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When will a Buddhist accept doing analysis?

As the core goal of Buddhism is to cease sufferings, any task that not relevant to it will be unawarely ignored, and any task that hindering it will be strongly rejected. Analysis/intellect can either ...
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Meditation on a concept

Is samatha concentration meditation's object always an idea, concept or something else? Why meditate on a concept and what else besides concepts are there to meditate on?
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Why are there so many different paths?

I will admit I am just starting to look into buddhism and such. I am confused because so far I understand that the Satipatthana sutta provides everything anyone needs to become 'enlightened'. If ...
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what separates us from our identity to another person

I am indian. You are Americans . Our identity divide human beings? I am hindu. You are muslim. Our identity divide human beings? I am buddhist monk. I am ordinary human. I am hindu. I am ...
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Did the Buddha ever say excessive meditation is bad?

I believe that I remember once reading that the Buddha abandoned excessive meditation. Is this true?
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Is there anyway , one can be a Monk without teacher in India/Nepal?

Nowdays , it can be seen that instead of doing meditation , people are focusing on rectifying outside world . Some of such people call themselves saint , Sanyaasi , monk , swami , mahaguru(great ...
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Permission of parents to be a Monk

I already know this much https://buddhism.stackexchange.com/a/35802/17220 Still ,there is a particular case where ,I have no experience/knowledge which is below. Person with 27 yrs. of age and ...
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What happens if no beings choose to act on one's bad karma?

What happens if no beings choose to act on one's bad karma? Does one then hallucinate one's bad karma? ( By this I mean i.e. is there experiencing of hallucinations (or illusions) alongside things ...
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To Be or Not to Be?

If it's wrong view to say, "I am" then why isn't it also wrong view to say, "there is" since they both point to the same verb, "to be?" It is said that there are Four Noble Truths. Yet, somehow, these ...
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Are loving-kindness and compassion (metta and karuna) special kind of attachments?

To alleviate someone from suffering, Buddhism teaches one to practice mettā karuṇā. But it seems to me that to thinking good about someone and wish them the best, we need to have a better version of ...
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Protection from tree-stumps

In the Paritta Parikamma, there is the line: May you take care in protecting yourselves from the dangers of tyrants, robbers, human beings, non-human beings, fires, floods, demons, tree-stumps, ...
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What's the origin of the Chinese Farmer story?

Alan Watts told The Story of the Chinese Farmer, which is also sometimes found under the title Maybe. It appears that he told this story sometime between 1960-1969, since it was published in Watts, A. ...
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Idea of the Breath

I heard a few times the notion that in meditation one must focus on the sensations of breathing (which seems to make sense to me) but not the idea of the breath. What would be the 'idea' of the breath?...
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Is lack of doubt a form of self-cherishing?

Many people frequently make bold and confident claims about what Buddhism is or isn't with little or no humility or doubt. Their views are asserted to be correct, and anything contrary to their view ...
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Is it in line with the pali cannon suttas to accept other scriptures?

According to the suttas Are human beings capable of discerning what dhamma is outside of the suttas? Is it possible to know enough from the suttas and then make use of the Abhidhamma? What about ...
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Difference between buddhasasana and buddhadhamma

Is it correct to say that the buddhasasana (the teaching of the Buddha) is conditioned and impermanent in contrary with Dhamma itself which is unconditioned and permanent.
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Ultimate Reality

Conditioned reality, the psycho-physical interdependence, only exist because we experience it. This is how I interpreted Yuttadhammo's videos on Ultimate Reality. Is this a correct interpretation ...
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Question about the Samādhirāja-sūtra

I have a similar question about the Samādhirāja-sūtra. Is the Samādhirāja-sūtra, a mahAyAnA sUtra or does it occur in the nikAyas or somewhere else? What is the historically accepted date of this ...
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Question about the Pitāpūtrasamāgama-sūtra

Is the pitāpūtrasamāgama-sūtra, a Mahayana sutra or does it occur in the nikayas or somewhere else? What is the historically accepted date of this sutra? Does this sutra precede Nagarjuna or is it a ...
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Is Buddhist practice a form of suicide?

I don't presume to understand Buddhism very well, but I'm trying to increase my understanding of the Dhamma, so please don't take what I write the wrong way. I'm not being disrespectful, because even ...
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How to avoid subtle biases and inclinations to influence phenomena when doing vipassana?

In other words, how do I know if I'm really being objective?
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Subconscious & Vipassana

Is the subconscious what becomes conscious when insight occurs? When the hinderances fall is the subconscious seen? What is the subconscious in relationship to the scriptures & the Abhidhamma? ...
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Why Our mind always live in habit ? . We are always marking new habit?.Habit not fulfilled what happened?

What is connection thought and habit. Are you knowing your unaware habit..for example smoking. we are aware smoking habit but some habit we are not aware Indian habit tea in morning (Feeling habit)(...
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Cravings Arising to Consciousness

I noticed that I usually think in a very abstract manner, without images, just words and ideas. When I try intentionally to think visually, only then does lustful or worry-related images pop up. And, ...
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Reorienting Thoughts Towards Virtuous Object

I noticed that if I set an intention to avoid some behaviour, I rarely follow through. I feel perhaps a mere intention based on willpower doesn't have much strength. Is it more effective to direct ...
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In the movie Spring Summer Fall Winter and Spring, why does the master cry?

