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Nīlakaṇṭha Dhāraṇī (“Great Compassion Mantra”) One of the most popular Mantra in China

Ques 1) Base on Wiki below, which English translation found to be accurate? D.T. Suzuki or Kazuaki Tanahashi and Joan Halifax https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N%C4%ABlaka%E1%B9%87%E1%B9%ADha_Dh%C4%81ra%...
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How to practise without having aversion towards life?

Before I started studying Buddhism I had desire for life and desires for more in life. That eventually led me to inevitable and immense suffering and eventually to Buddhism. Now as I practise Buddhism ...
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When the Dharma will have been forgotten by most

It is said that the next Buddha will arise when the Dharma will have been forgotten by most. Forgetting about the time period, which seems to be around 5000 years after the previous Buddha, what does &...
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Buddhism Community

What type of community normally in a country to feedback on the Buddhism Study in the country or Buddhism Temple for improvement ? Sangha Community? Some Temple claimed they the HQ or Main branch ? ...
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Is fortune telling allowed in temples?

Is there a sutra which provides more info on the subject above? As per wikipedia, some monks should have such abilities as those found in Wikipedia page "Miracles of Gautama Buddha": ...
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Ancient Indian sites, where Jataka stories are illustrated through sculpture and painting?

I know that many Jataka stories are illustrated, through sculpture and painting, in ancient Indian sites like Sanchi, Bharhut, Ajanta etc. I have found some of them in various books and websites. What ...
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Does depicting Jesus as an Arahant show that Buddhism is inclusive and compassionate?

I came across a book about the 500 Arahants, and it briefly mentioned that Jesus is depicted as an Arahant in a particular temple in China. After spending some time Googling, I found out that it's ...
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Can software development benefit from mindfulness?

Can software development benefit from mindfulness? As I'm software developer and as I want to register for Vipassana meditation so far I couldn't because of time but still thinking if I could go for ...
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Can someone provide a transliteration of Sri Lankan script following the western Pali standard?

Sadly, Indo-Germanic languages aren't well transliterated following international standards (which are far from purposes, aside of productivity and cutting down to lowest). The romanization of Pali ...
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Lord Buddha advice on contemplation of man-made things

Hundred years ago there were many natural beautiful things to observe and it was also easy to cultivate happiness. But in today's city life, we are surrounded by long buildings, roads, and traffics. ...
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Guan Yin - Bodhisattva as Goddess of Mercy [closed]

Where can I find the sanskrit or original version that mentioning Guan Yin is "Goddess of Mercy" as this wording popping up everywhere online. The word "God" really needs to be ...
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Why there is limited sharing in Buddhism

I found there are lacking of Buddhism knowledge sharing in Temple or some close friends. The temple would rather be superstitious like worshiping, or more commercialize or like a tourism place. I was ...
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Does each Buddha find a new path?

I have a question that I find kind of interesting, and can't find an answer anywhere. Will the next Buddha find a new path, different from the middle way? Or will he rediscover the middle way once it'...
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What are Sensuality, Strings of Sensuality, and Fermentation of Sensuality?

Can someone explain sensuality, strings of sensuality, and fermentation of sensuality thoroughly? I want to know, What is it? The main cause for it. The result of it. Where it lies in the dependent ...
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Is nirvana a conceptual construction?

Is nirvana a conceptual construction - empty in that way? For any / only some Buddhists. I'm just trying to figure out how extinction can avoid the extremes of eternalism and annihilation. If it is a ...
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I'm looking for the translation of the Dharmaskanda Sutra

Where can I get the English translation of the Dharmaskanda Sutra or at least the original text?
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“Guard the sense doors”- What does this mean, and what is it's application?

What does it mean to "guard the sense doors"? What is the practical application of this concept in daily life? For example, does this concept mean that a heterosexual male should entirely avoid ...
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What are the most prominent Tibetan Buddhist texts that are only written in Tibetan script?

A lot of Buddhist texts come from Sanskrit or Chinese. I am looking at the Kangyur and Tengyur, and a few scattered others. But a lot of those are from Sanskrit and Chinese as well (or other languages,...
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Any pantheist Buddhists?

I know a lot of the Kyoto school were / have been defined as being as panentheists: but were there any pantheist Buddhists? And, has any comparative religion scholar defined it as pantheism?
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Questions from 21-st century's Milinda

The Lotus Sutra’s parable of the burning house imagines inhabitants of a house in fire. They do not register the dangerous situation and therefore “the thought of getting out does not occur to them”. ...
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Humbled by fate, punishment or push to right path?

Not long ago, I encountered tough "barrier" in life, tried to break through it but ended up greatly humbled and forced to take step back. This got me thinking whether I should decouple from ...
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Why does Milinda step into Nagasena's trap?

Referring to the discussion between Milinda and Nagasena: Why King Milinda does not consider all together - pole, axle, wheels etc. - his chariot? Normally one defines a chariot a means for ...
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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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Is Buddhism a reduced version of Samkhya philosophy?

