All Questions

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
1 vote
0 answers
13 views

Did the Buddha ever say, "I don't know"?

The fourth precept says we should be truthful. I think this means it's virtuous to truthfully admit to uncertainty when you don't know an answer, instead of pretending you do know or evading the ...
  • 111
0 votes
0 answers
17 views

How to achieve stream entry in this very life?

What fetters must be destroyed in order to reach the state of stream entry? Is it possible to reach the state of stream entry in this very life? Do I need to renounce worldly life in order to reach ...
1 vote
2 answers
30 views

Was this world built by mistake?

Buddha does not deny God. He simply refuses to be any God because all Gods are impermanent… that is they take birth, age and then die … which is painful. Or source of sorrow. My question is :Was this ...
0 votes
1 answer
24 views

Harsh speech and insanity

I am often harsh, though I don't think hurtful, in speech about others, because of my schizophrenia and psychosis. I often believe they are up to no good and need to be stopped verbally from doing ...
  • 484
-1 votes
2 answers
17 views

What occurs now, and does it have any mental qualities?

What occurs now, and does it have any mental qualities? I'm asking because I have it some philosophical authority that rebirth is of events that are "bounded" and so cannot occur now. This ...
  • 484
0 votes
3 answers
35 views

Selling and use Dhamma as advertising

It's very common in South East Asia today that business people try to socialize with potential customers by appearing or pretending as Dhamma-teacher or Dhamma-friend. Most meetings around the Gems ...
0 votes
0 answers
10 views

Did any East Asian scholars do any work on Buddhist logic and epistemology?

Did any Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Vietnamese Buddhists write about Buddhist logic in the tradition of Vasubandhu, Dignaga, and Dharmakirti? What were their contributions to logic and epistemology?
0 votes
2 answers
20 views

What is difference between anapanasati and kāyagatā Sati?

I am seeing a pattern between MN118 and MN119.. That says something about kayagat sati..
  • 685
0 votes
4 answers
35 views

Which is more important - right of individual or the greater good?

The topic is really the question. In Buddhism, which is regarded as more important, the right of an individual or the greater good? Perhaps there is no distinction made, I don't know. Or does it ...
  • 101
3 votes
3 answers
691 views

How do we know 'Buddha says?'

I think I correctly assume this Buddhism site is (appropriately) open to many, if not all, forms of Buddhism(?) However, when folks say things like “Buddha said” I often wonder what to make of this....
1 vote
2 answers
72 views

If that which is aware of fear is not fearful then isn't that which is aware of happiness not happy?

It seems clear to me that if that which is aware of sadness, anger, anxiety that which is no longer sad, angry, or anxious. But shouldn't this work the other way as well? Wouldn't this mean that that ...
2 votes
6 answers
126 views

Does it matter if there is rebirth?

And, finallyI am new here, 72-years-old, interested in Buddhism and have engaged in Buddhist practices since age 18-years. Over I the years, I have been to a handful of Zen retreats, where I met with ...
1 vote
1 answer
22 views

Source for bodhisattva transforming hell?

I vaguely remember reading how some bodhisattva out of compassion went to some hell and then transformed it into a pure land. Does anyone know that story? About which bodhisattva it is? And what's the ...
3 votes
1 answer
42 views

Is it ok to become a monk?

I called All India Bhikkhu Sangha to know whether I can be trained as a monk… ? The person I called said that world has progressed a lot and it is not a wise thing to leave family behind. He said give ...
1 vote
1 answer
15 views

Can someone help me find where these suttas are from in the Tipitaka?

First text screenshot says MLD. 131. Where is that from? Second text screenshot says M. 19. Where is that from? Screenshots are taken from Ven. Dhammajivas book called Mahasi Insight Meditation.
0 votes
0 answers
20 views

Must I use SSH and Xwimngr, even though I have no need to remote access? [closed]

My machine configuration Google Chrome 103.0.5060.15 (Official Build) dev (64-bit) Revision e8332d69b2bf13e2a682b04e922caafc000b38a3-refs/branch-heads/5060@{#129} Platform 14816.17.0 (Official ...
0 votes
1 answer
34 views

How Lord Buddha did sermon for the people who was long distance

If my memory is correct, Lord Buddha did a sermon for the long-distance people. It is mentioned that Lord Budha can do a sermon even for someone in another solar system. How is it possible? Because to ...
0 votes
1 answer
17 views

Posture for meditation

Is cross-legged sitting better than chair sitting for meditation. If yes why ? What is the reason to keep ur back straight during meditation?
  • 130
0 votes
1 answer
42 views

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 ...
  • 317
0 votes
2 answers
59 views

Is it important to have a traditional understanding of Buddhism?

