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How to reconcile 'You are already enlightened. There's no need to strive!' with 'You should strive for enlightenment. Purify your mind!'

There are some teachings that go along the lines of: 'You are already enlightened. You just need to realize it. Actually there's no need for you to do anything. If you try to strive for enlightenment ...
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Anatta & Atman the same thing?

I read that atman is pure bliss I read that anatta is pure bliss -Is it possible that these deep concepts are pointing to the same thing at the end of the day? -Is atman the same as anatta in anyway? ...
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Two Truths in Mahayana

There are Two Truths in Mahayana Buddhism Conventional and Ultimate. I can't understand how it works. For example: Two Mahayana Buddhists have realized the absolute truth: and one Buddhist tells the ...
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Relationship between truth and compassion

Can a bodhisattva or lay Buddhist be too concerned with truth at the expense of compassion and altruism? What is the relationship between truth and compassion? e.g.. is the truth always compassionate, ...
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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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Can We give any value to anything in truth?

Isn't everything in this world equal in value? Can we say that the value of a human being is greater than the dust?
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There is a conventional self, so is anything conventionally permanent?

There is a conventional self, so is anything conventionally permanent? Answer from any reputable tradition.
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According to Tendai, is karma an illusion and all there is

I think the conventional, mundane, truth in Tendai is the claim that karma is an illusion, for a number of reasons, such as the identity of the perfect mundane truth with the Madhyamaka ultimate truth....
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How did the Buddha debate?

Was he trying to convince or persuade people? Did he go towards them or did he let them come to spread the Dhamma? How did he react when he was not understood or listened? I have noticed that I ...
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Nature of True Cognition

What is the nature of a true cognition in Buddhism, or what Buddhism considers as truth? Is it the same as what people consider a logical conclusion made with an empirical process? I feel it cannot be ...
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Buddhism and political correctness

I stumbled upon a question about the danger in lying and Andrei's answer caught my attention. He claims that '...key qualities of good character are: Honesty, Integrity, Responsibility'. Then it made ...
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Nature of Integrity in Buddhism

Following an answer I received previously, I wonder a question I deem somewhat important: If a person preaches ideas or advice related to the dharma, but fails to live by those values, is this person ...
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The relation between Dhamma and reality itself

What is the orthodox position or the sutta's position about the knowledge of reality itself, beyond any intervention of subjective factors? In science, when we find evidence that proves some ...
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Finding Authentic Suttas

Is there some website or book somewhere that lists suttas on different criteria like what suttas are more core or more likely to be authentic do to scholarly analysis like comparing Chinese ...
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If something is relatively and ultimately correct can it still be false in the center?

If something is both relatively and ultimately correct can it still be false in the center? I'm looking for a "yes" from any extant or historical tradition.
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How did Buddha Explain the Creation Of the World?

I have heard that Buddha explained how the world is recreated after a destruction, in Aggan̄n̄a Sutta. One tale told by the Buddha in the Aggan̄n̄a Sutta describes the process of recreation on this ...
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Impermanence: How do we know when a thing ends or if it's just changing?

It seems to be a big deal that we see things as they are. If we are merely assuming when things begin and end or change then how do we ever really see things as they are?
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Are either of the two truths Truths (Satya)?

Is it reasonable to call these truths, or would it be more reasonable to call them accurate statements from two different frames of reference? The truth, from the frame of reference of conditioned ...
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When saying that the aggregate is not-self are we not predicting the existence of a thing called self?

Parmenides, a presocratic philosopher, said: The only roads of inquiry there are to think of: one, that it is and that it is not possible for it not to be, this is the path of persuasion (for ...
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What did the Buddha mean by "no truth can be spoken?"

What did the Buddha mean by "no truth can be spoken" in the Diamond Sutra?
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Establishing What is Not Dhamma

I realized that often, individuals provide insight which differs from typical Buddhist philosophy. For example, people either allude to a self in some way, or deny the dissatisfactory nature of ...
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Certainty and Skeptical Investigation

I know Buddhism promotes skeptical investigation, and finding things out with a personal conviction about them, i.e. not believing the Buddha on hearsay but rigorous examination. I wonder: how is ...
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Once ignorance is removed ,is the cessation of suffering automatic?

As per my understanding the only effort I have to make for the cessation of suffering is to realize the Truth as it removes the ignorance. Once I have removed the ignorance rest of the things happen ...
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What is the essence of spiritual enlightenment

I once read, I don't recall where, that Buddha stated that spiritual enlightenment is not suffering. That he put it in a negation on purpose. Ok, I get that, not suffering. With NLP I learned there ...
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The Conditions of Lying in Fiction

I'm a writer, and I tend to write parts of factual information, such as insights or impressions, mixed with other fictional aspects. Therefore, I am worried about what constitutes a lie, and what isn'...
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Four noble truths, any single being of mankind can invent, find the new truth other than that?

Gautama Buddha found the traditional path of previous Buddhas and spoke about "The four noble truths". Nowadays, people cannot talk about/discuss the truth or falsehood of idea/notion/philosophical/...
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How to prevent self-deception?

I have recently attended my first Vipassana 10-day course. I observe the moral precepts fully, practice diligently and attempt to proceed wisely on the path. I came into contact with Vipassana because ...
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Is dukkha conventional or ultimate? Is it different from the other two marks of existence?

Is the existence of dukkha a conventional or ultimate truth? I am confused, because on the one hand, it is usually mentioned together with two other marks of existence, which clearly look like the ...
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Do any of scholastic currents conclusively affirm or deny that there are any facts at all?

Do any of scholastic currents unambiguously affirm or deny that there are any facts at all? In any tradition, so I welcome a reply from any perspective. By facts, I don't mean certain knowledge. ...
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Was the Buddha against violence in all situations?

Is a strictly pacifist Buddhism exactly correct or are there certain situations were violence or war might be appropriate according to the Buddha's teaching?   What did the Buddha say about the ...
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Is Buddhism the Way of Truth?

I mean, free from misguidance, from being wrong and misdirected? And if it the case, where is the evidence?
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When seeking information is sarcasm seen as a deliberate lie?

I will be completely honest in admit that I do not get sarcasm. When a person says something sarcastic I end up believing what they say, until they give that look that almost says 'Um, that was ...
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How does one explain consistency within phenomena if the mind generates phenomena?

I'm having trouble framing this question right so please let me know if it needs clarification. I'll first describe the issues surrounding the question and then ask the question itself. I've been ...
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What is the truth that you deny?

I have heard that there is a Tibetan word that roughly translates to "The truth that we deny" and sounded close to the English word "gotcha." I however cannot locate this word or a source of it. Can ...
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Looking for references to skeptical debates on the subject of rebirth

I am a huge proponent of scientific skepticism, rationalism and critical thinking. As a former Christian, I enjoy watching debates and more recently, discussions on YouTube. I like the debate format ...
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Isn't Buddhist insight practice more scientific than the so-called scientific method? [closed]

All enlightened beings since the first Arahant have confirmed the four noble truths and the noble eightfold path to be true through their own experience. So there is a community of Ariya Sangha who ...