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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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Stages of Compassion in Mahayana

Dear friends, I am looking for references pertaining to the notion of the Four Stages of Compassion in the Mahayana traditions. Thank you for your kind and generous help, may you all be well and safe. ...
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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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Have the copies of original Tipitaka written in Aluvihara Sri Lanka now been lost?

Have the copies of original Tipitaka written in Aluvihara Sri Lanka now been lost? It appears that the Tipitaka used in Sri Lanka an import from Thailand or Myanmar. I ask because in this essay, The ...
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Mahāsamādhi in Buddhism?

Wikipedia defines Mahāsamādhi as follows: Mahāsamādhi (the great and final samādhi) is the act of consciously and intentionally leaving one's body. A realized yogi (male) or yogini (female) who ...
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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 words in Pali are correctly interpreted as rebirth/reincarnation?

In comments to this question I saw a disagreement over the proper translation of various Pali words in suttas commonly translated with the english word rebirth or reborn. According to Ajahn Sujato ...
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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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Maithri Bodhisatvas Ata pirikara

I recently got to know that the Ata Pirikara that is to be given to Maithree Bodhisatva at the time of the renunciation by the Maha Brahma has already been created and ready. Is there anything ...
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AN 8.30 Great thoughts, thoughts of great man, thing-able, (de-)touch-able for everyone? (thinking in first jhāna)

Coming from here, analysis of AN 8.30. Good, Anuruddha, very good. It’s good that you think these thoughts of a great person: Does good householder think that certain (all) people are capable to ...
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temple policy for babies/young kids

are there any policies for bringing very young kids (14 month) to a temple/pagoda (stroller, clothes etc)? We
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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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The unity of samadhi and prajna

Does any extant tradition claim that the unity of samadhi and prajna^ is actual from the beginning of the bodhisatva path, so that it is available to the neophyte - just with less power of something ...
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Is it Vipassana?

I have the following question regarding Vipassana: From time to time I get unpleasant emotions. And instead of diving into them, I find a place to sit and concentrate on the sensation that this ...
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Is 'kata nana' a synonym for 'pativedha nana'?

Is 'kata nana' a synonym for 'pativedha nana'? I wonder if there is a (slight) difference between these two words. Can they be used as synonyms?
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A person asks the Buddha to sit on his lotus. The Buddha agrees, with one requirement: keep silence. What is the name of this story?

Once upon a time there was a beggar who wanted to sit in the Buddha's seat in a temple. The Buddha agreed, with one requirement: keep silence. At first, a rich man went to the temple to ask for virtue....
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What path does B. Alan Wallace teach?

I am long time student of Chogyam Trungpa. Unfortunately, the current situation at the sangha (now Shambhala International) is in a state of chaos. I am interested in becoming B. Alan Wallace's ...
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Where is the Tibetan Book of the Dead online in Tibetan script?

THLib contains the Kangyur and Tengyur in Tibetan script, which is a lot of text. But it doesn't seem to contain the Tibetan Book of the Dead :( Is there any place online that has the Tibetan Book of ...
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Are these 23 a copy of the Tibetan Perfection of Knowledge Collection?

I am new to Tibetan but am interested in the Tibetan script versions of the texts. Not knowing much Tibetan script yet, I am not totally sure I am looking at the right thing and so wanted to clarify ...
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Can you identify these figures?

I'm looking to find info about these particular statues. Any info would be great. Had these for years and really wondering who they are, where they're from and any history if known.
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Any praise of shred-paramis by the Sublime Budddha?

What does one know or think: Is there any praise of shred-parami (perfections in appearing modest) by the Sublime Buddha, such as in out-fit, outwardly appearing, using of such stuff, and if why? If ...
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In the trisvabhava theory, is the consummate nature inflected by past present and future conditions?

In the trisvabhava theory, is the consummate nature inflected by past present and future conditions? Or is it always the same and independent of causal conditions?
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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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A good monastery to ordain?

I am looking for a monastic community that fits these criteria; Abhidhamma compliant Vinaya compliant; one meal a day, no afternoon snacks, not using money etc Analytical attitude towards the ...
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Lord Yama's identity

I've been reading up on cosmology and am curious if Lord Suyama of Yama heaven and Lord Yama as judge of the recently deceased are the same figure. The latter is often said to reside in either the ...
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Chinese Dharmaguptaka jurisprudence with regards to homosexual seminarians

Has there been a recent monastic ruling amongst Dharmaguptaka monks in China & Hong Kong with regards to a policy of denying ordination to laymen who have lived homosexual lifestyles prior to ...
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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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Monkey Year Teaching (Drikung-Kagyu)

My questions concern Monkey Year Teaching held by Kagyu lineage (Great Phowa of Chagtsugma). Is this type of Phowa similar for all Monkey Year Teachings held through the Kagyu lineage? What is the ...
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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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When one analyzes Saṅkhāras, where does 'unconditioned' fit in?

When one analyzes Saṅkhāras, where does 'unconditioned' fit in? The word means 'formations'[1] or 'that which has been put together' and 'that which puts together'. I take this to mean something ...
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Meditation and Internal Tremors

Happy New Year to you! 😊 I suffer from internal vibrations and PPPD and I've been trying to use meditation to calm my nervous system. Could any of you please suggest what I could do to further this ...
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Kayagatasati Sutta

In the above sutta the Buddha said that one knows every step one is untertaking. Whether it's walking, sitting, standing, lying down, bending etc. Does this imply simply awareness of body sensations (...
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Latent tendencies, memories of this life and brain damage, dementia

This question is from the Theravada perspective only. How are memories of this life stored and recalled? Is it stored in the physical brain? There is the concept of latent tendencies (anusaya). ...
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Buddhadasa and the continuity of suffering beyond physical death, without rebirth

I read "Anatta and Rebirth" by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu (let's call this explanation B) and I also read similar explanations by Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu from this answer, this comment and this answer (let's call ...
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Why are exceptionally tall statues of the Buddha and Guanyin built?

When I read this article on the tallest statues in the world, I was struct by how many of them were of important Buddhist figures: of the fifteen tallest statues six are of Guanyin (Kannon/...
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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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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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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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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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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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Place of death and rebirth

I'm reading about bardos in the Tibetan Book of the dead. I'm wondering how is rebirth dependent on geographical location. For example, if dead occurs in Europe is it possible to get a rebirth in Asia?...
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Which Animal corresponds to which Buddha?

For example, peacocks are often associated with Amitabha. They were said to be his mounts, and images of Amitabha often feature peacock symbolism. What about the other Buddhas? Do they each have an ...
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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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Should I practice a single mantra or multiple?

I've received empowerment for Seven Line Prayer & have been practicing it consistently ever since. Once in a while, a thought arises that I would like to practice other mantras for 'worldly ...
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Is lack of doubt a form of self-cherishing?

Many people frequently make bold and confident claims about what Buddhism is or isn't with little or no humility or doubt. Their views are asserted to be correct, and anything contrary to their view ...
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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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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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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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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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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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