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Supposed Buddhist Scripture Predicting that only through Jesus can Nirvana be reached

http://bibleprobe.com/buddhatoldofjesus.htm Hi, I have been examining the similarities between what Jesus and Buddha taught and I came across this site of the above link in which the author claims ...
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Is self-immolation murder? [duplicate]

Buddhism teaches prohibits murder, but some Buddhist monks self-immolate. Is this inline with Buddhist teachings or contrary to them?
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Did the Buddha ever 'thunder' during a Fire Sermon?

If I recall correctly, I once read (in a book which I no longer have) that: The Fire Sermon happened (soon) after the Setting the Wheel of Dhamma in Motion The Buddha spoke it to a believer/theorist/...
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Help locating a Jataka Tale

In this interesting take on Buddhism and modern psychology via the Jataka Tales and the DSM, is this passage: The Jathka storyteller elegantly portrays the clinical picture of a monk (in Dummbala ...
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What's the difference between Samma Sambuddho and Buddho

Both are in the nine qualities of the Buddha but I can't see a distinctive difference. Is there supposed to be a distinctive difference or are these qualities an example of repetition?
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What is the text in which the Buddha gets a migraine?

In the Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition lecture series Grant Hardy mentions that there is a Buddhist sutra or text when the Buddha gets a migraine (it's probably not described as a ...
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Where is the Buddha originally quoted as saying “On heaven and earth, I alone am honored”?

In Chinese and especially Japanese Buddhism, the statement 天上天下唯我独尊 (Japanese tenjou tenge yui ga dokuson; not sure about the Chinese transliteration), which is typically translated as "On heaven and ...
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14 questions left unanswered

I am questioning myself and my practice of answering questions and was stopped by the following website. http://www.berzinarchives.com/web/en/archives/sutra/level4_deepening_understanding_path/...
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What tenets must a person accept to be a Buddhist?

I'm curious what minimal tenets a person must accept in order to be considered a Buddhist. As an example of the type of answer I'm looking for, I'll give you the minimal tenets of Christianity as I ...
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Was the Buddha an arahant?

According to Theravadan Buddhism would the Buddha have been considered an arahant? Is this word synonymous with the title 'the Buddha' or does being the Buddha mean something over and above being an ...
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What is the exact number of jataka tales?

What is the exact number of original jataka tales? If we look around we see Jataka tales, panchatantra, Esop's fables and many others are all mixed up. Where can I read original Jataka tales online?
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Has Buddha attained Nirvana after death?

It is said that the Buddha attained Nirvana after his death. But how do we know that it is true? Are there any physical signs to recognize?
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Does memory persist across different births of an individual?

I've read that the Buddha could remember his past life. Does this means that the memory of a person lasts across different life times?
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What caused the Golden Bowl to go upstream?

After finishing the last meal before attaining enlightenment, the Ascetic Gautama threw the golden bowl into the river and said: "If I am to succeed in becoming a Buddha today, let this bowl go ...
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What are Buddha-fields and Dharma-fields in Buddhism? What roles do they play in various lineages?

Recently, I heard the terms Buddha-fields and Dharma-fields. It was explained as a place to do good deeds for gaining good karma. However, I'm not sure about the explanation or what it means. What ...
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Who is the laughing Buddha?

Given that Gautama Buddha was an ascetic until shortly before his enlightenment and several Dhammapada verses reflect a moderate attitude toward food, such as: Verse 7: He who keeps his mind on ...
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Why does the Buddha appear androgynous in some depictions?

In quite a few depictions of the Buddha in artwork, he appears androgynous. Does this represent something significant in terms of a Buddhist message or ideal, or is this just an artistic style?