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What are the cylinders in front of the Buddha statue at Nanzō-in Temple, Japan?

I recently visited Nanzō-in Temple, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, home of a very large bronze reclining Buddha. In front of the statue are many vertical metal cylinders. My initial thought was that they ...
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the Pair of Knowing and Object

I am searching for a precise understanding of what Buddhist authors mean by the "pair" of "knowing" and "object". For example ...we see that what we call "self" is simply the pairwise progression ...
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How does extinction fit in the 12 links?

I'm thinking that the presence itself, in sense objects, of ignorance, the first link, is never erased; that with final nirvana something has being, the absence of the 12 links. Can the absence of ...
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Escape the suffering?

if believe we can escape the suffering of this world and the limits of our material existence by observing and practicing a set of practices. for Christian, we know that the way of “escape” is only ...
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Problem solving attitude

While I could clearly improve my awareness and intuition through meditation, I want to improve my problem solving skills, not giving up attitude, analytical skills and interpersonal skills. Can ...
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If a monk sees a pin in his path, will he step on it and accept pain?

I read about Buddhism where I came to know, we learn to see everything from bare prospect and don't judge anything. And a random thing came to my mind: I even read that pain is seen as pain and ...
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I am hearing buzzing, humming sound in silence. Is this problem with my ear or its progress in meditation?

I was practice Breath Meditation then OM Chanting Meditation from year. and finally leave these both because its not suite for me. Then I start Sound Meditation where I try to listen sound of my heart ...
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Mind full Meditation

I Have been training third eye meditation for past three months,now the tingling sensation on my forehead never goes off and i couldn't go proceed and thought of trying mind full meditation,where we ...
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Buddha's knowledge of prior births

Did Budhdha really got to know his previous births ....or was it just mind hallucinating because of hunger, thirst? I don't mean any disrespect
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Is hate meant to be useful in any way?

I am pretty confident that the act of hating is bad, no matter the situation/problem you are facing. Now, does hate have any intrinsic purpose? I am thinking that maybe it was useful to hate in some ...
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What does Buddhism say about success?

I grew up in a western country raised in a western atmosphere with a western mentality. I'm talking things like the pyramid of needs and how apparently self-gratification and personal success are the ...
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What is the buddhist conception of light?

How do buddhists regard light? In their statues the eyes of Buddha are most times closed. Do they consider light a low worthy thing or something else. Newton showed gravity to be a powerful competitor ...
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Monks chosen for Tibetan Telepathy

In Tibetan Buddhism there is a sect of monks who specialize in "Telepathy". Their job essentially is to protect the Tibetan people from natural disasters. Does anyone know the process on how these ...
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If you are/become very sensitive for sounds what could be the reason/cause?

If you get disturbed at night by tiny sounds or find it difficult to hear loud sounds at day is there a particulary cause known for that in buddhism. Is it bad and what to do about it?
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self esteem and the need to feel proud of ourselves

When I see my direction of motivation towards working or relationships or for that matter even meditation is the want to feel proud of myself. Why do we need to feel proud of ourselves? Can we ...
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Term for instructual terms

I don't know that the term, "instructual term" is the best way to describe what I'm trying to say, but basically, I'm curious as to what things such as "the four noble truths", "the ten factors", "the ...
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What is the water filter of Koṇāgamana?

No matter how many different ways I search, I seem to get this exact/ALMOST exact phrase:"These relics include the staff of Kakusandha, the water filter of Koṇāgamana, a piece of the robe of Kassapa, ...
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What are the main differences between Buddhism and Ellen Langer's 'scientific mindfulness'?

Ellen Langer has an interesting passage in her book on mindfulness claiming that her work is significantly different than 'spiritual buddhism' because it comes from the Western Scientific tradition. ...
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Love versus Hatred

I think Hatred and Love comes together. Sometimes people hate each other due to misunderstandings. But when the misunderstandings vanished they start to regret and Love each other. Other way ...
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Animisa Locana Pooja. Is it really what it is?

This is probably by far the most interesting theory that I have heard (Yes a theory or you may call it a story. I just don't have a reference to back this up!) about the life of Gautama Buddha. The "...
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What is the Sutra where The Buddha says that he has taught only a fraction of what he knew [duplicate]

I read somewhere (don't remember where) that the Buddha mentioned, that he has taught only a fraction of what he could discern with his eye of wisdom (about existence). Does anyone know which Sutra ...
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Which are the best Thai amulets for love, job, and career?

Which are the best Thai amulets that can help to get my love back, and also help in my life, jobs, and career?
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Is Chant of Metta from Tipitaka?

I came across 'The Chant of Metta' (Metta Gatha), in a beautiful rendition by Imee Ooi in this YouTube video. Here is the full text in Pali, with English translation: THE CHANT OF METTA Is this ...
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Did anyone equate the tathagatagarbha with the past?

This question may sound strange, but in my secular frustrations, I'm thinking about "the past" as some kind of womb which has nourished and given birth to "me" now. Do Buddhists, of any sort, have a ...
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Is ignorance/unawareness Dukkha?

