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What exactly was the difference between Alara Kalama & uddaka rāmaputta teachings?

Correct me if I am wrong. Siddharth went to Alara Kalama, who told him to focus on his breath in order to get rid of Feelings, (Buddha achieved Alara Kalama level in 2 months), Now he told his ...
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Are Buddhists supposed to feel superior compared to other people, and to brag about it?

I'm asking this question because I want to know if I'm misunderstanding or misinterpreting something. I hope I'm not offending anyone, I want to genuinely know how to interpret my experiences with the ...
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Right action when being lied to

If a family member has been dishonest with me, and upon discussing the issue denies the lie, what is the best action?
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The knot of adherence to dogmatic assertion of truth

What exactly is the "bodily knot of adherence to dogmatic assertion of truth" or "insistence that this is the only truth" in the sutta below? Why is it a bodily knot or tie? Please ...
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The Final Moment of the Buddha's Realization

“Siddhartha Gotama sat for one last time under the pipul tree with the adiṭṭhāna that he would not get up till he became realized. He battled the beautiful as well as the ugly and fearful illusions of ...
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Can one gloss the doctrine of karma as the claim that we are only really hurting ourselves?

Can one gloss the doctrine of karma as the claim that we are only really hurting ourselves? At least in everyday senses of suffering. Perhaps not including sickness, old age, and death (these seem ...
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Is there a comprehensive list of types of Samadhi?

Is there a comprehensive list of different types of Samadhi (in Pali, Sanskrit, English and/or otherwise) related to Buddhism?
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Rebuke of Jains - resource after Bodhis approach

Recently Ven. Thanissaro sacrified a lot of effort and time, to make certain Jain-ish approaches via the Buddhas better understandable. The Limits of Description : Not-self Revisited. A response to ...
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Should we encourage children to find their interest?

In western societies specially, children are encouraged to try their hand at different things so that they can find their interest, practice it, be good at it. In the process build character like ...
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Resistance to Loving-Kindness

I have been continuing my meditation practice, and I feel there would be a great benefit from switching to a metta practice instead of breath. Yet, with metta, a strange phenomenon occurs. I am ...
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Do modern day Buddhists still believe in the magical siddhis?

From Wikipedia on the Visuddhimagga and Siddhi: Aṇimā: the ability to become smaller than the smallest, reducing one's body to the size of an atom or even become invisible. Mahimā: the ability to ...
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Trying to find a quote by Pema Chodron

I'm looking for a quote by Pema Chodron. In my memory, she's having a discussion with a Zen master, and the quote goes something like this; Pema: "what do you do when things fall apart?" Zen ...
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Can someone provide a transliteration of Sri Lankan script following the western Pali standard?

Sadly, Indo-Germanic languages aren't well transliterated following international standards (which are far from purposes, aside of productivity and cutting down to lowest). The romanization of Pali ...
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Does Vajrayana accept the idea that Buddha placed Lord Yama (a supposed Bodhisattva) in charge of the hell realms to ensure karmic retribution?

In reading this answer to another question I came across this link which is seemingly a Tibetan Buddhist site proclaiming the following: In Buddhism the two beings that are often confused with the ...
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Is it ok to watch a media that promote homosexuality?

this is my first post I have researched what the buddhist sutra says about Homosexuality...I found Saddhama Smrty Uposttana sutra and Upasakasila sutra that said homosexuality is sexual misconduct and ...
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How is 'Chanda' (Intention) related to 'Tanha' (Desire)?

How is 'Chanda' (Intention) related to 'Tanha' (Desire)? I often hear that Karma is determined by intention. I want to know how they are all related. What comes first? What gets abandoned in ...
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Chinese Buddhists consider all people to be potential Buddhas

Do the Chinese Buddhists of all Chinese schools of Buddhism regard all people as potential Buddhas or just Buddhists? Do they believe that only the minds of Buddhists can come to enlightenment? What ...
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Any pantheist Buddhists?

I know a lot of the Kyoto school were / have been defined as being as panentheists: but were there any pantheist Buddhists? And, has any comparative religion scholar defined it as pantheism?
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Two Truths in Mahayana

There are Two Truths in Mahayana Buddhism Conventional and Ultimate. I can't understand how it works. For example: Two Mahayana Buddhists have realized the absolute truth: and one Buddhist tells the ...
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Is this considered sexual misconduct?

If a person have a small Buddha statue in their room and they (sorry) masturbated in that room, is it considered sexual misconduct? Sorry if this question is unappropiate.
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Vajrasatva Practice as training in ultimate Bodhicitta?

I am doing Vajrasatva purification practice, and wonder whether this is a training in Ultimate Bodhicitta? As stated in the Scriptures related to Mind Training: one should first train in Ultimate ...
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Do we have to let go the “Subha Sanna” completely?

Lord Buddha said that we should practise Asubha sanna (perception of the non-beautiful). Does it mean that we have to let go Subha sanna (perception of the beautiful) completely ? Are there anything ...
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Does samsara exist or not exists?

Does samsara exist? Or does samsara not exists and it just looks to us that it exists, but in reality it is all the same "thing"? Here's the updated question, to make it clearer: UPDATE Nibanna is ...
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Avataṃsaka Sutra in Sanskrit

I've recently begun reading up on the Avataṃsaka Sutra and was curious if anyone here is aware of any available Sanskrit text. Thank you.
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Is actively reporting wrongdoing considered divisive speech?