Is it important to have a traditional understanding of Buddhism or is avoiding so called "heresies" enough to make sure you are not distorting, undermining etc., the dharma? Take the idea of ...
  • 484
0 votes
1 answer
27 views

How can I become a monk in India?

I am a lay person and I am from India. I wish to become a monk. Other option before me is to go in search of Truth and reinvent the wheel and find enlightenment myself. But there is no place to go. ...
0 votes
0 answers
20 views

How to apply eight fold path to each virtue action? [duplicate]

What is the Eight Fold Path in Buddhism? How to apply eight fold path to the wholesome act?
  • 144
2 votes
4 answers
101 views

Becoming a monk and having to give up electronic devices

When becoming a monk one has to give up most worldly stuff. I have saved hundreds of Buddhist PDF files and on my Kindle app I have bought all of Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhis books (translations on the Pali ...
1 vote
0 answers
20 views

Is this the meaning of one practice samadhi in the fukanzazengi?

Is this the meaning of one practice samadhi in the fukanzazengi (sorry for the convoluted language, it may be unncessary)? stop labelling thoughts / consciousness / anything Two points I was ...
  • 484
2 votes
1 answer
39 views

Need help with ordination questions

I'm a westerner, non-thai speaker, age 37. I want to ordain in Asia (not in the West) and then stay there for 5 years with a preceptor and then either continue to stay there or move back to Europe and ...
2 votes
1 answer
53 views

Ven. Ajahn Chah's Teachings on Meditation practice as a western

For a long time I have wanted to ordain and I might be able to do it in 2-3 years from now. I read that as a westerner one can ordain in the Ven. Ajahn Chah tradition in Thailand. He went to great ...
2 votes
1 answer
53 views

Buddha saying he doesn't have to follow all the rules?

In which sutta does the Buddha state that he does not have to follow all the monastic rules and austerities closely because he is already liberated and free, as an arahant? I remember reading this ...
  • 34.2k
2 votes
3 answers
377 views

The invariant law of nature which forms the basis of Buddha's Dharma and existence of universe itself

I am rereading this answer and I am confused by the quote: when this exists - that exists. Arising of this leads to arising of that. When this doesn't exist - that doesn't exist. Cessation of this ...
0 votes
0 answers
26 views

Chinese version Buddhism Q&A or Forum

Any Chinese version as title above to recommend for someone to ask question as limited ability to read and write English.
  • 81
1 vote
2 answers
40 views

Looking for Dhammapada in Ebook format

I'm looking for a collection of the entire Dhammapada in Ebook format (not PDF-format) that can be read in the Kindle App. Free or paid. I've been looking myself without finding anything. Maybe ...
1 vote
1 answer
31 views

Sutta request: One should be fed before being able to listen to a Dhamma talk

The following quote can be found at this link: On the farmer's arrival the Buddha ordered that some food should be given him, and when the man was comforted and his mind was ready the Buddha preached ...
2 votes
1 answer
35 views

Find Sutta: eat first before hearing the teaching

Trying to find the Sutta where Buddha says for some person who has come to hear him teaching something like give him to eat first, and then he can hear my teaching. There was some setup I dont ...
3 votes
1 answer
38 views

What is the source of this information about "underground serpents"?

I've seen this glossary entry in a couple of places: Hīnayāna: “Inferior Vehicle,” a pejorative term, coined by a group who called themselves followers of the Mahāyāna, the “Great Vehicle,” to denote ...
1 vote
1 answer
30 views

Enlightened beings (Amitabha, Padmasambhava) created mantras so that people chanting them can gradually 'mould' their mindstream to a similar state

This is how I understand it and I'd like some clarity on where I'm right/wrong. Rebirth/the next birth happens when the mindstream, attracted to particular situations because of its mental imprints , '...
  • 498
0 votes
2 answers
41 views

How does Buddhism relate to other religions? [duplicate]

Can you be a Buddhist and believe in another religion at the same time?
1 vote
3 answers
44 views

Does a Pali thesaurus exist?

