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I'm fascinated by 'death': what would Dogen say?

I'm fascinated by 'death': what would Dogen say? What about Rinzai zen? I don't have any questions about it, but I'm sure there's answers I haven't contemplated at all. Quotes would be necessary.
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Forced suppression of all cravings including harmless ones

Let's say a person has a craving to eat a slice of cheesecake. This is obviously a sensual craving (kama tanha). The mental defilement (kilesa) to get a slice of cheesecake and eat it, is greed (lobha)...
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Handling Poisons?

Please help with these questions! :) What is the most skillful way to handle someone who is angry? What is the most skillful way to handle someone who is deluded? What is the most ...
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Is understanding a “bring-debt” or “gain-debt”?

Having read "...is an ethical duty to acquire knowledge in order to improve our understanding", my person thought to investigate the matter in frame of the Dhamma. Against this sentence stands the ...
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While body is not me or mine how about other claims on the body? [on hold]

Seeking kind, wholesome, skillful, wise and helpful responses to various claims of body ownership. “The United States government claims 100% ownership over all your DNA and reproductive rights. This ...
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AN 4.233 what exactly is the relation between kamma, saṅkhārā?

AN 4.233 sutta passage here in pali + english: https://notesonthedhamma.blogspot.com/2019/08/an-4233-what-exactly-is-relation.html questions: what exactly are those 3 sankharas (bodily, voice, mind)?...
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What are the differences between joy (piti), bliss (sukha) and peace (santi) and how do the qualities relate to Nibbana?

This is a follow-on to this question What's the connection or difference between joy (piti), and the so-called "bliss" (sukha) and peace (santi) of Nibbana? Is one required to seek joy to attain ...
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Craving vs Interest

Is interest in a topic/concept/thought, a form of craving? Must we rid ourselves of interest too? If so, how do we approach so many activities in daily life, that rely on interest? These activities ...
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Unconscious Nature of Craving

I understand craving involves a strong preoccupation component. I noticed that somehow, when I either use a dating site or anything similar, I often check whether I received a message or if anything ...
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Is it a crime to mention a crime?

Upasaka (?) Frank K possible does a lot of crime in telling: Classical Chritians, "Liberal" ideas: Here's a great database with brief descriptions where brave individuals often had to face great ...
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Is “doing according to one's best understanding” a protection from wrong-doing?

A common belief is that, if one conducts himself "as best he can" (in the best ways he understands and knows), then would be a protection from -- or an excuse for -- wrong-doing. For example, "I ...
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Is Nibbana joyful or not joyful?

I have noticed that it seems Nibbana has been described as "the peaceful". I have had the impression that Nibbana is neither joyful nor delightful. Is my impression correct?
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Don't teach Dhamma to those who can't appreciate it or aren't interested

I read in an answer that AN 9.5 states: The best sort of kindly speech is to teach the Dhamma again and again to someone who is engaged and who lends an ear. However, is there an opposite quote ...
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Meditation on Awareness : objects and phenomena vs Awareness

On http://media.sbinstitute.com/courses/spring2016/91/ , there is an Awareness-based meditation where we are invited to observe the various objects that we are aware off : thoughts, sounds, sensations,...
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Killer Neighbors

Namo Buddhaya! My neighbor is a hardcore Christian & is a very nice man, the only thing is that he goes outside every once & a while with a water gun & kills insects (and even shoots ...
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Don't Arahats know Buddha?

While reading Bodhidharma's Two Entrances and Four Practices, I found Bodhidharma telling Arhats ain't enlightened. Among Shakyamuni's ten greatest disciples, Ananda was foremost in learning. ...
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What is bodily formation? Does it refer to the breath or the body?

'I will breathe in tranquilizing the bodily formation'; he trains thus: 'I will breathe out tranquilizing the bodily formation.'" ---Satipatthana (Bhiku Bodhi's translation) What is bodily formation? ...
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Metta's Intensity and Concentration

I noticed that in my meditation on compassion, the beginning is consistently potent (i.e. tears, strong feeling) and the ending is usually less apt (i.e. body agitation, distraction). Would the ...
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Meaning of the Rooted Sutta

From the Rooted Sutta (AN 10.58) we have the following paragraph translated by Bhikkhu Sujato. What does it mean? What are "things" or "phenomena" in this context? Please explain the whole paragraph. ...
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How can one demonstrate powers to another? [closed]

I'm a materialist and an atheist, I can unserstand how some people can manifest certain visualizations or experience other halucinations that seems hyper realistic, integrate with external reality and ...
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How can I stop thinking about the clock when meditating? I meditate for 30 minutes every day

I normally meditate for 30 minutes but I cannot help but think about the time that the meditation is going to end and constantly thinking about the clock since normally you meditate to be in the ...
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If simplicity is the Answer why everything is so Complex? [closed]

A child have an illusion to "be", "do", "have" something... A person brain deals with all sorts of "illusions" if we assume that all abstract concepts are illusions because we cannot have an ...
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Nirvana is the ground layer underneath them all

According to this answer: Nirvana is the ground layer ("dhatu") underneath them all. ... Nirvana is this most fundamental law (the formula, the rule, the program) according to which the ...
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Intention and Karma

When a text (e.g. Abhidhamma) lists 'wholesome' mental factors, is it meant that these are also likely to produce positive karmic consequences, or that these are just beneficial in general? For ...
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Karma and Contact with Dharma

I'm wondering whether the knowledge of the Buddhist path and participating in it would be the fruition of good karma? I mean, since following this path implies virtue and further good karma, even if ...
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Sankhara conditions vinjana dependent origination

When it is said in dependent origination that "sankhara conditions consciousness", in what way and how does sankhara condition consciousness? And also, how is consciousness conditioning nama rupa? ...
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Going to a Catholic School

Namo tassa bagavato arahanto samma sambuddhasa (Sorry, I am not fluent) I go to a Catholic High School & I have a theology class that preaches only their truths & say it is the supreme truth ...
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What is the physics of the 'phenomena' of Nirvana?