Here is the movie: Spring Summer Fall Winter and Spring 2003 The plot is that the student having attachment to a woman, leave the temple and marries her. Years fly by, and the student returns because ...
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How to redeem a wasted youth?

I wasted my youth. I am 35 years old. I had a toxic relationship with my parents, especially my mother. My career never started and am still looking for a fresh start and finding it humiliating at my ...
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Paramatha and samatha meditation

Can ultimate paramatha reality ever be observed or realized with only samatha concentration meditation on a concept?
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Where is the Tibetan Book of the Dead online in Tibetan script?

THLib contains the Kangyur and Tengyur in Tibetan script, which is a lot of text. But it doesn't seem to contain the Tibetan Book of the Dead :( Is there any place online that has the Tibetan Book of ...
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Why are the words “mano” & “manasa” used in the opening Dhammapada verses?

The well-known yet often differently translated opening verses of the Dhamma use the Pali words "mano" and "manasa", as follows: Manopubbaṅgamā dhammā, manoseṭṭhā manomayā; Manasā ce ...
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Introductory/Beginner books on Buddhism, but for children

There are a few posts on the site asking for good introduction/beginner books on Buddhism, but I can't seem to find any that a child could read and understand. Although age range doesn't really ...
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Ideas to Contemplate When Meditation is Difficult

I wrote previously that somehow, my meditation practice suddenly became more difficult, without any cause. So, I wondered what measures could be taken. Since my objective -- for now -- is meditation ...
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Literal translation of Aṣṭasāhasrikā Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra

What is the literal meaning of Aṣṭasāhasrikā Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra. Everywhere I read it says "The Perfection of Wisdom in 8000 Lines", but that is not a literal translation as far as I can tell. What ...
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Are these 23 a copy of the Tibetan Perfection of Knowledge Collection?

I am new to Tibetan but am interested in the Tibetan script versions of the texts. Not knowing much Tibetan script yet, I am not totally sure I am looking at the right thing and so wanted to clarify ...
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Materiality not materiality but mentality

In our world the belief is that matter is only made of materiality not mentality. What I heard from a Buddhit monk is that materiality is actually mental. Can I hear both the Thervada view and the ...
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Is there a scientific consensus on meditation?

Is there a scientific consensus on meditation? I've seen it said that different parts of the brain are activated during meditation. Is that true for all experienced meditators, all forms of meditation,...
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Did Buddha had issues in meditation?

Well, I Keep hearing this dialogue by a few Buddhist meditation teachers, "It's very common for everyone to get distracted by thoughts when you start the meditation practise initially". I am curious ...
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Can we be too analytical

It seems to me that analysing everything to the tiniest degree takes joy and spontaneity out of life. I admit, being mindful can make for better decision making and therefor better outcome, but do you ...
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What is happiness?

Please don't tell book answer Please don't tell Buddhist explain Please give answers from your true experience Buying car is happiness ? Buying bike is happiness ? Buying home is happiness? Achieving ...
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Have I invented this statsitic on Theravada enlightenment?

A solitary Buddha occurs in one in a million of the human population: please correct me if that's how often the vehicle occurs -- though I struggle to completely understand the concept of a "solitary" ...
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Who am I? Who am I without past memory?

Who am I? Am I my memory? For example, I am hindu. I am engineer. I am Rajput. Who am I without past memory? Am I my past memory? I am engineer. I am hindu.
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Can we use Piti as a meditation subject?

Can we use Piti as a meditation subject? There are 40 meditation objects are given in Visuddhimagga as follows. Ten recollections; ten foul objects; ten kasinas; four sublime abidings; four formless ...
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How are metta and dana related?

In accord to Dhamma, What is appropriate to give oneself? What is appropriate to give to others? Does dana ever go to oneself? Could oneself be seen impersonally as another that needs dana? ...
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Pure Land Buddhism in Tendai?

Can the stages before the ten faiths be, according to Tendai Buddhism, fulfilled by the Nembutsu? So that e.g. the second of the five grades be reciting the Nembutsu only; the third of the five ...
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What should we accept? What should we let go?

What is it to let go in Buddhism? What is it to accept in Buddhism? What are the things we accept? What are the things we let go? Why? How? What do Buddhists scriptures have to say about it?
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Can bad karma be created and paid back in the same lifetime

My father was mentally very unwell. As a result my mother worked to support her children. We grew up embarrassed by my fathers behaviours and effectively excluded him from our lives even though he ...
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What is 'crazy wisdom'? (no uninformed guesses please)

I'm looking for a slightly better theoretical understanding of "crazy wisdom", as if that's possible. I've seen two superficially-sensible mentions of it on this site. here -- If you knew what is ...
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Can Mahayana and Theravada learn from eachother?

What can those following the Theravada learn when studying the Mahayana as the Mahayana see it? What can those following the Mahayana learn when studying the Theravada as the Theravada see it? Is ...
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Theravada and Mahayana - The Crucial Differences

I struggle with the idea that Buddhism has two warring schools and wonder why they cannot make peace. What are the issues on which Theravada and Mahayana cannot agree? Just bullet points would be ...
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Do Buddhists have a country or a religion to defend?

How is it that militant monks can justify waging war or violence? Is nonviolence not necessarily an absolute value for the Buddha? What scriptures are militant monks interpreting to justify war or ...

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