don't want to laugh anymore, i just want to maintain that inner peace felt in doing things meditatively. But people have started asking that "i am looking ...
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Does Vesak means Vaishakh?

Vesak means on the day Buddha born and is word Vesak (Pali; Sanskrit: Vaiśākha) means Vaishakh month by marathi calendar(Maharshtra, India)?
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What does the Buddha mean by this quote?

There is no punishment for anger. It is the anger which will punish you I pondered on this for a few hours now but can't understand the meaning. Tnx for all the help
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How should I spend my day, according to Lord Buddha teachings?

According to Lord Buddha teachings, How should a normal employee spend his/her day ? How much time should one meditate? (annapanna or vipassana) ? While sitting in office, how should i sit (...
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Does dreams make sense?

I've watched on t.v that a monk had dreamt that Lama told him a lady will come to monastery and will request him let her with them when this was only for monks though he going to let her with them and ...
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Does Buddha bless all human beings?

Unlike all other gods and deities, Buddha blesses everyone on this earth without caring who is believing in his techniques (Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha). But god wouldn't bless someone unless he starts ...
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Feeding meat to pets is it a good karma or bad?

I switched my diet to complete vegetarian diet just out of compassion towards animals. However I am confused about feeding meat to my pet dogs. Feeding meat to one animal will directly or indirectly ...
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Downfall of the Buddhist religion?

I feel that Buddhism is not what it used to be (the original teachings of Lord Buddha). It has got corrupted and what is left mostly relates terminology and worldly-matter and excuses. For-example: ...
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what is the difference between Ego and self respect?

What is the explanation of Ahankaara(Ego) & Swabhimaan(Self Respect) as per Buddhism ? Is there any way something in a way so that one keeps his self respect without showing Ego ?
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Did Buddha walk on water? Was Jesus trained as a Buddhist?

In this video it is said that Buddha walked on water. Is that true and written down? And why did he do that? It also says that Jesus might have been trained in the ways of Buddhism? Is there evidence ...
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Is no soul doctrine (there is no eternal soul) supported in Buddhist suttas?

"The purification of one's own mind/will (citta); this is the Doctrine of the Buddha" [DN 2.49] "How is it that one is called a 'Buddha'?...gnosis that the mind/will (citta) is purified (visuddham)......
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Why Lord Buddha didn't stay alive till the end of this “Kalpa”

I have heard that Lord Buddha once told Ananda thero that a Buddha can live till the end of a Kalpa, if he wishes so. He did this because he wanted Ananda thero to invite him to live till the end of ...
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Why didn't the Buddha speak about God and the soul?

The Four Noble Truths and Eight Noble Paths are the main principles of the Buddha and every person can be a Buddha if he/she follows these principles. As far as I've heard the Buddha didn't believe ...
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Causes of Reincarnation

If Buddha didn't believe in soul why did he believe in Re-incarnation, after life etc which could be because of soul ? What causes one to be born again, is that the desire, if it's the desire, Buddh's ...
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What are the “Qualities of the Buddha”?

What is meant by the phrase the "qualities of the Buddha"? Are these qualities to which unenlightened people can aspire or do these qualities emerge only upon enlightenment?
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What is meaning of Buddha and how he called Buddha?

By marathi language "Buddhi" means intellectual so what is meaning of "Buddha" or is same as Buddhi? Does people started call him Buddha ?
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How does enlightenment relate to the higher realms of existence?

How does nibbāna relate to the 31 lokas and does rebirth into higher realms of existence precede enlightenment or result from it? Many thanks.
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Why is Buddha presented as an overweight man? [duplicate]

I am not trying to offend anyone of to be disrespectful, but I cannot help to notice that the images of Buddha always represent him as an overweight man. In my culture an overweight person is ...
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Did Buddha ever deny the existence of God?

I heard that when Buddha was asked about God, he kept silent. Although perhaps in Buddhism nothing really exists, did Buddha ever deny the existence of God? Hasn't he really never spoken about God?
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Did aliens come to meet Lord Buddha?

In lord Buddha's daily routine, divided into five parts as follows. the morning session the afternoon session the first watch the middle watch (10.00 P.M. TO 2.00 A.M.) the last watch So the 4th ...
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Where does it say Siddhartha Gautama mastered all types of meditation?

I vaguely recall that before he sat to meditate under the bodhi tree and was enlightened, he learned all the different techniques of meditation. Where does it say this?
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Buddha's advice regarding meditation practice

It seems clear to me that the Buddha's only intention throughout his life (after becoming a Buddha) was to help as many people as possible to reach Nibbana. But I think he gives different meditation ...
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What were the Buddha's meditation methods and practices during his pre-enlightenment wandering years in India?

I am not clear about one important phase of the Buddha's life: when he was a wandering aspirant, after leaving his two earlier teachers of yoga. There is not much reliable information available about ...
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Did lord buddha preach not to get angry even if a leg is cut?

Has lord Buddha preached not to get angry even if limbs are cut if you are a real follower of me? If so, please quote from the relevant sutta
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Why worship Buddha?

How do Buddhists worship Buddha. What is the purpose of Buddhists in worshiping and making Buddha images?
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Evidence of Pali Canon's Origin

Are the Buddha's words the source of the Pali Canon? What evidence is there of the Pali Canon's origin? What do scholars say?
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Are the thirty-one planes of existence real places or just metaphors?

And How the buddha know all of these things. I suppose he knew from meditation until enlighten? So it is possible that just by mediation alone one can know about other realm of existence. http://www....
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Where is the description of the vow and the Bodhi tree?

There's a famous story that, eventually, the Buddha vowed not to move until he gained enlightenment. The story can be found for example here: Still seeking a way to understand the meaning of life, ...
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Did the Buddha ever mention or encounter Jews?

I understand that Siddhartha Gautama Buddha lived at the same time as the ancient Israelites (Jews) and that India knew of Israel and that ancient Israel knew of India and that the two nations traded ...
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What were the last word of Lord Buddha according to different schools of Buddhism?

I am a Theravada Buddhist.i am curious to know about Lord Buddha's Last words according to different schools of Buddhism.
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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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Is Siddhartha Gautama the last recognized Buddha?

Does Siddharta Gautama happen to be the last person to reach Buddhahood?
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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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How does the Buddha define “atheist”?

As usually atheist is mean a belief that there is no god. Is there any definition by Buddha about atheist ? I read philosophy that inhumanity would called atheist really other than belief in god .
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Did Buddha forbid paying respect to deities of contemporary traditions?

Buddhism shares many deities with Brahmanism(Hinduism) and Jainism for example, Indra, Yama, etc. (Though the story associated with them might differ between the traditions, the central persona is the ...