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How do you talk to someone whose loved one is dying?

What can you say to someone whose loved one (e.g. spouse or parent) is dying? Assume if you can that in the West, e.g. Europe and America, although people (strangers) might have heard the first thing ...
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Books on Buddhism for Beginners [duplicate]

I'm just starting the study of Buddhism and I'm really interested in the whole philosophy of Buddhism. Can someone please suggest some books for beginners ? Thank you.
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Is Lineage vital?

Lineage is important to teaching by gurus and the succession of teaching because it helps ensure that the teaching is complete and intact, and that the teachers are sincere. One must be granted ...
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Where do westerners get their “Buddhist” names?

Many western Buddhists have non-western names: Jeffrey Block - Bhikkhu Bodhi Geoffrey DeGraff - Thanissaro Bhikkhu or Ajaan Geoff Deirdre Blomfield-Brown - Pema Chödrön Are they given to them when ...
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Being called Buddhist [duplicate]

I always wondered why do people that practice Buddhist practices, label or opt not to label themselves "Buddhist".
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What does Buddhism say about success?

I grew up in a western country raised in a western atmosphere with a western mentality. I'm talking things like the pyramid of needs and how apparently self-gratification and personal success are the ...
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Can Buddhism be harmful?

There is the much talked about example of "zen sickness". But I wondered can any buddhist theory or practice can ever be harmful to a human? I'm looking for an answer from anyone, not necessarily a ...
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Buddha as “lord” and Buddha as “choosing” his followers

The following section in the Modernist poem The Waste Land is often linked to Buddhism, in the academic literature. Burning burning burning burning / O Lord Thou pluckest me out / O Lord Thou ...
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How and when did the name “Buddhism” appear?

What is called "Buddhism" is a whole range of different schools, sects, practices etc. that has in common that they are based on the teachings of Siddharta Gautama/the Buddha. But is the name "...
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When are you a Buddhist?

I know labelling people is not in the spirit of Buddhism. I am for example member of a Buddhist society, not because I'm so eager to be one but because in my country each religious society gets quite ...
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Hypocrisy of Buddhism

Aren't Buddhists (with Buddhist I refer to an ideal Buddhist or Buddhists monk) actually not doing enough to prevent harm in this world? So, Buddhists don't have any attachment to things and work ...
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How would Buddhist monks organize countries and the world?

I can't help myself not to find Buddhism utopic. A concept that can only exist for a small group of people. What is the long term plan of the Buddhism? How would Buddhist monks organize countries, ...
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Where does utilitarianism sit with Buddhism and vice versa?

My understanding of utilitarianism is that value is the result of an action e.g. which actions provide the most happiness. There appears to be an overlap between Buddhism and utilitarianism however ...
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Dharma without Karma?

I simply ask myself rather one could make sense of the Dharma and apply it without the concepts of rebirth and kamma? Though for me it is my personal approach to the Dharma, which i find to be ...
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What is Hardcore (Pragmatic) Dharma?

I've come across this term recently and have seen quite a few opinions and definitions. My understanding is that it is actually a hardcore Theravada movement that is in some ways a conservative ...