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What are Buddhist views about free will? Does the concept of free will vs determinism even apply? Is it a question with a wrong assumption? [duplicate]

There are mainly 3 western views: Free Will is real & I believe in it. Free Will is an illusion but I live my life assuming it is real because it is a healthy assumption. A compatibilist that ...
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Bodhisattva Precepts

I've been really into the ethical and moral foundation of buddhism and stumbled onto the precepts. Would it be wrong of me to recite the bodhisattva precepts that I've found online that I identify ...
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Can the pursuit of Buddhism be real and fake? [closed]

I am not referring to monks, or to piety, or to hypocrites per se. Is there a need to appear authoritative when you are not, and if this manifests in Buddhism in any way peculiar to it?
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What happens to a cause after it has generated an effect?

What happens to a cause after it has generated an effect? I don't think it can cease to really exist, as it never really existed in the first place. Does the effect somehow - metaphorically - crowd ...
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Anatta and the question of motivation

I am a layperson of protestant Christian background interested in buddhist thought and trying to clarify some of the basic concepts for myself. One of the stumbling blocks is understanding the ...
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How can I change my perception to overcome reification?

Reification is a way of conceptualization or objectification or mental modeling through which we form ideas, beliefs, and make an understanding of our surroundings. However, I saw a youtube video ...
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How do Mahayana Buddhists perceive the world?

One Mahayana Buddhist said, "we act as if each person has his or her own consciousness, sensation, and thoughts." Does everyone Mahayana Buddhist believe that he lives in a world in which ...
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What is the worldview of Mahayana Buddhists? [duplicate]

What does every Mahayana Buddhism think of other people in the world? Does he think he lives in a world in which all people are a projection of his/her mind? 2. He thinks that he lives in a world in ...
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How does one hold themself in full awareness during new complicated and complex learning?

In one of Eckhart Tolle talks (can't find the exact one yet) he mentions how most people "loose themselves" at/during "work". i.e. - lose awareness of body, emotions and thoughts. ...
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Vajrayana, Mahayana, Theravada, “Magic”, Using breath control as an anchor to meditation? Where are the boundaries of Bhuddism that merit down votes?

Let us rock the boat for a moment, in intellectual detached discourse, free of the emotions, if this is possible? My question: Is this a group tailored and friendly only to Theravada /Pali Canon? Are ...
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Dwelling Upon Seeming Levels of Emptiness?

Note: the term sunyata here is being used from the Mahayana context. Not too long ago, I asked this question about concentration and openness where I suggested that concentration was a hindrance to my ...
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Why do I rock/sway when people pass me meditating outdoors, and stop when they're gone?

When I meditate outside/outdoors, when my body becomes super relaxed, I notice my upper body starts to rock/sway forwards and backwards whenever anyone passes by, or when I am being observed from a ...
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Definition of Dukkha [duplicate]

What is the precise meaning of the word "dukkha", often translated as "suffering" in Buddhism? Is it correct to say that Buddhism gives a method to get rid of all sufferings, ...
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How does the path according to Sheng-yen compare with scholastic Buddhism?

Sheng-yen was an important Taiwanese Buddhist, with I believe Rinzai and Soto tranmission. When describing the Buddhist path, he says that the 10 faiths are reached only after extensive success with ...
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What's the ordering of 6 realms of rebirth?

I've just started learning Buddhism, and currently investigating 6 realms of rebirth. What confuses me is that it seems different sources give inconsistent ordering of the realms. For example, in the ...
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What is the meaning of “birth, becoming, old age & death” in the 12 links?

Finding resources to better understand the meaning of the 12 links of dependent origination has been challenging for me. The best resource I've been able to find to decipher the meaning thus far is ...
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Does buying meat equate to approving of killing an animal?

In the Kammapatha sutta AN 3.164(A i 297) a note concerning the meaning of a passage (written by the author of the page dedicated to the sutta it seems) makes me question, the sutta and note are ...
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What is the practice people call “shamata practice”. Where did this idea come from?

I have been studying and practicing meditation for over a decade, mainly following Kamalashila's stages of meditation as a guide. I learned that Shamata is defined as the single-mindedness which is ...
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In any Buddhist Context, is there a Necessary Existent

I'm asking this ontological question as in the context of, e.g., an Aristotelian Prime Unmoved Mover, or some other first cause. My guess is that there isn't, probably based on Dependent Origination ...
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Does the breath literally stop in the fourth Jhāna?

I've been trying to understand the descriptions of each of the Jhānas in various Suttas, and I don't get what's meant by an element in some descriptions of the fourth Jhāna. For example: When one has ...
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What do you regard as noteworthy differences in the popular pali to english translations?

What do you regard as noteworthy differences in the popular pali to english translations of the Sutta?
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Learning about buddhism through text only

I am legally deafblind. Any form of videos, images, audio, ..., so any media apart from text is difficult to access for me. Hence, even though I'm interested in Buddhism, I struggle to figure out if ...
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Best book or documentary related to mindfulness

What is your best mindfulness book or documentary? I have experienced Vipassana retreats. I would like to know more about mindfulness.
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4 stages of enlightenment?

Wikipedia currently describes the 4 stages of enlightenment thusly: A Stream-enterer (Sotāpanna) is free from: Identity view (Pali: sakkāya-diṭṭhi), the belief that there is an unchanging self or ...
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nirodha vs nibbana?

I came across this excellent discussion of nirodha recently: What is Nirodha? wherein nirodha was defined to be "the cessation of suffering" i.e. "the third noble truth". I tend to ...
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Is there a separate word for pain (in Pali) which the Buddha used to differentiate pain from suffering?

