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virtues other than the paramitas to practice in daily life

For some context, I have been practicing the paramitas in daily life—one each day, and then repeating them when they're done. But I felt the need to include a few other things that were missed in ...
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The four great elements and scientific equivalent

Science categorize physical world in to solid,liquid,gas and energy(thermal,kinetic,nuclear,radiation etc....) when it analyze, prove that nothing more than those three state of material and energy ...
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How can rebirth occur without sex & parents?

I read the following on the internet: The birth that is going to take place, by which I mean the past life of the being that is going to take another birth, will do so regardless of one deciding to ...
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What difference is there in chanting/reciting in the same way as monks?

Recitals or chants such as Om Mani Padme Hum by monks have particular tones. Is there a difference in the ability or inability to chant in a same way for individuals that are not monastic?
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Identification of Buddhist saints or sages

I have a pair of antique statuettes which were made in Japan. I assume they are Buddhist saints or sages and I am hoping someone can identify who they represent:
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Nagarjuna and the emptiness of the Dharma

Once Nagarjuna has demonstrated the emptiness of all exaggerated existential positions, including the existence of the Dharma and the Buddha's doctrine, how does he then affirm the validity of the ...
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Is a thought of killing someone without actually killing him bad Karma?

Is the thought of killing someone without actually killing him bad Karma? How powerful is it? I think it is certainly bad karma. But I am willing to know the Buddhist explanation of it with more ...
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What is mirror wisdom?

What is the right way to understand (or apply) mirror wisdom? Is it buddha-nature, bodhisattva (ripe for awakening), or both? Is it cultivated, or does it spring up naturally with enlightenment? If ...
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Sexual visualizations during retreats

I’ve been going to Vipassana meditation retreats for a while now. Every single time, I am plagued by sex idea and fantasies, almost like going crazy by it. During the sittings sometimes the whole hour ...
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Which sūtras about cosmology are being referenced?

The wikipedia page for Buddhist Cosmology has a section titled "Origins" in which the following sentence occurs: No single sūtra sets out the entire structure of the universe, but in ...
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Right Speech & Precepts

Couple of questions: According to the Dhamma, is it allowed to critisize someone in a constructive manner? If someone gossips about me how do I deal with it? Compassion and kindness aside, sometimes ...
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Do all good and/or all pleasant intentions have pleasant outcomes for one/or another?

This was a question here: Do all good and/or all pleasant intentions have pleasant outcomes for one/or another? It may be good to investigate in frames of the Buddha-Dhamma. And could that be always ...
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How do Buddhists separate caste system from itself when Gautama Buddha was so casteist?

There has been many questions on whether Gautama Buddha was casteist or not. The answer to that is, of course he was. Majjhima Nikaya If, sometime or other, at the end of a long period, that fool ...
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How bad is the karma of feeding meat to your children?

I have a girlfriend who has a daughter from another man. If I raise this kid not vegetarian, will that be bad karma? Her mother is an omnivore and the kid is being raised in an omnivore household. It ...
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Are mosquito nets "cheating"?

I saw many monks sit in the nets, what is the point of meditating in the forest if one cant handle the forest? Might as well just stay indoors imo. Did the ancient monks use nets? what do you think? I ...
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Did the Buddha describe caste as "bigotry, oppression and vanity"?

I read the following on the internet: The suttas describe many conditions in Indian society and the world in general, but you won't find any teachings recommending monks or anyone else practice ...
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Street art interpretation in predominantly Buddhist country

I have wanted to ask someone who is not familiar with a Buddhist culture how they might interpret this street art, which is generating controversy in a predominantly Buddhist country.
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What is the difference between nama-rupa and the five skandhas?

As I understood it from the abhidharma, nama-rupa is just another way of looking at the five skandhas, a different scheme for the same thing, along with others (e.g. the dhatus). But, as far as I can ...
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Should a Buddhist have Children?

In Buddhism having a rebirth is itself a origin of all the Dukhhas. Doesn't it imply that Buddhist laymen who are married should not have children to stop this cycle of rebirth. This leads to a more ...
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If I imagine doing a thing, then do I intend it?

If I imagine doing a thing, then do I intend it? Have any buddhist texts spoken about any difference between the imagination as it might feature in intent? Suppose I imagine putting a poison in ...
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Maitreya Bodhisattva's Aṭṭha Parikkhāra

I recently got to know (as written at this link) the Aṭṭha Parikkhāra (eight requisites) to be given by the Maha Brahma to Maitreya/Metteyya Bodhisattva at the time of the renunciation has already ...
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Regret on wrong actions

I am asking this personal question because I am recently found myself in a situation that shook me up quite a bit and I can’t seem to figure out how to deal with it. I made a wrong decision which hurt ...
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Explaining a remark made by Ajahn Brahm

I came across this statement made by Ajahn Brahm: After he became enlightened under the banyan tree, Mara came to him and said, ‘Okay, you’re enlightened, I admit it. Now don’t go teaching, it’s just ...
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detachment from goals

I'm a lay follower because I am too old to become a monastic and I have familial commitments, but I see the general futility in my goals in life. In specific my career goals. I was training for years ...
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Does the alayavijnana exist in the formless realms?

