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

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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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What is the meaning in the Buddha walking seven steps?

When Buddha was born, he walked seven steps and then stopped without stepping the eighth step, and at every step there was a shower of rain. I ask: what does the seven steps symbolize?
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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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Which Buddha do Buddhists take refuge in?

Does one take refuge into the concept of Buddhahood or refuge into Gautama Buddha? What about Vairocana Buddha or Amitābha Buddha for that matter? I've heard various things from taking refuge in a ...
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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 cure someone?

Perhaps you could say that by teaching his path he healed many people; but what I meant is more direct, physical healing: is there something written about that?
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Anesthesia, being knocked out, unconsciousness…what does the Buddha have to say about it?

This is something that I have trouble coming to grips with. If the mind can be aware without a body or brain then how is it possible that one can experience things like the Bardo when we know that ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should I teach an infant practice Anapana?

I want to know what is 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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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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Shouldn't we take Lord Buddha's word above the all others?

I have seen many answers to questions referring teachings of modern teacher in this SE. But as i have learned Lord Buddha's understanding is above any other,even above an arahant. Dhamma/Dharma ...
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Did the Buddha have special instructions to deal with masturbation?

Did he teach special ways to handle those sexual lusts, did he prohibit it, or just not paying any attention to it? If so what were they?
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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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Did the Buddha ever refute the view of “extreme metaphysical nihilism” e.g. a view that “nothing is real”?

Important note: I am only using the word "real" only in the sense of meaning "exists and is not an illusion". I am defining "extreme metaphysical nihilism" as the belief that "nothing is real". I ...
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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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What interaction did the Buddha have with his family after leaving?

I know he did some teaching with his mother in the heaven realms but what other incidents are mentioned in the cannon?
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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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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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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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Can Buddha be insulted by disrespect? [closed]

I found a video about Leshan Giant Buddha and was watching it with my family. In that video some workers were cleaning the statue's head while walking on it (it is a giant statue) - and my family ...
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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 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?
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Is there such a thing as craving for enlightenment and would it be unwholesome?

I was wondering if for example an obsession or craving that someone has for attaining Nirvana would be considered something unwholesome. On one hand it seems to me like it would, since that person ...
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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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How do you pray correctly in Buddhism?

I have been calling myself a Buddhist for as long as I can remember, but I have never done it right. I notice that my mom would chant the mantras from the book, while usually I would just say anything ...
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How to understand Buddhism original dogma?

Buddhism has been evolving dramatically since Buddha created it. Somehow it spawned into many different 'sects' across the world. There are numerous sutra and books on Buddhism. As a beginner, it's ...
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Are some of the supernormal powers a direct contradiction to old age, sickness, and death being unavoidable?

If a supremely enlightened being can become many, walk through walls and dive into the ground as if it were water doesn't this mean that he is not dependent on his body and can actually make the body ...
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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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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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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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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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Buddha as “lord” and Buddha as “choosing” his followers

The following section in the Modernist poem The Waste Land is often linked to Buddhism, in the academic literature. Burning burning burning burning / O Lord Thou pluckest me out / O Lord Thou ...
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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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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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Did the Buddha teach the Mahayana

I understand that according to some "schools" at least historical ones that the historical Buddha didn't teach the Mayanaha. Is that true?
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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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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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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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Birth of Buddha

The story of the birth of prince Siddhartha tells us that he walked and talked right after birth. That he even said that he will become a Buddha in this life and end the cycle of life. But after this ...
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Why Shakyamuni Buddha choose Indian subcontinent as a favorable place to teach Buddhist way of living?

Current India was previously not as big and united as it is now. Multiple countries quarrel for existence. Life was not normal for people. Chaos and Imbalance was on its height. Is that the reason, ...
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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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If Buddha is able to predict the future of other sentient beings how can freewill be possible as its very nature is that of unpredictability?

It seems to me that prophecy could only be used to predict the most likely outcomes based on the mental states of the beings whose future is being predicted at the time of the prophecy. For instance, ...
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How many countries did Lord Buddha travel?

While reading about Lord Buddha I found that he traveled to some other countries. But I couldn't find exactly how many countries. Does anyone know the answer for this?
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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 ...