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 ever weep in his days of Enlightenment?

Did Buddha ever weep while in his days of Enlightenment? What does Buddha say about weeping? Did he ever weep, for instance, a death of a relative?
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In the future how many Buddhas will be born?

In our world, (Earth) there were 28 Buddha born with Gautama Buddha. Some people say that Maitreya Buddha is the 29th & last Buddha. My question is, in the future how many Buddhas will born.
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Sutta Question - Three Ways of Making Merit

In AN 8.36: Ways of Meritorious Action, the Buddha speaks about different ways of making merit. He teaches that one can make merit by Giving, by practicing Virtue (Morality) and by developing ...
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Did the Buddha ever delve on the dangers of one's own spirtual achievements feeding the ego?

This question came up when I really thought back on both my and many others' spiritual journey. In the New Age community, especially, the sense of viewing things as illusions and making progress in ...
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Is it the EARTH only Place that can give birth to a Buddha?

is it the EARTH only Place that can give birth to a Buddha? isn't their any other Universes or worlds beside than Earth that Previously born Buddha or in the Future?
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What is the exact Age Limit that Buddha can live?

Does any one know what is the exact Age Limit that Buddha can live? i heard that one of previous Buddha lives His Life for 40,000 year.
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Did Buddha Return to Extreme Asceticism?

Subject sounds simple, but let me explain why I'm asking. So Gautama joined the ascetic lifestyle and lived it to the most extreme. Then it dawned on him that he would eventually die never finding out ...
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Can we rely on Buddha's quotes found on internet?

I found many quotes on internet but if we'd think we do not find any reference in any scripture so do we need to ignore them as they are possibly fake quotes? I found such: "Three things cannot be ...
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Spiritual friendship with the Buddha

I'm wondering what the Buddha said about spiritual friendship with the Buddha himself. From SN 45.2: By the following method too, Ānanda, it may be understood how the entire holy life is good ...
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To become a Buddha must a person be born in a highest caste in their society?

To become a Buddha must a person be born in a highest caste in their society? Or if someone is born in a low caste, is he unable become a Buddha?
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What was the time gap between the previous Buddha and Gautama Buddha?

We all know our last Lord Buddha Was Gautama Buddha. My question is, before him who was the Buddha? And what was the time gap between that previous Buddha and Gautama Buddha?
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Do we need to cheat the mind to escape thoughts which would lead to bad habits?

Do we need to cheat the mind? For example: A thought came: "Why not get Drunk tonight?" (I don't drink & smoke) Next Thought: "No I am not supposed to do it" (is this 'mind' talking again?) Next ...
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Should I teach an infant practice Anapana?

I want to know what the right age for a child to learn meditation, for example if I do anapana with a toddler, can it stop the development or it will help the child to stay into panya later. ...
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States of mind or extraterrestrial life

As per Buddhist teaching there are six realms in universe. Buddha,gods,demi gods,humans,animals,hell beings.Did Buddha explains extraterrestrial life or these are states of mind? Why did Buddha kept ...
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Is their any Age limit to become a Buddha?

we all know Prince Siddartha, about 29 years old when he began his quest for enlightenment. His quest was accomplished about six years later, when he was in his mid-30s became Lord Buddha. so my ...
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why is all of Buddhas past lifes referes to times of kings

The title says it all. Why does all the recollections of past lifes of Buddha revolves around times of kings which were similar to the time the Buddha was living. Why aren't there any mention of ...
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Does the Doctrine of No Soul mean there is nothing permanent to continue?

Does the doctrine of no soul is means that there is nothing permanent to continue? So is the teaching of reincarnation, rebirth misleading as there is a notion there is a continuity after death? Also ...
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How to get involved in feelings maintaining Equanimity?

Sir, when I talk to my wife over phone (maintaining equanimity) she suddenly recognize that either i am not in a mood to talk, and its obvious becuase even I know that its impossible to remain ...
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Why are there are only one Buddha per universe?

Why there are only one Buddha per universe? And why there are not more or less at any time?
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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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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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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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Why Buddha was not worried about his family after enlightenment?

Of course, after getting enlightened, One is free from worry: now the person is in higher dimension and is always happy, as he knows how perfect everything is. But still Buddha's family was there; I ...
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Buddha said “Its better to travel well than to arrive”, what does it mean?

I am not sure if Buddha said it or not, I was flipping around some Buddha quotes pictures and found an image saying "Its better to travel well than to arrive". can anyone explain What does it mean ? ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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