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Should Buddhists support Louisiana mandating Christian morality commandments in schools?

A bill signed into law this week makes Louisiana the only state to require that the Ten Commandments be displayed in every classroom, in public schools and colleges because they claim there is no ...
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When does a Bodhisattva fully master skillful means?

When does a Buddhist begin to and fully master skilful means? I am asking because I think that this world contains a dilemma for everyone who takes it seriously (rather than their karma): a choice ...
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I want to ask about the bad karma of speech when cursing and insulting Buddha and enlightened beings.?

I have a question. When I was a child, about 6 years old, I accidentally said insulting and blasphemous words to the Buddha's name. To be more specific, I said the Buddha's name with vulgar and ...
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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 karma a virtue ethics?

Is karma a virtue ethics? I know that some people link the path to virtues such as wisdom or charity, but what about the theory of karma in general? I am asking because I wondered whether unvirtuous ...
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Buddhism and Pandemics

I had a quick question in regards to the Buddhist view on the recent pandemic. What would the stance be of a Buddhist towards the government tactics of losing jobs if not vaccinated, being locked down ...
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Practicality of seventh Jhana?

How common is it for lay people and for monks both to attain higher jhanas like sixth, seventh and the eighth ? How easy/hard it is? Have you entered any of the Jhana states yourself? If yes, what was ...
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Does Theravada have the role of priest like Japanese Mahayana?

I'm aware that they both have monks generally, but what about priests? If so, do they perform the same function?
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Why am I more alone and less tolerant of people now?

Since beginning insight practice over ten years ago I have practiced daily and attended many retreats. As a result I feel more peaceful and have gained an understanding and insight into the true ...
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Seeking Information on Theravada Bhikkhuni Monasteries in Canada, USA, and New Zealand [closed]

I am a student from the UK interested in pursuing PhD research focused on Bhikkhuni ordination within Theravada Buddhism. As part of my research, I am seeking information on Theravada Bhikkhuni ...
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Did I imagine that official tantric sex without orgasms is extremely dangerous for the practitioner?

Did I imagine that official tantric sex without orgasms is extremely dangerous for the practitioner? I cannot recall where I may have read this (and it is extremely unlikely anyone has ever told me it)...
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Is mindfulness linked to prospective memory?

Recently, I came across a Scientific American article on prospective memory (PM). I couldn’t help but notice the similarities between PM and mindfulness as below: Both have significant impact on our ...
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Are somanassa and cetasik-sukha same thing?

Some teacher (Goenka) says vedanānupassanā is bodily only because sukha and dukha in general are bodily. But the definition of sukha includes cetasikaṃ vā sukhaṃ too Yaṃ kho, āvuso visākha, kāyikaṃ ...
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What to do about someone who cannot be reasoned with?

What should you do about someone who cannot be reasoned with about their behaviour. I say "this is hurting me, please talk with me about it" but they keep doing the same amoral behaviour. It ...
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What are the suttas in which the Buddha claimed he was greater than the gods?

There are many people, especially from other religions, who say, ‘The Buddha is just a human being; he is not a god,’ but I know the Buddha is greater than the gods because he attained Nirvana by ...
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Resolving conflicts

Is there any mentioned in the sutras about specific approaches to resolving conflicts? Specifically, I am looking at applying an objective process. For example, if a person disagrees with another on ...
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Why is there no attention aggregate?

I read this: 'Nama-rupa' is simply the aggregates: And what, bhikkhus, is name-and-form? Feeling, perception, volition, contact, attention: this is called name. The four great elements and the form ...
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Predestination in Buddhism

Obviously we are, according to the lotus sutra, all destined to be buddhas, but in this life, whether or not there is free will, when someone does something ugly, then were they already latently that ...
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Does a Buddha have an "awareness" separate from the five aggregates?

I read the following on the internet: Yes. The Buddha repeatedly states his awareness to be separate from the consciousness aggregate. Lord, freed (nissaṭo), dissociated (visaṁyutto) & released (...
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Chanda? Do SN 42.11 and SN 51.2 contradict eachother?

SN 42.11 says: What’s the cause, chief, what’s the reason why, if this was to happen to some people it could cause you sorrow, while if it happens to others it does not? The people regarding whom ...
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Is it necessory to attain higher Jhana to experience Nibbana?

Can some one experience nibbana just being in 1st Jhana. or 2nd..or 3rd..? I read in one of sutta that to be arhant even 1st Jhana is sufficient. But when someone becomes sotapanna, or higher Arya by ...
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What is a fake Buddhist?

