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Eclecticism in the Dhamma (as per AN 3.72; AN 3.65; MN 20)

“Those who teach a Dhamma for the abandoning of passion, for the abandoning of aversion, for the abandoning of delusion — their Dhamma is well-taught”. (Ājīvaka Sutta; AN 3:72) Does this verse ...
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Egoic voice in head

It has been observed, all the egoic voices heard is same as the younger brother. When any positive resolution is made, for example, fasting on certain days, doing japa, abstaining from certain foods, ...
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Do the words, Dharmakaya, Nirmanakaya or Samboghakaya appear in any Teravada Buddhist Scriptures?

I read some articles and saw some references to the words , Dharmakaya, Samboghakaya and Nirmanakaya used by Buddha , as mentioned in the Theravada scriptures , at least a few times during His ...
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Does the question further?

Sometimes, a lay person would approach the Buddha and ask a question, such as, "If I earn all of the money in the world, will she like me?" to which the Buddha would reply, "It does not further". As ...
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What is the difference between mindfulness and concentration?

Does the concentration occurs during first jhana?or is it relates to the samadhi which involves in second jhana?What is actually one pointed of the mind means?
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Ten fetters in saṃsāra during meditation

How are the 10 fetters being destroyed? Can the chain of fetters be seen during vipassana meditation?
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What is mental phenomenon?

Every internal sense organ comes along with corresponding external organ. For example eye comes along with form, ear comes along with sound, nose comes along with smell , mind comes along with mental ...
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Does sankhara disappear in Samantha meditation or insight meditation?

If the doer disappears, all the external objects disappear, what remains is the knower. Knower is known and knows. Knower is consciousness,inner aspect. Knower,outer aspect,objects. Sankhara ...
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Effectiveness of Body Contemplation (Asubha Bhavana)

Does someone actively practise this type of meditation for a longer period of time? I feel like that it does not really work. Is there something to keep in mind to increase its effectiveness? I think ...
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Does suffering entail being overwhelmed for the person who is suffering?

Also are there behaviors that all humans do when they suffer? For instance, do all humans try to alleviate suffering when they experience it?
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How is the pendulum understood in Buddhism?

I've seen the pendulum is widely used as an illustration for finding a neutral, balance point between the extremes. Its movement is also periodic which shares the same characteristic with samsara. It ...
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Showing anatta from modern psychology or neuroscience?

I have heard Ajahn Brahm say in a talk, if I recall, that modern science or psychology has demonstrated anatta in some way. It seems unnecessary to invoke science to validate any of Buddhism, but ...
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During insight meditation

During meditation consciousness of ear nose eye tongue body sensation have disappeared. No sensations for a while and start emerge of thoughts. When see the thoughts clearly there are spaces ...
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Reference wanted for “To see your past karma, look at your present body (and environment)…”

This is a reference request, not a doctrine question. I recall seeing a quote from a Buddhist text or teacher roughly to this effect... To see your past karma, look at your present body (and ...
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What is Sang Hyang Adhi Buddha?

https://id.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanghyang_Adi_Buddha In Indonesia, due to muslim influence, believes in an "Esa" God is one of the founding principle of Indonesians. The words "Esa" in Indonesia can ...
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Om - meaning and “significance” of it in Buddhism - esp. in theravada?

Many buddhist mantras have Om/Aum in starting of it. In buddhism, esp. theravada, what is the meaning and "significance" of "Om"? (note:although I am open to mahayana,vajrayana interpretations too as ...
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Does meditation lead to incarnation?

Continuous meditation will calm the mind, when eyes open there is a difference felt, this difference means the soul has change, is this change an incarnation ? Similarly when hungry, thoughts are ...
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Does anyone know the origin of the Buddhist Prayer of Forgiveness?

Buddhist Prayer of Forgiveness If I have harmed anyone in any way either knowingly or unknowingly through my own confusions I ask their forgiveness. If anyone has harmed me in any way ...
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What is the difference between Sakkaya Ditthi and Attanuditthi?

What is the difference between Sakkhya Ditthi and Attanuditthi? I have asked the same question at the Dhamma Wheel topic: Sakkaya Ditthi is not self-view!! In my opinion or view, SN 35.166 (...
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Literature on ending Samsara on micro scale

I believe in patterns, and patterns of patterns, where scale is of secondary importance. Much like a fractal. The formula is more fundamental then the form. From there on, I believe that the mind will ...
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Can anyone explain how 'stimulus / response' appears in Chinese or Japanese Buddhism?

Can anyone explain how 'stimulus / response' appears in Chinese or Japanese Buddhism? What does it mean? I can recall barely nothing about it, but I do know that it features in Zhiyi's work, Chin Fa-...
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Right Speech & Precepts

Couple of questions: According to the Dhamma, is it allowed to critisize someone in a constructive manner? If someone gossips about me how do I deal with it? Compassion and kindness aside, sometimes ...
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Tonglen - Exchanging Self and Other - Intersubjectivity

Dear friends, looking for parallels between the practice of Tonglen, and the Husserlian notion of Intersubjectivity, I have come upon this research paper by Natalie Depraz, Phd. Quoting from the ...
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Sitting Meditation: not able to notice rise and fall of abdomen

During sitting meditation, Most of the times, I am not able to notice rise and fall of abdomen This problem is not getting better, even after doing sitting meditation for some time Want to get ...
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What are “lower yanas”

How is it that 3 separate schools of Buddhism that developed they're own separate characteristics and sometimes even developed different fundamental teachings are taught as lower, middle and greater ...
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How can the term “spirit” be translated into Buddhist doctrine?

