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Why is “nibbana” considered to be “unconditioned”?

I’m aware that a similar question has been asked before: How is Nibbana unconditioned? However, I’m looking for an answer (1) in the language of science that is (2) clear and comprehensible to readers ...
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Pure Perception

I've read here, that: As Dza Patrul Rinpoche candidly says (AKC 15): Ritual sessions four times a day without the generation and completion stages, pounding drums and clashing cymbals without ...
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Am I falling asleep or am I deepening my concentration?

I use the Tara mantra as my focus during Samatha meditation prior to beginning Vipassana but lately I am beginning to wonder...am I falling asleep? I can't tell, really. I don't get drowsy but my ...
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How is 'consciousness' (vinyaana) defined in Buddhist texts?

How is 'consciousness' (vinyaana) defined in Buddhist texts? How similar or different is it from the way the word is used these days -- particularly in scientific studies of consciousness ?
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Is inventing “defensive” biological weapons right livelihood?

I read the following on the internet: Working for DoD contractors could give a very fat paycheck. However, there're ethical issues involved. If you decide to work for them, make sure to make it clear ...
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Putting “Bhikkhu” before or after name, is there a difference?

For example there's Bhikkhu Bodhi and Thanissaro Bhikkhu. What's the distinction?
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Animal sacrifices mentioned in the suttas or vinaya?

Hindus believe that the Buddha opposed Vedic rites of animal sacrifice in his time, for example, on this page and on this page. This apparently influenced later Hindus to abandon the practice of ...
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Eating meat mantra

I heard from some brotherhood from Mahayana said Theravada also will do some chanting for eating meat. Is it true ? I have only able to find the Mahayana Mantra but not Theravada info as below https://...
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When feels empty during vipassana meditation?

When command the mind to does something it was done what had commanded. If thought about more happy today next moment less happy. After sitting meditation feel empty. Is it mindfulness?where is the ...
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The Buddha is said to have rediscovered the ancient path. Why was it lost to begin with?

My understanding is that the Buddha is said to have "rediscovered an ancient path" which, presumably, formed the core of his teachings. Source: Gil Fronsdal’s Introduction to the Dhammapada. ...
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What is the source of this popular quote about giving?

What is the source of the following quote (rightly or wrongly) attributed to the historical Buddha (easily found online): Generosity brings happiness at every stage of its expression. We experience ...
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Huayan Buddhism Flower Garland

Is Huayan Buddhism the one that teaches about infinite universes being held on a jeweled flower garland, or is it another branch/sect of Buddhism?
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What is the meaning of “knowledge and vision” in the context of the heartwood sutta?

I am aware of a similar question here: What is knowledge and vision? However, I would like a deeper understanding of what precisely is meant by “knowledge and vision” in the heartwood sutta and why is ...
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Is observing the five precepts a gradual training?

Which Pali suttas refer the subject of "gradual training"? Do the Pali suttas say observing the five precepts is a "gradual training"?
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Do we have to believe that good people exists?

Is thinking that there are no good people / followers of five precepts in this world a wrong view? I read this in some where but I forgotten it. It is hard to see that kind of people other than ...
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Unforgiveable/Unforgetable Past Abortion and Miscarriage

I knew a few very senior Buddhism Scholars, one of them also start teaching Dharma having an issue as per title above. The guiltiness is persist more than a decade and the actions below i personally ...
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The method in the Noble Eightfold Path in right speech for persuasion and influence

What does the Noble Eightfold Path say about right speech when it comes to persuasion and influence?
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Zazen for metta reasons

Is it OK to use zazen for the purposes one would use metta meditation? Because I don't want to do any meditation except zazen.
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Looking for a reference about the significance of The Buddha being a teacher

I'm looking for some help in finding a reference. It's from a contemporary writer -- probably in the last ten years -- not from anything ancient or canonical. The context is as follows. The word “...
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To ordain in the west or in Asia?

Dhamma greetings to you, Considering the possible advantages and disadvantages of where one is being ordained, I wish to have your understanding on whether it'd be more conducive to ordain in Asia or ...
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Is it acceptable for Buddhists to celebrate Santa Claus at Chistmas?

I'm a lay Buddhist and it's almost Christmas, and I would like to know if it is acceptable for Buddhists to celebrate Santa Claus. I have children and want them to be happy. Does anyone know the ...
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What does 'passing away of dhamma' mean in Satipatthana sutta?

Considering the definition of dhamma as given in this answer. What does it mean by '...arising and passing away of dhamma...'in the satipatthana sutta? Also, else where I read, 'all dhamma are also ...
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Are there any sutta references to the way S.N. Goenkaji teaches Vipassana?

I have done 4 10-day vipassana retreats as taught by Goenkaji some 4-5 years back. As of now, from readings online and reading questions and answers on this BSE website I come to understand that ...
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Losing mindfulness and peace after three weeks of successful practise

I've been practising mindfulness meditation for about three weeks now. I started with ten minute sessions but soon increased it to a half hour and then either a full hour or two haf hours with a five ...
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What's is the Buddhist view on persistence or grit?

