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Karma is impression?

I have read in various sources that karma is impression (when we grasp to something, it creates karma/impression), is this true? So what if, for example, a girl is sitting in a place then then they ...
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Is rebirth scientifically proven?

I am from a Buddhist family, in which my parents believe in Buddhism a lot (100%). But after learning tech, science, and IT in the last five years, what I feel is the idea of rebirth is nothing more ...
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What impact has the Chinese Government had on Chinese Buddhism so far?

State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) and the Buddhist Association of China are in charge of regulating religion in China. So far, what effect have they had on doctrine for Chinese (non-...
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What does Buddhism say about the "self"?

Looking at the Noble Eightfold Path led me to the non-self: that no unchanging, permanent self or essence can be found in any phenomenon. But while I agree that in the grand scheme of things there ...
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Is the word "samsara" composed of simpler concepts etymologically or otherwise?

Looking up the word samsara, or the Wiki page leads to the same definition you see most places: The endless cycle of birth, existence and death. However, that is a lot of concept to pack into one ...
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What does the word Bodhi mean etymologically?

Looking up the Pali bodhi leads to Sanskrit bodhi, which says "perfect knowledge or wisdom", from Proto-Indo European "to be awake". Perfect wisdom and being awake are not the same ...
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Where is the Tibetan version of the Guhyagarbha tantra

Where on adarsha or in the Kangyur/Tengyur is the Guhyagarbha tantra? Can you provide a link to the Tibetan script version online on adarsha or in the asianclassics catalogs?
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Which language will get you deeper into Buddhism, Pali or Sanskrit?

I seem to have read that the "original" or "oldest" Tripitaka was written in Pali, but at the same time the Sanskrit language is much older than Pali. How do Sanskrit and Pali ...
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Time, space: real, lasting, own-able?

or uncertain, subject of change, a burden and not own- or control-able, not worthy to fall for? Time to answer and give it up?
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Do chanting mantras, devoting merit etc. to animals actually help & how do we know that?

I always hear of Buddhists encouraging people to chant mantras, dedicate merits, pray etc. for animals & pets so that they may be exposed to the dharma and take a better rebirth. Also, chanting ...
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Do monks have big ups and downs in their life?

Buddhist and non Buddhist people have a lot of ups and downs in their lifes, doubts, fears, anxiety, regrets etc... we understand that as impermanence. Do monks experience similar things of aftet ...
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Why aren't there omnicidal Buddhists?

So, I'm not a Buddhist, but my understanding is that in Buddhist thought, existence is the root of suffering, and Buddhists seek to end suffering by attaining a state of spiritual enlightenment that, ...
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Kamma vs. kiriya / kriya

What is the difference between the terms kamma and kiriya / kriya? What is the difference between kiriya and kriya? Please provide references to kiriya / kriya from the Pali suttas.
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Did the Buddha form a monastery?

According to Wikipedia's Buddhist monasticism article, the Buddha formed the first monastery. There is no source, 'though. To quote: Buddhist Monasticism is one of the earliest surviving forms of ...
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Is the emptiness of final nirvana an illusion?

Is the emptiness of final nirvana an illusion? When we misplace a box with nothing at all inside we haven't really lost its contents. I am convinced, based on this, nothingness is only really inside ...
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How are bhikkhus using social networking sites?

I thought bhikkhus were to not to be involved with entertainment. Thank you in advance.
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Is there a rift forming in Shingon since Eimei moved on?

When a school of Buddhism has a senior who passes away, is it common for the school to go into a type of dissarray, until a successor is chosen? Some years ago I joined the Shingon school. It was ...
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Buddhism and Astral Projection

I was wondering if anyone had any insight into the possibility of there being “Astral Projection” in Buddhism. I know “Tibetan Sleep Yoga” is involved with Lucid Dreaming, which is the internal. Yet I ...
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Multiverse in Buddhism?

According to this answer: 31 Planes of existence coming together is one universe. There are infinite similar universes according to the Abhidhamma. This may be similar to multiverse but unlike in Sci ...
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What is the wheel in the Guhyagarbha tantra?

I am starting to explore Luminous Essence: A Guide to the Guhyagarbha Tantra, where in the first section on the "title", says: All phenomena of saṃsāra and nirvāṇa are inseparable with the ...
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What is the "magical net" in the Guhyagarbha Tantra?

The Luminous Essence: A Guide to the Guhyagarbha Tantra says "This universal tantra of the great Magical Net is a secret among secrets". Later it says: Accordingly, mahāyoga teaches the ...
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What is meant by "secret" in the Guhyagarbha tantra?

I am starting to explore Luminous Essence: A Guide to the Guhyagarbha Tantra, where in the first section on the "title", says: All phenomena of saṃsāra and nirvāṇa are inseparable with the ...
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What is the mandala of the ground?

When you first learn about mandalas, you learn about sand paintings: But in the Guhyagarbha tantra, outlined in Luminous Essence: A Guide to the Guhyagarbha Tantra, it is said: The subject matter of ...
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The Problem of Evil/Suffering modified into Buddhism

I have a question about Buddhism, which is similar to or modified from the Problem of Evil or the Problem of Suffering in western religion philosophy: If [ by definition from ordinary intuition ] the ...
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Relationships with fools: Interpreting the Dhammapada

Dhammapada Verse 61: If a person seeking a companion cannot find one who is better than or equal to him, let him resolutely go on alone; there can be no companionship with a fool. This is ...
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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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I've always had a feeling that there is more to life and death. Is this normal?