Re: The common saying ... "Pain is inevitable but suffering is a choice". Wherein by "dukkha" is meant everything from mild discomfort to intense suffering ... It occurs to me that ...
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Are accepted social norms and the law of the land moral sexual conduct according to Buddhism?

I read the following on the internet: In my opinion, Buddha looks at sex from four angles. Hindrance to attain Nibbana or even one-pointedness Generally accepted social norms. Kindness towards ...
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Do the texts of Mahayana Buddhism or those of any other school posit that everything is to be regarded as ideation? (Idealism)

Does Mahayana Buddhism or any other school of Buddhism posit the idea that the physical world does not exist apart from an observer's frame of reference, as in everything exists only in the mind as ...
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What are the main differences between Mahayana and Yogachara Buddhism? [duplicate]

What are the main differences between Mahayana and Yogacara Buddhism? How many percent of people in the world adhere to Yogacara? Does Yogacara say that only I have a mind, and all other people are ...
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Is there any place for Omens in Buddhism?

An omen is viewed as a sign from the natural world that delivers a message of some sort. Typically this message is seen as an indicator of coming good or evil events. I know this has nothing to do ...
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In what suttas are the “4 resolves” (adhiṭṭhānī) discussed?

I have heard this list discussed in Dharma talks like this one: Gil Fronsdal: The Four Resolves (Recorded: Monday, June 12, 2017) But when I tried to find suttas on this subject, I could only find 1 ...
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Does regret help us to correct our faults?

Does regret / guilty help us to correct our faults? Isnt the pain from our faults push us to the correct path?
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Finding the balance of thinking and working

Today I realized that I am an overthinker. I postpone things because of thinking, planning. I missed lot of time due it. But by thinking I found lot of new stuff. Those thinking is the main cause for ...
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Madhyamaka, theravada and mahayana [duplicate]

Why is Mahayana Buddhism not a form of solipsism (epistemological, methodological, metaphysical) if the first school of Mahayana Buddhism was the Madhyamaka school from which then yogachara originated,...
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Why is Buddhism not solipsism? [duplicate]

Why Buddhism Is Not Solipsism (Methodological, Epistemological, or Metaphysical) I read on the Internet that Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism are all forms of solipsism. But that's not true, right? ...
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How do I slow down and start living according to my values? How do I change the direction of my life?

For some time, I have been practising different types of meditation and yoga, and I have also tried to study a bit of Buddhism, from which I have got the main values that guide my life (I cannot say I ...
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Thinking vs Talking in mind

Sometimes, I caught me on talking in mind. Sometimes my tongue moves according to it. Sometimes I talk to myself. This feels very fast and hard to control. There also intuition like thinking. For a ...
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Is this forum a place for Buddhist Hermeneutics?

Buddhist Hermeneutics could be the objective study of Buddhist texts (from my limited understanding). Is hermeneutics possible in Buddhism? There are so many allegories and parables in Buddhist texts, ...
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Can volition be without craving? We love and serve because we intend to?

As Observer Say I observe systems around me --- economics of suffering, arising of crime, even the Dependent Origination --- without craving to maintain, defend, modify, control or destroy the systems....
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What does “this” stands for in the observation “This is suffering.”?

This is suffering is one of the noble truths. But it is not clear what does "this" stands for ? Similarly in the statement "This is the way leading to the cessation of suffering." ,...
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What to focus on in the practise of sati?

Recently, I started to be aware of my actions as stated in Sathipattana sutta. Today, I was aware about my movements when I moving a object. And I placed it in a wrong place. This happened multiple ...
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Former hedonist started with Samatha, worried about dukkha nanas

I really need your help as I'm, in some sort of conflict about my path. I'll try to keep things short but i need to include some info about my life experience so far. Now I'm 25 years old and all my ...
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Did the Buddha ever mentioned what is the cause for having lovers / marriage?

I know there are clear explanations of cause and effect for things like the 5 precepts whereby; Killing is the cause for short live, stealing is the cause for being poor etc... But did our Lord Buddha ...
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Relationship between truth and compassion

Can a bodhisattva or lay Buddhist be too concerned with truth at the expense of compassion and altruism? What is the relationship between truth and compassion? e.g.. is the truth always compassionate, ...
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Did the Buddha say that practitioners inclined towards hate rather than greed are closer to nibbana?

I have heard more than one Dharma teacher say the Buddha claimed that practitioners who are more strongly inclined towards hate than greed are closer to nibbana. Is there any evidence from the suttas ...
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Dependent Origination: causes vs conditions?

I suspect that I am not alone in having a fuzzy understanding of precisely what the difference is between a ”cause” and a “condition” in the Buddha's teachings on Dependent Origination. A concrete ...
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Trying to find a quote by Pema Chodron

I'm looking for a quote by Pema Chodron. In my memory, she's having a discussion with a Zen master, and the quote goes something like this; Pema: "what do you do when things fall apart?" Zen ...
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Music and Right Livelihood

A lay follower should not engage in five types of business i.e. business in weapon, human being, meat, intoxicant and poison. But there are many jobs can be considered harmful but not included in the ...
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Can we cling to other people's reasons, when it ought not matter to us what they are?

I think I remember reading practical examples about how greed can lead to suffering. Is there anything analogous with looking to understand other people's reasons: is it rooted in the Buddhist poisons?...
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Meditations on Paṭiccasamuppāda

While meditating on Dependent Origination, I have come to understand certain things that I hesitatingly put forth here: Though the links in the chain of Dependent Origination are cyclical in nature, ...

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