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How to deal with suffering and losing faith?

I came across this section by chance, and read another question by a person with misanthropic feelings. I read all the answers because I feel the same as her. I've always been spiritual with an ...
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How is consciousness measured?

There is a sphere of infinite space and there is sphere of infinite consciousness. It is easy to comprehend what is infinite space is but it is not clear what is meant by infinite consciousness? Does ...
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Help with finding a specific sutta

I'm looking for a sutta wherein the Buddha explains how beings we meet in this life (family, friends, animals etc.) have all been our parents, friends, loved ones, pets etc. in previous lives. What ...
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Buddhist views on talking with the dead? Is it possible?

In Tibetan Buddhist teaching it is stated that we will be in bardo state for 49 days before rebirth. So during this period we can still communicate with the dead? What is the Buddhist view on this? ...
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Not remembering past life(s)?

I wanted to ask how Buddhism explains why we dont remember our past lifes ? Why bother with the Buddhist path when we will not remember this temporary life in our next?I heard that for example ...
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SN 41:3,4 Where do these monks vanish to?

I was reading these two suttas and at the the end of both the monks seem to leave although Citta has offered to care for them. Is this a rejection of his Dana? Did Ven. Mahaka do something wrong by ...
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Is making art bad or sinful?

I would not be writing this if I had another way of knowing the answer. Unfortunately, I cannot talk to anyone due to quarantine. Even though I have thought a lot about it, I am still unsure. My ...
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Is anything ever complete?

I think Buddhists agree that the past cannot return, look at e.g. Dogen on firewood, or perhaps the Awakening of Faith all that had been conceived in the past was as hazy as a dream, that all that is ...
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Where can I read something more about Alara Kalama and Uddaka

I want to know more about Gautama Siddharta teachers, I know only little about their philosophy and practice that are mentioned in suttas. (eg. Ariyapariyesana Sutta) Is there any other texts which ...
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Is Buddhism a religion?

I want to know that what is Buddhism and is it a religion or just a philosophy or a exercise ? I really want to know more about it , is there a book about learning Buddhism?
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Because of which element the world has come together?

The world seems to have come together. We have United Nations which is a symbol of the unity of the nations.However things come together because of an element. That element can be greed or aversion ...
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Clinging to Dhamma!

Is it way of Arhat, who does not cling to dhamma? By non-clinging even to dhamma, he set free? Dhammas are diad, 1) Samudaya Dhamma and 2) Nirodha Dhamma. I feel lost I think due to these: 1)view ...
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Are there any comparative studies done between Ashtavakra Gita and Buddhim?

I have been in search of a higher truth as far as I remember, like a stargazer looking for the brighter one and dropping the dimmer. I started from Christianity or generally from the Abrahamic ...
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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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Last thought before death?

I read somewhere (perhaps in an unreliable introduction to Tibetan beliefs) that rebirth is conditioned by the last thought before death (or perhaps affected by a thought or desire that you have after ...
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Death according to various schools of buddism

How is death perceived in various schools of Buddhism? Are they all same ? What is death according to Buddhist monk and lay Buddhist? Are there references / materials by monks on death bed about death?...
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Whats happens after death?

When a human being dies, their body dissolves into other bodies, i.e., other humans, plants, air, water, rocks, sand, etc. But what really happens to our Consciousness memory thoughts intelligence &...
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Can a Buddhist own and run a billion dollar business?

China, Japan, Korea, etc. have so many companies and Buddhism is widespread in those areas. My question is: can a Buddhist make the aim of his life to run a billion dollar business?
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Weird experience during meditation

I had a weird experience couple of days ago while doing meditation, I hope someone more expert than me could help me understand.Two months ago I started practicing 30 min of yoga and 30 min of ...
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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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Why is the Heart Sutra so important in Mahayana Buddhism?

So the Heart Sutra is one of the most popular sutra in Mahayana Buddhism, said to be the summary and heart of the Prajna Paramita Sutra. It was popularized by the famous monk Xuanzang. It was said ...
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The “cow-keeper”-story?

My person remembers a possible common know story about a Brahman collecting as much as possible cow's leading to sorrows for poor. The Sublime Buddha approached him one day, gave a talk and later he ...
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Not seeing the wood, for the trees

How can I clearly see the lessons my soul needs to learn this lifetime? I am a householder who has a wonderful life in New Zealand. There have been difficult times too, but even though, as a child I ...
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What is an “enlightening being”?

Thomas Cleary uses the term "enlightening being" extensively in his translation of the Avatamsaka Sutra. This term isn't defined in the glossary of that book, or in my copy of The Princeton ...
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Today, I killed

At work, a tiny little flying insect landed on my desk. At first I thought he was dead because he wasn’t moving, so I gently pushed him to see if he reacted, and he moved so I left him alone. Some ...
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What is known about enlightenment before the lifetime of the Buddha? Are there any claims that he was the first?