Does the alayavijnana exist in the formless realms? Presuably, if we are reborn there. But there is no matter in the formless realms, so my crazy hypothesis for how my mental stream can reoccur ...
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Wise reflection on Dhamma with momentary concentration, without meditation

In the essay entitled "The Five Mental Hindrances and Their Conquest" by Ven. Nyanaponika, he wrote: Not only the meditative absorptions but also lesser degrees of mental concentration are ...
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Is the Unalome a Buddhist symbol?

Last year I was walking in the "Camino de Santiago", in Spain, where I met a guy who showed me a symbol engraved in the stone of a bridge. It was a Sun that reflected its rays on the sea. He ...
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Books for understanding Tibetan Buddhism

I have been practicing Buddhist meditation for a few years, mostly from reading translations of the Buddha's original discourses, as well as some Prajnaparamita sutras from Mahayana Buddhism. I've ...
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Does Sutta Nipata say this quote?

From a book called Pruning the Bodhi Tree the author writes in the Suttanipata (oldest Pali discourses?) the following is replied by Sakyamuni: Without ordinary perception (conception), without ...
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Why is Dependent Arising (Paṭiccasamuppāda) not included in Satipatthana Sutta?

I ask a similar question here, but why is it that dependent origination is not part of the Satipathanasutta? There are a few references to the origin of the body in section 1 (considering the body) ...
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Pragmatic and objective guide books on vipassana meditation?

Similar to "The Mind Illuminated" and "Core Teachings of the Buddha". Are there any books that offer a pragmatic and objective guide on vipassana meditation, rather than a "...
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Does wisdom only exist, in zen, when it is perfect?

Does wisdom only exist, in zen, when it is perfect? Do zen monks and laity practice wisdom or is the focus so much on one practice samadhi that it's only there when you are?
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How to do insight meditation as pain for the meditation object?

I'm soon getting my wisdom teeth removed. Like always, I don't plan on using any anesthesia for the procedure - the pain is probably going to be excruciating, like always. So how can I use it as a ...
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In which sutta does Buddha say roughly '..and that would bring me sorrow[sad]?

I recall regarding a sutta awhile back of an encounter between Buddha and some wandering ascetic (not Bahiya). in that, the ascetic might have been too old or whatever, and buddha discourages him and ...
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Do the children and grandchildren etc. of eminent "buddhas" get blesssed in any way?

Do the children and grandchildren etc. of eminent "buddhas" get blesssed in any way? I know the buddha had a child, before his enlightenment, and that most important buddhists are celibate, ...
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How should one say the nembutsu: "as if your life depended on it"?

How should one say the nembutsu: "as if your life depended on it"? This is an English idiom, though I think it is quite literal. Would anyone agree, and if so who?
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Is copying code online breaking the second precept?

I'm a computer science student striving to uphold the principles of Buddhism, particularly the precept of "not taking which is not given." In my journey to learn coding, there are moments ...
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Can someone provide explanation on dependent origination

According to this law, every phenomenon owes its origin to another phenomenon prior to it. It may simply be expressed as “depending on this, this originates”. An example of Dependent Origination in ...
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Dedicatory verse of the Mūlamadhyamakakārikā?

I am writing an essay on SN 12.15 (interested folks can read the first draft here; using a new laptop & don't know how to format the Word document to fit the PDF conversion) and was heaping praise ...
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How to reconcile emptiness with dependent origination?

Already in the dedicatory verses of the MMK, Nagarjuna tells us that there is no origination or cessation of any kind. There is no arising whatsoever. I understand that this absence of arisen things ...
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Why would a Buddhist have children? [duplicate]

If the ultimate goal is to reach nibanna and no longer be reborn into the samsaric realm then why would any sane practicing Buddhist want to bring children here and put them through the endless ...
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What is intellect-consciousness and why is it different from intellect itself?

In SN 35.93 quoted below, it reads intellect-consciousness arises in dependence on the intellect and ideas, but if this consciousness is also a thinking about the work of intellect on ideas then it in ...
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Is there anything of value in any world?

Is there anything of value in any world? I feel incapable of conceiving of a world with a single valuable thing in. there is no wisdom and there is no attainment whatsoever
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Am I missing the point?

I've heard and read it said many times about realising or having insight that mind states, thoughts, emotions etc "are not you because they arise and pass". Its always said as if its some ...
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Can I intend to be a Buddha?

Right intention is a good thing: can I intend to be an Arhat or Buddha? What if I believe I cannot be either, can I still intend it, have the intention to any of its unique qualities and skills etc.?
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Translation of Pali term "Arati"

The Pali term "Arati" is defined in Sutta Central as https://suttacentral.net/define/arati dislike, discontent, aversion Others translate it differently, however. Thanissaro Bhikkhu, for ...
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Kasina meditation details

From what I can gather, kasina meditation involves staring at the kasina initially, and then attempting to generate/visaulize it as a mental image. I believe this is how the Visudhimagga describes it. ...
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How is Cittamatra practiced in the Gelug school?

I'm new to studying Tibetan Buddhism. I'd like to ask how the Cittamatra doctrine is practiced in the Gelug school. I'm not referring to the hierarchy this school establishes of Yogacara as a ...
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Is Buddha wrong in Dhammapada?

In Dhammapada, verse 129, Buddha states: All tremble at violence; all fear death. Putting oneself in the place of another, one should not kill nor cause another to kill. Taking this at face value, ...
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Introductory books to Buddhism

I'm looking for some book(s) that are generally regarded as a good introduction to Buddhism. I know very little about Buddhism, having only read one book on it so far (What Makes You Not a Buddhist by ...

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