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Am I condemned for an extramarital affair?

A long time ago I had a romantic relationship with a married woman, and later I regretted. How is this seen in Buddhism?
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Solving the oxymoron of nibbāna?

How does one remain dedicated to the pursuit of nibbāna, when one has seen clearly that ultimately there is no separate nibbāna. What does one aspire towards now? Prajñāpāramitā Hṛdaya sūtra: «There ...
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A question about sitting, movement and mindfulness

I have had bad posture for most of my life. I find that if I do not sit quite straight during sitting meditation, my body leans forward putting weight on my legs which becomes quite painful. However, ...
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How to overcome Depression with Buddhist teachings

There are several scientific methods to treat the psychiatric condition depression. Is there a method to overcome depression by Lord Buddha's teachings?
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connection between fear and anger(dwesha)

I need to know if "Dwesha" anger and fear are connected according to the Buddhist teachings? Also how to overcome fear or phobias with the practices of Buddhism?
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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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How to accept things as-is and live according to as-is?

In the search for meaning and purpose of life, it seems that Buddhism is silent on this issue that many modern people are concerned with. The way to reconcile seems to be "accept things as it is". ...
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What is the meaning and/or purpose of life?

According to Buddhism, if exists, what is the meaning of life, and if different, what is the purpose of life? And where does this meaning and purpose come from?
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How To Keep Loving Without Reward?

Changes can easily come about in all of us, even those we love and trust. When this happens, how do we keep loving them without expecting anything?
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How is body language linked with meditation success?

Body language (smiling) seems to be linked to meditation success as per Bhante Vimalaramsi: smiling is an important aspect for the meditation. Learning to smile with mind and raising slightly the ...
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Examples of early Buddhist art

I was reading that early Buddhist art doesn't actually depict the Buddha. Instead it shows an empty space, a dharma wheel or a footprint where you would expect the Buddha to be shown. It was only ...
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How to use meditation to boost logical thinking (or avoiding suffering with unrational scenario)

Sometimes I catch my mind wandering and mixing up all the worst case scenarios for the future. Currently I have a problem that will, most likely, have a small or medium impact on my life, however my ...
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Can you explain “nirvana”?

Can anybody explain to me about "nibbana" and how it is different form "nirvana"? Are there views about it and ways to get to it?
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Pursuit of raising children ok?

Is the pursuit of having children to raise and teach good morals unwholsome or wholsome?
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Pagoda's symbolism of yogi's progress to Nirvana

This page shows each feature of a pagoda symbolizing the steps to Nirvana. In Discourses on Satipatthana Sutta, S. N. Goenka mentions a similar symbolism on how the pagoda relates to the Maha ...
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Living worried about the future and reaching mindfulness

I'm going through a lot. It's very easy to be lost in thoughts and worries about the near future, and that leads me to a life of unhappiness. I also feel guilty when I fell happy, because I feel I ...
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Shikantaza vs counting breath

As we know, in soto-shu we don't count nor observe the breath during zazen. I would like people who have a long experience with zazen meditation to explain if they consider that counting and ...
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Is Nirvana eternal? [duplicate]

In the book, What the Buddha Taught, Walpola Rahula writes on page 65, "It is the vague feeling 'I AM' that creates the idea of self which has no corresponding reality, and to see this truth is to ...
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How to use a Tibetan singing bowl when meditating solo?

Tibetan singing bowls produce a binaural tone which is claimed to be conducive to deep meditation. However, if you are meditating you would need someone to play it for you or you'd need to listen to a ...
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Meditation and Mouth breathing

Some meditation techniques use the nostrils as a point of concentration, others only mention that we should breathe via the nose. Many people have problems with that and can only breath through their ...
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What is the Buddhist perspective on body language?

Some explain that body language affects qualities like leadership, command, personality etc.: Your body language shapes who you are What is the Buddhist perspective on body language? Does body ...
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Buddhist Perspective on Value, Sentiment, Attraction?

Paul Bloom: The origins of pleasure describe pleasure based on information. To further elaborate original artwork is worth more than a duplicate, how we get attached or less attached to a person on ...
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How does one calm one's bodily fabrications?

I personally start looking at the speed of the breath and then it slows down. In the Tripitaka are there recommended methods to accomplish this? What do different teachers and commentaries say about ...
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Overcoming distractions in meditation as per the Tripitaka?

According to the Tripitaka how do you overcome distractions in meditation. Distractions can be including but not limited to: Wondering mind Pains Hindrances Defilements arising in the mind etc.
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What is the story where some of the Buddha's followers commit suicide?

There is a Buddhist story when some monks (or followers of the Buddha) misinterpret what the Buddha is saying and commit suicide. Does anyone know anymore details about the story and where it comes ...
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Buddhist view on out of body experience (OBE)

Wikipedia defines this as, An out-of-body experience (OBE or sometimes OOBE) is an experience that typically involves a sensation of floating outside one's body and, in some cases, perceiving ...
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“Plunging” or Challenging Yourself in a New Enviornment

On television I recently heard about a technique related to Buddhism called "plunging," where "you go somewhere completely unfamiliar, somewhere that has nothing to do with your usual way of thinking."...
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Through the Processes of Jhana does it have a Permanent effect or temporary effect on your life

Is Jhana like a meditative absorption state? I've come across this term. Is Jhana like a barrier, once broken, you go onto the next barrier, and so on and so on. Is this process a permanent effect ...
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Are there different types of emptiness (Śūnyatā)?