We are always taught to have grit, show resilience and never to give up in difficult situations. In the lights of my knowledge in Buddhism, I think of these as a manifestation of strong attachment to ...
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The One With the Brahmin Heckler

Does there exist such a sutta in which a brahmin pays a visit to the Buddha at his dwelling at Jeta's Grove with the sole intent to heckle, only to be met with silence and then brought to his senses ...
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Implementing the Satipatthana Sutta IRL [HELP]

I want to put this book to practise and use in real life. I want to be able to apply this book in three ways: (Reading Analayo's version) a. How can I practise a specific part of the SS when I'm ...
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How does one deal with the 'fear of rebirth'?

At times when even Stream Entry seems implausible let alone Nirvana how does one deal with the fear of rebirth. Rebirth would mean over again; disappointment after disappointment and after horrendous ...
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What chapter of the Abhidharmartha Pradipika talks about infinite universes?

I've been looking into Buddhist concepts and the topic of infinite universes in existence popped up, and the Buddhist text called the "Abhidharmartha Pradipika" talks about infinite ...
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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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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 to evaluate someone's knowledge?

From Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche teaching I came to understand that non-judgmental observation of situations and aversion of attachments is the way to get rid of sufferings. Then how would a teacher ...
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Bodhi day celebration, is it universally on December 8th or do some Mahayana buddhists use a lunar calendar?

National Public Radio's Buddhists Prepare To Observe Bodhi Day, When Siddhartha Gautama Became Buddha article and podcast begins: These winter holidays are a time for fellowship, joy and, for ...
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How to cultivate the perception of 'Anatta'?

Out of the three marks of existance, 'dukkha' or 'sufferring' and 'annicca' or 'impermenance' are directly understood as a day-to-day experience as well as through the intellect. However 'anatta' or '...
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Understanding uncertainty of thoughts and the mind

It's quite easy to see the changing behaviour of the things we see, hear and feel. Appearence between a child and an old man. Good smell and bad smell Having a wound and not Those things are quite ...
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How to make Nirvana as a top priority of your life?

Apart from watching dhamma talks, reading dhamma books and watching dhamma related youtube videos, and apart from telling yourselves that ' there is dukkha in life and you have to free yourself from ...
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Why is Buddhism a venture of a limited few?

This question is further to my last question on Nirvana and evolution, and considering the answer... If we believe the Buddhist cosmology to be true and Nirvana as an evolutionary next step, then why ...
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How does Nirvana fit into theory of evolution?

Can nirvana be called as some sort of directed evolution? Can a Buddha or Arahat be considered as an evolved being as compared to the rest?
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How can we end the suffering of all animals?

My idea is to build a black hole and destroy everything, but this idea may seem evil to many. I have no other idea, and many may say we should allow other beings to continue to suffer, I think this is ...
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I had strange things showing up while meditating

So... i turned 15 a few months ago and i discovered some youtube channels that spoke about spiritual ilumination and other stuff,i watched a lot finding myself relating to almost everything there and ...
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Choosing between contemplative traditions

When choosing between the contemplative traditions—Vipassana, Tibetan and Zen, is the following saying accurate? Zen is for poets, Tibetan is for artists, and Vipassana is for psychologists (Robert ...
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Is there a list of (all the) Suttas that mention supranormal powers?

I know there are the miracles of the historical Buddha and the Samannaphala Sutta, but is there a comprehensive list of Suttas that mention supranormal power(s)?
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When I empty out intentions and relax in meditation, what is this force that moves my body in complex patterns?

When I empty out intentions and relax in meditation, what is this force that moves my body in complex patterns? For example, when I let go for a bit I start walking and making circles and doing ...
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Translation of a Chinese Bön book about Dzogchen

I am looking for a translation in english (or french) of the following book in Chinese Mandarin: 大圆满前行法海 It is a book in the Bön tradition about Dzogchen.
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Does the Vinaya forbid drinking while giving or listening to dhamma talks?

Possibly the greatest thing in the world that makes my blood boil and my mind to become enraged in Cultural Marxist and SJW offendedness, anger and uncontrollable rage is seeing individuals drinking ...
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can any one please explain me the significance of Talipot fan in Buddhism?

Namo Buddhaya, can any one please explain me the significance of Talipot fan in Buddhism ? is it part of any traditional process ? I have seen many photos in internet as Bhikkus holding the Talipot ...
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Is samadhi the same as samatha? Is there khanika samatha?

I read the following on the internet: Notice there's a wide spectrum on the Samatha/Vipassana scale, but even on the extreme spectrum of Vipassana, the "dry-insight", there's still element ...
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Anapanasati vs Vipassana, what to follow? [duplicate]

I have a friend who recently did Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as designed by Jon Kabat Zinn. I haven't done it myself but he explained to me that it is based on the Vipassana ...
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Can bad kamma be overcome in one lifetime

If there is a puthujjana who has led a life full of the major and minor defilements till about 40 years of age, suddenly turns around, starts leading a totally celibate life and also observes the rest ...
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What Does It Feel Like to Be in Nirvana?

Nirvana is the goal of the Buddhist path. The literal meaning of the term is "blowing out" or "quenching". Nirvana is the ultimate spiritual goal in Buddhism. What Does It Feel ...

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