Questions tagged [the-buddha]

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

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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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Caste of Sujātā

What was the caste of Sujātā, the woman who offered the Buddha a bowl of rice milk? I am trying to check a reference to her as a Brahman. She is described as a milkmaid, daughter of a landowner.
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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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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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Did lord buddha preach not to get angry even if a leg is cut?

Has lord Buddha preached not to get angry even if limbs are cut if you are a real follower of me? If so, please quote from the relevant sutta
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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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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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What's the difference between Samma Sambuddho and Buddho

Both are in the nine qualities of the Buddha but I can't see a distinctive difference. Is there supposed to be a distinctive difference or are these qualities an example of repetition?
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Why does the Buddha blame Ananda asking him to remain living forever?

in the Digha Nikaya 16 The Buddhas Final Nibbhana , the Buddha blames Ananda for not requesting that the Buddha live for aeons, three times. he had only asked him twice. Why does the Buddha blame ...
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How do we know numbers of past lives and rebirths?

I can understand how the Buddha and various arhats and the like can surmise the existence of past lives and rebirth. What I dont see is how they come up with actual numbers of times they have been ...
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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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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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Where is the description of the vow and the Bodhi tree?

There's a famous story that, eventually, the Buddha vowed not to move until he gained enlightenment. The story can be found for example here: Still seeking a way to understand the meaning of life, ...
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Has Buddha Gautama ever had problems with some autorities about his teachings and way of live?

I thougt that Siddarta Gautama lived in a Hindu society. But were there Brahmans who disagreed with Siddartha or was Siddartha ever in an argue with them?
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What were the last word of Lord Buddha according to different schools of Buddhism?

I am a Theravada Buddhist.i am curious to know about Lord Buddha's Last words according to different schools of Buddhism.
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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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Is self-immolation murder? [duplicate]

Buddhism teaches prohibits murder, but some Buddhist monks self-immolate. Is this inline with Buddhist teachings or contrary to them?
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What caused the Golden Bowl to go upstream?

After finishing the last meal before attaining enlightenment, the Ascetic Gautama threw the golden bowl into the river and said: "If I am to succeed in becoming a Buddha today, let this bowl go ...
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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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Gautama self torture, holding his breath

I posted yesterday here for my first time and received many very helpful answers. I'm so grateful for having found this site because I always have questions. In continuing with yesterday's question ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What are The Buddha's most compassionate acts?

Source could be from sutras or anything else. Thank you.
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Conscience in Buddhism

Conscience is described as being the moral sense in which an individual makes decisions. Do Buddhists believe there is a conscience? If so how is it defined
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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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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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Did aliens come to meet Lord Buddha?

In lord Buddha's daily routine, divided into five parts as follows. the morning session the afternoon session the first watch the middle watch (10.00 P.M. TO 2.00 A.M.) the last watch So the 4th ...
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Why was Lord Buddha reluctant to ordain females as Bhikkuni initially?

I have learnt that Lord Buddha was initially reluctant to ordain females but after a lot of convincing by his step mother Buddha started ordaining females. Why was he initially reluctant? If not for ...
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Does any/every form of lying violate the precept of “not-lying”?

What if one thought it wiser to tell a lie, because the truth could potentially endanger one's own life? For instance, someone might lie that they believe in a supreme being, in reply to a question ...
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Is there any God or Satan in Buddhism? Is there any heaven or hell in Buddhism?

Every religion has a God and Satan, heaven and hell. Religion by definition means deification of a Supreme Being or worship of any deity. Monotheistic religions, like Islam and Christianity, have a ...
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From which text is the quote by Buddha “My practice is the nonpractice, the attainment of nonattainment” taken?

I was reading an article on Tricycle written by Thich Nhat Hanh, in which he quotes Buddha as follows: “My practice is the nonpractice, the attainment of nonattainment.” From which text is this ...
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Was the Buddha a vegetarian?

Was Sakyamuni Buddha a vegetarian? I've heard that he ate some pork and got poisoned by it when he died? Yet the precepts say that he was vegetarian. Which one is correct?
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How come Devdutta is also Buddha's brother-in-law?

In this wiki article it says Devdutta is his Brother in law but how?
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Delayed speech as right speech

I was once told a story by the abbott of a monastery about how the Buddha once decided to delay his speech and said it only when it was the right time. Paraphrasing, the story is like this - Two ...
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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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Were the Buddha's earliest followers bhikkhus?

What is the proper name for the Buddha's earliest followers such as Ananda and Sariputta - the ones that followed the Buddha during his lifetime. Would the term be bhikkhu and bhikkhuni or does this ...
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Is there any proof that Budai was an actual historical figure

Does any online site refer to evidence that this monk ever existed as an actual historical figure? If the person is believed to be so important and famous as next Buddha then where is the tomb? Refer ...
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The Buddha and the Jhanas

This is a continuation of an original question I asked, linked here: Buddhist Jhanas, how best to describe them? My question is: can any of you link me directly to the instances in primary sources (...
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What is Buddhist reality?

If the Buddha said that ultimate reality is really non-self (anatman), or empty of inherent existence (sunya), then why did he bother to talk about human beings and other “provisional” things?
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Did Siddartha have a back problem?

in Week 3 Mindfulness of Emotions an online course at:http://www.insightmeditationcenter.org/books-articles/articles/introduction-to-meditation-transcripts/all/1/ Gil Fronsdal says "... the Buddha ...

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