What is a fake Buddhist? I am unsure what 'fake' means in this context. I don't necessarily think it's the same thing as not believing in rebirth, pretending to be enlightened, arrogance, hostility ...
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If nirvana cannot be described then is it good?

If nirvana cannot be described then is it good? Isn't 'good' a description of something, even when it isn't real or objective etc.. I would personally answer in terms of suchness, so anything in those/...
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What is the relationship of namarupa and appearance?

i read this on a website: "...Nama is the appearance of Rupa, 'what it looks like' and not 'how it is',.." is it correctly said?
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What is difference between nibbana and deep sleep?

In sleep 5 sense door are closed. And in deep sleep tge mind door is also closed. So technically its nibbana. Isnt it?
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on experiencing nibbana we become sotapanna. so why gautama directly become buddha?

It is said that when you experience nibbana the first time you are sotapanna. but why buddha did not crossed all these stages. and directly become buddha?
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I identify as a bad person

It is not that I have done anything wrong, though I probably have, due to poor judgment of others rather than sense attachment, but I now identify as a really shitty person, because it seems that, if ...
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How to become a monk in Bangladesh?

I've read some texts on Buddhism and I want devote myself to it. I want to learn meditation. How can I do that?
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Buddhists in destructive silences

Obviously, Buddhists often applaud silence, but what about not talking to someone in a relationship, which is often associated with passive aggression and abuse. What about a silence that ends up ...
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What do Buddhists say about fame?

Fame seems to be associated with e.g. the early zen cults that formed in china, and must have been essential to the life of buddhism, but in general I'd have thought it is frowned upon, though perhaps ...
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why meditation is for 1 hour [duplicate]

Why people recommend to sit in meditation for 1 hour not 55 mins 59 mins or 61 mins .Is it something special for 60 mins ? Can I use binaural beats in headphone while meditating ?
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Is this claim about attitudes as you die correct?

I don't believe you can die when in absorption (at least if you are reborn), but tricycle says The attitude of the mind at death is very important, Buddhists believe. The less fear and aversion we ...
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Do you agree with ChatGPT’s answer to question: Is vedana a Sankhara?

I asked ChatGPT, Is vedana a sanskhara? Following is its answer: In Buddhist philosophy, "vedanā" (feeling or sensation) is distinct from "saṅkhāra" (mental formations or ...
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In Buddhism, is 'dana' (charity) have any eligibility criteria like Hinduism?

In Hinduism, as per Dharmashastras, Puranas and several other scriptures, charity should only be given to brahmanas learned in Vedas and nobody else. Every other person, no matter how poor they are, ...
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Who is the latest person to have obtain enlightenment and become a Buddha?

A number of people have become enlightened since Shakyamuni Buddha's realization of the truths. I'm curious as to who the latest person to have obtain enlightenment and become a Buddha is (as ...
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Is there an English translation of Jñanasrimitra's Isvaradusana ("Disproving God")?

I'm wondering whether there is an English translation of a work called "Isvaradusana" (lit. "Disproving God") written by the Buddhist philosopher Jñanasrimitra (fl. 975-1025 C.E.). ...
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When there is no self, who or what will exert a conscious effort to reach nirvana?

According to Theravadic Buddhism there’s no self. Self is an emergent illusion of a collection of smaller entities ( citta, chaithasika etc), in the same way, the physical body is an emergent result ...
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Does anicca mean inconstancy? Or dissolution?

I read the following on the internet: Anicca means inconstancy - the aggregates are constantly changing and thus unreliable, making them stressful. Does anicca primarily mean inconstancy, i.e., the ...
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Did the Buddha explicitly say "there is no self" is a wrong view?

I read the following on the internet: Primary mistake is thinking that anattā means no soul or that "there is no self". In Sabbāsavā Sutta the Buddha explicitly says that "there is no ...
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Do I intend to do something if I also intend to stop myself from doing it?

Do I intend to do something if I also intend to stop myself from doing it? Suppose I intend to eat the hamburger, but also intend to stop myself doing so. Is that intent in the Buddhist sense?
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Different Ghata Jatakas

I was just answering a question on Hindu.SE as to whether Ithihasas were copies of Jatakas. While looking for sources I found two Ghata Jatakas found on different sites. WisLib Ghata Jataka Sacred ...
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Is mindfulness of feeling the middle way?

Is being mindful of feelings in-and-of-themselves according to the triad of pleasant, unpleasant, neutral the Middle Way? Is is also auto-suggestion? Is it normalization of a distribution? Does it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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