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Transferring merit to someone living who isnt open minded to receiving it

I have read previous posts on this topic here but wanted some clarification. I want to transfer merit (I am familiar and have great faith and practise with the Therevada tradition, and so am ...
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Eight wordly winds, tanha or upadana?

In essence, the concepts of eight worldly winds tanha upadana seem to describe the same phenomena. Is there a specific reason that they are described separately?
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Mahayana-specific definition of “a buddha”?

We all know the Pali Canon's definition of "The Buddha". The Buddha is one who discovers The Dhamma all by himself without external help, therefore by definition there may be only one Buddha until the ...
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Can Buddhists make very eccentric vows?

Can Buddhists make very eccentric vows, and in what sense might these affect their karma? I do believe in karma, in some sense, but am struggling to understand something specific -- and a little ...
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What does Anusaya Kilesa means? How to remove them completely?

(2000 years old Buddhist cave near my village) Anusaya kilesa is lying dormant karmic influence after attaining Nirvana. I am putting various views as under; SN goenka told in his speech that it ...
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Meditating When Demotivated

I had meditated for some time for 30 min once or twice daily. Now, I am suffering from what seems to be anhedonia, a difficulty in feeling pleasure and being motivated. It makes it incredibly ...
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Is Buddhist lifestyle harmless to living beings?

Is the Buddhist lifestyle harmless to living beings? Lot's of creatures are being killed in various human activities (walking, farming, building, etc.) Did Buddhists found a way to live while not ...
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Meditation practice - Meditation Odd Effect -

I am doing vipassana meditation from last six month and had done two 10 days course of S N Goenka Vipassana Meditation.Doing daily 2 hours meditation in morning and evening. I am having constant ...
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Five tricks to avoid unwholesome kamma

I have heard of five tricks/methods which could be used to avoid performing unwholesome kamma. I can remember three of them precisely. Would like to know all 5 listed in order. One is shifting the ...
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Where can I find a Buddist Monastery that practice hard training in india?

I have done 02 10days Vipassana Meditation (S N Goenkaji)and want to devote life for same. Interested in knowing is any monetary in india where I can stay for years or more and learn teaching of ...
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Purpose of cessation or Nirvana!

What is the purpose or cause of cessation or extinction or Nirvana. Did Buddha ever talk about it? For example, see how SN 23.1 ends: “But sir, what is the purpose of extinguishment?” “Your ...
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Is the samadhi of Yoga the samadhi of Buddhism?

I was wondering if the samadhi of Patanjali Yoga meant the same thing as the samadhi of Buddhism? A Buddhist friend told me that no, and that Buddhism had higher states after the nirvikalpa samadhi ...
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Persevering Through Very Difficult Periods

How do those who have experienced multiple, profound-negative events, and/or long periods of extreme hardship muster up the will to continue on the path, or even to try to live a morally-upright life ...
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What did the Buddha mean by the four types of reasoning in his advice to the Kalamas?

In AN 3:65, while advising the Kalamas on how to choose among a variety of contradictory belief systems, the Buddha mentions ten inadequate criteria for truth: Come, Kalamas. Do not go by oral ...
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SN 12.52 Upadana Sutta

Can one elaborate please more on this quote: "In one who keeps focusing on the allure of clingable phenomena (or: phenomena that offer sustenance = the five aggregates), craving develops. "...
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Any praise of shred-paramis by the Sublime Budddha?

What does one know or think: Is there any praise of shred-parami (perfections in appearing modest) by the Sublime Buddha, such as in out-fit, outwardly appearing, using of such stuff, and if why? If ...
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Where can I find a Buddist Monastery that practice hard training?

I wish to master my mind, one reason is I'm so mentally weak. Like anything you want to master you have to work at it. Drill it into you. But practicing on my own hasn't work. I need a far away place ...
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What will the Satipatthana Sutta teach me?

I am completely new to all this (buddhism, meditation etc...) but I really want to begin somewhere I found this guy called Stephen Procter who has this free guided meditation program (52 guided ...
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Selling an animal to butcher will break first precept?

Farmers who breed animals and sale to butcher or for food concern is considered as intentional killing and break first precept?
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Which path might be appropriate for me? [closed]

I've been learning about Dharma traditions for a while now. In short: I am attracted by the figure of Siddhartha Gautama and by the fact that Buddhism is not based on faith in the scriptures (nastika)...
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What is the difference and relation between chanda and cetana?

In this website, it's stated that: chanda: intention, desire, will. 1. As an ethically neutral psychological term, in the sense of 'intention', it is one of those general mental factors (...
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Enlightenment finding me

How can a small woman in a small country who does not understand many of these questions, let alone the answers, ever hope to become enlightened.
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Problematic Nature of Views

This answer states that: View are mental constructions as they break down under scrutiny at a lower level of abstraction. Since an average person cannot discern the realities at lower levels of ...
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Jhana Explaination [duplicate]

Namo Buddhaya! Can someone please SIMPLY explain the EIGHT Jhanas, specifically: 1) What are Jhanas meant to do & why would one want to achieve them? 2) How does one specifically achieve ...
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irrational fear of hell and damnation and spiralling, please help me?