When seeking to refine my mental maps of the world in any domain of expertise to more precisely differentiate between similar terms, I have found a thesaurus to be an invaluable tool. The domain of ...
  • 496
1 vote
6 answers
80 views

Question on the eighth precept of Vipassana

The 8th precept in vipassana says to abstain from using high or luxurious beds. Should I sleep on the floor not on bed ?
  • 130
2 votes
8 answers
244 views

Best Meditation for Stress

I've been meditating using different types of meditation for years now. I've been feeling a lot of stress lately, and I want to calm down in the ideal way. I've been reading neuroscience studies ...
  • 5,443
2 votes
5 answers
109 views

Does consciousness, or wakefulness, have any relationship to space or time?

In my years of meditation practice, I have both experienced time contracting (appearing to pass at great speed) or dilating and seeming to come to a near standstill. I begin my meditation practice by ...
1 vote
4 answers
100 views

What did the Buddha say about saying "I'm sorry"?

In the United States, many people find it cringy and even offensive when someone says "I'm sorry," especially when he or she does it frequently. Did the Buddha or any Buddhist teachers have ...
2 votes
2 answers
81 views

Jataka Story Request: Mindfulness, Radiant Complexion and Grass Simile

I'm looking for a story in the Jataka wherein the Buddha talks about mindfulness and the importance of not living in the past or future. He compares the mind living in the past or future to grass that ...
's user avatar
2 votes
3 answers
125 views

About the Buddha tasting vinegar

The Vinegar Tasters is a very interesting subject in Chinese art. It depicts Confucius, the Buddha and Laozi tasting vinegar. A common interpretation is the following: Confucius is depicted with a ...
2 votes
5 answers
461 views

How would Buddhists reply to this paradox of enlightenment

(1) Enlightenment is inherently desirable (2) Self-Interested desires prevent us from attaining enlightenment (3) In order to attain enlightenment, one must train oneself to give up self-interested ...
  • 43
0 votes
1 answer
50 views

How does decisive supporting cause (upanissaya paccaya) work? (and some related questions)

According to Theravada Buddhism: 1.How does Decisive Supporting Cause (Upanissaya Paccaya) work? For example, when Venerable arahant Anuruddha asked Sangha what to do to attain divine-eye in Lord ...
1 vote
0 answers
42 views

Nibbana or the Kingdom?

Several years ago, One of my friends shared a book called 'Nibbana (Nirvana) or the Kingdom'. I am trying to find any other recent prints besides the last printed one 1964 one. Were there any rewrites?...
3 votes
1 answer
168 views

Where did the Buddha say that Teachings that don't contain the Noble Eightfold Path cannot lead to Enlightenment?

Question is in the title. I remember reading that statement in a Theravada Buddhist book or PDF file but now I can't seem to find it. Help would be much appreciated.
's user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
43 views

A question on Mano

In Nanavira's Notes of Dhamma on Mano: Note that just as the eye, as cakkhāyatana or cakkhudhātu, is that yena lokasmim lokasaññī hoti lokamānī ('[that] by which, in the world, one is a perceiver and ...
2 votes
1 answer
60 views

Four kinds of people. "attahitaya ca patipanno". Good for yourself and others

According to this website, it says... The Buddha classified persons into four kinds on the basis of one’s attitude towards one’s own interest and one’s attitude towards the interest of others. I ...
0 votes
1 answer
56 views

Does a risk of death exist in the awakening process?

I have a vague recollection of a Dhamma teacher saying that, in the process of awakening, the practitioner eventually reaches a stage of development where they either awaken fully or they die. I'm not ...
  • 496
1 vote
2 answers
79 views

Life after death in buddhism

What is the main basic difference between Hinduism and Buddhism regarding Life after death ?
  • 130

15 30 50 per page
1
2 3 4 5
160