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Should I practice a single mantra or multiple

I've received empowerment for Seven Line Prayer & have been practicing it consistently ever since. Once in a while, a thought arises that I would like to practice other mantras for 'worldly ...
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Are we Mindful in Jhana?

When a person enters into Jhana (particularly 2nd onward): What is he mindful of? What kind of meta awareness or introspective awareness(Sampajānakārī) is there? Note: it says that the 2nd onward is ...
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What exactly is a Desire? [duplicate]

What exactly is the anatomy of a Desire and why does it have such a potent effect on our psyche and life? Is it a thought of wanting something we don't have, but then we have so many thoughts about so ...
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Canki Sutta (MN95) Buddha's use of "Bharadvaja" as a term of address

In the Canki Sutta (MN95) the Buddha talks to a Brahmin youth called Kapathika, but addresses him as "Bharadvaja". Does this litterally mean "supporter of the cow pen"? What might ...
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Brahmas at formless realms are unable to hear the teachings of the Buddha

Why Brahmas at formless realms are unable to hear/communicate/understand the teachings of the Buddha when they have high intelligence? Alara Kalama is wise, competent, intelligent. He has long had ...
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The difference between Arupaloka and Nibbana

The first level, the Realm of Formlessness (Arupaloka), consists of four planes of brahmas who have no physical body, consisting entirely of mind, but who may create a physical body if they want to be ...
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Where is Buddha Now? [duplicate]

Namaste to Buddha. How and where is Buddha now? Does he still teaching now? I am trying to understand Nibbana and where Buddha is now. What I understand is that Nibbana is a state rather than a ...
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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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How do spot a fake monk/temple [closed]

How do we spot a fake monk or suspicious temple to avoid scam? Below are some of my personal experiences a) A monk or nun that taking a bowl asking for money, selling talisman in paper or bracelet at ...
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Non-striving and happiness

I have only an informal understanding of Buddhism, so please excuse the informal language used in this question. My intent is to understand Buddhism better, and I welcome any answers or resources that ...
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How is it that everyone's cocksure of their own religion or spiritual path?

This question may not appear as exactly Buddhist or related to Buddhism but considering a bigger picture of Buddhism as a religion I want to know the answer to this. We Buddhists consider 'Doubt' in ...
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How to teach sympathy/empathy in Buddhism?

I have been following Buddhism and mindfulness for a while now. I have a 5 year old son and want to teach him to be sympathetic/empathetic and grateful but im struggle to reconcile some of the ...
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Proper to let trade carry liberation, even possible?

No question that it isn't proper to let trades for world carry Dhamma, share Dhamma via market places, but what does one think in regard of receiving? Would Dhamma made avaliable by commerce take one ...
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How difficult is it to be a foreign monk in Asia?

I wonder about the practicalities of being a foreign monk in Asia, especially Theravada-majority countries. In particular; About the Visa arrangements, can this at all be handled without much stress ...
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What is the best distance for kasina meditation between person and object?

Some websites show that it is ideal to get 1.5 m distance between the person and the kasina object. Is there any science behind the recommendation to get that specific distance?
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vijānāti, vedati, sañjānāti, pajānāti and sampajānāti. : What are the subtle differences between these words?

vijānāti, vedati, sañjānāti, pajānāti and sampajānāti. These are very frequently used in tripitaka. And it seems people are lightly taking them almost similar.. Though I know the difference but it is ...
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What is obsessive defilement?

During practice of meditation experience there are thoughts that can't be noticed. But they stop on their own and later they appear to show up less and less. The thoughts were less wondering with the ...
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How to escape Karma fight

I think the co-worker fighting is normal here: (YouTube) Horrifying office fight (Leaked video). It happened to me as well quite a few times with different bosses. How to handle in this scenario in ...
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How to overcome fear of annihilation in meditation and why is it not included in list of hindrances to meditation?

Over a period of last few years I have almost completely eradicated the 'five hindrances' to meditation. However, sometimes when I am in deep meditation, I feel an intense fear of 'getting annihilated'...
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I am trying to find the correlation between theravada jhana, rupa/arupa and the 9 levels of calm abiding in tibetan buddhism

Title really. I am reading the tibetan lamrim version of the 9 mental abiding and trying to correlate it to the theravada 8 jhanas, I can't seem to find which jhana/abiding is which in regards to the ...
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Does accusation helps a person change his values or a better ways is to tell a story with moral?

I have a friend say Dev. He always involves himself in flattery of rich people knowingly or unknowingly. Its clearly visible that he shows off in front of rich people or try to gain their friendship ...
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What is the general view towards Triratna Buddhism from other schools?

I've been attending a Triratna Buddhist centre for half a year now, and have learned a lot about Buddhist teachings from there. I'm curious, however, about how Triratna is seen from other schools such ...
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Flickering light during meditation

I was wondering if seeing flickering lights during meditation meant anything. My eyes had been closed for about 15 minutes. I would not say I was in a deep meditative state. The room was dark already ...
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Tips for overcoming laziness

In my personal practice, I have found laziness to be my most clearly visible defilement. It plays a role in preventing me from getting out of bed, hindering my mindfulness throughout the day, and ...
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What is difference between Nibbana and asaṅkhataṃ (unconditioned)?

Buddha says Nibbana is ajātaṃ abhūtaṃ akataṃ asaṅkhataṃ. Out of all these four, only asaṅkhataṃ (unconditioned) is something that I have to achieve. So can I say asaṅkhataṃ is Nibbana and vice versa? ...
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Does Shikantaza lead towards attaining Jhana, if not, is there any progression?