I've posted on this Q&A site before when my grandmother just passed away, and some of the answers here really helped me feel a lot better and eased my fear enough for me to go back to my normal ...
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Responding to Worldly Questions

Namo Buddhaya! People always ask "How are you?", "Isn't that beautiful/horrible", "You are so lucky/unlucky!", "Did you enjoy/like that", and so on. How do I respond to these things in a way that ...
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looking for citation, pīti and sukha of 4 jhānas compared to dying of thirst, seeing water in distance, and drinking it

There's an excellent simile in the Theravada non canonical literature explaining the difference between piti and sukha in the first 3 jhanas, reminiscent of the lotus pond in this sutta MN 40. (...
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Tanhā Jālinī Sutta and Self-Views

This answer by Suminda Sirinath S. Dharmasena noted the self-views, in the Tanhā Jālinī Sutta, that promote clinging to a self. I wish here to verify my understanding, namely that these views are ...
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Unconscious Grasping to a Self

In daily life, I guess my self-grasping is not very salient; people tell me I'm considerate, open. However, I've written stories in the past, and in my fiction I project these fantasies that are ...
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Where can I find Nagita Thera Apadana

I searched in the Apadāna part of Tripitaka..But couldn't find it...This includes a story of Nagitathera's previous life, and merits Nagitathera got for the god-deeds done in that life...
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Why has the “3rd precept” of the 5 precepts been interpreted as being so permissive?

It seems to me that according to one interpretation of the "3rd precept" of the 5 precepts one could even engage in various sexual acts with a vast number of prostitutes nonstop and that still wouldn'...
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What is the name of the son whom the Deva King Sakka sends to earth periodically?

In Buddhist legend, what is the name of the son whom the King Sakka (Sakra) sends to earth periodically, from his realm in the 33 Heavens?
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What kind of life is required for practicing Metta?

Here's the quote from Karaniya Metta Sutta: "This is to be done by one skilled in aims who wants to break through to the state of peace: Be capable, upright, & straightforward, easy to ...
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Inauthentic Compassion and Friendship

When I meditate on compassion, afterwards there is a post-meditative effect of making me kinder, but usually in a way that doesn't benefit me. It makes me want to rekindle friendships that were not ...
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Sense of Accomplishment in Meditation

Regardless of a meditation's perceived quality, I feel that finishing a meditation provides some sense of accomplishment. Nowadays, I am experiencing great lack of motivation, and when I set the goal ...
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Is it necessary to be completely still during body scan?

I've been practising vipassana for some time. Now, I'd like to try body scan, but one issue isn't clear for me. Books or articles about sitting meditation, I've read, say that it's good to sit ...
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What is today’s equivalent of a world system?

Buddhism mentions “world systems.” What’s the equivalent terminology for a world system in the parlance of contemporary astrophysics?
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Does anyone know were 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 esc
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Do Different Meditations Support One Another?

I have tried meditating on compassion, just as I've tried meditating on the breath. Currently, these days, I find it hard to meditate on compassion. My question is: Would practising meditation of any ...
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Possible to intentionally kill without “intention”?

The 5 criteria of killing 1) There is life present 2) The person knows "there is life present" 3) Intention to take away the life 4) Action or speech that causes "life is taken away" 5) Life is taken ...
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Nature of Craving in Charm and Impressing Others

I noticed recently that I tend to try and impress others and gather attention, especially with women (I'm a man). I see this as problematic because unlike other sources of craving and attachment, its ...
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Is Near death experience in enlightenment true?

I have been meditating intensively according to the Advaita tradition where self inquiry is practiced till realizing that I and effort are just feelings and that the watcher of even identity is the ...
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Is discussing bad practices of monks a sin?

I've heard in several dhamma deshana that discussing the bad practices practiced by monks is a sin. But I feel that if we don't discuss such with our family & just continue giving, we won't have ...
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Neither standing nor swimming, I crossed the flood

From the Crossing the Flood Sutta below, we read that the Buddha said that he crossed the flood (i.e. of suffering, of clinging to the world), neither by standing still, nor by struggling (or swimming)...
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How can people meet again after rebirth?

Prince Siddhartha & Princess Yashodhara met in a lot of lives as partners. How are people intended to meet their present life relations in the next life? Is the desire needed to be wished upon?
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Sathipathanna mindfulness and Jhana how to do them correctly

1) It is said that doing the technique that Mahasi Sayadaw talks about we can attain awakening. If you know anything about this technique how is it to be done and can it take us to Nibbana. 2) ...
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Why island and not light?

There are some phrases in the suttas where it is said "be your own island". The word for "island" is "dvipa" in Sanskrit, meanwhile "dipa" means "light" or "lamp" in Sanskrit. However, in Pali, "dipa"...
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What is the method for “Coupling of the Serenity and Insight Powers” referred to in the Path of Discrimination?

Visuddhimagga (English translation by Bhikkhu Bodhi) chapter XXII.46 quotes from the Path of Discrimination (Patisambidhamagga) as follows:- "Coupling of the Powers'. At the time of developing the ...
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Nibbana and correct view of Vijnana and Jhana

My Vijnana view from advaita Vedanta is deep and ingrained, it is false I know it but I need help to improve it because I read long time about conciousness the self I read much like these things like ...
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Nature of Direct Experience

I have observed that during contemplation, there are periods where attention is on the object, a kind of basic awareness. Then, there are periods where thoughts emerge, based on the object, a kind of ...

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