Good morning, to everyone, I'm new to this site and only recently been very interested in Buddhism, mainly because I have always believed in reincarnation, but to be honest I didn't know other ...
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Is there a difference between the 32 physical characteristics and the the 32 physical marks?

Why does the Buddha ask the same question twice, and why does Subhuti answer it two different ways? In Diamond Sutra Chapter 13 “Subhuti, what do you think? Can the Buddha be perceived by means of ...
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The Impact of Violence on Our Concentration

Our reality is quite violent. Observing the violence of others causes mental conflict, And it will ruin your state of mind during meditation. What should be the reaction of a person to violence? Put ...
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Do you know of a Buddhist text explaining why living in a community?

There are a number of texts explaining how to live in a community, what rules to follow, what activities, etc. For instance, the classical Vinaya texts, or the "Standards and Rules of Purity" genre in ...
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What are the names of all the books or subsections of the Tibetan Kangyur (and Tengyur)?

From AsianClassics.org you find downloadable copies of the Tibetan Kangyur and Tengyur. I have copied the Kangyur Table of Contents to a CSV here. You'll notice many things are missing titles, some ...
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Is the whole of reality what is being denied by some Buddhists?

Is the whole of reality what is being denied by some Buddhists? So, for as long as the sensation of pleasure or an atom or visual consciousness or apple is thought to belong to everything that exists,...
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Validating a position means attempting to discredit other positions?

When the Sublime Buddha discredited some wanderers' position by uprooting their stand, would it be correct to assume that such an act is made for their harm, the harm of many, even his own? What does ...
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False Speech for forming a non exist Buddhism Club

Dad admitted due to covid. Me, mum and Dad stayed in the same house so me and mum were close contact yet need to quarantined. I was tested negative with no syndrome for all 10 days quarantine. Mum had ...
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Tibetan Buddhist Deities

Are Tibetan Buddhist Deities real (external)? I've been to two Medicine Buddha pujas and a Tsog offering and I can't figure out if it's all just hocus pocus. Professor Tom Yarnell's definition of ...
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Is the tranquil mind vipassana; assessing before consciousness; and dualized self?

I read the following on the internet: Vipassana, the tranquil mind, is the core. When emotions arise, the tranquil mind observes and assesses before the conscious is involved. The tranquil mind will ...
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Why is that the pleasent feelings last for small time while unplesent feelings seem to last forever?

Why is it that when we feel pleasant and positive feelings, the state of heart-mind is evanescent while when we are feeling down and unpleasant feelings that state of heart-mind feels like everlasting?...
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Where exactely is the 'source of thoughts' and the 'feeling of self' located?

When I am meditating, most of the time the thoughts feel like arising from the heart center, and sometimes they feel like lingering in the head. Same with the 'feeling of self', most of the time it ...
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Identify this deity?

Can you help naming and listing god qualities :
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What is the cause of suffering in Buddhism, is it wanting, craving, attachment, or something else?

I've looked at other responses on Buddhism exchange and googled it too, and I'm still confused about the cause of suffering. Is there one root cause? Multiple causes? Or does Buddhism claim not to ...
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Academic Interview

My name is Aidan, I am a senior student from a small High School in Ontario, Canada. I am doing a research project on Buddhism in a world cultures class. I would like to ask practicing Buddhists some ...
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What is meant by "claims the bull’s place, roars his lion’s roar in the assemblies" and was an actual loud lion-like sound ever uttered by the Buddha?

What is meant by "claims the bull’s place, roars his lion’s roar in the assemblies" and was an actual loud lion-like sound ever uttered by the Buddha? One example of the quote is mentioned ...
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Is "no arising" a thing?

Is "no arising" a thing or just something we may be taught? If it's a teaching only, I guess it's used to show that something else is not the case (showing e.g. that series do end). If it's ...
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What can one do with knowings that occur from strong intuition?

Please see a breakdown of how one may approach the question... 'Knowings' in this sense has not been influenced by external stimulus. One can know things about our environment using the six senses as ...
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Does the aggregate of consciousness depend on the aggregates of sensation, perception and mental formations?

I'm reading the book What the Buddha Taught. In the section The Five Aggregates of Chapter II: The Four Noble Truths, when discussing the relationship between the aggregate of consciousness and other ...
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Buddhist meditation for intrusive thoughts and anxiety

I struggle with anxiety and intrusive thoughts and I've found that meditation helps a lot to calm my restless mind. I am familiar with key concepts of Buddhism. I read a tiny bit about it directly and ...
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Should dukkha be translated as `being unexpected`?

Dukkha is traditionally translated as suffering, but I heard from a scholar of Eastern history that it's better translated as being unexpected. In my interpretation (not just in what I heard), that ...
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Is AN 5.191 coherent with the rest of the suttas? Or is it an inserted polemical sutta?

The following sutta AN 5.191 is a bit unusual, because it seems to highlight the moral decadence of newer generations of brahmins / brahmans, compared to the older generations. However, to my ...
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How do you know which mantra suits you the most?

I've been practicing mantra for quite a while now & received empowerments for a few. The main ones that I practice are Guru Rinpoche, White Tara, Vajrasattva 100-syllable. I take care not to go ...
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irrational fear of hell and damnation and spiralling, please help me?

I've posted on this Q&A site before when my grandmother just passed away, and some of the answers here really helped me feel a lot better and eased my fear enough for me to go back to my normal ...

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