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Non-Self vs. depersonalization disorder

After quite some time of daily meditation, I feel less like having a real separate, permanent self (specific details see below, but it's a general question), which, in my opinion, could be regarded as ...
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The Buddha is said to have rediscovered the ancient path. Why was it lost to begin with?

My understanding is that the Buddha is said to have "rediscovered an ancient path" which, presumably, formed the core of his teachings. Source: Gil Fronsdal’s Introduction to the Dhammapada. ...
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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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How do we perceive pitch-dark?

According to Abhidhamma, following four conditions must be satisfied for the arising of eye-consciousness. Eye-door should be good Visible object must be present Light must be present Attention must ...
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What do the (Pali) suttas say about "sacrifice" in general (and why it's not necessary)?

Requesting sutta references mentioning "sacrifice" along with pali words commonly (and uncommonly) translated as "sacrifice" along with thoughts and commentary please
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Is the tranquil mind vipassana; assessing before consciousness; and dualized self?

I read the following on the internet: Vipassana, the tranquil mind, is the core. When emotions arise, the tranquil mind observes and assesses before the conscious is involved. The tranquil mind will ...
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Who was Anuruddha's father?

In the Pali commentaries, there is a contradiction regarding the name of Thera Anuruddha's father. Somewhere he is said to be the son of Sukkodana, and somewhere of Amitodana. Both Sukkodana and ...
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What is the (commentary) source for Buddha's daily schedule?

What is the (commentary) source for Buddha's five-part daily schedule, as mentioned at The Buddha's Daily Routine (Buddhanet) and A Day in the Life of the Buddha (YouTube video, Bhikkhu Bodhi).
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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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Why Become Buddhist?

I am interested in Theravada Buddhism. What are some concrete reasons as to why one should become a Buddhist?
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Different types of vipassana meditation?

I am interested in vipassana meditation. What are the different types of vipassana meditation?
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What's the buddhist stance on cognitive behavioral therapy?

Is it a good idea to expose yourself to situations that trigger fear and anxiety and use meditation to get through it, or is the desire to overcome fear and anxiety "bad" because it's technically a ...
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Is the human realm the only one where conscious moral choice is possible?

In this page's explanation of the six realms of existence the human realm is presented as below, it reads a bit off. Is it not possible, for example in the heavenly realm, to make a good choice and ...
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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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What are the signs indicating onset of wisdom because of meditation practice?

One of the benefits of the meditation practice that is widely talked about is becoming more wise. I am not sure if there is a universal definition of wisdom so I am trying to see what wisdom other ...
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Good source of Buddha stories and what they mean

Try again. I have an idea for a comic book I would like to attempt. It is based in a contemporary setting and sort of outlines the principles of buddhism without actually comingout and saying so. ...
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3 marks of existence: conditioned vs unconditioned things?

The Wikipedia page for "the 3 marks of existence" differentiates between "conditioned things" and "unconditioned things" like so: The three marks are: sabbe saṅkhārā ...
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Fecal and Urine medicines, what are the recipes?

A medicine may be made of the “four great filthy things”: excrement, urine, ashes, and clay A bhikkhu’s basic medicinal support is puti-mutta-bhesajja, which translates literally as “rancid urine ...
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What makes someone take rebirth with non heterosexual inclinations?

How can someone take rebirth with non-heterosexual inclinations? What specific karmic acts will lead to rebirth with this trait of non heterosexuality?
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What is the meaning of the word 'Emptiness' as it was used in the oldest texts?

Want references/excerpts and inference pertaining to the references & etymology for the designation[s] of "Emptiness" as it is used in the Pali Sutta.
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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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Should meditation be practiced without a goal?

I've been meditating for some time now and consistently everyday for about six months but I don't have a definite goal or intent - I do it because I like sitting down for 30 minutes or so without ...
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Can this cause a rebirth as a homosexual?

I've been thinking about this for quite some time, and decided to ask the forum, perhaps someone have more knowledge about this. (sorry for grammar mistakes (if there's any), English is not my first ...
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What are Pali terms (and sutta references) for the 3 opposites, 3 doors, and 3 gifts, which are associated with the 3 characteristics of existence?

perceptions opposites doors gifts aniccā (impermanence) ___ (stability) ___ (signless) ___ (beginner's mind) dukkhā (unsatisfactoriness) sukha (reliability) ___ (wishless) ___ (aspiration) anattā (...
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Where is the sutta passage for the following citation of the description of a kalpa?

Can someone provide me a reference to the passage in the canon where the Buddha describes the length of a kalpa? In the English Wikipedia article there is this quote which is allegedly by the Buddha: ...
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Did the Lord Buddha ever use the word 'materialism'?

On Buddhist forums, I read reincarnationists accuse or demonize truthers as being "materialists", similar to Zionists accusing truthers of being "antisemitic" or Americans accusing traitors as being "...
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What's the karmic cause for homosexuality? [duplicate]

Is being homosexual a result of poor karma? Or is it because of the person's habit in his/her past life? Or perhaps it's because the person likes and supports same-sex couple in his/her past life?
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What are the prescription regarding a bhikkhu or a monastery having a lay-attendant?

I am curious about vinaya regulations & accounts otherwise relevant to a householder's attending to the bhikkhusangha. Of interest are lay attendants in particular, how far one can go in being ...
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How do we forgive ourselves? [duplicate]

When we make a mistake, how do we forgive ourselves? I know that bhikkhus must confess in front of the Sangha if they break a certain Vinaya (monastic rule). But what about lay people? Do we have to ...
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Meaning of the Rooted Sutta

From the Rooted Sutta (AN 10.58) we have the following paragraph translated by Bhikkhu Sujato. What does it mean? What are "things" or "phenomena" in this context? Please explain the whole paragraph. ...
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Abhidhamma vs Sutta: Did the Buddha teach about the birth of things?