Although a lot has been said and written on the internet about Nirvana, the physics behind it seems to be an obscure and elusive area. Human experience seems to be summed up in five-skandhas, ...
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What is the “Unconditioned” that the Buddha is talking about? And vinjana in Buddhsm

In advaita vedanta, consciousness is the self. Consciousness has 2 modes: it can be pure consciousness, and it is described as "being aware of being aware" or the "I that I am knows that I am"; while ...
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What is citta in the four frames of reference?

I am trying to understand the four frames of reference. I could understand the body. I could comprehend the sensations (to be honest not completely). I could not understand the mind (citta). This ...
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What is the deep sound that buddhist monk make during meditation called

I have often noticed buddhist monk make deep sound, something that feels might be coming from the naval or sometimes the throat. I want to know more details about the sound. What is the origin and if ...
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To reach 1st jhana, do we have to let go, or do we have to put some effort?

Recently, I've been reading a lot about the different methods and perspectives for reaching the jhanas. For a long time, the only method I've been using is to "let go" everything, and to use the ...
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Avoiding debates & looking into Planes/realms

What should I do if a lot of my friends and family are trying to prove Buddhism wrong with the laws of impermanence or planes of existence, & I do not want to debate this with them as I do not ...
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Permanent Matter?

My friend told this to me & now I am confused. Isn't the amount of matter in the universe the same, no less, nor more, because nothing is ever lost, nor created, everything causes everything,...
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Crippling fear of hellfire &, damnation, please help?

My original belief used to be that as long as you are a decent good person without any intentions to hurt others, you'll be fine. Meaning that no matter what religion you follow, no matter how flawed ...
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Odd Effect of Breath Meditation

I tried breathing meditation a few times recently. I have noticed that every time I use the breath as object, I get a headache and I tend to fall asleep. This fails to happen during compassion ...
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The Animal Plane & Evolution?

(Please Theravada perspective if possible) NAMO TASSA BAGAVATO ARAHANTO SAMMA-SAMBUDDHASA (I am not fluent, forgive errors) These are my following questions: Do animals feel emotions just like ...
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Heat and Meditation

I was meditating and couldn't keep my eyes open. I wore a thick sweater, and when I removed this sweater, the lethargy dissipated and instead I faced distracted thoughts, but I meditated with much ...
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Sentience, killing, & extremes?

The Buddha always said killing, no matter the circumstance, is always unskillful & leads to negative Rebirths. In no recorded instance did he approve of killing any living being at all. When ...
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How do I practice the Dhamma in an environment where it's not supported?

My parents, try to hinder my practice of the Dhamma by verbally & aggressively putting the Dhamma down to me, almost every day. They believe I am being "brainwashed" by monks I watch online or ...
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What are the different meditation types & how to do them?

I know there are many types of meditation, but can someone help clarify the following questions on meditation: - What types of meditation is essential for the practice & why? - How do those types ...
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How do I deal with Aversion?

I practice the Dhamma & I try hard to show loving-kindness, but I end up sometimes getting very mad at people or irritated. I try Metta meditation, but is there anything else I can do to try and ...
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Does emptiness & no-self work together?

Emptiness seems to be very prevalent in Dhamma after Theravada. But I have seen that it still exists in Theravada, it has just been ignored compared to other teachings. Why is emptiness ignored so ...
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Meditation for Work Anxiety

I started a new job, and when I get anxious my cognition turns to pure incoherence. I second-guess everything, doubt, double-check unnecessarily, make more errors, etc. What is the best type of ...
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Strong tingling sensation in face that persists +- hour after meditation

I've been meditating for about 8 years. Recently I did a second vipassana 10 day silent retreat. A few days in, when focussing on my face, my face got highly sensitive, and a strong tingling was ...
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Analysis and Compassion

I understand that compassion meditation uses in great part feeling and the generation of affect. I wonder: Are there aspects of compassion only accessible through meditating on compassion analytically?...
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Is the path of Zen compatible with computer science?

For example, software/code/algorithms themselves can be very complex, dense, cryptic (often without value), overly detailed, stressful to understand intent (sometimes), generation of new abstractions ...
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Mindfulness of breathing - What is meant by “arising and passing away of the body”?

When it is said that one is "mindful of the arising and passing away of the body" -- what is meant with "being mindful of the arising and passing away of the body"? The body is here all the time, ...
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How does dependent origination and the skandhas fit together?

I’m having trouble seeing whether the idea of the five skandhas is meant to fit within dependent origination in any way, or whether the two theories are meant to be applied as complements to each ...
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Playing with sensations/heat

I am a Vipassana meditator and in the last 2-3 years am noticing that someone is playing with my aura/heat and sensations all the time. I have no idea where to get help. It is coming in the way of my ...

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