I have read a couple of articles written mostly in passing by western translators on the influence of Sage Kapila (i.e Samkhya) on the Buddha, but I'm yet to find a detailed inquiry on a similarity of ...
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Why did Buddha need a personal physician?

Buddha was omniscient and had knowledge over all materialistic things,then why did he need a personal physician?Also there are suttas which are to be recited for recovery from diseases which highlight ...
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Buddhist take on parents staying together for the children?

How would one go about figuring out if it is wise to stay together for the sake of the children or if it is time to split up? What would be the guiding principles for figuring this out based on ...
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Cause and effect

Buddha said that every living creature is subject to cause and effect.My question is what were we paying for in our first life?Well let me put forward like this,the first living creature after the ...
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How are there good overweight monks?

If you are mindful you dont eat for taste - so chances are you over eat are smaller There are a few monks i know and i truley belive are advanced practitioners (meaning i wont be surprised if they ...
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Is there anything else beyond realization of the five skhandas?

What happens when individuality totally disappears by recognizing the five skhandas as not "me" or "mine"? Which platform or ground remains after one has fully realized that the five skhandas are ...
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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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Why is the 16th Karmapa visualized rather than the 17th Karmapa in Karma Kagyu?

From what I have seen observing Kagyu ceremonies, the 17th Karmapa (either of them, actually) is treated with great awe, respect and reverence. However in their daily rituals, Kagyu buddhists usually ...
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is cessation of perception and felling the Nibbana?

Furthermore, take a good person who, going totally beyond the dimension of neither perception nor non-perception, enters and remains in the cessation of perception and feeling. And, having seen with ...
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How did Sarakani become a stream enterer despite having an alcohol drinking habit?

I read SN 55.24 (quoted below) and it says Sarakani became a stream enterer despite having an alcohol drinking habit, because he undertook the training before he died. What does the sutta really mean?...
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nupassana or upassana?

A Wikipedia article about Sati uses the word "upassanā" According to Grzegorz Polak, the four upassanā have been misunderstood by the developing Buddhist tradition, ... https://en.wikipedia....
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Are there any similar characteristics between Nama and Rupa?

We can define location, size, velocity for rupa. Can we define these for Nama ? Can we say "a moving mind", "mind is located inside the body", "after the death, mind leaves the body and step into a ...
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What is *vitakkavicārānaṃ*? And what about day-dreaming?

In MN 8 for example there's this: Ṭhānaṃ kho panetaṃ, cunda, vijjati yaṃ idhekacco bhikkhu vitakkavicārānaṃ vūpasamā ajjhattaṃ sampasādanaṃ cetaso ekodibhāvaṃ avitakkaṃ avicāraṃ samādhijaṃ pītisukhaṃ ...
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Why is 'dukkha' included in one of the three marks of existence?

In this link and this link the Buddha says that "there is stress" (or suffering or whatever your preferred translation of dukkha is). The Buddha does not say that suffering (dukkha) is ...
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Is this sexual misconduct?

I met a woman, far, far below me in status and physical, and mental, attractiveness. I told her I was in love with her, and now refuse to retract that, or to explain why I refuse to. In fact, this ...
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What is 'vision externally' in AN8.66?

In AN 8.66 the Buddha says, "Not perceiving form internally, they see visions externally. This is the second liberation". I am totally confused here. If by 'form' we mean body, how not to ...
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Is shikantaza meant to spontaneously relax you, unlike ch'an meditation?

Is shikantaza meant to spontaneously relax you, unlike ch'an meditation? I've never taken classes in the former, but the latter seems to teach you to relax -- and then follow the breath spontaneously. ...
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How important is patience in buddhism?

I've heard that patience has a big place in Buddhism. It is especially very important for monks. I can think two ways of patience. When we get angry, we have to have patience to avoid bad ...
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How to stop thinking about metaphysical questions?

I have been practicing seriously for a month now. I'm mindful a lot of the time but not 100% yet and whenever I'm not I start thinking about metaphysical questions or what could be after death or if ...
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The Simultaneity of Cause and Effect

The conventional Buddhist view of causality is that the present negative and positive effects we see in our lives are a result of negative and positive causes that we created in the past. So in order ...
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Can Buddhist accept prayers from other religions?

Subject refers, can a Buddhist accepts prayer from other religion say Muslim or Christian? I understand the answer is yes.
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Yama depiction on various Tankas

I saw many images of the circle of existence represented with Yama, the lord of death, with a tiger skin and a third eye. Why is he represented in this way?
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The Buddha was male, so was he an “alpha male”?

The Buddha was male, so was he an "alpha male"? It's a facetious question. Are Buddhas e.g. submissive and androgynous? I am asking because 'alpha male' is a recurring idea in Western ...
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Confusion about the word 'dhamma'?

What does the word 'dhamma' mean when the Buddha said 'sabbe dhamma annatta'. I am being confused here. I looked through the translation. It reads 'all conditioned/unconditioned things are not-self'. ...
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Can anyone explain Sanskara / Sankara indepth?

Can someone provide a canonical explanation to Sanskara/Sankara? I appreciate if you can provide some sources,Suttras/Suttas so that i can expand my knowledge.
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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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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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