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Does karma say anything about reasonableness?

AFAIK, reasonableness is more often linked to theist natural law based ethics, but I would be surprised if people that cannot be reasoned (do you not see what will happen if you keep acting this way?) ...
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Is there a distinction made in any Buddhist texts between Religion and Philosophy?

In western philosophy the distinction primarily goes like this: Philosophy - The rational investigation of human reason. Religion - Similar but has its basis in faith rather than 'rationality'. What I ...
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Plato's understanding of passion

What would Buddhists say in response to the statement by Plato in The Republic Book IV: And are there not many other cases in which we observe that when a man's desires violently prevail over his ...
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Do Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana teach any form of solipsism? [duplicate]

https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/other-minds/#AnotHist Buddhism is sometimes compared to solipsism. Discussions on this topic can be found on the Internet. I do not understand why Buddhism is ...
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Can i be reborn having my father again?

I lost my father when I was a kid. Can I be reborn with the same father? I didn't know him well, as I was very young, but from people's words, he was a great man, and I'm dying to know him, to love ...
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Does Mahabrahma create the lives of those that join him in a new world?

Does Mahabrahma create the lives of those that join him in a new world? From wikipedia During the Vivartakalpa, a deity from Abhassara plane is reborned in the Mahabrahma plane, as many living beings ...
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How closely aligned are Buddhist ethics and Nietzschean values?

How closely aligned are Buddhist ethics and Nietzschean values? I know a little about both, and may even have read a comparative study (some time ago). Was hoping to harmonise them via 'karma': the ...
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fundamental level of existence in Buddhism

After long time and back to BSE. My question is; according to science all the existence are sequenced as matter made of alchemy (chemistry) , molecules , atoms, sub particles then energy. I think base ...
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What is prajna?

In the west, when we talk about wisdom we tend to mean knowing the value of things. As far as I tell, prajna is about emptiness, at least in its perfected aspect. So does it also allow us knowledge of ...
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Emptiness in mind and in reality

Recent exchange here got me thinking. Nagarjuna's karika, 1.3 (Batchelor) Na hi svabhāvo bhāvānāṃ pratyayādiṣu vidyate Avidyamāne svabhāve parabhāvo na vidyate The essence of things ...
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Do Buddhists talk about insides?

Buddhists talk about abstract and concrete things, particulars, parts and wholes, etc., and Theravada Buddhism is often I think thought of in terms of an analysis of parts, breaking things down into ...
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Is there a scientific consensus on meditation?

Is there a scientific consensus on meditation? I've seen it said that different parts of the brain are activated during meditation. Is that true for all experienced meditators, all forms of meditation,...
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Does Western Philosophy Have Conceptual Overlaps with Buddhism?

I think I've noticed some conceptual overlaps between Buddhism and Western Philosophy and Science. What are good sources for comparing and contrasting Western ideas and Buddhism? What are suspected ...
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Is Buddhism Free will or Determinism

What is the position of Buddhism in regards to free will and Determinism? What would be the correct position of Buddhism and could you use an analogy to describe to me the correct view of Buddhism ...
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Apparently stream-entrants are destined to attain Nibbana but what about non-stream-entrants?

Are only stream-entrants destined to attain Nibbana? I don't know whether it is possible to be destined to attain Nibbana more than 7 lives beforehand. Is it not possible to be destined to attain ...
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Is the experience of suffering or enjoyment completely reducible to physics e.g. such as in materialist views i.e. materialism?

What do you think? I believe the experience of suffering or enjoyment is not equivalent and is not reducible to physics e.g. things like "repulsion", "attraction" etc. I cannot see "suffering" ...
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Is an 'Existential Crisis' a necessary condition to start on the path of Dhamma?

The path of Dhamma is a journey towards the end of all suffering through the attainment of Nibbana. The Buddha set out to find the cure for human suffering, but there are so many people around us ...
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What is the substantial cause of an instance of consciousness?

Context: I'm considered a skeptic of rebirth in my tradition which is the Gelug branch of Tibetan Buddhism. I'm asking this question to help me understand what other traditions think. In my tradition ...
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How can the term "spirit" be translated into Buddhist doctrine?

How can the term "spirit" be translated into Buddhist doctrine? If I may just copy paste the definition: Moreover, could be mean anything unconditioned, permanent, or in some way separate from the ...
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Decoupling happiness from state of the world: Useful? Against human nature?

I'm currently reading the book "Happiness - a guide to developing life's most important skill" by Matthieu Ricard (my first real contact with buddhism/buddhist philosophy). I found the argument he ...
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Possible Potential Buddhist

I come from a background where my interpretation of the world naturally fall as into the reductive methods of its determination and have subsequently had an interest in mathematics and physics which ...
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In tendai, can the 1st and 5th teachings be called "potentiality" and "possible"?

In tendai, can the 1st (huayen) and 5th (lotus) teachings be called "potentiality" and "possible", respectively? I know the word "potential" from Heidegger's Being and Time, who has appeared in ...
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What would Buddhists say about 'pantheism'

I take 'pantheism' to be the belief that all our talk about God can resolve into "the world", while retaining the divine status of "God", perhaps because our words about God retain their structure. ...
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Are philosophers today misunderstanding 'emptiness' because of a new metaphysics?

