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Is there any place for Omens in Buddhism?

An omen is viewed as a sign from the natural world that delivers a message of some sort. Typically this message is seen as an indicator of coming good or evil events. I know this has nothing to do ...
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Music and Right Livelihood

A lay follower should not engage in five types of business i.e. business in weapon, human being, meat, intoxicant and poison. But there are many jobs can be considered harmful but not included in the ...
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Does regret help us to correct our faults?

Does regret / guilty help us to correct our faults? Isnt the pain from our faults push us to the correct path?
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What is the difference between Yogacara Buddhism and Idealism?

I've often heard the Yogacara school of Buddhism being described as 'Mind Only'. To my untutored mind this seems reminiscent of the western philosophy of Idealism. So there is a description of ...
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What are the main differences between Mahayana and Yogachara Buddhism? [duplicate]

What are the main differences between Mahayana and Yogacara Buddhism? How many percent of people in the world adhere to Yogacara? Does Yogacara say that only I have a mind, and all other people are ...
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In what suttas are the “4 resolves” (adhiṭṭhānī) discussed?

I have heard this list discussed in Dharma talks like this one: Gil Fronsdal: The Four Resolves (Recorded: Monday, June 12, 2017) But when I tried to find suttas on this subject, I could only find 1 ...
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Madhyamaka, theravada and mahayana [duplicate]

Why is Mahayana Buddhism not a form of solipsism (epistemological, methodological, metaphysical) if the first school of Mahayana Buddhism was the Madhyamaka school from which then yogachara originated,...
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Why is Buddhism not solipsism? [duplicate]

Why Buddhism Is Not Solipsism (Methodological, Epistemological, or Metaphysical) I read on the Internet that Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism are all forms of solipsism. But that's not true, right? ...
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How to deal with bad past karma that makes my current life miserable?

Before I practice Buddhism,I've made mistakes and hurt other. Sometimes I thought what happen to me now is the effect of what I did. I try to keep doing positive things but sometimes I could not ...
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Devotion to parents

As a Buddhist, I believe devotion to mothers is very important if we want to have a good life. Since I was child I followed my mother's instructions until I became an adult. This included getting ...
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What does “this” stands for in the observation “This is suffering.”?

This is suffering is one of the noble truths. But it is not clear what does "this" stands for ? Similarly in the statement "This is the way leading to the cessation of suffering." ,...
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Doubting the quick attainments of the Mahasi Tradition

I have noticed that a lot of Mahasi practitioners seem to reach sotopanna very quickly. What is the difference from other methods of Buddhist Meditation and the Mahasi Method, relative to the apparent ...
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Thinking vs Talking in mind

Sometimes, I caught me on talking in mind. Sometimes my tongue moves according to it. Sometimes I talk to myself. This feels very fast and hard to control. There also intuition like thinking. For a ...
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Former hedonist started with Samatha, worried about dukkha nanas

I really need your help as I'm, in some sort of conflict about my path. I'll try to keep things short but i need to include some info about my life experience so far. Now I'm 25 years old and all my ...
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What to focus on in the practise of sati?

Recently, I started to be aware of my actions as stated in Sathipattana sutta. Today, I was aware about my movements when I moving a object. And I placed it in a wrong place. This happened multiple ...
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Ignorant mind and Buddha nature

I read in a Mahayana Buddhist book (insight into emptiness) 2 concepts that I find hard to reconcile: 1- Our minds used to be pure, only Buddha nature, and got contaminated with ignorance that led to ...
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Head oscillations, magnetic force movement, dizzy head after Vipassana

I did my first Vipassana course in Feb 2016. 10 Days. As a first timer, it went pretty well till the 7th Day. 1) On 5th, 6th and 7th day i was suffering from my head thrown back, or front, or ...
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Did the Buddha say that practitioners inclined towards hate rather than greed are closer to nibbana?

I have heard more than one Dharma teacher say the Buddha claimed that practitioners who are more strongly inclined towards hate than greed are closer to nibbana. Is there any evidence from the suttas ...
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Dependent Origination: causes vs conditions?

I suspect that I am not alone in having a fuzzy understanding of precisely what the difference is between a ”cause” and a “condition” in the Buddha's teachings on Dependent Origination. A concrete ...
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Can we cling to other people's reasons, when it ought not matter to us what they are?

I think I remember reading practical examples about how greed can lead to suffering. Is there anything analogous with looking to understand other people's reasons: is it rooted in the Buddhist poisons?...
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What are the benefits of keeping the lay precepts, if you're not a bodhisattva?

What are the benefits of keeping the lay precepts, if you're not a bodhisattva? I'm asking about doing so in a liberal (no infidelity or drug addictions) and to a conservative (no sex or glass of wine)...
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gratitude towards & repaying the debt to one's parents

Consider these two texts: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/iti/iti.4.100-112.than.html the part that contains: Mother & father, compassionate to their family, are called ...
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Permission to ordain from absent father

I want to become a monk in the Theravada tradition and have already obtained permission from my mother. My father does not live with us and never has, so according to the following passage from the ...
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Family feuds… is there a path that walks through the fire without burning oneself?

thank you for reading this. my mother was born in a very large family. there were 10 girls, and 7 boys. There have always been feuds among the girls. Every holiday season was a mine field of whom ...
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Must I continue a relationship with my abusive parents?

