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Companies that practice right livelihood

I am looking for companies who operate in resonance with the ideas of right livelihood. I have looked for them, but don't seem to be finding any. Does anyone know how to find companies that practice ...
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What is wisdom in vipassana meditation?

Having seen that anger disappears after noticing attraction and aversion of the mind towards thoughts, attraction and aversion have disappeared. Feel like there is no core on mind objects. Is that ...
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Power Struggles in a Buddhist Group

A good friend emailed me about some troubles in a Buddhist meditation group she belongs to. It's a lay led group. The problems are some apparent power struggles about even routine matters and also an ...
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A view of the self

I have often wondered about one particular riddle regarding the stages of the path. If Sakkāyadiṭṭhi, a view of the self, is one of the first fetters conquered at stream- entry, why is it that Māna, ...
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How to pronounce Ksana?

It's 刹那 in Chinese, is the smallest unit of time, from Sanskrit. My question: How to pronounce Ksana in Sanskrit ? Please leave phonetic symbol or click here.
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Earliest usage of “rope or snake” allegory in Buddhist literature?

The allegory of a rope being mistaken for a snake to explain subtle metaphysical points is widespread in Buddhist literature. In particular, Je Tsongkhapa uses this allegory many times in his works to ...
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U ba Khin / Goenka Vipassana putting stress only on vednanupassana

The Vipassana as taught by Gautam Buddha in his Maha Sati Patthana Sutta talks about four different feilds of meditation : Body, Sensations,mind and mental contents. Goenka focuses solely on ...
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About the vipassana jhana

When the mind cease and breathing appear automatically ;means the experience of knower ?in which jhana the consciousness is expanding?
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Renouncing property and wealth

My question is about supreme peace that is received from renunciation. When people renounce a major portion of their possession and title, they are believed to get supreme peace. Where I can get a ...
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Are Buddha nature and Original enlightenment different, or always identical?

Are Buddha nature and Original enlightenment different, or identical? So, when a sastra says "Since the essence of Mind is grounded on the Dharmakaya, it is to be called the original ...
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What is the meaning of “a ray of light which illuminates thousands of buddha fields in the east” in the Mahayana Lotus Sutra?

The Lotus Sutra implies light came from Gautama Buddha, which connected to " illuminating thousands of buddha fields"; can anyone enlighten me as to what that could mean?
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Would 10 days Vipassana a waste of time, if not practised afterwards?

People who have done 10 Days of Vipassana Meditation retreat 5 to 100 times often say that from 5th day the Mind becomes very subtle & remains 24 * 7 like that. However when they're back to their ...
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Handling Poisons?

Please help with these questions! :) What is the most skillful way to handle someone who is angry? What is the most skillful way to handle someone who is deluded? What is the most skillful way to ...
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I want to pray and meditate like a Buddhist, but I do not know how because I am Arab and I have not found sources in Arabic so can you guide me

I want to pray and meditate like a Buddhist, but I do not know how because I am Arab and I have not found sources in Arabic so can you guide me
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MN 36 parallels for section where Buddha as a 9 year old boy has first jhana

I read up on B. Analayo's Agama comparative notes between the passage in question in various EBT schools (pali, more than one agama lineage, sanskrit...). But he didn't have the part I'm interested ...
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Finding The Right Buddhist “Vehicle” / Sect For An Individual

I know there are three vehicles in Buddhism: Therevada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. It seems there are so many sects of buddhism. Each of these three vehicles has sub-sects, (Zen, Pureland). Do the ...
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Feeling insane rushes of energy and pressure in the chest and neck during meditation

I am a graduate of Islamic metaphysics and theology with a focus on mysticism and mystical philosophy. I have kin interest in spirituality in general. Recently I started trying out meditation. In the ...
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Buddhist meditation for intrusive thoughts and anxiety

I struggle with anxiety and intrusive thoughts and I've found that meditation helps a lot to calm my restless mind. I am familiar with key concepts of Buddhism. I read a tiny bit about it directly and ...
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Brain and heart dualism

I’ve been meditating for sometime now, and it’s apparent that my mind and heart are not in sync. I’m often in confused stage because my mind says one thing while my heart says something else and my ...
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Did Gautama Buddha know his path?

When Siddhartha Gautama started his path, before acknowledging the possibility of achieving and passing on the path to enlightenment, is there reference of his thoughts before making the decision to ...
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Is their any books where the collection quotation of Milarepa are available?

Is their any books where the collection quotation of Milarepa are available ?
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What is the meaning of “O Laso”?

Alan Wallace says this regularly, for example, at the beginning of this lecture: http://media.sbinstitute.com/courses/fall2012/13-loving-kindness-1/ Is it Tibetan? What is its direct translation?
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What could be some teachings that Buddha has not revealed to us?

