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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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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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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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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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How to juggle between the need for Prosperity and Desires for a Samsaric mind?

I completely understand the second noble truth which says origin of dukkha, which arises or "comes together" with taṇhā ("craving, desire or attachment") in plain English, ...
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Is this considered sexual misconduct?

If a person have a small Buddha statue in their room and they (sorry) masturbated in that room, is it considered sexual misconduct? Sorry if this question is unappropiate.
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Vajrasatva Practice as training in ultimate Bodhicitta?

I am doing Vajrasatva purification practice, and wonder whether this is a training in Ultimate Bodhicitta? As stated in the Scriptures related to Mind Training: one should first train in Ultimate ...
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New to the site, new to Buddhism

New to the idea of getting external help, too. I have several questions about this path after read this Q&A: New to Buddhism How to get to Nirvana? What attracted me to buddhism was Meditation: ...
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Thousand fold world system

In the Kosala Sutta (AN 10.29) it quotes the following: "As far, bhikkhus, as this thousandfold world system extends, Mahābrahmā there ranks as the foremost." So basically as far as the sun and ...
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Did Nagarjuna want to become a Buddha?

Did Nagarjuna aspire to Buddhahood in a way that he wouldn't be a 'ariyasavaka' type of disciple who attains awakening to the truth during a Buddha's sasana?
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Beginner's Buddhist Course Syllabus By Ancient Pali Canon (Ganthadhura And Vipassanādhura)

How to learn dhamma as Māhāvihāra Theravāda Buddhists? How Māhāvihāra Theravāda Buddhists learn kammaṭhāna and dhamma for over 2600 years?
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Does Mahayana Buddhism discourage attaining enlightenment under the Gautama Buddha Sasana?

As far as I've heard, Mahayana Buddhists aspire to become Buddhas themselves in the future or want to become followers of a future Buddha like Buddha Maitreya. So, are Mahayana Buddhists discouraged ...
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Help trying to find a sutta speaking of the pleasures of the householder

One of the suttas where the Buddha is critical of a monk as not living the holy life the right way and at the same time by not disrobing missing out on the pleasures of the householder's life. In ...
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Relying on the Laity, monastics

I had questions regarding the laity, monastic relationship. 1) How exactly (the step by step or explained) does the process work in which the monastics rely solely on the laity? 2) How do ...
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About svasaṃvedana (reflexive awareness) and having bodhicitta

What is your view regarding svasaṃvedana? Do you accept or deny (the existence of) svasaṃvedana? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svasaṃvedana https://encyclopediaofbuddhism.org/wiki/Svasaṃvedana Can a ...
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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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Showing anatta from modern psychology or neuroscience?

I have heard Ajahn Brahm say in a talk, if I recall, that modern science or psychology has demonstrated anatta in some way. It seems unnecessary to invoke science to validate any of Buddhism, but ...
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Does belief in self prevent suicide & not-self cause suicide?

I read the following on the internet: The reason that Secular Buddhists (who do not admit the conventional existence of rebirth) do not commit suicide is because they believe in the true existence of ...
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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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May one learn how to breathe from the diaphragm (Buddha Belly Breathing) holistically throughout all of their activities and if so how exactly?

Peace, Divine Love, and Blessings to All. I recently began to research meditative/breathing for the Solar Plexus. I was instructed that the "normal breathing" done in the west is not the ...
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Secular Buddhism and Suicide

I have a limited understanding of Buddhism, but let me first explain my perspective. More traditionally, Buddhism is concerned with achieving enlightenment and ending the rebirth process. From a more ...
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Would a stream enterer no longer need the “I am the owner and heir of my karma” reflection?

The following sutta quote shows the reflection that would cause the diminishing or abandonment of misconduct. However, this appears to be a method of skillful means for reflection by someone with self-...
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Mahayana view on why Theravada's anatta is insufficient to uproot ignorance?

A Mahayana-practising member wrote this comment: With respect, the Theravada generally has a much more coarse understanding of emptiness and anatta and is confused as to the object of negation. ...

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