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Days of Worship

I understand Buddhists don't technically worship, but pray to the Buddha or meditate (apologies for any mistakes). My question is: do Buddhists have a certain number of times a day to worship/pray/...
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How is Uposatha practiced in non Buddhist countries?

Uposatha (a.k.a. Poya Day) is the traditional Buddhist observance day. Observances vary but one traditional pattern is to celebrate this day on the lunar calendar on each of four moon events; the new ...
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If we have the law of karma, why do we need other laws, or do we?

Since we have the law of karma then there should be no need for laws or prisons? The law of karma will issue out punishment automatically. So if you murder someone there will be equal consequences ...
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Do we need to believe in Buddhist stories to be a real Buddhist?

Some suttas and the dhammapada contain stories with things not very easy to verify, such as people flying, living 8.000 years, teletransportation, etc. Some of those are related to the psychic ...
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Why is it that I always experience sleep paralysis (suffocating) very often? [closed]

Is there anything I can do to avoid sleep paralysis? Has this got anything to do with astral projection?
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Do Buddhists believe in Evolution? [duplicate]

Just as a companion question to this I want to ask if Buddhists believe in the theory of evolution by natural selection. The aforementioned question makes me think that the answers might be different ...
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Why do Buddhist Stupas have various shapes?

I came across a gallery of Stupas from around the world and it made me wonder why some of them differ in shape considerably. Do they express different aspects of Buddhism or is the source of ...
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When did Vasubandhu, the teacher of Dignāga, live?

Vasubandhu is known to be the teacher of Dignāga. When did he live? What are the sources that say so?
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What is the Buddhist perception of injustice, considering the law of Karma?

Considering the notion of our future being the result of our actions in the past, is there any room for the concept of unfairness in Buddhist philosophy? What is the right/skillful view one should ...
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What is the motivation for Torma?

Torma are sculpted butter and flour cakes set on mandalas and on altars during Tibetan Buddhist ceremonies. Does anyone know what the story is with Torma and why are we doing offerings anyhow? Is ...
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What is a Mudra and what do they mean?

In Buddhist iconography the figures are illustrated or depicted with various hand gestures. The symbolic hand gestures are called mudras. What is the significance of a Buddhist mudra? What are the ...
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Afterlife in Buddhism and Hinduism

Where does the ideology of afterlife in Buddhism and Hinduism come from and why are they different?
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Are "Saya Asadharana Nana" part of Nibbana?

Buddha's knowledge or Wisdom which cannot be achieved by his disciples comprises six kinds. They are called the Saya Asadharana Nana. Did the Buddha attain them at the same moment he attained Nibbana?...
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What explains the membership of Shingon's 13 Buddhas list?

The list of 13 Buddhas (which is actually Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and Wisdom Kings) plays a role in Shingon gongyo and funerary rites. What accounts for why these particular 13 are set aside for ...
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Green Tara Light?

Recently, I heard a Tibetan nun Venerable Robin Courtin mention on a video that a meditator saw a green light while meditating. She mentioned it was associated with Green Tara. What is the green ...
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Were robes a factor in the spread of Buddhism?

If you look at the countries where Theravada Buddhism has historically taken hold (Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar/Burma) they are all in fairly close proximity to each other in the ...
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What caused the Golden Bowl to go upstream?

After finishing the last meal before attaining enlightenment, the Ascetic Gautama threw the golden bowl into the river and said: "If I am to succeed in becoming a Buddha today, let this bowl go ...
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Can environmental degradation be used as a justification for the culling of an invasive alien species?

We have a lot of feral foxes in Australia which decimate the local wildlife. Foxes are not native to Australia but where introduced by humans. Local wildlife is not adapted to these predators and are ...
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What is non-buddhism? [closed]

I've been off and on following the writings Glenn Wallis, et al. I am honestly bemused at what they are driving at. I don't mind that there are critical of something about various parts of modern ...
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How do ethics work in Shin Buddhism?

"Even the good person attains birth in the Pure Land, how much more so the evil person." I think I understand the reasoning here-- if practice isn't effective, then the evil person, who doesn't ...
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Does anyone know of any good Asubha sites?

Does anyone know of any good Asubha sites? Am interested in suitable objects for contemplation for the overcoming of lust.
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In modern times what percentage of monks are female?

In the question When were women first welcomed into Buddhist orders? we learn that woman have been becoming monks for a long time. In modern times (circa 2014 CE) what percentage of monks are female?
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What is the origin and purpose of the alms bowl used by monastics?

How did this practice originate and what is the meaning/purpose for it's use?
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Which of the following statements about Nibbana/Nirvana are true?

A) Nibbana is the destruction of the defilements. B) Nibbana is merely the destruction of defilements. C) Nibbana is an existing reality that is subjected to the mind totally free of defilements. D) ...
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The hidden cycle: dying, death, rebirth [closed]

I am looking for an explanation for my wife about what happens during the dying-death-rebirth cycle according to Buddhist teachings as well as any background readings we can locate. I was ...
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What are Buddha-fields and Dharma-fields in Buddhism? What roles do they play in various lineages?

