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What is the sutta where the Buddha says that one breath or one bite of food is the proper timeframe with which to contemplate life/death?

I have heard this sutta referenced in dhamma talks by Ajahn Thanissaro, although I don't have a specific talk to point to. I know I have also read the sutta, but I can't remember when. In the sutta, ...
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Do buddhists believe that time travel will ever be possible? [duplicate]

If yes, what would happen if someone would travel back in time to prevent other person's birth?
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What is before spring?

Genjokoan says Birth is an expression complete this moment. Death is an expression complete this moment. They are like winter and spring. You do not call winter the beginning of spring, nor summer ...
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Momentariness, but birth and death?

If everything exists for an instant only, as with Sautrāntika Buddhism, then doesn't that mean everything dies at the exact same time it is born? Isn't that impossible? I am not asking for an analysis ...
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Proper meditation at hard times ( to be kind, open mind and enjoy hard times )

I understand that i act harmfully by my words also when i struggle at hard situation. (male 37 years old)  For example today forced my mother ( elderly) to do some work which i thought it could be ...
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Time vs Impermanence

What is the connection between time and impermanence ? Are they different terms for the same thing ? I heard this from philosopher, "Nibbana is like a timeless space".
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In Yogacara Buddhism, is discontinuity an illusion, and does change arise?

Buddhists talk about discontinuity ordinary consciousness consists of the discrete cetas and illusion all is illusion and the external objects are nothing but the creations of our mind In ...
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In the doctrine of no arising does the past and future still exist?

In the doctrine of no arising does the past and future still exist, and if so do they exist in the same way as the present does? And if not, why? From Dogen's Genjo-koan: Firewood becomes ash. ...
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Buddhists advise against "me and mine" does that include times?

Buddhists advise against "me and mine" does that include times? Do Buddhists really talk about "my" future past and present? If so, what are the nature of those times? Specifically: will "my" ...
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What did Buddha taught about space time?

It echoes in my mind that space time is not fundamental. I thought I read this in some psychics experiments, saw it in YouTube videos and/or read it in a book related to Buddhism. But I far from ...
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What leisure activities did the Buddha partake in?

I find this guy fascinating but during that time I can only think that he may have played eye-spy on the banks of the river Ganges or flicked pomegranate seeds at the bodhi tree. I'm probably way off ...
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Does anyone read the part 2 of Nagarjuna's karika as an argument about infinite divisibility?

Is Nagarjuna is arguing that time cannot really be both infinitely divisible and extended, so is a conceptual construction? I'm asking because verse 2.23 suggested that to me, taken completely out of ...
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Supposing mahayana nirvana is permanent does it have substance?

Supposing mahayana nirvana is permanent (and I believe it is called this) does it have substance? I'm just asking due to some completely trivial insights: it seems that a quality of my experience of ...
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Does Dogen's wholehearted way say anything about the status of memory?

Seems to me that memory is notoriously fallible, whatever we think about the nature of the self. I have a copy, but rather than reread it, I thought to ask, whether Dogen's wholehearted way, or right ...
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Is Buddhism now lost until the birth of Matreiya Buddha?

Has pure Buddhism now been lost from the present sociological environment (lost from today's world, lost from present society), until the Maitreya Buddha will be born?
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Why do Buddhists argue that nirvana is nothing in addition to the skandhas?

Why do Buddhists argue that nirvana is nothing in addition to the skandhas? I found this, and I hope it suffices to demonstrate that's what the Buddha taught: "What do you think: Do you regard the ...
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Do we have conventional knowledge of the present?

I read the discussion between Bhavaviveka and Buddhapalita, and there's a reference to "no cognition" (anupalabdhi) of emptiness, as liberative, though I forget which one of the two were ...
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Cyclical time in Buddhism

I've been learning about time and the varyous perspectives that it is viewed through, and it seems like there are two main ways of thought. The first, generally associated as a western mindset, is ...
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Can effective altruism (specifically Earning to Give) and Buddhism co-exist if Earning to Give was done to the extreme?

(This may be more of a philosophy stack exchange question; feel free to move it. Actually, the example I give below is probably off topic or something since it's the real meat and potatoes of the ...
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Did anyone equate the tathagatagarbha with the past?

This question may sound strange, but in my secular frustrations, I'm thinking about "the past" as some kind of womb which has nourished and given birth to "me" now. Do Buddhists, of any sort, have a ...
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What is the Buddhist term for each moment being subtlety unique?

Read it a long time back, I remember it had something to do with someone meditating in a field of grass, and watching the wind go through the individual blades of grass and how they swayed. It was a ...
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Is time empty of inherent existence?

My understanding of dependent origination is that it asserts that all things are empty of inherent existence. On an intellectual level I can appreciate and accept this however I struggle when it comes ...
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Is a Ghatika an ideal minimum meditation duration?

I've been reading books written by, or associated with Alan Wallace, that describe a period of time that is new to me - Ghatika (24 minute period). A session of twenty-four minutes is a good ...
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Buddhist philosophy and "events"

By "event" I mean something that happens over some interval of time. Am I right that for Buddhists, intervals don't exist (everything lasts only for an instant): so neither do events? If so may I ...
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Does the Buddha speak of the nature of time, vis-à-vis "past," "future," and "present?"

Physics shows that what we percieve to be the unidirectional arrow of time is an illusion; that time doesn't necessary "flow" in any direction, and that the concepts of past and present are ultimately ...
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Should you meditate with a timer? [closed]

I currently do 15 minutes of meditation every morning. I use a stop watch. I see some people do more like 30 minutes. I was wondering how they kept track of time. Or is it roughly 30 minutes? I find ...
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Time in Buddhism

I read a couple of books on time, yet they all seemed somewhat incomplete, as if it was something simply tagged onto the rebirth / enlightenment doctrine. How important is time in Buddhism, not ...
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Timing of meditation

I meditate once a day in early morning, only. I have found that this time is very helpful in practicing meditation. I want to meditate at least twice a day. I want to know if time plays a role in ...
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How did monks time their practice? [duplicate]

How did monks traditionally time their practice before the age of timers? Any sutta references would be greatly appreciated. I'm looking for an organic way to time my sittings.
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Does yesterday have buddha nature

I am asking because I think that if the past has buddha nature, and the dharmakaya is impermanent, then there is nothing left of the enlightened when they die.
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Will I keep my memories and experience with each passing incarnation?

I am curious because I have seen documentaries, videos, posts and all kinds of books and literature saying some people are born with knowledge from a past life, I believe I might be such a person as ...
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Should Buddhists give their time to helping others?

I'm new to Buddhism. I was familiarizing myself with the "Four Seals" in This Article. The article connects the first truth, that all compounded things are impermanent, to charity. He said that ...
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How do we sense the flow of time?

According to the Abhidhamma, at each given instant there is a consciousness that arises and ceases completely before the next consciousness arises. Each consciousness is only aware of the present ...
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