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Are all forms of Dukkha related to a sense of self?

A few days ago I started reading books about Paticcasamuppada because I realized how little and shallow was my understanding on this capital matter. Despite getting the gist of it, I still have ...
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5answers
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Direct Experience of Meditation

This morning I read many posts on this site. I felt like topics on Buddhist doctrine were somewhat clear to me, but those on meditation seemed complex, difficult to me. I wondered: Does meditation ...
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Reference for the teaching of not-self

I have heard in the past a kind of argument to show that there is no self along the lines of: are you your body? No, your cells regenerate all the time. Are you your emotions? No, they come and go. ...
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Buddha's advice for after enlightenment

I've heard a few pieces of advice the Buddha gave to arahants, but not much. What are some teachings the Buddha gave to arahants to guide them towards further growth? (Edit) I want to clarify a bit ...
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Mundane Contemplation

I tend to contemplate beneficial topics throughout the day, shirking meditation at times. I conjecture such a daily contemplation is not highly concentrated. Is there any information in Buddhism on ...
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Mindfulness With Breathing & Ear Pain

Whenever I do mindfulness with breathing I get ear pains whenever I do longer breaths. The breath is also hearable. Wherein lies the problem?
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2answers
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Friendship and Compassion

I've realized that that I don't feel much friendliness for a person which I considered my friend previously. At the level of friendship, things are not the same. Yet, this person has done nothing ...
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Is it possible for absolutely everyone to attain enlightenment?

As seen in the title of this question, I'm not sure whether everyone is able to attain enlightenment. As far as my study and introspective analysis have shown to me, it seems that in order to uproot ...
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Is there a fate worse than oblivion?

Is there a fate worse than oblivion? To forget, to be forgotten is there … Chant for anti-nothingless?
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Can meditation be harmful?

I often see promotion of the positive benefits of meditation in the media and even in school and government settings. However, there is evidence meditation is not always beneficial. https://www....
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Choice-less awareness vs directed

I read that after careful mental noting of experience in mindfulness .One reaches a state of effortless effort and choiceless awareness .So I want clear out if awareness can direct itself without ...
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Silence and emptiness

I never understood silence or emptiness in Buddhism and how is experiencing them beneficial?.Is it a way for experiencing the arising of experience ?
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Meaning of Blessing Pills

After taking refuge within the Karma Kagyu tradition, I got "blessing pills". I have no idea, by which occasion I should take them, how they are manufactured and in which historical, cultural and ...
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Who or what creats a realm of existance? [closed]

What or who is the cause that a realm of existance comes into being? Or is such accidentally? Or an unconditioned phenomena? A material-alone phenomena? What causes your world you "be", have "been", ...
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Do you have to become a Monk to attain enlightment?

It seems that the answer is no, but in this case, why would you want to become a monk instead of staying "normal" ?
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Suffering in Meditation Versus in Daily Life

I feel like this is a naive question, but I'm wondering what is the difference between experiencing discomfort and distress in meditation versus in daily life outside of meditation. Do the same ...
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2answers
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Meals in the afternoon and different time zones

How do Buddhist monks deal with meals while traveling across different time zones?
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1answer
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Missing Dhyana/Jhana Sutras?

Are there parallel texts between Pali Canon Jhana Suttas, and Mahayana equivalent? Dhyana Sutras? I now that the theme is picked up again in Tiantai texts, but I'm thinking of between the Pali canon ...
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Clarification on a different notion of Prince Rahula's parentage said to be in Mahayana buddhism

If we refer to Buddhist literature there are several versions of the same story. It differs between the branches Theravada and Mahayana and even within one branch the interpretation varies. Recently ...
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Nature of Aversion

I was reading this answer, in which an essay is cited. In this essay, Freedom From Fear, an example is given of a hunted deer which experiences anger, and thus aversion. In contrast, the desire to ...
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Which sutras are most directly relevant to the virtue of courage?

If I want to read through the origins of western (really, Greek) thought about the virtue we generally call courage, I know exactly where to go: Laches, Republic, Nicomachean Ethics, etc. Meanwhile, ...
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Is Samadhi mentioned in Jhana Suttas?

Do the Pali texts on jhana actually mention Samadhi and/or One-Pointedness by name in the jhana descriptions or is this mention apocryphal?
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Whatever bad deed done with this deed-born body is all to be experienced here

In the context of the sutta below, what does the following phrase mean? - "whatever bad deed I did here in the past with this deed-born body is all to be experienced here. It will not follow along" (...
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Sutta request: dedication of offerings in another ones name

This is a request for sutta references. I'd like to know the sutta's that describe how one can dedicate offerings in the name of a dearly departed one so that (s)he can, hopefully, have a better ...
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Is Mindfulness the Opposite of Multitasking?

I realized that my use of social media always involves doing something else, and if I am on the internet I might also be on social media. Thus, I am always multitasking seemingly. How does the mind ...
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Internet and Mindfulness

I am wondering a simple question: In what conditions can we surf the internet mindfully? For what purposes is this possible or impossible?
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1answer
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Can anyone explain the hua-yen sutra accroding to tendai, to me?