Even though emptiness (Śūnyatā) seems like it should just be one thing (concept/experinece/realisation) does it in fact have different types? Can it be categorised in any way? I know Buddhism is very ...
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How to deal with people and handle rude language?

How should one properly handle cases in which people use a rude language and indulge in idle talk or gossip, according to the Buddhist teachings? How to speak or act with a pure thought when people ...
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What's Buddhism view on choice, choicelesness and causality?

You see, there is only one constant, one universal, it is the only real truth: causality. Action. Reaction. Cause and effect. (...) Choice is an illusion, created between those with power, and those ...
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What is the symbol sometimes depicted on images of the Buddha which looks like a swastika?

I often look up images of the Buddha online to use as desktop backgrounds for pc or phone. I've seen quite a few images that show a symbol that looks like a swastika on the Buddha's chest. What is the ...
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Where is the story that Buddha was worried about a monk who meditated with a straight back?

I'm trying to find a story in the Pali canon (or maybe not) reportedly told by Ajahn Brahm that goes like this (copied from here): Buddha was wandering along with Ananda when they came across a ...
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What are the differences between Hinduism and Buddhism? [duplicate]

Hinduism is similar to Buddhism, but both are different. Many people think that Buddhism is derived from Hinduism, so it is similar to Hinduism. What are the differences between Hinduism & ...
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Buddhism Guide Line [closed]

Let me restate this question. Its a difficult question for myself. When I mean guide line i guess Im assuming a general Fundamental line then I assume traditions would vary from this one line, but I ...
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Can Buddhism help me escape the difficulties in my life?

I am tired of the rat race, working a job I hate to buy things that I don't need. I am tired of technology and the grasp it has on everybody in the western world. Is there a feasible way, within ...
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What was the reason behind Colonel Henry Steel Olcott and Anagarika Dharmapala split

Though the two of the worked together in the early years I have heard there was a split between them later on. When did this split happen? What was the cause? What is the implication and aftermath of ...
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Proper way to give metta

Is it necessary to only feel subtle sensations while giving metta or is it only required to be equanimous while giving metta. I have sometimes felt painful sensations that cannot be 'shaken away' ...
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Do lay Buddhists ever wear distinguishing clothing or jewellery?

I'm aware that Buddhist monastic communities often wear robes that distinguish them and visibly mark them out as Buddhists. Do lay Buddhist ever do the same thing? Is there any jewellery or clothing ...
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What was the 1st attempt to have a Theravada monastery in the West?

Venerable Nyanatiloka had tried to setup a monastery in the West. Were there previous attempts? How successful were they? Do they still exist? If not, what happened? Following is the link "Plans for ...
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Who is Bhikkhu Sīlācāra?

... The architect Rutch from Breslau had already designed a monastery with huts for monks, and the plan was that Bhikkhu Sīlācāra and other disciples were to join Nyanatiloka there. ... (Wikipedia ...
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To what extent is Theravāda followed in Japan?

Extract from Ven. Nyanatiloka's Bio says In 1920, after being denied re-entry into British ruled Sri Lanka, Nyanatiloka taught at Japanese universities for five years, including at Taisho ...
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Where did Nanavira Thera deviate from the commentaries

I came across that the Ven. sir (http://www.nanavira.org) interpreted the Dependent Origination without the traditional 3 lifetime interpretation. Are there other places he deviated? What are they ...
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What are the other Theravada Councils held between the 4th and 6th

The Wikipedia entry on the 5th council says: However, there were a number of other councils held in Ceylon and Thailand between the fourth and sixth ... What are these other councils? Where where ...
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Does anybody know the composition of the 6th council and how the delegates were chosen?

Nyanatiloka and Nyanaponika were the only Western born monks to attend the 6th Council. I am curious to know the composition of the 6th council and how the delegates were chosen. Wikipedia says: ...
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Were there earlier western monks before Bhikkhu Ananda Metteyya (Charles Henry Allan Bennett)

Looking at the Bio of Ven. Nyanatiloka who was regarded as one of the earliest monks. I came across that he had met Bhikkhu Ananda Metteyya (Charles Henry Allan Bennett) who was also a Western monk ...
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Amisa pooja for Buddha

I know that we can make great Karma by offering Flowers,candles,incense,food,robes and other things for the Buddha statue thinking as if the Buddha is alive. But whenever I do offer these things my ...
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When meditation goes wrong

Although it has been claimed that meditation does help in several ways, I have read on the Internet that there are cases where psychotic episodes, schizophrenia and suicide tendencies arise after ...
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Tiratna Buddhist Community Curriculum

What are the main texts that are studied in the Tiratna Buddhist Community? Is there a generally recommended core set of books to read, and what are the main canonical texts studied?
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Are the results of positive Kamma good from a Buddhist's perspective or good from a “Samsaric's” perspective?

When making good Kamma, there is a clear Buddhist element on it, for instance: If you give food to a Paccekabuddha you will receive greater benefits, suppoting the Sangha creates more merit than ...

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