In Maha-parinibbana Sutta Buddha has said: "there is nothing, Ananda, with regard to the teachings that the Tathagata holds to the last with the closed fist of a teacher who keeps some things ...
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What is the meaning of Rahula?

I am speaking of course of Siddhartha Gautama's son. I was told Rahula means obstacle. Is this true?
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What is the origin of the Buddhist expression “Practice as if your hair is on fire”?

I remember this phrase but I have not been able to locate it in the texts. I do not recall the correct words but it's something like this: "Meditate/practice as if your hair is/were on fire"....
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Circular logic and Practice

After many years of Buddhist considerations, I finally admit to myself that I fight a constant battle for certainty and self-gratification. I guess those encompass the three aspects of dukka well ...
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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 any other sect of Buddhism have the stages of insight?

The primary source for the 16 stages of insight (aka 7 stages of insight) is the Theravadan text, the Visuddhimagga. But do other, unrelated, sects of Buddhism have similar stages? (ie. Do other sects ...
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If someone insults you what should you do?

There is a famous story of such an encounter between the Buddha and a ‘difficult person’ named Akkosina. Akkosina’s name means “Not Getting Angry” but he was the exact opposite of his name. Akkosina ...
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Saving for the future

Is it okay to save money, asset for the future financial security for a person with family following the Buddhist Path? There is always this dilemma in making financial decisions based on the Path and ...
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Taming the mind and Homelessness

In the Buddha's teachings we learn how to see things as a product of our own mind, for example, if you "fall in love" everything happens in your own mind, the other person is nothing but an external ...
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The 4 Elements and it’s relation with electricity

I did a guided meditation today on Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village app. It was based on the 4 elements. Fire, Earth, Air and Water. As I was midway through it, I was contemplating the electrical energy ...
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Niddesa Translations

I've hunted around a bit online but haven't found much besides some vague "probably not" answers. Has anyone ever come across an English (or other western language) translation of both parts ...
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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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Very speed mind and calm mind

With mindfulness experience that there is a mind operating very speed and realized not worth. After little time of thinking get rid of uneasiness happens automatically .That leed to feel ...
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Cetana and Karma

Is cetana AKA intention, another word for "karma" or close to it? If not what is it that makes karma different from cetana?
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How to deal with fixation towards an old relationship?

I broke up with my girlfriend a couple of years ago. We haven't talked to each other since then. A few months back we met at a job interview. We spoke to each other and she was very friendly. I ...
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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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Anapanasati (Forced Breathing)

Is the breath all important? I know that the breath conditions the body, in that the breath tranquilizes the body, but often I read about NOT volitionally breathing in and out and this is exactly what ...
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breathing techniques in buddhism

My name is Prakash Karki. I am from Nepal. . I have just read 1 book on buddhisam and that is biography and philosophy of buddha. I became very serious about this spiritual stuff. I have been ...
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Being more spiritual

I have been practicing different kinds of meditation for a year and more. But I don't know where I am and what my next step is. What should I do ?
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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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Is chanting mantras a common practice in Theravada Buddhism?

In Mahayana Buddhism chanting mantras is one of the core practices and each mantra is associated with a certain Buddha form (yidam). Since in Theravada Buddhism there is no meditations on yidams (or ...
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Among 9 jhanas which is deep sleep?

Please provide suttas I plan to do a meditation until I can achieve the same experience as my deep sleep but I don't know whether it's the first jhana or even cessation of feeling and perception or ...
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Does our conventional body belong to the external sense bases?

There are six internal sense bases named eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, and mind. There are six external sense bases named visible form, sound, odour, taste, and mental objects. I have two parts in my ...
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On personal practice of meditation

During insight meditation no hearing of sound aware and cittarupa disappears like a mirage during meditation seen as no thoughts. Feel like cessation of mind. Is it anicca?thoughts disappear and citta ...
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all EBT sutta references to thina middha / sloth & torpor & drowsiness

I'm looking to collect all the major sutta references on the 3rd hindrance. Help me complete the collection: http://lucid24.org/sted/5niv/5niv3/index.html What I have so far: AN 5.78 5 future dangers ...
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How does the བར་དོ་ཐོས་གྲོལ (Bardo Thodol) “Tibetan Book of the Dead” fit in with the Kangyur and Tengyur

I am looking for a public domain copy of the Tibetan book of the dead (in original Tibetan script, not a translation) online in text format (i.e. not a PDF). This lead me to the main question... My ...
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What is the real meaning of 'Knowledge and Vision' in the Pali-texts?

Is there a difference between this two Pali expressions: 'janami passami' and 'nana dassana'?
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The paradox of the Bodhisattva Path (Bodhisattvayāna)

Everybody is born under his own Karma. Indeed, while respecting the Dharma, we need to follow our own paths. Monks live an undisturbed life inside closed communities apart from samsaric suffering. And ...

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