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What do Buddhists think of the premise that power is a necessary good and a necessary evil?

I have been through 34 years of life and am beginning to understand some things I couldn’t before. Not everyone is good and not everyone is bad, at least some of the time. Time is a tourniquet for ...
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Emptiness and physical pain

How can an understanding of emptiness help when experiencing physical pain, i have some understanding of emptiness from a mental viewpoint, and I understand that I can direct my mind to perceive the ...
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What is the correct meaning of dhamma, dharma, atta, anatta?

I am unable to understand different meanings of words dhamma, dharma, atta, anatta... Does dhamma means as "path" or "truth" or "teaching" as in Ariyapariyesana Sutta or as "phenomenon" or as "...
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What Buddha's techniques I can use to uproot deep craving for a woman's love?

I am not geographically close to this woman, nor do I ever talk to her, she's just my teenage obsession that lingers on my mind. I am too much attached to my perceptions about how she is, and because ...
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Can Buddhism be interpreted as a quest for the young? [closed]

I used to think that the beauty of Buddhism laid within the absence of rules and restrictions. That you won’t be condemned for foing what you think is right. That there is more to see than just “here” ...
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What do Buddhists think of leather?

I understand that vegetarianism goes with Buddhism. But what about leather? Leather car seats, leather handbags, leather this and leather that. Is there some sutra on the permission to have them, ...
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Mental States Versus Physical Substrates

If I'm not mistaken, the Abhidhamma mainly explains the mind as mental factors. Modern psychology tends to see the mind as neuronal substrates. Buddhism's time didn't have the neuroscientific modern ...
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Are there suttas that recommend a specific order of the buddhist practices?

Every now and then i see claims that a particular practice of the noble eightfold path (or alternatively, the threefold division) builds on a specific preceding practice. Two examples of claims (...
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Meditation in day to day life

I lost my interest in things,I just do only day to day life.Is it depression?This happened some months back. I think it is related to my vipassana meditation. Now in meditation saw the sadness and ...
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can meditation and dharma alone take us to higher levels of consciousness?

I have been practising dharma and meditation now for more than 2 years and i feel a good progress within me. Does these 2 tools dharma and meditation alone can take us through to different levels of ...
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When is it love? When is it attachment?

I have this misunderstanding about love and attachment as they relate to one another. It's hard to put in words, so I'll try with some examples first. My understanding is that love is something you ...
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Does the beauty of Buddhism lie in letting seekers seek beyond the bounds of religion?

When I was young I was told by a booklet that if I found a better religion, I can follow that one. I liked the idea of God centered, open-sourced religion back then so it was what kept me loyal and ...
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Is suchness, tathata, as a concept always something in addition to phenomena?

Is suchness, tathata, as a concept always something in addition to phenomena? If not, when we talk about the suchness of phenomena we could mean what they are like, the qualitative experience of a ...
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Meditation side effects

Recently I tried to meditate in a moving car. I started seeing shadow like houses or roads with close eyes. It was followed by intense pain in eyes, nausea and dizziness. The headaches and nausea went ...
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Books on meditation?

I am a beginner Buddhist and have tried meditating (by concentrating on the breath) but have not experienced any benefits from it. Are there any good books on meditation out there that can help me ...
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Can super Buddhists eat bread?

Bread has flour and yeast. Therefore, a scientist can say that it is both an animal and a vegetable grain. Is there anything wrong with eating bread?
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Is the Noble Eightfold Path a path of celibacy?

Simple question: Is the Noble Eightfold Path a path of celibacy? [Note that this isn't given for Sex, stacks, trade, exchange but for escape from this wheel]
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Mindfulness, conciousness and directing attention

Often as part of mindfulness meditation (at least the Westernized form with which I am familiar) we can practice awareness of breath, parts of the breath, arising thoughts etc. However, if the aim of ...
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gratitude towards & repaying the debt to one's parents

Consider these two texts: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/iti/iti.4.100-112.than.html the part that contains: Mother & father, compassionate to their family, are called ...
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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 back." ...
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I'm a widow trying to find myself

My best friend, business partner and lover died four years ago, and I’m struggling to find myself again. I’ve tried meditating before, but it doesn’t seem to work at 5 minutes a day. I have lots of ...
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Soul that transmigrates?

In Timsa Sutta Buddha says: "What do you think, monks? Which is greater, the blood you have shed from having your heads cut off while transmigrating & wandering this long, long time, or the water ...
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Giving not outside in relation to merits, how should this proper perceived?

"Endowed with these five qualities, a lay follower is a jewel of a lay follower, a lotus of a lay follower, a fine flower of a lay follower. Which five?...He/she has conviction; is virtuous; is not ...
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Do you know of sutta references to maraṇa-s-sati 💀 (remembering death) not already on this list?

(article link contains all sutta reference passages collected so far) https://notesonthedhamma.blogspot.com/2020/01/all-ebt-sutta-references-to-marana-s.html excerpt: All EBT sutta references to ...
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how do we know about parts of Buddha's life where he was clearly alone?

for example, when he was being tempted by Mara, he said "the Earth bears witness." how do we know this? he was clearly alone, right? no one was there witnessing this to write about it. did Buddha just ...
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Overcoming sensual craving for food

I've become interested in Buddhism a couple of months ago, and I try to meditate daily, which had very positive effects on my anxiety and overall feeling so far. I am prone to feeling overwhelming ...
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Nature of True Cognition

What is the nature of a true cognition in Buddhism, or what Buddhism considers as truth? Is it the same as what people consider a logical conclusion made with an empirical process? I feel it cannot be ...
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Is Buddha nature everywhere the same?

