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How to be meditative and involved at work?

At work, I try to be mindful, deliberate, and calm. I found with the help of meditation and being mindful makes me less distracted and less stressed at my work or whatever I do. But I also feel being ...
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Can being a vegetarian actually be a hindrance for some?

I am Buddhist, but not a strict vegetarian. When new acquaintances discover this they are often shocked and wonder, "How can this be??!!" I'm going to try and explain my answer and see what ...
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Between Ana & Apana. What is the terminology for this moment?

Ana (Āna, Āṇā, incoming breath, inhale) & Apana (apāṇa, āpāna, outgoing breath, exhale), there is a moment between them. Or let's say the point switches from incoming breath to outgoing breath. I ...
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Why does Snp 2.2 not consider eating meat to be bad karma?

The teaching of Buddha Kassapa in Snp 2.2: “Killing living beings, hunting, cutting, binding, theft, lying, fraud, deceptions, useless recitations, associating with the wives of others: This is a raw ...
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Right Livelihood and Working in Technical Support

Currently, I work at home taking calls for tech support for a cable company. I work to help solve customers' issues as best as possible over the phone and send a technician if need be. The one thing I ...
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How do you master (control) your mind with Buddhism?

I'm a Hindu and don't know much about Buddhism. Many people say that Buddhism is the art of cultivating the mind, which I feel includes methods to control and discipline the mind. I have poor control ...
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What was the name of the great compassion meditation the Buddha did for a significant part of his daily routine?

Didn't the Buddha do some kind of great compassion meditation for a significant part of his daily routine while teaching? If so, what's the name of it and what did it involve?
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Theravada and Mahayana - The Crucial Differences

I struggle with the idea that Buddhism has two warring schools and wonder why they cannot make peace. What are the issues on which Theravada and Mahayana cannot agree? Just bullet points would be ...
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Is stream entry an unmistakeable experience?

I've heard stream entry described as a turning about in the deepest seat of consciousness. I've also read other accounts that make me think that there is something about the experience that is ...
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Origin of the “Scorpion Story”. (Your nature to sting, My nature is to save)

Purpose: Find out the origin (reference) of this story. Situation: I got to know this Scorpion story from these websites. Dare to the Motivation The Nature of Things The summary of this story is ...
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How does Buddhism deal with failure?

I've developed over the years an attachment to social media, which I've many, many times tried to break. I'm starting to suspect it is because there's no problems when things go well, but when I fail, ...
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Is Buddhist insight non-conceptual?

For me, until recently, an insight was this: having been mindful of some phenomenon that I contemplated, I then have a spontaneous idea about that phenomenon. For example, I might be contemplating ...
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How does an ordinary person adopt Right View concerning the the hardships of the Buddha's earthly life?

As we know, the Eightfold Path begins with Right View, and then from Right View follows Right Intention. Right View - belief in suffering, the relief from suffering and the Triple Gem; from this ...
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Sankhara on a wave, a wood, and a rock?

Purpose: I want to know which sutta is this story coming from. Background: I remember that when I joined the 10-day Vipassana course held by S.N.Goenka, he said, You can carve your Sankhara like an ...
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Is it ok to eat after midnight after observing the 8 precepts?

if I observe the 8 precepts today,fast in the afternoon and eat at 12am the next day, is it considered a sin?
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Is there a point to delaying detrimental behaviours?

I noticed that for me, it is very difficult to cease certain behaviours, such as eating junk food for example. Does Buddhism suggest a benefit to delaying such behaviours to later in the day, as ...
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Attitude towards harmful behaviors

Whenever I'm confronted with behaviours I find potentially harmful, I get angry. One example of this is when I witness motorists speeding or otherwise making risky maneuvers (going after the light has ...
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Are there any Buddhist suttas in the scriptures about retaining memory?

As I understand, the early Buddhist teachings were transmitted orally and memorized by monks and they were written down only much later. It must have been tremendous feet of human memory to retain so ...
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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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Is there an online copy of English translation of Pramanavarttika of Shri Dharmakirthi?

Is there a an online copy of English translation of Pramanavarttika of Shri Dharmakirthi? Of the available links only second chapter is available. If the full version is available, please provide the ...
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Is Buddha Nature the original state, i.e. Awareness/ Consciousness without Existence?

Existence, Consciousness, Bliss is described as Brahman by Vedanta but surely that only applies when viewed through the veil of Maya and experienced as the universe. As awareness/ consciousness is ...
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What raised mudra is depicted on the Buddha rupa at the London Peace Pagoda and what does it mean?

What raised mudra is depicted on this particular Buddha rupa at the London Peace Pagoda and what does it mean? Also, which Buddha is this?
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Is this fake Buddha quote synonymous with Buddhas quote in Dhammapada?

Is this fake Buddha quote, 'Everything that has a beginning has an end', synonymous with Dhammapada verse, ‘All conditioned things are impermanent', the Buddha quote from the Dhammapada, verse 277? If ...
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Mahasi Sayadaw / Yuttadhammo noting question

When I'm sitting, I have a lot of trouble making it through all the touching points. One issue I'm thinking that I might be having is that maybe the progression of objects is incorrect: I do rising-...
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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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Is it never what you think it is?