The Abhidhamma acknowledges the Suttas define 'birth' ('jati') as follows: The Section Derived from the Discourses 1.11. Definition of Birth PTS cs 235 Herein, what is ‘with continuation as ...
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Sexual deviance (zoophilia, etc)

If homosexuality is okay because it is never explicitly stated in the canonical texts, then how about zoophilia, or necrophilia? Those aren't explicitly stated in the texts too, so are those 'okay'?
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Can Abhidhamma be reconciled with Sutta? Citta & vinnana

This question could comprise of many examples but here I will choose one and only four aspects of this one example. The Abhidhamma says: Rūpakkhandho anārammaṇo. 530.2Cattāro khandhā sārammaṇā. 530....
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Does 'saṁsaṭṭha' mean "arise together"?

I read this statement in an answer: Cittasaṁsaṭṭhā means arising together because it is described in the same canon "idaṃ sukhaṃ imāya pītiyā sahagataṃ hoti sahajātaṃ saṃsaṭṭhaṃ sampayuttaṃ"...
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What does random Images flashing during mediation mean ,if anything at all?

I started meditation with Headspace app and have experienced a lot during meditation such as irrational fear of someone breaking in to the house and killing me while I was meditating , fear of snakes ...
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Abhidhamma: can dependent origination arise without any sense bases?

Abhidhammabhājanīya says: 2.1. Paccayacatukka 27.1Avijjāpaccayā saṅkhāro, saṅkhārapaccayā viññāṇaṁ, viññāṇapaccayā nāmaṁ, nāmapaccayā chaṭṭhāyatanaṁ, chaṭṭhāyatanapaccayā phasso, phassapaccayā vedanā,...
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2 words/phrase like mantra chanting (Bud- dho) to strengthen contemplation

Q/.Is there any short comprising of 2 words/phrase that can be recited while inhaling & exhaling like mantra chanting (Bud- dho) in order to strengthen our contemplation.
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Why does Abhidhamma exclude becoming, birth & death from 'mutuality'?

The Abhidhamma says: 2.4. The Mutuality Tetrad PTS cs 246 With ignorance as condition there is a (volitional) process, also with a (volitional) process as condition there is ignorance, with a (...
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Abhidhamma cross-referenced with Sutta: Can nama arise without rupa? Is nama four aggregates?

Abhidhamma appears to say nama can arise without rupa in dependent origination, as follows: PTS cs 243 With ignorance as condition there is a (volitional) process, with a (volitional) process as ...
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Abhidhamma: Is craving really the samudaya of suffering?

The Abhidhamma knowingly says the 2nd Noble Truth according to Sutta is: Tattha katamaṁ dukkhasamudayaṁ ariyasaccaṁ? Yāyaṁ taṇhā ponobhavikā nandirāgasahagatā tatratatrābhinandinī, seyyathidaṁ— ...
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Are there stories in the suttas of people experiencing the fruits of their karma in their lifetimes?

In my reading of the suttas in the Pali canon, I've only found one story that's an example of someone experiencing the results of deeds committed in the life they are currently living, in that same ...
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The Nature of Viññāṇa as a Nidāna in the Cycle of Paṭiccasamuppāda

In the cycle of paṭiccasamuppāda, if we start from avijjā, the next nidāna is that of saṅkhāra which in turn conditions the origin of viññāṇa, loosely termed as consciousness. This viññāṇa in turn ...
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Why was Lord Buddha reluctant to ordain females as Bhikkuni initially?

I have learnt that Lord Buddha was initially reluctant to ordain females but after a lot of convincing by his step mother Buddha started ordaining females. Why was he initially reluctant? If not for ...
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Why cannot a mindstream be separated into two, or two mindstreams merge?

As far as I understand, Buddhism (Tibetan Gelug is what I am most familiar with) holds that a mindstream is always individual. Is there any reason against the notion that one mindstream can separate ...
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Is kasina meditation based on the suttas or was it invented in the Visuddhimagga?

Is kasina meditation and other such meditation techniques not found in the suttas (i.e. not taught by the Buddha) and only invented in the Visuddhimagga? Or does it have basis in the Pali suttas?
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Questions on the five Skandhas

I find that the five Skandhas can be very confusing at times, as the Western idea of mind and perception is very different to the Buddhist idea of mind and perception. On top of that, many ...
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How do we know attaining complete liberation from dukkha is possible?

How do we know attaining complete liberation from dukkha is possible? This is a question I’ve made to myself in multiple oportunities, especially after having explained the basics of (what I ...
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Dualism of mind and matter in Buddhism

From a source which I don't remember any more (some rather scientific book on Buddhist philosophy) I have made a note, that the psyche in Buddhism is seen or can be seen (by certain schools?) as ...
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The rootless, mirth-producing, mind-consciousness element [duplicate]

What is hasituppāda, the so-called rootless, mirth-producing, mind-consciousness element of an Arahant? What is its basis? What is its purpose, if any? Could someone provide me the details of the same ...
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To hell with metta - how to understand AN4.125?

Quote from Aṅguttara Nikāya 4.125 Paṭhamamettāsutta: Firstly, a person meditates spreading a heart full of love [...] If they abide in that, are committed to it, and meditate on it often without ...

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