Questions tagged [the-buddha]

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

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What are some good sources to know more about the Buddha and his teachings [closed]

When I was going through difficult face my life, I read little bit about the Buddha's thoughts and it really changed my life. When I started to think from his perspective, I explored a new way of ...
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If there is no soul or self, why did the Buddha speak of his past lives?

How is it possible that he had past lives and how did he know they were his? What defines them as his?
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Was the Buddha misogynistic?

The introduction to the Dhamma Wiki's Buddhism and Misogyny article says, Nevertheless, there are some non-Buddhists and even some Buddhists that contend that the Buddha was misogynistic. This is ...
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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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When do I realize that I am free from rebirth?

By following the Buddha's Path, when will I realize that I am free from rebirth and suffering? Is there any indication or sign ? Does one knows it at one's death bed?
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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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Was The Buddha only human, or was he super-human?

Before Siddhartha Gautama attained Enlightenment, did he have a normal human body with normal human attributes? Or was his body anatomically different or superior to yours and mine in its physical ...
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Did the Buddha form a monastery?

According to Wikipedia's Buddhist monasticism article, the Buddha formed the first monastery. There is no source, 'though. To quote: Buddhist Monasticism is one of the earliest surviving forms of ...
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How sacrosanct is the “source material” of Buddhism?

In this answer to my question about why we keep referring to antiquated old parables and similes, Inzenity wrote, "The scriptures are part of the teachings, the source of the teachings. It makes ...
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Teachings from Buddhas other than Gautama

I asked this question earlier: What "religions" did previous Buddhas practice? Now I'm wondering if any teachings from earlier (or later) Buddhas have been passed down to our time. And if ...
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What “religions” did previous Buddhas practice?

I recently found a book called "A Buddhist Bible". In it, Buddha refers to that there have been many Buddhas before him. If Buddha was the one to put the foundations of Buddhism, what "religions" did ...
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Why does the Buddha always answer a question if asked three times?

I've read in many places in the Pali canon that the Buddha will answer a question if asked three times even if the Buddha is extremely reluctant to give the answer. For instance in the Talaputa Sutta ...
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When did the Buddha get surrounded by lots of animals?

I remember an image of the Buddha being surrounded by animals. I think the story is that they all flocked around after his enlightenment though I could be wrong. Does anyone know what the story is ...
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Supernatural beings and the 31 planes of existence

Did the Buddha have any personal experience with maras and devas and supernatural beings in general? And, if I'm not mistaken, the 31 planes of existence is something he taught. So, how did he come ...
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Why are Buddhas always Indian, male and human?

Dipankara, Siddhartha Gotama, Maithreya to name a few (of the 28 named in the Buddhavamsa) - it feels a bit like a Hollywood plot where it's always only an all American hero that fights off the alien ...
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Words of the Buddha

This question is motivated by a comment from another user. Highlights in the quote are made by me. It's written: "You have no reason to believe that any words of the Buddha are preserved except ...
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Buddha's past lives in the Jatakas

In multiple Jataka stories, the Buddha tells of his different past lives, multiple of which occurred under King Brahmadatta. Am I missing something here? How is it that the Buddha was living multiple ...
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When and where were the mother and father of Buddha born?

Undoubtedly Buddha was a very famous person. I am very eager to know who were his mother and father and when and where they were born?
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Why did the Buddha suffer before he died?

I understand that the Buddha became severely ill prior to his death as a result of eating bad food. I also was under the impression that perfectly enlightened beings have obliterated, or rendered ...
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Does any sect claim that only Shakyamuni will ever achieve great nirvana

ARe there any schools which say that Shakyamuni the historical Buddha, alone, will ever be a Buddha? I understand that some might identify him fully with the dharmakaya, but isn't it completely ...
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Detailed definition of Lokavidu

I've seen this translated as knower of worlds/cosmos and with relation to the senses as what arises, but I still don't have a solid understanding, can someone add clarity?
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Is ritual described in the Pali canon?

There are a great many Buddhist rituals which vary across Buddhist schools and traditions. Did the Buddha describe any rituals which were to be done as part of practice in the Pali canon? Or are the ...
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Where are the references of Vesak in the Pali canon?

It is traditionally believed that the Buddha was born, enlightened and passed away on the date(tithi) of Vesak. Now it does not seem to be very probable that all three major incidents of one's life ...
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Did the Buddha work with teachers from other spiritual traditions?

Within the Pali canon the Buddha often vigorously debates with Brahmin priests. However in the Buddha's time there were a lot of other spiritual traditions too. Did the Buddha have more cordial ...
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Did the Buddha have more advice for the lay follower than is typically supposed?

