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Is it possible to share merit to all beings like Angels, hungry ghosts, animals etc

I read stories in Petavatthu which describe how people offer donations to the sangha and transfer the merit to their deceased relatives who are born as hungry ghosts, so that they can get alleviate ...
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How we can go to the pari-nirvana if not by being a bodhisattva?

I had remark a thing that seem for me being a contradiction I will be grateful if someone could resolve for me this contradiction. For attend the state of pari-nirvana you need to liberate yourself ...
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Does anatta cause dynamic emotions?

I read the following on the internet: In an uncultivated individual the emotions rule the self. This is the result of lack of understanding of Anatta and somehow the individual is putting conscious ...
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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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Is Karma most present surrounding those of tranquil mind and heart?

I read the following verbal karma on the internet: Karma follows Dharma, of which intention is a part. You will find Karma is most present surrounding those who are of tranquil mind and heart. Does ...
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Is intention “conscious energy” in Buddhism?

I read the following intentional thought on the internet: Intention is directed conscious energy. When we think about doing something, where does that energy go? Thoughts like these are created ...
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Does kamma define the universal law of cause & effect?

I read the following verbal kamma on the internet: Karma can be expressed like the magnetic push or pull that defines the universal law of 'cause and effect'. Karma follows a similar rule as le ...
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What are the six beads at the end of a mala used for? And what is there meaning if there is one

I recently received a Impermanence Mala for Christmas. I have read The Heart of Buddha's teaching and I couldn't find anything in there. Thank you in advance for any information.
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How we collect bad karma?

I'm a student, and I'm getting weird instant bad thoughts to hurt my mom without any reason coz of my anxiety. they are not delibarete by any means.but I have never hurt her verbally or physically. ...
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Can a bad karma happen just only with a thought without any physical or verbal action?

Do we collect bad karma just only with an instant thought without any physical action or verbal action?
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Why do enlightened beings want to save sentient beings? Does everyone want to be saved?

Does enlightenment always comes with compassion so that all enlightened beings aspire to save sentient beings from sufferings? Or is the question 'why' only showing that I am using my discriminating ...
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What is the difference between Buddhism, Hinduism and Solipsism?

What is the difference between Buddhism, Hinduism and Solipsism? Do all these religion say that other people have no mind's? If all these religions are like solipsism, then are all Chinese and Hindus ...
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Transcription of Yamāntaka mantra chanting fragment

I am a total outsider not well-versed in the Buddhist tradition, and apologize in advance if some of the terms/names I'll write are placed out of context or misused. To cut the story short, I am ...
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In what sutta does the Buddha talk about Paccekabuddhas?

Question is in the title. Thank you for your time.
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What is the state,the during vipassana meditation?

Now there is no bodily sensation on sitting posture of meditation. Only thoughts are coming. Always close the eyes can see a oil lamp in the Middle. When the lamp not appeared in the front negative ...
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Personality and Conditioning?

The bulk of my personality is made up of other people's beliefs about what is lacking. These core beliefs rise up like bubbles and when the attention is placed on them, they burst into a rather coarse ...
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Does doing an ordinary day-to-day job account for good karma?

If you do an ordinary job, say anything like a software engineer, or a waiter in a hotel or a farmer, anything, like a 9-5 job. Helping society in whichever peaceful means possible. Does it accumulate ...
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An attempt to practice YOGA and the purpose it serves [closed]

My first attempt to practice YOGA was after reading the first page of a book bought from RAMAKRISHNA MISSION DIBRUGARH ASSAM INDIA. I tried to breathe through both nostrils but breathed wrongly ...
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A view of the self

I have often wondered about one particular riddle regarding the stages of the path. If Sakkāyadiṭṭhi, a view of the self, is one of the first fetters conquered at stream- entry, why is it that Māna, ...
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What is Wholesome Meditation?

Apologies, this question has been brewing for some time after observing so many expressions of suffering from maybe not so much as misinformation, but more misdirection. Are there any scriptures ...
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Companies that practice right livelihood

I am looking for companies who operate in resonance with the ideas of right livelihood. I have looked for them, but don't seem to be finding any. Does anyone know how to find companies that practice ...
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Renouncing property and wealth

My question is about supreme peace that is received from renunciation. When people renounce a major portion of their possession and title, they are believed to get supreme peace. Where I can get a ...
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Would 10 days Vipassana a waste of time, if not practised afterwards?

People who have done 10 Days of Vipassana Meditation retreat 5 to 100 times often say that from 5th day the Mind becomes very subtle & remains 24 * 7 like that. However when they're back to their ...
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I want to pray and meditate like a Buddhist, but I do not know how because I am Arab and I have not found sources in Arabic so can you guide me

I want to pray and meditate like a Buddhist, but I do not know how because I am Arab and I have not found sources in Arabic so can you guide me
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What is the meaning of “a ray of light which illuminates thousands of buddha fields in the east” in the Mahayana Lotus Sutra?

The Lotus Sutra implies light came from Gautama Buddha, which connected to " illuminating thousands of buddha fields"; can anyone enlighten me as to what that could mean?
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Is their any books where the collection quotation of Milarepa are available?