Can anyone explain the hua-yen sutra accroding to tendai, to me? I've read a few books of secondary literature on tientai and tendai, a few translations of Zhiyi, the lotus sutra, some of the hua-yen ...
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What might be the long therm effects of ignoring ones duties?

There are those who not only deny one's faults as a "Dhammic" approach, but also are very anti-social (absence of gratitude and dutyfullness), with tendencies found in "I don't like people but I like ...
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What is the process for cleansing a very negative action?

Several years ago I did something that was totally legal, but very much against my upbringing, my world-view, and my ethics. It was a spur of the moment thing and I have regretted it massively ever ...
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Self-Worth and Engaging in Detrimental Behaviour

I've long felt that some people engage in unskillful behaviour as a consequence of not valuing themselves. For example, they engage in drugs to numb or detrimental sexuality, seemingly because they ...
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Buddhism and Novelty of Persons

I realized that, when I meet new people and especially people I have a romantic interest in, to value and idealize them disproportionately. This seems very ingrained in my personality. Here, cemetery ...
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Source of Benefit of Formal Sitting

I've noticed (and have been told) that formal sitting meditation is required and beneficial, as opposed to merely being mindful or compassionate in daily life. What aspect of formal sitting causes ...
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If something is relatively and ultimately correct can it still be false in the center?

If something is both relatively and ultimately correct can it still be false in the center? I'm looking for a "yes" from any extant or historical tradition.
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What is meant by “No limiting action remains there”? MN 99

In the discourse on the four Divine Abodes, what is meant by "... no limiting action remains there, none persists there." Here a bhikkhu abides pervading one quarter with a mind imbued with ...
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How does practicing restraint and performing actions of merit purify the mind?

I just don't understand how morally good actions, can reliably change the state of mind positively over time, in the case where the mind state is negative. For example, let's say there was a ...
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Is there any benefit to, as far as is humanly possible, total dedication to the precepts, in zen?

Is there any benefit to, as far as is humanly possible, total dedication to the precepts, in zen? So total celibacy, vegetarianism and non violence to any life form, complete abstinence form alcohol, ...
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Does skillful means include meditation?

I've tried a few different Buddhist groups and they are quite prescriptive when it comes to meditation practices. They have their own system and everyone does it. But the Buddha used skillful means ...
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Is there a proper name for my recent experience?

I don't meditate often, and I've never had an experience like the following while meditating, but I feel that the following experience probably has a proper name in Buddhism (or Hinduism for that ...
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Is divination for fun acceptable?

I recently read an answer on here referencing a sutra that states "animal arts" such as performing any form of divination constitutes wrong livelihood which should be abstained from. What I'm ...
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What prevents us from attaining Nibbana?

What prevents us from attaining Nibbana? Is it the ignorance or the craving? So, what should we focus on, in order to attain Nibbana? Is it uprooting the craving or uprooting the ignorance? Because ...
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Are there any comparative studies done between Ashtavakra Gita and Buddhim?

I have been in search of a higher truth as far as I remember, like a stargazer looking for the brighter one and dropping the dimmer. I started from Christianity or generally from the Abrahamic ...
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Days related to Buddhism

Growing up in a conservative family, I saw my community elders choose a good day for events or celebrations. Including, a good day to travel, a good day to start a business, a good day for haircut ...
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Buddha's Comment on Compassion Meditation

I think I recall reading about the Buddha saying that compassion meditation was far superior to compassionate action, hundreds (or some great number) times more. Is this accurate? What is the source ...
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What were the source documents of the PTS Sutta Pitaka?

The Pali Text Society published editions of the Pali Tipitaka, starting in about 1890. I assume it was copied (transcribed) from one or more written sources, not from memory, is that so? From what ...
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Buddhist thought on Amends

Did the Buddha address the idea of making amends for past wrongs? I understand that we really only have the present moment in which karma is made, and where past karma manifests. But say one was a ...
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Is Nibbana a state of mind or an element (dhamma)?

I have four parts of this question, Is Nibbana a state of mind or a dhamma? If Nibbana is a state of mind, is it merely the uprooting of craving? If the answer for the second question is "Yes", then ...
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Sutta references

I have read a sutta where the Buddha says that there are elements from other religions in his dharma and certain elements from his dharma in other religions as well. I'm looking for that sutta.
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How does the reference system of the Majjhima Nikaya work?

I have come across a reference to the Majjhima Nikaya (MN) noted as MN 1.436. In my own book (The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: A translation of the Majjhima Nikaya by Bhikkhu Nanamoli and ...
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Implementing Emptiness Practically

What is the manner in which those meditating on emptiness actually bring their contemplations into a practical, experienced form? In other words, how does insight (on emptiness) become effective in ...
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Potential of Five Minutes of Meditation

Once, when I went to a Buddhist meditation center, an experienced meditator said: "Sometimes, for meditation, all it takes is five minutes [in a session]." I'm wondering what is the meaning of such a ...

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