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Looking for sutta reference on entering into Jhana

Following are the stages Ajahn Brahm mentions in his book Mindfulness, Bliss and Beyond, to enter in to Jhana. Present moment awareness Silent present moment awareness Silent present moment awareness ...
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Did the Buddha say anything about bullying?

Did the Buddha say anything about bullying, turning others against you out of boredom, malice, unconcern for their well being, stuff like that? How does it differ from e.g, "harsh speech": ...
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Why do some English-language texts refer to the Buddha as “Lord”?

I often see this word online, especially in Sutras translated into English. Does the original Sutra written in Pali or Sanskrit mentioned it like this? The meaning of "Lord" as per wikipedia ...
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How to prolong the abiding in a Brahmavihara?

Buddha has encouraged the practisioners to abide in the four Brahmaviharas.(Metta, Karuna, Mudita and Upeksha) I have experience of Upeksha or Equianimity. After doing sitting meditation both Zazen ...
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Why does 'thoughts' and 'memories' not part of aggregates?

In MN:44 it is said, Visākha, the Buddha said that these five grasping aggregates are identity. That is: form, feeling, perception, choices, and consciousness. The Buddha said that these five ...
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What is the textual structure of original Pali versions of the suttas of the Majjhima Nikaya?

I am reading Majjhima Nikaya from the translation by Bhikkhu Nanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi. In this book, each sutta is divided into several numerical sections. Each section consists of one or a few ...
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Is there anything akin to 'Jhana' in Zen Buddhism?

I have read about 'Jhana' in Ajahn Brahm's book, 'Mindfulness, bliss and beyond'. It looks like, from his teaching of Theravada Buddhism, 'Jhana' is a pre-requisite to attain 'Nirvana'. I want to ask, ...
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Do some, all, or no Mahayanists claim that we are all “bodhisattvas”?

Do some, all, or no Mahayanists claim that we are all "bodhisattvas"? Obviously, those influenced by the Lotus sutra claim that we are all -- at least potentially -- Buddhas. But I'm unclear ...
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What are the five kinds of seeds?

In the Seeds Sutta (SN 22.54), we find there are five kinds of seeds, which can grow, when they are fertile, undamaged and securely planted on the ground with water to nourish them. Water is delight ...
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How to deal with our aversions & judgements?

There’s one issue that seems to be very divisive in my conversations. And I realize that it is because of me and my own aversion & anxiety. I have done drugs. But one drug that always bothered me ...
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What to do if (somehow involuntarily) one kills an animal?

It happened to me during dinner, yesterday: I wanted to move a mosquito that was in my plate and accidentally killed it :( What's the appropriate thing to do in such cases? Is there any mantra to ...
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How do Buddhists talk about forgiveness and turning the other cheek, for extreme wrong doing?

How do Buddhists talk about forgiveness and turning the other cheek, for extreme wrong doing? The sorts of things that are not about being offended, not insults, but the exact opposite: are ...
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The Buddha and the Cycle of Life

What is the source of the cycle of life/death in the scripture , Does it have references in the Pali canon? Is the cycle itself introduced with Buddhism or came from other sources?
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What is the meaning of “O Laso”?

Alan Wallace says this regularly, for example, at the beginning of this lecture: http://media.sbinstitute.com/courses/fall2012/13-loving-kindness-1/ Is it Tibetan? What is its direct translation?
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Is the Mind [essentially] bound to ignorance “not-knowing” or free?

Is the Mind [essentially] bound to ignorance "not-knowing" or free? If it is bound, then its essential nature of "non-knowing" cannot depart, and, therefore, liberation is not [...
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Why would the Buddha refrain from instructing?

Namo Buddhaya In the sutta of Talaputa Sutta: To Talaputa the Actor SN 42.2 The Buddha, to the demand of the actor presenting his wrong view wishing to know what Lord Buddha thought of, answers ...
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Can you explain how cessation of existence is known to be possible?

People from other sects may argue against Buddhism on the following grounds. I invite the community of BSE to explain by reasoning or analogy how cessation of existence, which is known as the Nibbana-...
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Why did we first incarnate?

Our Number of births going into the past has to necasserily be finite not infinite.an infinite number of births without a first is logically infathomable.so why did we first incarnate?
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Any advice on reading Lamp that Integrates the Practices?

Any advice on reading Aryadeva's Lamp that Integrates the Practices? I have an English language translation, but never started it at all. I've probably met with a tantric master -- but years ago, long ...
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Buddha is a God or different God's level misconception in Buddhism System

Subject refers, many people from other religions might think Buddha is a God or Buddhist is serving the lord of Buddhism (God alike) whom is the Buddha. This is creating discomfort feeling from them, ...
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Desire root cause is Suffering, isn't Nirvana the goal of Buddhism is a Desire? [duplicate]

Subject refers, any short good answer here with an article supports? This is for in case somebody asks me this?
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Why are they called “old kamma”?

The sutta below states that eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body and mind are old kamma. Why are these called old kamma (purāṇakammā)? Is it because of rebirth? Or could there be other reasons? If rebirth ...
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Merits and Credit Point In Buddhism

I was taught that studying and practices in Buddhism should not keep a mindset that a good deed action to expect a good return of credit points to be used afterlife. Anyone has article explaining more ...
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Do Beings go into total unconsciousness before attaining Buddhahood?

