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

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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 ...
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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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Is reflecting upon a choir conducive to the path of Enlightenment?

A few years ago, I read in the introduction of a Spirituality book about this story of Gautam Buddha. I've forgotten the name of the book, but this poetry has stuck in my memory for ever. The story ...
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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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What is the meaning round beads around the neck of Sha Wujing?

As a kid I enjoyed watching drama Journey to the West (1986), Wiki : Shā Wùjìng is one of the three disciples of the Buddhist pilgrim Xuanzang. He appears as a character in the novel Journey to the ...
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Nature of spiritual advancement and material advancement

How would you balance, material advancement and spiritual advancement in terms of Buddhism? I consider this because something material is close to what we see and feel in the moment, and related to ...
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Is it true that Lord Buddha was born in Sri Lanka?

I've heard there's a rumor saying that lord Buddha was born in Sri Lanka and ancient "Dambadiwa" is not India but Sri Lanka. There's a "sal" tree in Sri Lanka which matches to the exact tree that we ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I refute the claim that the Buddha was actually preaching Vedanta?

Some people are obsessed with making a great personality and revolutionary like the Buddha a follower of their own faith by making baseless, historically inaccurate and factually incorrect claims. One ...
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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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Lovingkindness and Compassion of the Buddha?

In an effort to understand the concept of lovingkindness it would help me to see how the Buddha explicitly described lovingkindness and specific acts of his unconditional compassion. I've heard from ...
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I'm trying to find a specific sutta I think

I remember there being a passage where a monk says to Buddha that he thinks the Sangha is at least 50 percent of the teaching and Buddha says something along the lines of 'it's all of it'. Can anyone ...
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A man asks Buddha about god's existence

Video: Does God Exist? - Sadhguru This is a story I picked up from the above video (watch from 4.25): A man confused about the existence of god asks Buddha if god exists. Buddha gives a ...
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Similarity between creation in Abrahamic religions and beginning of life in Earth mentioned Agganna Sutta?

I was recently listening to a sermon on Agganna Sutta that was on Youtube. I will share my thoughts and questions on the Agganna sutta in a different post. Let me share few passages first and then get ...
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“Take joy! I am your guarantor for getting 500 dove-footed nymphs.”

The Nanda sutta seems contrary to what the Buddha teaches with regard to sensual desire. Therefore, I don't understand how this was a wise approach in the case of Nanda even though Nanda acquired ...
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Buddha's self-declaration without identity view and without conceit

In this question, the OP asked: In the context of the four stages of enlightenment would it be right to say that, without identity-view, there's no such thing as an "enlightened person": ...
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Buddhism and miracles

Do all Buddhists believe that miracles happen in the real world? Are the miracles described in scripture such as the Buddha being able to walk after birth literal or symbolic?
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Why Buddha rejected Upanishad and Veda?

For what reason did Buddha rejected Upanishad and Vedas?
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Are there any exceptions to the first precept?

I recently accidentally injured a bee, I did all I could to help it, but its wing was broken and so was its leg, it could not walk nor fly, it was clearly in a great amount of pain and distress. I ...
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Did Buddha had issues in meditation?

Well, I Keep hearing this dialogue by a few Buddhist meditation teachers, "It's very common for everyone to get distracted by thoughts when you start the meditation practise initially". I am curious ...
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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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Did the Buddha teach Engaged Buddhism?

Did the Buddha teach some measure of "Engaged Buddhism", to maybe more of a lay person audience? Did the Buddha ever teach "Engaged Buddhism" to the Bhikkhus? What Buddhist scriptures support ...
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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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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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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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In the Tirokudda Kanda food and drink are given for dead relatives. Is this a superstitious scripture most likely not uttered by Buddha?

Surely the Buddha never said to do this as there is not a single case I have ever heard of where a dead being was able to eat food and drink from our dimension of living.
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Who was the King Okkāka mentioned in Sutta Nipāta?

I have come across the following verse from Sutta Nipāta (verse 305 - P.104) mentioned by Buddha. Then they composed some Vedic hymns and went chanting to Okkāka king: “Great your wealth and ...
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Does skillful means include meditation?

I've tried a few different Buddhist groups and they are quite prescriptive when it comes to meditation practices. They have their own system and everyone does it. But the Buddha used skillful means ...
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What is the opinion of Buddhism on the caste system and untouchability of Hinduism?

The Varnashrama dharma (caste system) is the backbone of Brahminism (Hinduism), untouchability is a part of that social order. We all know that Gautama Buddha was against Varnashrama dharma, and ...
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Was Gautama Buddha's wife Yesodhara in any way instrumental in Him becoming a Buddha?

Considering the story we know about the life of Buddha as Siddhartha and also considering that Yesodhara was Buddha's partner in His many previous lives, can we say that Yesodhara was somehow ...
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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 ...