In the Sappurisa Sutta, MN 113, Access to Insight it says: 'The Blessed One has spoken of non-fashioning even with regard to the attainment of the dimension of neither perception nor non-perception, ...
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Is the Alayavijnana momentary?And is it shared in Yogacara?

I am hearing contradictorary things.Is the alayavijnana shared in yogacara?And is it momentary and subject to Kshanabhanga?What does vasubandhu say and the early yogacarins?Please cite sources.
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Appo Deepo Bhava or Atta dīpo bhava | Which is the correct wording? [duplicate]

I was looking for some good Buddha Quote and I find this very interesting. ' Be light of yourself. But I found two versions of this in google as Appo Deepo Bhava Atta dīpo bhava Which one is the ...
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What is the real meaning of the Pali-word adukkhamasukham in the Mahasatipatthana-Sutta?

In the Mahasatipatthana-Sutta are mentioned three kinds of sensations: pleasant sensations (dukkha vedana); unpleasant sensations (sukha vedana) and adukkhamasukha vedana. What is the meaning of ...
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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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What's the Jataka tale about a previous life of the Buddha sacrificing himself to get a dharma teaching (because dharma was so scarce and rare then)?

If I'm remembering right, in a pervious life of the Buddha, because dharma teachings were so rare at that time, a being offered to give a teaching, but only if he sacrificed his life to this being. ...
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Does studying mathematics or science lead to a practitioner of Buddhism acquiring wrong philosophical views and mental afflictions?

Among the steps needed to attain enlightenment, a practitioner of Buddhism needs to abandon the wrong philosophical views that they acquired due to either wrong teaching or wrong study. In this sense, ...
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Should one who follows the Dhamma give drugs to the dying to ease thier suffering?

My Christian wife is dying and the doctor has prescribed morphine and tranquilizers. She is losing her mind and the drugs may be contributing to that. I don't want her to suffer but I also don't want ...
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After the Buddha's enlightenment, did he receive any teachings?

There's not much background to this question. Did the Buddha ever receive a teaching after his enlightenment; a teaching that he accepted and made use of, either his own or another - or perhaps a ...
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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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How could one know that Nibbana is the cessation of consciousness if there is no consciousness?

How could one know that Nibbana is the cessation of consciousness if there is no consciousness? I can't see how one could know.
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How to rebuild a relationship after a breach of trust?

What are the Buddhist norms & guidelines for rebuilding a relationship after a breach of trust?
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Is there any mention of child adoption in any Buddhist writings and what is the view on child adoption with regard to Buddhism?

Being married, I have of late been coming across the dilemma of whether to have a child or not and if yes, if a biological child or not (which by itself may be another question which I may ask ...
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How to practice “In the seen will be merely what is seen”

"In the seen will be merely what is seen” I’ve red this http://theeyeofdhamma.blogspot.com/2013/10/ditte-ditta-mattan-bhavissathi.html?m=1 I’m still not sure how I should apply & practice ...
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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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Ex-monk reliable Teacher?

While even most teacher today are ex-monks (someone who rejected the refuge and went back to the lower life), isn't it clear that such a person has own problems with his faith? How could one ...
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Avoiding neck pain

I am meditating now regularly for last 4 months. I always sit in a cross legged position with my head slightly bent down. I started developing a neck pain for last 10 days and it distubs me a lot. I ...
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Where does 'contentment' fit in walking the path of Dhamma?

'Contentment' means being at ease with what you have and not desiring more. But, of course, if I am content with my present situation I will not strive towards Nirvana, and if I am not content and ...
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How Walking meditation happen

Without any thought automatically start the walking and it's last for 15 minutes. How it's related to meditation.
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Is masturbation a sin when we do it to avoid intercourses with other people?

first of all, sorry for my bad English. Frankly says, I bring up this topic because personally I masturbate to avoid having sex with other people. I have to admit that I've masturbated quite a lot, ...
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How does one effectively understand & navigate through the suicide cases found in the canon?

There's a question regarding the Dhamma that I really wish to rectify and clear up with you and that's regarding the suicide cases of Channa, Vakkali and Godhika - When I first came across these cases,...
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What is the origin or history of the concept of 'Buddha Sasana"?

There is some information here at wikipedia I am curious to know if that came from Buddha himself or mentioned in any suttas. The 'sasana' concepts restricts appearence of solitary buddhas or ...
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Trying to find causes of everything

Is trying to find causes of everything not a good practise? Isn't having rational mind a good thing? I know that the Lord Buddha advised us to not to think about beginning of life. Because it make us ...
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Does anyone know where it is possible to identify a lama incarnation?

Hi I'm just seeking advice if it is possible to identify a Lama incarnation, whom to speak to etc.
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Looking for a quote from Johannes Bronkhorst

I recall, years ago, reading about Buddhist treatises on rebirth, composed some long time after the Buddhas death. It was a very brief reference of Johannes Bronkhorst's, probably in a footnote. I've ...

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