My parents were physically and mentally abusive to me as a child. As an adult, they have never recognized what they have done to me and even try to guilt me into having a relationship with them that I ...
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A question about my karma and how it’s affecting me

I come from a very well off family but I have issues with my parents even though I’m very grateful for everything I have,I’m having a problem with self acceptance beacuse of them which took me a very ...
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Meditations on Paṭiccasamuppāda

While meditating on Dependent Origination, I have come to understand certain things that I hesitatingly put forth here: Though the links in the chain of Dependent Origination are cyclical in nature, ...
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How buddhists see/deal with Gaslighting?

I've had my share of gaslighting and have given it as well. To me there's this sort of limbo situation, where the undefinition is the abuse, where a person has the underlying feeling that something is ...
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What's the meaning of the Buddhist boy's message to Neo in the movie The Matrix?

In this scene from the first movie in The Matric trilogy, when Neo goes to meet the Oracle he meets the Buddhist boy who shows him that he can bend the spoon and then tells him that he can do the same ...
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Is even Buddhahood itself a short straw next to material wealth and pleasure and fame?

Is even Buddhahood itself a short straw next to material wealth and pleasure and fame? The Buddha could have been a wheel turning monarch, and was in deed born a prince. So perhaps his decision isn't ...
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Should there be a balance between sinful acts and virtuous acts in life?

From Buddhist perspective, should a balance be maintained between sinful acts and merits by a virtuous person? if a virtuous person meditates for quite a number of hours during a day, and accumulates ...
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Why is it hard to concentrate on Kusala?

When I try to concentrate when studying, I end up with a wandering mind, but when I'm watching a video, I forget all the other things. Why is it hard to focus on things I really need? Is it some kind ...
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Why are the psychological forces that stop us from attaining Nibbana greater/stronger than those propel us towards Nibbana?

Why is it that the psychological forces like lust, greed, desire, unskilful emotions, etc, which take us away from Nibbana feel so strong and have greater pull than the forces that propel us towards ...
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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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Conversational Pali and Sanskrit?

When people speaking different languages came from other lands to meditate, did that ever necessitate speaking the language in which they chanted? Has there ever been a situation where circumstances ...
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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 Various Theravada Traditions

What are the various specific traditions in Theravada Buddhism? If you could please describe, compare, and contrast each of them that would be greatly appreciated. May you be well.
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Implementing the Satipatthana Sutta IRL [HELP]

I want to put this book to practise and use in real life. I want to be able to apply this book in three ways: (Reading Analayo's version) a. How can I practise a specific part of the SS when I'm ...
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How does Dependent Origination relate to Vipassana Meditation?

How does Dependent Origination relate to Vipassana meditation as taught by different schools / interpretations of Buddhism? More particularly how do you break the links of dependent origination as ...
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Help locating a widespread quote attributed to Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

This quote is widely attributed to Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche: The bad news is, you’re falling through the air, nothing to hang on to, no parachute. The good news is, there’s no ground. Among the ...
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Is it right to use the term rebirth in the Buddhist context?

As I delve into the Buddhist literature deeper and deeper, particularly the Theravāda sutta literature, I am getting convinced more and more that when we use the term ‘rebirth’, and more so, the ...
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Are monastics allowed to wear lay disciple's clothing?

Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammāsambuddhassa (x3) In regards to the spreading of buddhist monasteries in the west within climates being rather different than that in Asia, I've seen pictures of ...
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So what is a Buddhist and what makes a person a Buddhist?

In brief Devadatta was Buddha's cousin and a monk. He could fly, tried to kill the Buddha, did many bad things and went to hell. Devadatta did not understand dependent origination correctly; essence ...
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What is Wholesome Meditation?

Apologies, this question has been brewing for some time after observing so many expressions of suffering from maybe not so much as misinformation, but more misdirection. Are there any scriptures ...
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Do Buddhists claim that if there was a self it could not be annihilated?

Do Buddhists claim that if there was a self it could not be annihilated? I dimly remember reading this, but no argument or anything like that.
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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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What happens to consciousness/awareness when entering Paranirvana?

If consciousness/awareness as the 5th skandha is impermanent (?), shouldn't it cease to exist when entering Paranirvana? But in SN 22.53 the Buddha says: "If a monk abandons passion for the ...
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Is Scientific Realism/Materialism and/or Historicity compatible with Mahayana?

In my estimation the answer is decidedly no, but I am interested to hear what others think from a Mahayana or Madhyamaka perspective. First, to try and clarify terms I am using scientific realism/...
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Understanding Rūparāgo and Arūparāgo

In the Theravada tradition, the fetters model makes reference to rūparāgo and arūparāgo found in the higher fetters. I've never been a jhana follower, but I can clearly recognise that the rupa jhanas ...
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Health Questions Regarding the Ordained

Below, I have questions regarding Buddhist monasticism. They are centered around topics of health. May a monastic regulate their alms diet in order to focus on healthy foods and avoid unhealthy ones? ...

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