I have been practicing two different meditations over the years, one is Anapanasati, i.e. mindfulness of breath as I learned from S.N.Goenka, and the other is Zazen or Shikantaza i.e. just sitting, ...
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Why did Sakka steal the Visuddhimagga three times?

Why did Sakka steal the Visuddhimagga three times according to the legend -- was it because Visuddhimagga erroneously stated that it couldn't be done by a sotapanna?? Quoting from the Introduction to ...
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Question about akusala garuka kamma [duplicate]

Is it called akusala garuka kamma only if the action is completed? For example, Angulimala once tried to harm The Buddha (but did not succeed), and Nandopananda once tried to harm Moggallana Thera (...
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What is difference between nimitta and vitaka and their relation to manasikara?

I learned many meaning of vitaka.. Like initial thought, or thought seed or directing mind toward object.. Whereas vicara is continuity of thinking about that object. Similarly nimitta is arising of ...
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Searching for this Jataka where a monk is brought to the heaven and hell by The Buddha

I'm searching for this Jataka where a monk is brought by The Buddha to heaven, and then to hell, where the monk sees a vacant place(?) in hell and asks a hell officer about it. The hell officer ...
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Hard breath (intentional breath) in Pali

When your mind is wandering during Anapana, you may use "Hard Breath" (intentional breath). What is the Pali word for this technique? What is the Pali text explaining this "hard breath&...
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Where does the Buddha talk about investigation of energy (offering him some relief while in physical pain)?

If remembering correctly I once heard a Dhamma talk about the Buddha finding solace in/with the investigation of energy while (at least once) experiencing physical pain. What's the sutta reference(s) ...
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What are the sutta references for the Buddha unsuccessfully attempting to stop wars/battles?

I remember hearing that on one, two, or maybe more occasions the Buddha attempted pretty much unsuccessfully to intervene in war or battle. Maybe one had to do with fighting over water rights. I also ...
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Does Buddhism Teach Nihilism?

I saw an article on the Internet about the fact that Buddhism is compared to solipsism or nihilism. In particular, they talked about Japanese and Chinese Buddhism, since the teachings of Yogacara are ...
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Does the Buddhas resolve on the night of His Nirvana go against the middle path?

I read here that on the night before the dawn of Buddhas Nirvana, the Buddha made a resolve that; ‘I shall sit under this tree and meditate upon my questions. And I shall not move until I have my ...
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Where are the most common places to find Pali/Buddhism Anki decks in 2021?

Anki, is by far the most popular "spaced repetition tool" to enable long term retention of learned material in 2021. It does so using a scheduling algorithm which prompts the user to recall ...
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What are the most common ways to enable keyboards to type Pali characters in 2021?

Given the wide variety of possible solutions from keyboard firmware to operating system specific solutions, I'd like to leave the question wide open in order to discover which solutions are actually ...
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Heterosexual attraction in rebirth process?

In his book "Tibetan Buddhism from the ground up", Alan Wallace describes a part of the (human) rebirth process as follows: "In [this vision] one sees (...) [the parents-to-be] in the ...
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Why did the Buddha contradict about His teachings in these two different suttas?

In the Simsapa Sutta the Buddha said; "In the same way, monks, those things that I have known with direct knowledge but have not taught are far more numerous [than what I have taught]. I would ...
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What types of physical dwellings are most conducive for Buddhist lay life living?

I've heard of Vastu shastra, but what kind of dwellings are conducive to Buddhist practice and living and why?
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What (spiritual/religious) terms did the Buddha redefine?

It seems a significant and overlooked contribution of the Buddha, his redefining of various terms of his day into definitions more conducive to the ending of greed, ill-will and delusion/ignorance. ...
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In visualisation meditations, I don’t know “where” to look

When I first started meditating, the body scan phase confused me. For a long time, I imagined the shape of a body in front of me in the distance, and scanned down through it. More recently I’ve ...
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Please help me to better understand the simile of the turner for the first part of the anapanasati instructions

Can anyone post a video of what a "bhamakāro" from ancient India would be doing? If not, can anyone explain very clearly what we are talking about in terms of the tool that would have been ...
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temple policy for babies/young kids

are there any policies for bringing very young kids (14 month) to a temple/pagoda (stroller, clothes etc)? We
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Are there any instructions on the pose of hand during meditation?

As I see and learn there are typically two different positions of palms and hand that I see people meditating in. One is keeping the palms turned up and kept on knees like this picture; which is a ...
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Is there a point practicing mantra if I can get to samadhi with pure anapana/breath meditation?

Been meditating for some years, been doing most anapana & also a bit of Goenka-vipassana. Have had certain experiences, samadhi states and jhana (although I'm still far from being able to ...
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What does "becoming" mean in the phrase "the 10 fetters of becoming"?

From Wikipedia's Sutta Pitaka's list of ten fetters: The Pali canon's Sutta Pitaka identifies ten "fetters of becoming". sakkāya-diṭṭhi vicikicchā sīlabbata-parāmāsa kāmacchando vyāpādo ...
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Why is there even a way to the end of suffering?

There are the four noble truths and we know who and how he found and taught them. There are philosophical questions like where did the first Karma come from and so on, that are not quite conceivable ...
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What is the historical basis for the buddhas examples of "wrong livelihood"?

One of the recurring themes in the teachings of the buddha is the noble eightfold path; the basis for achieving nibbana. Oftentimes the components of it are presented as their "wrong" ...
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Chinese Korean & Japanese aesthetic cultural practices at the altar

I recently attended a tea ceremony, and was reminded of how it is considered polite in Asia to handle everything with two hands. My first dharma teacher was from Hong Kong, and did this, but I notice ...

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