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Modern Chinese and Japanese Pure Land Buddhism can be used in medicine?

Can Modern Chinese and Japanese Pure Land Buddhism Be Applied to Heal People? There is Medicine Buddha, Bhaisajyaguru. For example, monks or masters of these schools can better cure people from all ...
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Does imagination also create kamma?

What is the difference between imagination and intent? Does imagination also create kamma? Can someone help me explain this in simpler terms?
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Are there any stories dealing with stalkers or people who violate boundaries in seeking to grow close in the texts?

Have you come accross anything that deals with stalking behavior in the texts? Looking for something where one is stalked by another but anything close to the theme is good enough.
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Did buddha accepted Brahman? [duplicate]

Did buddha accepted Brahman. The supreme reality according to hindusim. Or any perfect Supreme God.
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Where (what other forums) should I ask questions that don't quite meet the scope of Buddhism Stack Exchange? [migrated]

A new contributor asked a great question a few days ago here: How to develop fortitude? The moderators closed the thread claiming it was not within the scope of this forum as defined by help center: ...
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Can brain injured people progress in meditation?

I don't mean disrespect to anyone else with this question, I'm asking on my own behalf as someone with neurological & psychological problems caused by a brain injury at a young age. I know all ...
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What are Buddhist arguments against Vedic validity because of its authorlessness?

There has been a rich history of debate between Vedantists and Buddhists. One main method the Vedantist uses disprove every other sect which doesn't hold Vedas as true, is to first prove that Vedas ...
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What did the Buddha mean in AN 5.38 with the fifth benefit to a person of faith?

What did the Buddha mean in AN 5.38. when he said: “Mendicants, a faithful gentleman gets five benefits. What five? The good persons in the world show compassion first to the faithful, not so much to ...
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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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Does reality exist?

Does reality exist? Carlo Rovelli (a famous theoretical physicist) doesn't think so and he cites Nagarjuna as believing the same: Rovelli has a different idea. He says reality doesn’t exist. The ...
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Is the word 'real' synonymous with 'exists' in Buddhist doctrine?

Are these two words synonymous? Is everything that exists, real? Is everything real, an existent? What is a proper relationship between the words "real" and "exists" in the context ...
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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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Is it bad karma if you are waiting for someone to die?

I was just wondering if it’s bad karma if you were just waiting for someone to die? For example, let’s say you asked your parents for permission to become a monk but they declined so you decided to ...
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Does buying meat equate to approving of killing an animal?

In the Kammapatha sutta AN 3.164(A i 297) a note concerning the meaning of a passage (written by the author of the page dedicated to the sutta it seems) makes me question, the sutta and note are ...
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Can we meet the conditions of good feeling again and again?

All our feelings depend on conditions... it is said that conditions are impermanent.... is it possible for us to create conditions for us to have good feelings forever ? If not , why ? I am not saying ...
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Your mind accusing you

How do I deal with my mind accusing me of something I’m not doing? For example, if you are walking, and your mind tells you that you are killing insects or bacteria, how do you deal with it? Or For ...
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How can someone integrate the Buddhist philosophy on life's purpose into daily life?

The question 'What is the purpose of life?' has been asked before. What I understood is that if I were to set a purpose to life, once I achieve my goal, life becomes meaning less. There is no single ...
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Does downvoting an answer qualify as divisive and harsh speech?

In a comment to an answer on this site I saw this: To the folks who insist on downvoting, please note that downvoting is extremely unhelpful and actually qualifies as divisive and harsh speech. Do ...
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Is it bad karma if you say something that turns out to be false?

In DN 27, the Buddha said that the Brahmins make bad karma for speaking falsely. “Actually, Vāseṭṭha, the brahmins are forgetting their tradition when they say this to you. For brahmin women are seen ...
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Why is there something instead of nothing?

Why is there something instead of nothing? Why there are clothes , why food , why shelter , why surprise , why anger , why love , why disgust , why father , why mother , why child, why atom , why ...
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In which text first time “Gautama leaving Yashodhara for searching truth” story is written?

In which text first time "Gautama leaving Yashodhara for searching truth" story is found to be written? This text was written how many years after death of Buddha?
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What is the doctrinal justification for Shaolin martial arts?

It is known that Shaolin monks practice a form of Chan Buddhism. It is also known that they practice their own form of martial arts. What is the doctrinal justification for their practice of martial ...
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Will actors really go to hell?

In the Talaputta Sutra the Buddha says that actors will either be reborn as an animal or go to hell When an actor on the stage, [he thinks that] after death, he is reborn in the company of the ...
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Is Chögyal Namkhai Norbu correct when he says our life is unreal and that Buddha taught that life is just like a dream?

In this video clip you can see renowned Tibetan master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu saying that life is unreal and that the Buddha taught it is just like a dream. Is he correct? I've transcribed below: ...
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How do we break an attachment with the Buddha Himself?