Recently, I heard the terms Buddha-fields and Dharma-fields. It was explained as a place to do good deeds for gaining good karma. However, I'm not sure about the explanation or what it means. What ...
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Nibbāna in The Progress of Insight

I was wondering if anyone could help to clearly explain the phenomenology of what happens in this passage from Mahasi's The Progress of Insight, specifically the bolded section: 12. Insight Leading ...
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In terms of reliability of understanding reality, how does the scientific method compare with Buddhist insight practice? [closed]

Posted based on a requested edit to this question The modern "scientific method", perhaps as espoused in Karl Popper's "The Logic of Scientific Discovery", is seen today by many, especially in the ...
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Does understanding the Visuddhimagga require a knowledge of the Pali Canon?

I quite fancy reading the Visuddhimagga at some point. I have heard good things about it. However I'm aware that it is a commentary on the Pali Canon and that has put me off starting it. How much of ...
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Is it easiest to pursue/attain Nirvana as a human?

Is earth the ideal condition to achieve Nirvana; advanced enough for a being to discover and teach the universal truth of reality but not so advanced that beings won't care enough to strive for it?
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Can personal experience generate buddhistic insight outside of meditation?

This is a question formed from an anecdotal experience, if this means that it is unsuitable for this format, I have no problem with it being removed. Specifically, after seeing the news about a mass ...
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Jhāna in the different branches of Buddhism

From what I have read it seems the different branches seem to treat the subject quite different. While Mahayana texts seem to avoid directly touching the subject and only describe the effects, the ...
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What are the 10 Bhumis?

Yes, I checked wikipedia. That article is low quality. These 10 Bhumis are part of the 53 stages of liberation as set out in the Avatamsaka sutra. The 10 Bhumis for me are completely bemusing. In a ...
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Popular culture portrayal of Buddha statues [duplicate]

I have seen Buddha statues in western pop culture that portray an obese man as the Buddha. During my experience with Buddhism I have seen many more statues of the Buddha as a slim man, usually with ...
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What is the difference between learning the Buddhist way and simply learning from life?

What is different about being a Buddhist than an atheist? As far as I can tell, "western" thought is a mix of different philosophical approaches that can be applied to life with a dose of common ...
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What are the funeral rites for Tibetan lay Buddhists?

I am mostly interested in how a Tibetan Buddhist funeral is carried out in the West, i.e. in countries where Buddhism is not a leading religion. Are there any particular practices or ceremonies that ...
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Is there an English translation of the Abhidhamma?

I wonder if there is an English version of the Abhidhamma, in its entirety?
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How much should one eat when following the not-eating-after-noon precept?

In my understanding, there are a few ways to follow the not-eating-after-noon precept. Here are what I know of: Two meals per day + juice/sugar water: breakfast and lunch, juice or sugar water for ...
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How do the stages of insight before stream entry relate to the suttas

Are the stages of knowledge before stream entry mentioned in the suttas? How does this correlate with the Visuddhimagga? E.g. sabba-kaya-patisamvedi (in some interpretations) may directly relate to ...
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How does someone decide from what direction to approach the twelve-Nidānas?

From what I can gather (from wikipedia) there are four methods: The Twelve Nidānas are explained in detail in the Visuddhimagga of Buddhaghosa, the central text of the Mahāvihāra commentarial ...
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Does Theravada believe in feeding food to hungry ghosts?

Certain Buddhist schools perform rituals to offer food to hungry ghosts. And I've heard and read stories that psychic mediums at the rituals saw hungry ghosts came eating the food. Some also reported ...
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What is the source of these "Lay Bodhisattva Vows"?

Okay, I'm well familiar with the regular Bodhisattva vows from the Brahma Net Sutra. That set of vows is open to both lay and monastic followers. I just found another set on Dharma Realm Buddhist ...
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Buddhas of The Ten Directions

What are the Buddhas of the ten directions? What are the applications of this teaching in the Buddhist traditions?
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How closely related are the concepts of Karma and Pavlovian conditioning?

If I get into a habit of fighting to defend "my self" is it reasonable to say that getting into a fight and getting beat up is karma? How similar is karma to the idiom "you reap what you sow"?
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Can the substantiality of phenomena ever be conclusively ruled out through Buddhist practice?

I can see how one can develop, through one's practice, a very high degree of confidence in the truth of emptiness through inferring from the conditioned nature of phenomena, their impermanence, their ...
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Buddhism in the Middle East

It is said, Buddhist missionaries made it to Alexandria Egypt and else where in the Mediterranean circa 200 BCE. Have any scholars and/or archeologists found any evidence of Buddhism being practiced ...
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What are the Four Immeasurables (aka Four Noble Abodes)?

Also known as the Four Noble Dwellings or the Buddhist Virtues or the Brahmaviharas. Where in the Pali Canon are these described?
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What does enlightenment actually entail in Shugendo?

We already have some questions about enlightenment, but this is going to be a bit more... esoteric. What I would like to know is what enlightenment entails in Shugendo, which is a particularly ...
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Why do monastics in certain Buddhist traditions take new names?

In the Theravada tradition, and perhaps others, monastics take a new name when becoming bhikkhus/bhikkhunis. Where does this tradition come from, and what is its significance? Others don't - what's ...
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What is the equivalent scientific term for samsedaja? What kind of beings on earth are born from samsedaja?

Are there any beings on earth that are samsedaja (born or arisen from moisture)? Are bacteria samsedaja?

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