From an article about Heidegger, The beginning of this story, as told by Heidegger especially in the Nietzsche lectures, is the end, the completion of philosophy by its dissolution into particular ...
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Physics in Buddhism

What is the difference between modern atomic theory and the Buddhist atomic theory? Buddhism also employs certain technical terms such as Anu,Paramanu,Cunna,Kapala and so on at same time we can take ...
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Is Schopenhauer's "the Will" equivalent to "the Mystic Law"?

I recently was watching a video in which Schopenhauer's views on aesthetics were expressed. Part of his views relied on saying that there is one aspect of the nominal world which can be experienced -...
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I only know that I will know nothing: can that ever have any currency for Buddhists?

The Socratic / dialectical phrase: I know one thing: that I know nothing. If one were to subvert it to I know one thing: that I will know nothing. Is it a maxim that can guide practice, in any ...
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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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Is non-emptiness empty?

The term "non-emptiness" appears in the literature. For example from Chi-tsang (madhyamaka): When the sutras speak of "the emptiness of visible form" this refers to its emptiness and lack of a true ...
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According to Buddhism, what separates humans from animals?

Philosophers throughout history have been trying to pin down what it exactly means to be human - what it is that separates humans from (other) animals. Some have voted for our ability to make ...
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Does Buddhism have a model of practical rationality?

A standard model of human practical reasoning is the belief-desire-intention model of action. Very simply put: The agent has a desire (“I want to be a doctor”) and a set of beliefs (“Studying ...
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Does mankind evolve or devolve spiritually? [closed]

Some philosophers have the idea that humanity is undergoing a spiritual evolution. The most famous representative of this idea is G. W. F. Hegel (whose ideas Marx used and later Communism tried to put ...
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What word is the closest to qualia

I think I get what qualia means, intuitively at least: Feelings and experiences vary widely. For example, I run my fingers over sandpaper, smell a skunk, feel a sharp pain in my finger, seem to ...
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Is Lord Buddha's way applicable to escape from the 'Plato's cave'?

In this Answer for escaping the analogy as shown in Plato's cave. Socrates remarks that this allegory can be taken with what was said before, namely the analogy of the sun and the analogy of the ...
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What is the difference between Yogacara Buddhism and Idealism?

I've often heard the Yogacara school of Buddhism being described as 'Mind Only'. To my untutored mind this seems reminiscent of the western philosophy of Idealism. So there is a description of ...
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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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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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What does Nonduality correspond to in Buddhism?

There is not [was not] a tag for nonduality. Would someone please make a correspondence between nonduality and Buddhism as to "stage" or "attainment", qualifications, or whatever is applicable? EDIT: ...
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Karma instead of God's plan

Hello I wondered if the existence of karma (I believe in it anyway) can take the place of the concept of "God's plan" - which is how some people live with the horrors of Nihilism. I am not a ...
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How does cause depend on its effect?

This philosophical treatment of Nagarjuna by Westerhoff talks about how a cause depends on its effect. I think that this point is a stumbling block for me but in my philosophical interpretations of ...
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Whose nirvana is it anyway?

Allow me to take you on a little detour through Heidegger? He claims that "my death" is inalienably mine: that no one can die my death for me. I think this means that "my death" never arrives... ...
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Unique particulars

Following on from this question... Is everything (according to Buddhism etc etc) that is empirically adequate a "unique particular". If we found something "empirically adequate" that could not be ...
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Is "nāma" an equivalent of the Western concept of "mind"? Is it used alone?

This answer refers to "mind" as a synonym for "nāma". The only relevant use of that word I have found was "nāmarūpa", which refers to the five aggregates. But is "nāma" ever used alone to signify "...
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How is the new intelligence equation practically (freedom) related to Buddhism?

This 10 minute TED video by Alex Wissner talks about a new theory of intelligence, which defines intelligence as intelligence is a force ... that acts so as to maximize future freedom of action ...
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Buddhism and the so called "hard" problem of consciousness

Hello Buddhists namaste! Would it be wrong of me to suppose the anatta means at least partly, the following two theses? No explanation of a conscious thought is complete: mind is not absolutely ...
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Buddhism ideals in the West before the 20th century

Today, I received an email with a quote in the signature attributed to Blaise Pascal reading All of human evil comes from a single cause, man's inability to sit still in a room. A more accurate ...
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Difference between Buddhism and Aristotelian "middle-way"?

This thought occurred to me after reading the following question and top answer: How to refute the idea that Buddhism might be actually "too extreme"? The questioner thinks the logical ...
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When and why did monks stop meditating?

My understanding is that meditation went through a revival in the last two centuries, in part due to the efforts of the Theosophical Society. Supposedly in the past, monks had nearly or totally ...
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What's Buddhism view on choice, choicelesness and causality?

You see, there is only one constant, one universal, it is the only real truth: causality. Action. Reaction. Cause and effect. (...) Choice is an illusion, created between those with power, and those ...
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