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How do western, modern “follower” celebrate the founding day of the Sangha,the “Dhamma Day”?

In a view days (fullmoon in July) the annual day reminding on the Buddhas founding of his Sangha of straight following disciples takes place. It makes also the beginning of the Rains. from about ...
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In which ways do anagamis still experience ignorance?

According to the ten fetters model, one of the five fetters which are only removed at attaining arahantship is ignorance (avijja). This means that anagamis are still subject to ignorance in some way. ...
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Conciousness in Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta

I would be happy if someone could clear up a doubt for me. When Advaita talk about consciousness without boundaries it is said to be the "Self". It is described as combining being and knowing in one ...
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What are the six types of equanimity based on the household life?

I am reading SN 36.22, which says: And what, bhikkhus, are the thirty-six kinds of feelings? Six types of joy based on the household life, six types of joy based on renunciation; six types of ...
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Resources of quotations on gratitude in “Gratitude in the Buddha's Teaching”

There are serial quotes from the Suttas and Jataka-Atthakatha in the generous gift of "Gratitude in the Buddha's Teaching" by Upasaka Mahinda Wijesinghe. It would be good if detail resources, even ...
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Union with Brahma, or company of Brahma?

The following phrase comes from DN 13: “ayameva ujumaggo, ayamañjasāyano niyyāniko niyyāti takkarassa brahmasahabyatāya, yvāyaṃ akkhāto brāhmaṇena pokkharasātinā”ti. T.W. Rhys Davids translated ...
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What is breath?

There is a lot of talk on breath, now what is breath? What's the meaning? Is it form? What of it? Is it an action? Is it a perception? A feeling? How should it be taken, if to be taken, so that it ...
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What symbols represent Zazen?

I am looking for symbols which specifically represent Zazen, or, more generally the act of meditating.
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Shiva's 112 ways to attain enlightenment and Buddha's way

I recently came across a video of a guru (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPINIZmQDwI&t=1s) claiming that Buddha's method to enlightenment was just one of 112 methods discovered by Shiva many ...
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Could unwholesome craving cause the wholesome desire for enlightenment?

From this question, we see answers stating that one has the wholesome desire for enlightenment, and not craving for enlightenment. In this question, we read about the difference between desire (chanda)...
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Is there such a thing as craving for enlightenment and would it be unwholesome?

I was wondering if for example an obsession or craving that someone has for attaining Nirvana would be considered something unwholesome. On one hand it seems to me like it would, since that person ...
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In how far does involvement in certain undertaking effects one, good or bad?

In how far does one take part on skilfull or unskilfull undertaking? In how far does one receives the fruits of good or bad actions by means of getting involved by toughts, signs and deeds, by ...
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What does 'all the phenomena related to the senses are “not real”' mean?

Upasaka Angus asked on another place: What do you mean that all the phenomena related to the senses are "not real"? So what does a statement '"all the phenomena related to the senses are "not real ...
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Permission to ordain from absent father

I want to become a monk in the Theravada tradition and have already obtained permission from my mother. My father does not live with us and never has, so according to the following passage from the ...
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Why is Nibbana referred to as “The destination and the path leading to the destination”?

Why is Nibbana referred to as "The destination and the path leading to the destination" ? What does this mean? Is it referring to the cessation of defilements? Is it referring to anything other ...
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Is ritual always a practice, or can it be a belief too?

If ritual is repetition outside of what can be justified through direct experience, can ideas and opinions, as well as words and actions, be ritualistic? Would a belief in God - given the axiomatic ...
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Can (an) Urban-Dhamma lead to path, fruits and liberation?

Urban-Dhamma, Urban-Dhamma they say and is a popular approach, but is it possible that Urban-Dhamma leads to path, fruits and beyond? Is it possible to transport the Ariya-Magga under such an ...
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Attachment Towards Environments and Objects

I have just asked a question about computer use, and it spurred another question in my mind: How does attachment towards objects and places occur? I'm specifically wondering if all pleasurable ...
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Cutting Computer in Evening

I have recently managed to restrict my eating period to about 8h per day, which is supposed to help circadian rhythm. Yet, to further promote sleep and circadian rhythm, I should also cut out blue ...
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What is Bodhicitta?

What is Bodhicitta? I recall reading that the "power" of it is what ends up making someone a Bodhisattva or Buddha. So my specific question is whether it is nirvana, and if it is qualitative, felt ...
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How to find specific lessons in Zen Buddhism?

As an example of what I mean, suppose I want to find Zen Buddhist teachings on diet. How should I go about finding this? Googling anything as it pertains to Buddhism (especially Buddhism) gets a tonne ...
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Buddhist origin of tobacco and its relation to Native American use

Can anything wholesome, helpful, wise and skillful be mentioned about the (Chinese and/or nearby regions) origin(s) of tobacco and how it may and/or may not relate to tobacco use among Native American ...
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Is Jhana considered dukkha and/or conditioned?

Is the experience of jhana considered dukkha because of its impermanence? If yes, is it still considered dukkha after attaining Nibbana? Is the experience of jhana conditioned? Is it still considered ...
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is dependent origination akaliko and Nibbana

I heard from a Monk that dependent origination is akaliko or timeless what did he exactly mean with that. Is Nibbana outside of time and space and could you explain how and why if it is. Is the ...
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Have Arahants have eliminated all Sankhara?

I read on the internet: Arahants have eliminated all Sankhara. So there is no need for accumulation of memory. Have Arahants really eliminated all Sankhara? Please answer with Pali sutta ...
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It is said that arahants never dream. What are the textual sources for this claim?

