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Would you say the "dharma" explains the "dharma"

I remember the 1st book I read on Buddhism was about 'dharma' and that this has a few meanings, including, at least 'teaching' and 'element' (I suppose both of these are English glosses). (Hinduism, ...
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Causing lose of property, wealth, access in modern times: downfall transgression or just a 'virtual gaming'?

What does one think, to reflect and investigate: If a Bhikkhu would do efforts that finally lead to lose for at least a non-Bhikkhu (lay man, novice...), such would be easy a downfall transgression (...
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Should we believe we have no enlightenment whatsoever?

Should we believe we have no enlightenment whatsoever? I mean, acting like you're the Dalai Lama, famous sage or future Buddha may well come off as offensive and stupid. But if we authentically ...
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What fruits can a poor servant of Mara and his host expect?

Say one has gravely fallen into slavehood by consuming 'free' and, almost unaware, is driven to steal and pull the Gems and it's heritage, into this evil bound. Almost unaware and deluded, he even ...
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Does enlightenment in all teachings amount to a progressively deeper realisation that I am already enlightened?

So e.g. kensho is usually thought of as beginning realisation in zazen, and is into our true nature as Buddhas. Does enlightenment in all teachings amount to a progressively deeper realisation that I ...
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Source of Golden Rule quote

Hayy and thank you for being here. I have heard quotes of the Golden Rule, which is the foundation of all religions. The Buddist one I received was "Hurt not others in ways that you yourself ...
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What are the original colors of the 7 main chakras? [closed]

I've seen variations on some of the last few chakras as white instead of violet or purple, so I'm wondering what are the official/original - from Sanskrit (?) - colors?
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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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Where does it say in the Three Baskets that Buddha used to be a prince?

I recall reading suttas wherein the Buddha references his past life, however I do not recall him mentioning that he was a prince. What is the source for this claim?
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What are those "deck of cards" objects that various sutras are printed on?

I used to go to a Tibetan Buddhist community where they were constantly reading Buddhist scriptures off of little stacks of cards. They were wide aspect ratio, and had the syllables of various mantras ...
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Where are the main collections of digitized Buddhist art online?

I have found the himalayanart.org website, which has the kind of art I am looking for, things like religious paintings, mandalas, etc. Where are the most digitized high-res buddhist art records kept ...
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What is the sutta where the Buddha says that one breath or one bite of food is the proper timeframe with which to contemplate life/death?

I have heard this sutta referenced in dhamma talks by Ajahn Thanissaro, although I don't have a specific talk to point to. I know I have also read the sutta, but I can't remember when. In the sutta, ...
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Questions regarding body scan during the contemplation of anatomical parts in Satipatthana

I'm trying to practice Satipatthana meditation according to the book Satipatthana Meditation - A Practice Guide. In the book, Bhikkhu Anālayo teaches the contemplation of anatomical parts by body scan ...
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Looking for Buddhist videos that explain the Buddhist view on consciousness in a clear succinct way

I am looking for Buddhist videos (by Buddhist monks preferably or lay teachers) that describe briefly (under 10 minutes) how Buddhists view consciousness. Most I find are either lectures an hour-long, ...
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"abandoning samyojanas" vs "removing saṅkhāras"

When researching stream-entry, I came across this fascinating statement ... "The stream enterer ... has removed the saṅkhāras that force rebirth in lower planes". SOURCE: https://en....
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How to deal with anxiety associated with surroundings/environment?

I have moved to a big city from a suburban area recently. I hardly have to go outside home. Because of the current covid restrictions, I do WFH. I used to go cycling or walking everyday before. But ...
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What gives the subjective sensation of 'me', 'Awareness' tied to this specific body-mind complex?

What is it that experiences life from this particular body & mind that I have? i.e. why am I experiencing the world from my body instead of yours? I feel like an answer could be: because there isn'...
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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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Sutras are in which Tripitaka

I have one query. All the Sutra's ( lotus Sutra, heart Sutra) belongs to which Tripitaka (first second or third)?
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Were there any ancient Buddhist Universities, outside of India?

There were at least 22 universities according to this -- Ancient Buddhist Universities in India by Dr. Sandesh Wagh, Mumbai University: In contrast to this with the rise of Buddhism in India, there ...
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Why does "not existing from its own side" make something a "conceptual construction"?

Why does "not existing from its own side" make something a "conceptual construction"? I believe, from memory, the former phrase in quotes is Tibetan, but that all Buddhists think ...
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How does Buddhism deal with Buddha's prophesies about Jesus? [duplicate]

I was reading the answers under this question: Is Jesus considered to be a buddha? It is little bit strange that no one has pointed out what Siddhartha Gautama himself has been telling about Jesus. ...
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Where can we find (Lost) ancient Indian text by Buddhist scholars which was Translated in other languages?

Where can we find (Lost) ancient Indian text by Buddhist scholars which was Translated in other languages? A Lot of Ancient Indian Buddhist text(Which was lost over a period of time with decline of ...
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I've attained jhana literally once, should I try to pursue it further or just live a decent householder life?

Some background: I was born into a Buddhist family. I've always been intellectually interested in spiritual things like meditation and yoga, but I never really took it seriously until my early 20s, ...
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Did Lord Buddha teach a meditation technique called Shunya to close disciples?

I recently heard from an Indian Guru that Lord Buddha taught a meditation technique called Shoonya to his closest disciples. Is there any technique like that or resembling it which is mentioned in the ...
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The commonly acceptable hypotheses/theories among scholars to explain how come Prajñāpāramitā sutra have existed so early as about 75 CE?

