Questions tagged [the-buddha]

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

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What is real meanning of Prathipathi poojawa?

I know best poojawa is prathipathi poojawa. Does it mean follow the Lord Buddha's instructions? However what is a depth meaning of it? And how can I achieve it?
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What is the difference between Dhithi (view) and Panna (wisdom)?

What is the difference between Dhithi (view) and Panna (wisdom)? According to Buddhism the teaching of other religions considered views. However, people who follow those religions think that they have ...
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Who do we call Buddha?

Gautama Buddha was not the only Buddha. There were many Buddhas in the past and there will be many in the future. My question is: what characteristic of a person defines Buddha? My answer is that ...
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Is Venerable Mahakashyapa still Alive?

Is the disciple of Lord-Buddha Mahakashyap still Alive? "The Venerable Mahakashyapa is still present in the world. When he left home under the Buddha, he was already one hundred sixty years old. At ...
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why is all of Buddhas past lifes referes to times of kings

The title says it all. Why does all the recollections of past lifes of Buddha revolves around times of kings which were similar to the time the Buddha was living. Why aren't there any mention of ...
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Did Buddha forbid paying respect to deities of contemporary traditions?

Buddhism shares many deities with Brahmanism(Hinduism) and Jainism for example, Indra, Yama, etc. (Though the story associated with them might differ between the traditions, the central persona is the ...
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Do beings without conscious experiences have buddha nature

A philosophical zombie is defined as follows, Zombies in philosophy are imaginary creatures used to illuminate problems about consciousness and its relation to the physical world. Unlike those in ...
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Kamma and the Physical

Q: does kamma bind or work with the physical realm? Such as a tsunami will kill you, but you will also die in such a way due to past kamma?
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Sources for the Whole Tipitaka

q: Can someone name the books in the shelf of Yuttadhammo in his videos or all the books in the Tipitaka and sources to get them in English? or at least what has been translated to english?
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What do “Buddhist” in modern world do on the highest fest-day in the year?

Not only as a reminder of Vesaka Puja, birth-, awakening- and day of depart of the Sublime Buddha: What to "Buddhists" do on this great day to be reminded on the lineage of goodness, having nourished ...
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Do transformation bodies appear before a buddha reaches enlightenment?

Do transformation bodies appear before a buddha reaches enlightenment? So that the many bodies of Shakyamuni that the fan Wang ching (Sutra of Brahmas net) claims Vairocana manifests may have ...
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Did the Buddha really have snails on his head? [duplicate]

For a long time I was told that when the Buddha touched the ground and became enlightened that his hair went up and formed a ball on his head and that that is what we see on the statues. But recently ...
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Why is Buddhahood attained only by males? [duplicate]

Is there a particular reason(s) for a Buddha to be only of male gender? I'm interested in any explanation in scriptures as well as your interpretations and opinions.
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Why did Buddha passed away in fourth Jhana?

I just wonder why Buddha attain Parinibbana in fourth Jhana. Why not first or say second Jhana? Maha-parinibbana Sutta: The Great Discourse on the Total Unbinding
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Supposed Buddhist Scripture Predicting that only through Jesus can Nirvana be reached

http://bibleprobe.com/buddhatoldofjesus.htm Hi, I have been examining the similarities between what Jesus and Buddha taught and I came across this site of the above link in which the author claims ...
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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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Assuming empathy is a worldly thing (which i believe it is), why does/would a buddha try to help others find the way?

I've always believed that empathy/feeling for others is a biological feature of evolution in social animals. So, why does/would an enlightened being go to lengths to help others reach enlightenment? ...
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Is Buddha a Man or Woman?

Was Buddha a Man or Woman? Was he/she sometimes know as a man and sometimes as a woman? Why was he/she sometimes know as a man and sometimes as a woman? What was his/her real gender? Give proof please....
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Why didn't the Buddha speak about God and the soul?

The Four Noble Truths and Eight Noble Paths are the main principles of the Buddha and every person can be a Buddha if he/she follows these principles. As far as I've heard the Buddha didn't believe ...
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Didn't Buddha Say The Biggest Fault Of Humanity Was Idol Worship

Why did Buddhist start making idols of Buddha a few hundred years after Buddha died, even though Buddha himself said Idol worship was one of the biggest scourges of humanity
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Is the arising of Buddhas a cosmological evolutionary occurrence?

...if not, then who or what is governing these occurrences? In the Diamond Sutta (see excerpt below) Buddha mentions the previous Buddha as being called Dīpankara Buddha possibly existing around ten ...
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Clarification on a different notion of Prince Rahula's parentage said to be in Mahayana buddhism

If we refer to Buddhist literature there are several versions of the same story. It differs between the branches Theravada and Mahayana and even within one branch the interpretation varies. Recently ...
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Did the Buddha believe in rebirth and reincarnation? [duplicate]

The Buddha didn't believe in a Supreme Being, or a universal soul. The Buddha didn't even believe in a soul. Then how could he preach rebirth and reincarnation when he didn't even believe in a soul? ...
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Is no soul doctrine (there is no eternal soul) supported in Buddhist suttas?

"The purification of one's own mind/will (citta); this is the Doctrine of the Buddha" [DN 2.49] "How is it that one is called a 'Buddha'?...gnosis that the mind/will (citta) is purified (visuddham)......
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What would the Buddha say about science and rebirth [closed]

Did the Buddha ever say anything like the following? I cannot prove that there is no rebirth with deduction alone I cannot prove that there is no rebirth with induction alone, because I have never ...
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Who remembers the Buddha?

Buddha is eternal. His knowledge is eternal. His experience is eternal. His fruits of actions are eternal. And we know that past Knowledge , past experience ,past actions are remembered by Self. So my ...