I've been reading through the newest version of the code of conduct of the company I work for, and I've been weighing each rule against my Buddhist ethics, and it has brought up some interesting ...
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What is the origin of the Buddhist expression “Practice as if your hair is on fire”?

I remember this phrase but I have not been able to locate it in the texts. I do not recall the correct words but it's something like this: "Meditate/practice as if your hair is/were on fire"....
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What is the meaning of the Datthabba Sutta?

In relation to the question: "Is there is no benefit and there is no intrinsic positive nature in a pleasant sensation?", I read the following quote from SN 36.5 on the internet: A ...
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Does Yogacara deny atoms exist or does it just say that atoms are just appearances?

Vasubandhu seems to make arguments in this article against the concept of atoms to prove all is appearance in consciousness. But doesn't this go against modern science,even if his arguments are ...
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How to develop fortitude? [closed]

frankk's message to the OP has been added to the comments to this question. The OP will be able to see it. Please don't vandalize the question. Specifically when someone you love or whose opinion ...
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Emptiness in mind and in reality

Recent exchange here got me thinking. Nagarjuna's karika, 1.3 (Batchelor) Na hi svabhāvo bhāvānāṃ pratyayādiṣu vidyate Avidyamāne svabhāve parabhāvo na vidyate The essence of things ...
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Anatta & Atman the same thing?

I read that atman is pure bliss I read that anatta is pure bliss -Is it possible that these deep concepts are pointing to the same thing at the end of the day? -Is atman the same as anatta in anyway? ...
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Difference between Jhana and the Path of Insight [duplicate]

In the book Altered Traits by Daniel Goleman and Rachard J. Davidson, its says: Sustained focus, the manual notes, brings the first major sign of progress, "access concentration," where ...
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Can a lay person observe the ten precepts on uposatha days?

Can a lay person observe the ten precepts on uposatha days? I ask this because I want to observe the eight precepts on uposatha days and I don’t need to use money on those days anyway so I might as ...
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Detachment in Breathing Meditation

I read this answer, and it made me wonder something deeply; the answer seemed to imply strenuous or volitional attention was inferior to watching the mind for breath meditation, and that merely ...
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Ten thousand world systems

I keep pondering over the below questions and thought of posting it here. Is the physical universe(the one we observe with stars, galaxies, black holes etc) contained in the 31 planes of existence or ...
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What is the destination of unenlightened monk reviling Noble Layperson?

I recall reading the Buddhist scriptures say those who revile Noble Ones are reborn in hell. Does this also apply to an unenlightened (puthujjana) monk that reviles a Noble Layperson?
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The Account of Other Minds in Chinese Yogācāra Buddhism

https://scholarlypublications.universiteitleiden.nl/handle/1887/80747 "POM1: Presume that other minds can be perceived. Then, they shall be like external forms and have no real existence. POM2: ...
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Is there a objective book on how vipassana of U. Mahasi and S.N. Goenka works?

I have been practicing Vipassana in S.N. Goenka's lineage for two years. I have read some of Mahasi's and Webu's Sayadaw writings as well. The biggest hindrance I've thus come across is Doubt. Every ...
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Is this considered wrong? (Related to art)

I have a question. I like to draw, and recently think of selling my art (commisssion). But I mainly draw fanart (fanart of celebrities, movie characters, etc). My question is, in Buddhism, is selling ...
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Modern Chinese and Japanese Pure Land Buddhism can be used in medicine?

Can Modern Chinese and Japanese Pure Land Buddhism Be Applied to Heal People? There is Medicine Buddha, Bhaisajyaguru. For example, monks or masters of these schools can better cure people from all ...
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Does imagination also create kamma?

What is the difference between imagination and intent? Does imagination also create kamma? Can someone help me explain this in simpler terms?
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Are there any stories dealing with stalkers or people who violate boundaries in seeking to grow close in the texts?

Have you come accross anything that deals with stalking behavior in the texts? Looking for something where one is stalked by another but anything close to the theme is good enough.
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Did buddha accepted Brahman? [duplicate]

Did buddha accepted Brahman. The supreme reality according to hindusim. Or any perfect Supreme God.
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Where (what other forums) should I ask questions that don't quite meet the scope of Buddhism Stack Exchange? [migrated]

A new contributor asked a great question a few days ago here: How to develop fortitude? The moderators closed the thread claiming it was not within the scope of this forum as defined by help center: ...
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Can brain injured people progress in meditation?

I don't mean disrespect to anyone else with this question, I'm asking on my own behalf as someone with neurological & psychological problems caused by a brain injury at a young age. I know all ...
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What are Buddhist arguments against Vedic validity because of its authorlessness?

There has been a rich history of debate between Vedantists and Buddhists. One main method the Vedantist uses disprove every other sect which doesn't hold Vedas as true, is to first prove that Vedas ...
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What did the Buddha mean in AN 5.38 with the fifth benefit to a person of faith?

What did the Buddha mean in AN 5.38. when he said: “Mendicants, a faithful gentleman gets five benefits. What five? The good persons in the world show compassion first to the faithful, not so much to ...
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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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Does reality exist?

Does reality exist? Carlo Rovelli (a famous theoretical physicist) doesn't think so and he cites Nagarjuna as believing the same: Rovelli has a different idea. He says reality doesn’t exist. The ...
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Is the word 'real' synonymous with 'exists' in Buddhist doctrine?

Are these two words synonymous? Is everything that exists, real? Is everything real, an existent? What is a proper relationship between the words "real" and "exists" in the context ...

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