On various web pages relating to the Dhamma I have read the claim that arahants never dream. A few examples: Buddhist scholar Lily de Silva writes: We may also note the tradition maintaining that ...
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Acting nice for karma's sake?

If I recall correctly, karma is constituted of two parts - action and intention. Which means if one wishes to "gain" positive karma, one would have to conduct a positive action AND do so with a ...
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Alternative to Willpower in Fighting Cravings

I noticed that I almost unconsciously revert to trying to fight cravings via willpower, i.e. resisting them. Let's take the example of food cravings. I usually make an internal commitment to avoid ...
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Virtual things that emerge from interaction and exist as interaction

According to this comment: "Form is like a lump of foam ... And consciousness like an illusion" (SN 22.95) means something more subtle and interesting, much more deep than just "empty of self". ...
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How many types of Buddhism are there? [duplicate]

And what is the main differences between them? Is it like Christianity where there seems to be a couple of main ones and then dozens of smaller ones doing their own thing?
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Will I break the eight precepts if I listen to nature sounds considered as music?

During uposatha days, I'm getting a little confused with the interpretation of the seventh precept of eight precepts. Is it possible for me to listen to nature sounds without any musical instruments' ...
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In what realm did archaic humans live? Is it manussa (human) realm or tiracchāna (animal) realm?

I think the interesting part is to first classify archaic humans, as a manussa or a tiracchāna? Is there any explanation about this? Since as far as I know, Buddhism supports the theory of evolution.
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What might be the impact when western monk start to think they must teach the elders?

Coming accoss such: Would such, on even normal sociaty level, be contuctive for western people who desire odination? Is such in line with good conducts, monks would have to keep?
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Feelings and kamma and sankhara , am I bound for the rest of my life

Are my painful feelings, that I feel now, result of my past kamma (I have for a long period felt extremely painful feelings which I couldn't stop and therefore I am helpless and trapped by them)? Or ...
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Are people who say “not my problem” delusional?

I often hear people make use of the defence “that’s not my problem”. Is this a delusion in the form of rejecting no-self and denying or not seeing interdependence? Or are these people right and should ...
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Would the Buddha have considered engaging in anal sex as breaking the 1st and/or 5th precept?

Would the Buddha have considered engaging in anal sex as breaking the 1st and/or 5th precepts? I would like to know this as I am trying to better understand the 5 precepts.
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Did the Buddha ever refute the view of “extreme metaphysical nihilism” e.g. a view that “nothing is real”?

Important note: I am only using the word "real" only in the sense of meaning "exists and is not an illusion". I am defining "extreme metaphysical nihilism" as the belief that "nothing is real". I ...
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Does Dhp 256-257 condone judging others?

In several answers on this site, judging others as judge or jury is looked upon unfavourably, for both lay people and monks. It is often said that the one who passes a guilty or innocent verdict, ...
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What is appropriate usage of medicines that are intoxicating?

What is appropriate usage of medicines that are intoxicating? I know that cannabis has been used for pain relief but if the use of the cannabis is intoxicating then what is the right view of what is ...
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Can anyone please list important books on Buddhism?

What all are the important books, that are part of Buddhism, other than Dhammapada?
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I'm confused about the seemingly irrational prioritization or vagueness (?) relating to the “3rd precept” compared to 5th precept of the 5 precepts

I am confused why in many versions of the 5 precepts I have encountered that the 5th precept is seemingly beneficial about "refraining from intoxicating drinks and drugs which lead to carelessness." ...
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Is it a layman's duty to be Vegan? [duplicate]

From a scriptural point of view, Buddha did not forbid the consumption of meat, let alone animal products etc., but what we do know is that 'Right Livelihood' tells us to not work as a butcher. Put ...
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About two qualities of the Dhamma

I've seen in plenty of discussions and threads that there are some criteria to keep in mind while trying to separate the "real Dhamma" from the "fake" one. For example, in AN 11:13 there is a ...
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Is there a “canon” of Zen Koans?

There are lots of Koans on the internet, but I am not sure if there is some sort of process that a Koan must go through, or if there is some sort of list of Koans that are taught and that new ones are ...
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What is non-duality in Buddhism?

I noticed some questioners on this site using the term "non-duality". What is non-duality in Buddhism? This is a well-known idea in Hinduism i.e. advaita. But does it exist in Buddhism? Is it an ...
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Non duality - must it be transcendent

I am exploring non duality. I tend to believe it's true but I'm not sure if I accept the transcendent element. Is it possible that this awareness is simply a deeper level of the mind ? That it's not ...
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I feel uncomfortable about jury duty

I have been asked to do jury duty. As I follow a Buddhist philosophy of Ahimsa, no-harm, I feel conflicted. If I vote guilty, and the defendant is not, i would feel guilty myself. If he/she is guilty, ...
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Is sky burial ritual inhumane and if not what is the reason for doing it?

When it seems inhumane, why is it practiced? I know Buddha didn't find. Wikipedia document says: Sky burial (Tibetan: བྱ་གཏོར་, Wylie: bya gtor, lit. "bird-scattered" is a funeral practice ...
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Non duality - does it quash ambition?

If you have fully '" arrived" at non duality is there a threat that you won't have ambition? Isn't ambition a driving force in human life ?
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Difference between “mythology” and historical “facts”?

In this video, a monk tried to draw a distinction between "mythology" and "history facts" ... Ajahn Sujato - Buddhist Mythology - The Sacred and the Profane - Part 3 ... saying that "Mythology" just ...

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