In 2012, Harry Falk and Seishi Karashima published a damaged and partial Kharoṣṭhī manuscript of the Mahāyāna Aṣṭasāhasrikā Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra. It is carbon dated to ca. 75 CE, making it one of the ...
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Should a Buddhist be afraid of death?

A friend of mine is a committed Buddhist, a teacher in a group that meets to discuss Buddhist teaching. He's explained many things about Buddhism to me. Recently, his father died after a long ...
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Complex lifestyle and leads us to get on the correct path

Today, we are living in very complex world. Various lifestyles inspire us greatly. So as being a modern layperson, it is difficult to know good karma and bad one. How would I will be on good path and ...
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Will working for a company that engages in animal experimentation to alleviate suffering of humans be wrong livelihood?

I have been lurking here for a long time, but I made an account just to ask this because I am very conflicted, and I think some of you here maybe able to help me like you have many times before ...
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What is the proper name for the Myanmar temple in Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon?

I am looking for the proper/correct spelling of the Buddhist Temple structure in Yangon, Myanmar. I have seen two names and I think they are both referencing the same place. The names are: Shwedagon ...
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Is there anything like mahamudra without guru yoga

I am attracted to the idea of meditating upon the mind as a path to liberation, as I understand is emphasized in mahamudra. However, I dislike the idea of guru yoga, or meditating in reverence or ...
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Is Upekṣā (equanimity) a feeling or simply numbness?

Is Upekṣā (equanimity) a certain kind of feeling which if attained, everyone will feel in a similar way, or its a kind of numbness to sensory input? From the wiki the definition of equanimity says is ...
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Disconnected instead of detached

I practice mindfulness and meditation for a few years, since I took a 10 week mindfulness course. In some periods more intensely (daily), some periods (weeks) not. Recently increased the intensity by ...
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Why are Buddhist monks not as extreme as Jain monks when it comes to non-violence?

Why are Buddhist monks not as extreme as Jain monks when it comes to non-violence? For example Jain monks sweep the floor in front of them to avoid stepping on insects/microbes. As far as I'm aware, ...
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What other meditation techniques are attributed to Buddha apart from Anapanasati?

Anapanasati is a meditation technique attributed to Buddha himself and it is from Tripitaka. What other meditation techniques are present in Tripitaka and are attribited authoritatively to Buddha ...
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What to do in order to get back to meditating?

I meditated for many years and read quite a few Buddhist books by famous authors from here in America and abroad. Unfortunately, I have fallen away from meditating on a regular basis and reading ...
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Moggaliputta-tissa Kathavatthu

Anyone knows where I can find an english translation of Moggaliputta’s work “Kathavatthu” (The Points of Controversy) where he somehow “saved” the Buddha’s message of the middle way contained in the ...
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is formless better than formed?

I recall it being said by the Buddha that the formless - jhana perhaps - is better than the formed. in which sutta does this say this? I remember reading that, but I can no longer find the text
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Is there a future Buddha?

Did the Buddha (Shakamuni) say another Buddha will appear in the future? Which text does that appear in? didn't he say he would not be born again? I recall that's what he said.
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What does Buddhism say about the "self"?

Looking at the Noble Eightfold Path led me to the non-self: that no unchanging, permanent self or essence can be found in any phenomenon. But while I agree that in the grand scheme of things there ...
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Is the word "samsara" composed of simpler concepts etymologically or otherwise?

Looking up the word samsara, or the Wiki page leads to the same definition you see most places: The endless cycle of birth, existence and death. However, that is a lot of concept to pack into one ...
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What does the word Bodhi mean etymologically?

Looking up the Pali bodhi leads to Sanskrit bodhi, which says "perfect knowledge or wisdom", from Proto-Indo European "to be awake". Perfect wisdom and being awake are not the same ...
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Where is the Tibetan version of the Guhyagarbha tantra

Where on adarsha or in the Kangyur/Tengyur is the Guhyagarbha tantra? Can you provide a link to the Tibetan script version online on adarsha or in the asianclassics catalogs?
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Which language will get you deeper into Buddhism, Pali or Sanskrit?

I seem to have read that the "original" or "oldest" Tripitaka was written in Pali, but at the same time the Sanskrit language is much older than Pali. How do Sanskrit and Pali ...
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Time, space: real, lasting, own-able?

or uncertain, subject of change, a burden and not own- or control-able, not worthy to fall for? Time to answer and give it up?
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Do chanting mantras, devoting merit etc. to animals actually help & how do we know that?

I always hear of Buddhists encouraging people to chant mantras, dedicate merits, pray etc. for animals & pets so that they may be exposed to the dharma and take a better rebirth. Also, chanting ...
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Is there a rift forming in Shingon since Eimei moved on?

When a school of Buddhism has a senior who passes away, is it common for the school to go into a type of dissarray, until a successor is chosen? Some years ago I joined the Shingon school. It was ...
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What is the "magical net" in the Guhyagarbha Tantra?

The Luminous Essence: A Guide to the Guhyagarbha Tantra says "This universal tantra of the great Magical Net is a secret among secrets". Later it says: Accordingly, mahāyoga teaches the ...
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What is the mandala of the ground?

When you first learn about mandalas, you learn about sand paintings: But in the Guhyagarbha tantra, outlined in Luminous Essence: A Guide to the Guhyagarbha Tantra, it is said: The subject matter of ...
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What is meant by "secret" in the Guhyagarbha tantra?

I am starting to explore Luminous Essence: A Guide to the Guhyagarbha Tantra, where in the first section on the "title", says: All phenomena of saṃsāra and nirvāṇa are inseparable with the ...

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