It is usually said that the root delusions of attachment, anger and unawareness/ignorance are the causes of Dukkha. Of the three, unawareness/ignorance is the root cause. I see very how unawareness/...
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How can fiction writing be best used for achieving enlightenment?

It seems that many fiction writers were very wise, including those, who had little or no access to spiritual teachings (e. g. the Strugatsky brothers). Allegedly, in Japanese culture non-spiritual ...
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Does mankind evolve or devolve spiritually? [closed]

Some philosophers have the idea that humanity is undergoing a spiritual evolution. The most famous representative of this idea is G. W. F. Hegel (whose ideas Marx used and later Communism tried to put ...
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Beings with no Physical appearance?

I have heard about the beings called Brahma who do not have a Physical appearance.But they have different names. How does the identity factor come into this scenario. Is there some Suttas or texts ...
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Bad births and not so Bad births?

As we know there are lower realms mentioned in Buddhism, like the animal realm. If you have heard the story of the "Alavaka yaksha/yakkha" (He was an evil being by birth) You might also think "If ...
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I'm just interested in buddhism [closed]

Do buddhists pray? Do they ever speak to the universe in a spiritual manner? What are buddhists views on suicide? Do you help plan out your life before being reincarnated?
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Is appropriate to mentally talk to myself during meditation?

Let’s suppose the primary object of my meditation is breathing. I usually just notice the exact point where my breath touch my nostrils and in my mind without words I just acknowledge this finding ...
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Is it moral to trade goods?

If I for example buy cheap products from china and sell them with a higher price to other people in a different country in ebay - is this really wholesome? This kind of career, isn't really helping ...
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What practices can aid (or not ruin) the mahasi style meditation?

This question goes specifically to theravada insight practicioners - but everyone can answer if they think they have something useful to add - even from other traditions since my mahasi style ...
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How many types of lying?

To fulfill a lie: The statement must be untrue. There must be an intention to deceive. An effort must be made to deceive. The other person understands the meaning. One person says something he didn'...
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Action committed through self-interest

Is good action that is committed through self interest capable of creating good karma? For example one may contemplate, “if I do action X, it will produce good effects in the future for me, or it ...
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Does each person have a particular True Nature, according to Buddhism?

I know that there is what is described as universal True Nature - aspects common to everyone. I know about Karma, which can be seen as how beings have tendencies even from birth (which otherwise has ...
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Can someone be Buddhist and Christian at the same time? [duplicate]

Are there any contradictions between the Catholic Christianity and Buddhism(main stream)? Can someone be a Christian and Buddhist at the same time? I am looking for contradictions. Would you specify ...
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Non Buddha Realms

I am not sure if I am asking about Original Enlightenment, but suppose that a sentient being doesn't (really) know they are a Buddha. Are they really in e.g. a human or animal realm, or are they in a ...
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Does final nirvana conventionally exist - especially in the lotus sutra?

Does every tradition, especially ones descended from the lotus sutra and the Buddha's immeasurable life, claim that parinirvana is a conventional existent? Assuming that it's not a dharma, I don't ...
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Were the Zen Patriarchs reborn?

Was e.g. the 6th patriarch Huineng reborn? Was Dogen reborn? I would think that Huineng wasn't (it's called the platform sutra for a reason) and Dogen was - though I don't know of anything he said to ...
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How does cause depend on its effect?

This philosophical treatment of Nagarjuna by Westerhoff talks about how a cause depends on its effect. I think that this point is a stumbling block for me but in my philosophical interpretations of ...
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Understanding Psychosomatic ailments

I am given to understand deep mental suffering can inflict physical ailments. (very understandable.) Specifically harbouring certain kinds of negative mental constructs, for extended periods of time, ...
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Buddhist Monk - Travel by air

Happened to watch Yuttadhammo's video on Life in a day project and also understood that Monks are not allowed to stay in a place with a woman. Was wondering how do they actually travel by air in a ...
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Does karma force things to happen?

I know karma matures with the right conditions but does it ever force things to happen with the certainty that it will happen? Like for example can earning a specific karma say that it's going to ...
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The difference between a great man and an enlightening being

Hope that my question is pertinent here :) ? Can anyone here help me think about the difference between the two :) ?
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Kamma and (psychiatric) delusions / madness

if I am mad and my action would not have been performed if not for loss of reality (i.e. psychosis) will I still bear its -ve fruit? As a Buddhist or otherwise. Please answer sensitively :)
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Timing of meditation

I meditate once a day in early morning, only. I have found that this time is very helpful in practicing meditation. I want to meditate at least twice a day. I want to know if time plays a role in ...
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Is there a difference between sunatta and anatta [duplicate]

Is there a difference between sunatta and anatta? if so, which is the difference?
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Are people younger than 20 forbidden to ordain?

According to a precept it is forbidden to integrate a person under 20 years of age into the Sangha. Is that correct? So are the young monks, not monks, but something different?
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Meaning of Gotrabhu in plain English

How you can explain in plain English the change of focus (from puthujjana to ariya) that takes place in this stage of insight?

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