Is Buddha nature everywhere the same? I don't think so, that seems wrong. But original enlightenment is always everywhere bliss, right? So how can Buddha-nature, which I would translate into, rather ...
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Do Mahayana Buddhists explain birth and extinction in the same way?

Nirvana is the extinction of rebirth, and birth is its arising. Right? Is the debate throughout Buddhism on the "difference" between samsara and nirvana one of how to explain, rather than describe or ...
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What meditation practice(s) are encompassed by 'asubha' (non-beautiful)?

What meditation practice(s) are encompassed by 'asubha' (non-beautiful)? I've heard one teacher say that in the EBT (early buddhist texts), asubha practice only refers to 31 body parts, and later ...
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Trying to Meditate Longer

I am currently meditating thirty minutes per day. I wonder whether I should meditate an hour instead or meditate for thirty minutes twice. Basically, I meditate on compassion and after thirty ...
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Meditation and Internal Tremors

Happy New Year to you! 😊 I suffer from internal vibrations and PPPD and I've been trying to use meditation to calm my nervous system. Could any of you please suggest what I could do to further this ...
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Recovery from Meditation

When a person trains a muscle, there is a necessary recovery from training before one can train again. I'm wondering if there's such a thing with meditation sessions? If so, how much time between ...
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What does this quote from the Lotus Sutra mean?

You, the richest person in the world, have been laboring and struggling endlessly, not understanding that you already possess all that you seek. I saw this quote on Instagram and the caption ...
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Losing faith in tibetan buddhism

I have been practising tibetan buddhism for the past seven years and I am losing faith now and it hurts. I don't know what to do. Can someone advise?
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Planting without soil & harm ideas: giving inspiration, motivation

My person thought of motivating, encouraging each other in supporting the foundation for meditation, complete Sila incl. right livelihood, if bound to house-life, viewing on the aspects of, planting ...
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Is being conscious of actions' consequences enough to attain nibbana?

I apologize if this has an answer on this site or if this does not make any sense. I am wondering if being conscious alone is enough to attain nibbana? If not, why? I think conscious person will (...
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When I focus on my breath, it becomes shallow

Sometimes when I'm meditating, I'll have really "good" breaths - the breath will be deep, very satisfying and relaxing. My diaphragm and chest really expand and it feels like my whole lung fills with ...
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How buddhists see/deal with Gaslighting?

I've had my share of gaslighting and have given it as well. To me there's this sort of limbo situation, where the undefinition is the abuse, where a person has the underlying feeling that something is ...
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Do Buddhists talk about insides?

Buddhists talk about abstract and concrete things, particulars, parts and wholes, etc., and Theravada Buddhism is often I think thought of in terms of an analysis of parts, breaking things down into ...
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what's the emptiness, 空, in 3rd jhana of STED 4 jhana formula in agamas?

what's the emptiness, 空, in 3rd jhana of STED 4 jhana formula in agamas? https://notesonthedhamma.blogspot.com/2019/12/whats-emptiness-in-3rd-jhana-of-sted-4.html excerpt: The 4 jhanas standard ...
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how many meditations have the word 'sati' in there? what are all the practices that are “great fruit, great benefit”?

The motivation behind these two questions, is I suspect the Buddha emphasized some meditation practices above others for some reason or other. Obviously everything the Buddha taught would have useful ...
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Does “dhatu” in Pali refer to “elements of experience”?

I read the following on the internet: I think that in Buddhism the word refers to elements of experience -- and that the words represent subjective or perceived qualities of a thing. For ...
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Attachment to trifling material things

Just a practical question on attachment to trifling material things. I struggle to put it in words but from my younger age, I have a habit of being angry when someone takes a minor item without ...
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How our body/soul is composition of five elements?

Recently I'm discussing five elements of nature with an atheist he cleared our body is composition of 11 elements Composition of the human body. These elements are enough different from those 5 ...
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Buddhism and Mathematics

Have there been any Buddhist texts addressing geometry, calculation or abstract algebra? I recently read a composite biography of several mathematicians through history. While some had schizophrenia, ...
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Reincarnation of a Sotapanna person (Stream Enterer)

When the life of a Sotapanna ends, let's say he/she reincarnates as a human. Does that mean, the reincarnated is capable of demonstrating the qualities of a Sotapanna since a very young age? Or, ...
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Secular, Tradition or the pathway of the branches [closed]

We come to understand the groundwork of Buddhism, along with traditional beliefs/traditions based on what the mind may declare, what tradition may teach, what the sutra may declare. Beyond the ...
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What happens after anger disappears?

I practiced meditation few years ago,had reached a state where experience consepte of "I"was an illusion.when was Illusion of the I disappeared anger disappeared altogether. But I can't meditate ...
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sensations as meditation object

Can sensations be a meditation object like breath? if yes how do I practice meditations with it?

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