In the book The Buddha's Teachings to Laypeople: Practical Advice for Prosperity and Lasting Happiness the author Bhikkhu Rahula Basnagoda claims that the Buddha actually had a lot of advice for the ...
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What is the relation between Nirvana and Parinirvana?

The Buddha attained Nirvana at the age of 35. He lived 45 years more after which his Parinirvana occurred. Is it not somewhat contradictory? If Nirvana means the end of rebirth and rebirth means the ...
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Why did the Buddha touch the earth at his enlightenment?

At the Buddha's enlightenment, he pointed to the earth or touched the earth, meaning the earth (or world) was adequate witness to his spiritual accomplishment or new status, or, perhaps the only ...
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Why the Buddha didn't originally allow ordination of women

Is it true that the Buddha didn't allow women in the Sangha? If this is true then why is that?
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What does it mean to “see the Dhamma”

In a number of the books I'm reading on Buddhism, and in a number of talks I've heard on the subject, I repeatedly encounter the idea that the Buddha "saw the Dhamma" or that he "witnessed Dhamma" or ...
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Attainment of enlightenment without desire

The Noble Truths make us aware that the cause of suffering is desire. Isn't it a desire to become enlightened and attain Nirvana; thus, causes suffering? If you drop the desire, will it be possible to ...
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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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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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What are the Eighteen Buddha Attributes?

There are Eighteen Buddha Attributes, that belong only to a perfectly enlightened Buddha. What are they?
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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 are the “Five Daily Recollections” and their benefits?

Question is in the title. What are these daily recollections and how can they be used in ones practice?
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Can one remove the asavas without becoming an arahant?

Can one remove the asavas without becoming an arahant?
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Should a Buddhist feel offended by misuses of Buddha's name or image?

I have just found out that there is a person producing and selling a beer in my town called "Buddha Beer" with Hotei's picture on it. Initially I found it offensive and disrespectful (marketing ...
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Finding The Right Buddhist “Vehicle” / Sect For An Individual

I know there are three vehicles in Buddhism: Therevada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. It seems there are so many sects of buddhism. Each of these three vehicles has sub-sects, (Zen, Pureland). Do the ...
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Did the Buddha try to effect social change?

This month is Buddhist Action Month in the UK when we try to be a bit more socially engaged. To quote from the website Despite Buddhism's reputation for stillness and withdrawal from the world, ...
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Do we know in what posture the Buddha sat under the Bodhi tree?

I was reading yesterday this blog by a Zen nun and in this post she casually says in the third to last paragraph that we don't know in what posture the Buddha did sit under the Bodhi tree. I found ...
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What if the Buddha wasn't a prince?

If the Buddha wasn't a prince would his outlook on life been different? If he was a farmer looking after his land, feeding his family for example, would he have simply left his responsibilities behind ...
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Is there any canonical descriptions of the physical characteristics of the Buddha?

Question is in the title. Im aware of descriptions of the Buddha in which he is described as "god-like" or "supernatural". Im looking for any canonical descriptions of the physical characteristics ...
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Is the title of tathagata ever literal?

I think it translates as e.g. "one who has thus gone". My question is whether any historical being has ever really and in entirety "thus gone". Perhaps in spirit, or in expression, but if e.g. ...
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How to reduce distractions in sitting practice?

How are people supposed to practice sitting meditation when there are so many distractions around like working, internet social media pages and other things like that?
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Did the Buddha talk about “out of body” experiences?

Does there exists records of the Buddha talking about something that could be interpreted as an "out of body" experience? Wikipedia defines this as, An out-of-body experience (OBE or sometimes ...
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Where did the Buddha say that the minor rules for monks could be ignored?

In his lecture course Sacred Texts of the World, Grant Hardy said that the Buddha had instructed that the minor rules for monks could be ignored. However the Buddha didn't say which rules he ...
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How the Buddha retained his awareness?

The Buddha (siddhartha, as per me) was a human being. He felt pain, happiness, dullness, recession for himself, his family(age-wise) and other one's and etc. How he retained his awareness? Was there ...
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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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Did the Buddha give any advice on how to manage economy?

I was wondering if the Buddha did give any advice on how to manage personal economics? I assume that the advice would be the middle way as applied to everything else in Buddhism. To stay away from ...
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What exactly were the parks that the Buddha spent time in?

Whe I read the Pali Canon the BUddha seems to spend a lot of his time in parks in various locations. Often in the suttas these 'parks' are mentioned in the introduction to the text. For instance the ...

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