I am asking the Vajrayana/Mahayana view as I already know the theravada view.I heard that Buddhas only have jnana and not vijnana wich means they are inert like rocks but 'act' based on past merit and ...
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Are absences empty / conceptual constructions, according to all Buddhists?

Are absences empty / conceptual constructions, according to all Buddhists? Or is it -- perhaps -- a fact independent of language that there is no elephant in this room? Does anyone know? A key ...
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Milarepa and Avalokiteshvara practice

In the Vajrayana tradition , Milarepa stated that was possible to use the practice of Chenrézik (Avalokiteshvara) . Where?
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Why Buddhists generally uses OM?

In wikipedia i read: The Chandogya Upanishad is ... one of the oldest Upanishads of Hinduism. [It] opens with the recommendation that "let a man meditate on Om". It calls the syllable Om ...
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Why emphasise the EBT when anyone who has achieved Arhathood can teach from direct experience?

This question concerns some Theravada-based practices, with which I am not familiar. It is not a dig but a genuine query that puzzles me. Yet I'm not sure that I have asked this question well. I have ...
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Choosing advantages of one tradition over another

Like all religions, there are different branches, traditions, whatever you want to call them. Why would you choose one over the others? Do you think one is right and the others are wrong? Does one ...
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According to Tendai, is karma an illusion and all there is

I think the conventional, mundane, truth in Tendai is the claim that karma is an illusion, for a number of reasons, such as the identity of the perfect mundane truth with the Madhyamaka ultimate truth....
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Buddhist ethics & hydroponics: ethical issues?

AFAIK, in Theravada, ordained monastics are prohibited from growing their own food. Even hydroponics would likely be prohibited by vināya due to probability of harming small unseen life (algae, etc) ...
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About the authencity of modern meditation methods

I've been reading a few sources, books, essays and teachings that discuss the idea that the current orthodoxy of Theravada and its modern meditation methods show great differences with what the suttas ...
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Correlation between vedanta and Dhamma

Is there a correlation between vedanta (non-dualism) and Dhamma? Are there references in the Pali-canon to vedanta?
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Buddhism and the Diet Practices view from other religion

Since ever i have the half vegetarian diet practices, i have problem below with the society especially with the close friends. Ques: How to handle the scenario below or how to answer them to make them ...
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What do you wish you knew when you started down the path of buddhism?

This stack exchange actually lead me towards the path of finding a lama and becoming a Buddhist. Thank You! This got me thinking, what would you tell sentient beings new to the path of Buddhism? Is ...
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Can a person choose to reincarnate as a human instead of a god?

Out of all six kinds of existence, only humans can achieve nirvana. It occurred to me that someone who has accumulated too much good karma in this life without managing to achieve nirvana might get ...
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Mental illness and the Layperson's Practice

I would like to return to the practice of Buddhism. Where should I begin? I have a serious mental illness. It has been well treated by medication. When I was young, before I developed this illness I ...
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Is there any Buddhist society / group / organisation in Mumbai, India? Where we can meet similar like minded people, attend cultural events

I am looking for some kind of Buddhist society/group/organization in Mumbai, India, where we can meet similar like-minded people, attend cultural events, discuss/talk/teachings (dharma talk) on ...
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The Four Great References (AN 4.180)

This question refers to The Four Great References in Mahāpadesa Sutta (AN 4.180). In each case, it ends with: If they’re not included in the discourses and not found in the texts on monastic ...
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If Buddhas don't feel bliss, what is the purpose of attaining nirvana?

If I have zero feelings won't I be a dead robot? And how would I have love and compassion for beings without feeling?
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Buddhism Supernatural feats and abilities (Part 2)

Subject refers, this is refer to URL below where question already closed Buddhism Supernatural feats and abilities This is some sharing with a question. Hope it will help some science development in ...
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Pali Canon and Agama

I have a question regarding the early texts the question is : am I right to say that the Pali Canon is exclusively considered the Thervada text, while the Agama is the Mahayana Sutras or am I wrong ...
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What are the ways to be conscious in all situations?

Ways to be conscious in all situations How to do one thing at a time ?
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What does female Buddha mean?

I got introduced to this "Female Buddha" when I was looking name for my friend's daughter. So what does female Buddha mean? Wikipedia : Tara (Buddhism) Tara (Sanskrit: तारा, tārā; Tib. ...
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Which discourses list the factors needed for becoming successful?

I want help tracking down two discourses. First discourse is where The Buddha is asked how long it takes to complete his training and he answers posing a counter question, then lists an amount of ...
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Sunyata and Void. How can be the void without a super consciousness?

Vedantist calls it Sunya or Sunyata. Buddhists calls it Void . If you once perceive that voidness , is “something”. They both get inside there and return back, saying that was Samadhi. How can be ...
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Accurate and Concise Translation of Dhamma Qualities

The common stanza describing qualities of dhamma goes as "Swakkatho bhagawatho dhammo sandittiko..." which describes six of them. I am looking for an accurate and concise translation of this ...
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How to deal with difficult in-laws?

What are some "skillful means" of getting through holidays, birthdays, graduations and etc. when your in-laws are constantly making passive aggressive statements about you or the way you ...
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Buddhist take on parents staying together for the children?

How would one go about figuring out if it is wise to stay together for the sake of the children or if it is time to split up? What would be the guiding principles for figuring this out based on ...
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How to rebuild a relationship after a breach of trust?

What are the Buddhist norms & guidelines for rebuilding a relationship after a breach of trust?

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