Is their any books where the collection quotation of Milarepa are available ?
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Did Gautama Buddha know his path?

When Siddhartha Gautama started his path, before acknowledging the possibility of achieving and passing on the path to enlightenment, is there reference of his thoughts before making the decision to ...
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Did the Buddha endorse a cyclical cosmology?

One of my physics professors implied that Buddhism is false because, unlike the Abrahamic religions, Buddhism claims a cyclical cosmology. He argued that since the universe is expanding and its ...
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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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The 4 Elements and it’s relation with electricity

I did a guided meditation today on Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village app. It was based on the 4 elements. Fire, Earth, Air and Water. As I was midway through it, I was contemplating the electrical energy ...
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Niddesa Translations

I've hunted around a bit online but haven't found much besides some vague "probably not" answers. Has anyone ever come across an English (or other western language) translation of both parts ...
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Circular logic and Practice

After many years of Buddhist considerations, I finally admit to myself that I fight a constant battle for certainty and self-gratification. I guess those encompass the three aspects of dukka well ...
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Cetana and Karma

Is cetana AKA intention, another word for "karma" or close to it? If not what is it that makes karma different from cetana?
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Is Huayan, Chan, and Pure Land Buddhism the only sects that teach about multiverses?

The Avataṃsaka Sūtra describes a cosmos of infinite universes upon universes, mutually containing one another. I know this scripture is taught in Huayan, Chan, and Pure Land sects, but are there any ...
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Are there no Buddhas from other universes that are equal to our Buddha?

Buddha said "nowhere between the lowest of hells below and the highest heaven above, nowhere in all the infinite worlds that stretch right and left, is there the equal, much less the superior, of ...
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How to deal with fixation towards an old relationship?

I broke up with my girlfriend a couple of years ago. We haven't talked to each other since then. A few months back we met at a job interview. We spoke to each other and she was very friendly. I ...
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Does any other sect of Buddhism have the stages of insight?

The primary source for the 16 stages of insight (aka 7 stages of insight) is the Theravadan text, the Visuddhimagga. But do other, unrelated, sects of Buddhism have similar stages? (ie. Do other sects ...
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Being more spiritual

I have been practicing different kinds of meditation for a year and more. But I don't know where I am and what my next step is. What should I do ?
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Among 9 jhanas which is deep sleep?

Please provide suttas I plan to do a meditation until I can achieve the same experience as my deep sleep but I don't know whether it's the first jhana or even cessation of feeling and perception or ...
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breathing techniques in buddhism

My name is Prakash Karki. I am from Nepal. . I have just read 1 book on buddhisam and that is biography and philosophy of buddha. I became very serious about this spiritual stuff. I have been ...
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What is the real meaning of 'Knowledge and Vision' in the Pali-texts?

Is there a difference between this two Pali expressions: 'janami passami' and 'nana dassana'?
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What is the (middle length) sutta, where Buddha exposes a monk, who has an ignorant view of non-self?

In one sutta a monk was teaching, that there's something that is behind our existence, that is permanent (opposite of non-self). Buddha asked for this explicitely, got confirmed, and corrected the ...
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References for the history of Śāntideva's Bodhisattvacaryāvatāra

Śāntideva's Bodhisattvacaryāvatāra is a renowned Mahayana text and the source of many ideas, prayers and practices, down to today, particularly the Bodhisattva ideal, Bodhicitta, and practices for ...
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When one enters and remains in cessation of perception and feeling during death where in 31 planes of existence will he go to?

The question is complete, no additional explanation of the question is needed. I just need the suttas. For reference: “And further, with the complete transcending of the dimension of the infinitude ...
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Does the “Zen Master” from Cyberpunk 2077 accurately represent Buddhism?

In the game Cyberpunk 2077, you can encounter a character labelled only as "Zen Master", who offers your player character the opportunity to engage in meditations with him. However, the ...
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Impermanence causing depression and anxiety

I’ve learned that all things are impermanence. This is causing depression and anxiety in my life. I’m sad and scared that my relationships will one day come to an end. The fact that all things are ...
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How are/would newly discovered Suttas (and Sutras) be dealt with?

How are/would newly discovered Suttas (and Sutras) be dealt with, specifically be they of content contradicting -- or even just differing slightly from -- previous material and/or for totally new, ...
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Why is meat prohibited in Buddhism?

Yesterday I was a guest at the home of my Buddhist friend, he cooked vegetables for me and some other drinks were there on table. I am fond of meat but there was no meat available. So, I asked him why ...
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The Intention to Strive

Yesterday, I was eating some vegetable sausages and I noticed that there was just a set of teeth rhythmically opening and closing like a lonely metronome with no meaningful sensory instrumentals. It ...
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Do the enlightened not experience the results of their past karma? [duplicate]

Can buddha attain Nibbana without Devadatta's throwing a rock and hurting Buddha's foot? I read somewhere that buddha redeem his past karma by getting hit from that stone hence my question I am sorry ...

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