I am a non-Buddhist who is curious about Buddhism. In modern times, Eckhart Tolle reports spontaneous awakening as a result of a sudden realisation that came out of intense suffering. As far as I am ...
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The New Age Philosophy of Evolution stating that working towards Thoughtlessness and Nothingness is fundamentally Flawed

Though this video is in Hinglish - some casual dialogues are in Hindi but most of the conversation happens in English https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Uf-eoAij5o , Anand Gandhi - Director and ...
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Is dependent co-arising an “IF AND ONLY IF A THEN B” relation?

"IF AND ONLY IF A THEN B" means if you get B you get A, if you get A you get B, if you don't get B you don't get A, and if you don't get A you don't get B. Does dependent co-arising have the ...
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Why are so many Buddhists in the west hostile to academic analyses of the religion?

Why are some Buddhists in the west hostile to academic analyses of the religion?
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What are the Buddhist guidelines for choosing the true Dhamma?

With many traditions and teachers to choose from, how should one go about figuring out what is the true Dhamma? I prefer answers based on Buddhist scriptute and references to Sutta, ideally to the ...
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Does feeding animals with dead chicks and live worms break precepts?

As part of a volunteering job where endangered animals are taken care of they have to feed them with dead chicks recuperated from the agro industry, which is blameless and doesn't break precepts, ...
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Interdependent origination

Is the doctrine of interdependent origination found in Vedas . What is real origin of this? I have heard of indra net .just curious
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In what way is Tendai realist?

The Kegon philosophy is usually characterized as absolute Idealism or idealistic Pantheism , and the Tendai as absolute realism or realistic pantheism. The Classification of Buddhism By Bruno Petzold,...
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Buddhist origin of tobacco and its relation to Native American use

Can anything wholesome, helpful, wise and skillful be mentioned about the (Chinese and/or nearby regions) origin(s) of tobacco and how it may and/or may not relate to tobacco use among Native American ...
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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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How do handle termite/white ant

Buddhism most basic perception is avoid killing. Assume the house is filled by termite and killing is unavoidable, assume house is too badly affected and without killing need the house to be left ...
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Are Buddhists against abortion?

While other religions seem to have a definition position on abortion I've never come across the Buddhist view on this. From a naive perspective I would imagine that Buddhists would be prolife rather ...
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Buddhism views on Ancestor Worship

What is Buddhism view on Ancestor Worship? Are there any references which talk about it? Do ancestors occupy any plane/realm ? How to explain the ancestors who come in dreams? Is it manifest of mind?
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What causes addictions and what is the remedy?

What causes addictions and what is the remedy to break free from addictions according to Buddha?
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Why Mind is Fickle?

Monkey mind I don't think. I live in present. My mind always thinking. Past thinking Future thinking. Hate thought.. Worry thought.. Pleasure thought.. Lust thought..
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Do we perceive the whole?

According to I think all Buddhists, the whole is nothing more than its parts. I've read it claimed that, given everything is partite, nothing exists. Perhaps Being means something more than its parts, ...
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Wrong meanings commonly associated with the notion of Gratitude

What are the common/widespread wrong meanings that people associate with or assign to the word 'gratitude'? As we know, the society is made up largely of families, and those in turn are made of up ...
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Personal relationships and properly ending them

Upasaka Karl mentioned in an answer: Relationships have a beginning. And because they have a beginning, they also have an end. Thoughtless endings, ghosting and worse, hurt both parties. It is sad to ...
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How to explain what Buddhism is?

My mother and I come from a non-Buddhist culture/background/society/country/family. At one point when I had an opportunity to explain to her what Buddhism is, I was doing well (i.e. she was listening ...
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Empintess unrelated, sure or subject to decay? And what about even household-emptiness? [closed]

Upasaka Karl brought up a relation between emptiness (Suññata) and of security, the Unrelated: And finally, with the ending of wishes, one disappears into a "permanent relationship" with ...
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Dharma Name in tibetan tradition

I took refugee and got a dharma name. Why do I get a dharma name? How does a Lama usually choose the name? Do I make use of this name in Dharma related context? (Like for example writing a letter to ...
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Sourcing a prajñāpāramitā statement

In the Madhyamakaśāstra, Venerable Vimalākṣa quotes the Pañcaviṃśatisāhasrikāprajñāpāramitāsūtra: 菩薩有我亦非行無我亦非行 "If the bodhisatva has a self, he cannot act. With no self too, he cannot act." ...
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How can I respond to Christians' unpleasant feedback on Buddhism?

I have some friends who are Christian that I can't avoid the subject with. We used to see each other very often for some events. Normally those are friends of friends. Examples of the unpleasant ...
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How to let go of something the other person involved won't acknowledge

How does one let go of something the other person involved won't acknowledge? I don't mean the niceties of the other person's behaviour, the ins and outs and whys. Merely, that the other person - I ...
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Are Amitabha and Sakyamuni the same?

Buddha is the name for the Supreme Being, right? So are Amitabha Buddha and Sakyamuni Buddha both Supreme Beings but of different galaxies or something? I assume there are more buddhas than just these ...

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