We Buddhists talk about non-attachment in our relationships, but after breaking all the samsaric attachments, how do we break the last attachment with the Buddha and may be also His teachings? When ...
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Logic of Emptiness still unconvincing. Please help explain

I've been a practitioner of Vipassana and Mahamudra for 2 years now. One thing quite bothering me is various explanations from different teachers on emptiness logically disturbing... Usually, it goes ...
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What is the practice people call “shamata practice”. Where did this idea come from?

I have been studying and practicing meditation for over a decade, mainly following Kamalashila's stages of meditation as a guide. I learned that Shamata is defined as the single-mindedness which is ...
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Questions about reacting to bodily sensations

I'm currently reading The Art of Living: Vipassana Meditation and it says to observe sensations in the body without reacting. What would be an example of a reaction that one might have? When I feel ...
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Information on string ceremony

I once attended a puja at a Sri Lankan temple where a string was passed around during chanting. Afterwards the monks tied string around our wrists and poured water over our heads. What is the string ...
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Did the Buddha ever refute the view of “extreme metaphysical nihilism” e.g. a view that “nothing is real”?

Important note: I am only using the word "real" only in the sense of meaning "exists and is not an illusion". I am defining "extreme metaphysical nihilism" as the belief that "nothing is real". I ...
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Best book or documentary related to mindfulness

What is your best mindfulness book or documentary? I have experienced Vipassana retreats. I would like to know more about mindfulness.
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Do the texts of Mahayana Buddhism or those of any other school posit that everything is to be regarded as ideation? (Idealism)

Does Mahayana Buddhism or any other school of Buddhism posit the idea that the physical world does not exist apart from an observer's frame of reference, as in everything exists only in the mind as ...
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What is The Prediction as defined by the Mahayana tradition?

Please see this section taken from the wiki page titled Boddhisattva which might help you answer the question: ...what early Mahayana sutras like the Aṣṭa do is to help individuals determine if they ...
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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 lack of inherent existence the same as 'not real'?

I'm reading Rob Burbea's book Seeing That Frees. The book is about ways of working with emptiness. In the book he says that things lack inherent existence. I'm fairly sure this isnt the same as not ...
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What buddhism says about physical reality?

I had a discussion with one of my friend, who said, there's no such thing as physical reality, as per Lord Buddha. He quoted "The universe only exists inside this small body". As per my ...
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Can volition be without craving? We love and serve because we intend to?

As Observer Say I observe systems around me --- economics of suffering, arising of crime, even the Dependent Origination --- without craving to maintain, defend, modify, control or destroy the systems....
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Did Buddha ever met Mahavir(Jain GOD)?

Mahavir(Jain GOD) was the contemporary of the Buddha of his time. Buddha did knew some details about Mahavir, Jainism(as its mentioned in the text) & about its own way of enlightenment which he ...
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How are there good overweight monks?

If you are mindful you don't eat for taste - so chances are you over eat are smaller. There are a few monks I know and I truly believe are advanced practitioners (meaning I won't be surprised if ...
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How to deal with people who try to prove your compassion is fake? [closed]

Some people believe that their compassion is holier than yours. Firstly they do not understand what compassion is and Secondly they question your genuineness of compassion. I will not explain ...
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The five incurable actions

"There are these five inhabitants of the states of deprivation, inhabitants of hell, who are in agony & incurable. Which five? One who has killed his/her mother, one who has killed his/her ...
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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 is musavada in the five precepts?

What is musāvādā in the five precepts? On this five precepts page, it is translated as "incorrect speech", presumably by Ven. Thanissaro. On this DN 27 page, Ven. Sujato translated it as &...
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What are the correct “transformation targets” for greed (lobha), hate (dosa) and delusion (moha)?

By "transformation target" I mean ... When you hold this compulsion in spacious non judgmental awareness, investigate it and tease it apart into (1) that which is unskillful and (2) that ...
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How do the concepts of anatta, rebirth and karma coexist together?

Although I have read quite a lot of books about Buddhism, almost all of them were meant for the Western layman so I consider myself to be a beginner compared to most of you here. I hope you can ...
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Did the Buddha break his promise?

In MN 138, the Buddha said this: The Blessed One said: "Monks, I will teach you a statement & its analysis. Listen & pay close attention. I will speak." "As you say, lord,"...
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Does a virtuous Buddhist indicate when making a turn and no-one (else) is watching?

It’s a question about the balance hetween adhering to law but also not becoming ridiculous about it. I hope it’s not a ridiculous question. ———- I am adding a justification for the validity of this ...
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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 begging of life. Because it make us ...
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I am a buddhist, and i have a harm OCD

i need guidance for a problem that i have for 5 years. I have a harm ocd, i keep having this extremely bad imaginations about killing family/holy beings and destroying holy stuff. The thing is, i ...
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The Buddha and the act of smiling

Namo tassa Bhagavato Arahato Samma Sambuddhassa. Even though it may at first hand appear to be a shallow subject and inquiry, I happen to find it of relevance to the practice and wondered about it. ...

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