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How does the Buddha subdue fear in MN4?

In MN4 does the Buddha subdue the fear by: Observing it with mindfulness until it goes away, thereby seeing the Three Characteristics? Subdue it with samatha meditation, i.e. to shift attention away ...
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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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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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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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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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Did anyone ask the Buddha what their rebirth will be?

Did anyone ask the Buddha what their rebirth will be? I'm just asking 'cos that's what I would ask, if I knew of any 'Buddha'.
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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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To what level can be said that Buddha 'followed' the dzogchen?

The Dzogchen-tradition first appeared in the first half of the 9th century. According to tradition, the Dzogchen teachings were brought to Tibet by Padmasambhava in the late 8th and early 9th ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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 Shakayamuni Buddha talk about the Trikaya?

Did Shakayamuni Buddha talk about the Trikaya? If so where? I am looking for suttas attributed to Shakyamuni in the times of Theravada.
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Pleasure in Shower

Q: I follow Yuttadhammo's tradition and I wanted to know how to prevent the pleasure I get in taking showers. Everytime I take them, I have a clinging to the warmth of the water and the feeling of it....
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Questions of Faith

Which sects or schools of Buddhism make the least reference to reincarnation and memories of past lives ?, also the least likely to talk about deities ? Which texts are the most accurate records of ...
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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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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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Did the Buddha visit modern day Assam?

During his time, did the Buddha visit the northeast state of India known today as Assam? If so, did he give any discourses there? Thanks
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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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How do we break an attachment with the Buddha Himself?

We Buddhists talk about non-attachment in our relationships, but after breaking all the samsaric attachments, how do we break the last attachment with the Buddha and may be also His teachings? When ...
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Alternative to lying?

This looks like a bunch of riddles, for that pardon me.... If someone run past you and some chasing him with weapons ask you if you saw him or not, seeing the danger that he is in you might want to ...
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Is 'Neo' the Buddha?

In the Matrix, is Neo's character just Sidhartha in a new life? Does the movie have any implication to whether Neo is actually the Buddha? I know the movie is chalk full of notions of being Buddhist ...
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How can I be sure if the Buddha actually woke up?

waking up to the ultimate truth of reality and that anyone can do like him. I feel like I'm living in the matrix. but i'm not so sure if waking up is possible.
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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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Rationalism and The spirit of inquiry

Is a logical questioning process of every thought(almost) a useful way to break through thought itself and possibly understand enlightenment? For eg:- What is this thought? What is the mind? And try ...
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Anti-natalist overtones in Buddhism

Buddhism has anti-natalist overtones according to the writings of Hari Singh Gour below. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antinatalism Buddha states his propositions in the pedantic style of his age. ...
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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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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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What is the fastest way to reach enlightenment?

I am asking for reference request and sutras where a person can cut through samsara quickly and obtain liberation. I have heard a story when Buddha was asked this question and he replied "Sound". ...
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Did the Buddha endorse a cyclical cosmology?

One of my physics professors implied that Buddhism is false because, unlike the Abrahamic religions, Buddhism claims a cyclical cosmology. He argued that since the universe is expanding and its ...
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Who was the Buddha's teacher?

When Asita muni had told to King Shuddhodhana that " If he becomes a householder, he will become a universal monarch. But if he goes forth from the home to a homeless life, he will become a ...
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Did Lord Buddha teach, or do Buddhist sects teach, about Ghosts?

The existence of Ghosts is taught in many religions. And Buddhist sites (mainly Tibetan Buddhists) claim the existence of "Hungry Ghosts". However I didn't see sites saying that the Buddha claimed ...
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Why the Buddha abandoned asceticism

It is commonly known that the Buddha decided that asceticism does not lead to enlightenment, but less common is the reason why given. From Ajahn Brahm's book Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond, it appears ...
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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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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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Buddhism about the Big Bang and Science in general

What did Buddha have to say about the creation of the Universe, if any? I asked a monk after a discourse, and he said that there is a reference to continuous Big Bangs, not simultaneous, but one after ...

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