How can the term "spirit" be translated into Buddhist doctrine? If I may just copy paste the definition: Moreover, could be mean anything unconditioned, permanent, or in some way separate from the ...
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Fecal and Urine medicines, what are the recipes?

does anybody know a recipe? Also any relevant information pls, tyvm.
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self-hypnotization-autosuggestion - chanting

I am looking for a solution for my complete lack of control - tried many things (doing lot of meditation doing 1 minute meditation - no formal meditation - but i never manage to keep it more than a ...
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If every bad event is because of karma, how can anyone ever murder an arhat or buddha?

If every bad event is because of karma, how can anyone ever murder an arhat? Killing an Arhat (enlightened being) is one of the ānantarika-kamma actions.
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Where can I find sources for historical data on Buddhist populations in various regions around the world?

I need some sources regarding the changes in the size of Buddhist populations since the death of Gautama Buddha, e.g. the number of Buddhists in what is modern day India from 410 BC until now, or just ...
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Authenticity of rules for monks and nuns

Is there any way we can know that all these rules are from the Buddha and not made up after him, based on cultural and/or persons agendas?
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Asking questions a “childish” way to learn, to teach?

In modern world it's often regarded as "poor" if asking questions. "What, you don't know?", others would fast lower others, yet forgeting that they have been given before as well. It is also the ...
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Does Krishnamurti claim of No Path, No Progress, No Goal fit with Buddhist thought?

Quoted below is an article posted on BuddhaNet Magazine relating Krishnamurti's philosophy with Buddhism. The writer relates Krishnamurti's view that there is "no "path", no procedures, no ...
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Is fifth precept included in the Noble Eightfold Path?

In the following video this monk said that consuming alcohol is a latter addition to the fifth precept and hence not part of the Noble Eightfold Path. I wish to know your thoughts on this. https://...
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What are the 5 cords of sensual pleasures?

I looked it up but the person answer was unclear. I read greed which is a sense desire of unprofitable things (Which if I'm correct is different from sense desire of objects) has all 5. So doesn't ...
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Why activity makes me material & full of desires?

I am in very dilemma- When I am inactive or lazy I meditate well, read good religious books etc. But whenever I come into action like studies or useful work I become very material & also get ...
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What is the meaning of 'two truths' in the Manorathapūraṇī?

In the Manorathapūraṇī (a later-day commentary), it is written: duve saccāni akkhāsi sambuddho vadataṃ varo sammutiṃ paramatthañca tatiyaṃ nupalabbhati The Awakened One, best of speakers, ...
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What is meant by “Practice the truth thy brother is same as thou”?

We are different. Our upbringing is different.Our sanskaras are different. We are made up of sanskaras therefore every self must be different. Yet Buddha says Practice the truth that thy brother is ...
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Belief in Ghost and spirits

If Buddhists don't believe that we have a soul then why do some believe in ghosts or spirits? this seems contradictory.
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Is Mahasi Sayadaw's “counterfeit dhamma”? [closed]

There are certain people on this website and one in particular who claim to know the only "true" teachings of Buddha and they are saying that following Mahasi Sayadaws and other masters teachings ...
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Right effort and concentration

I was reading about the noble eightfold path and Right effort, thought and concentration, they seem to be very similar. What are the differences?
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Pali Scriptures & Folklore

What is she difference between the Pali Suttas and folklore or the Indian folklore at the time? Is it possible some suttas include folklore as well as authentic words of the Buddha?
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Does Anyone know quotes relating to Once-Returners / sakadagami

I desperately need quotes from either scripture or from scholars.
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Why Buddhist worship Mount Kailash?

In Hinduism it is said to be the place of Lord Shiva and his wife godess parvati, How is it related to Buddhist? Did Buddha himself ever said the importance of Mount Kailash? and if it is just a ...
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Did the Buddha tell how to visit another part of universe via meditation?

Based on this answer I came to know that the Buddha has spoken about life on other planets; so did he ever explain any method, how to visit those places while doing meditation? Weirdly I have read ...
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Sutra reading stage

Is there a stage in practice when the practitioner is drawn to read the sutras? My problem is that I'm at a point where I'm confused w.r.t. what should I do. Performing actions seems pointless, there ...
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Doubting the quick attainments of the Mahasi Tradition

I have noticed that a lot of Mahasi practitioner seem to reach sotopanna very quickly. What is the difference from other methods of Buddhist Meditation and the Mahasi Method, relative to the apparent ...
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Did the Buddha speak the Mahanidana Sutta in the Digha Nikaya?

In the Pali suttas, there are scores of suttas about Dependent Origination which take the classic form of the 12 links, the benchmark being SN 12.2. In the Digha Nikaya, there is the Maha-Nidana ...
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in Budhism, what would happen with a soul in a eventually case of succesfull cryogenic reanimation?

there is some text that speaks something related about, what would happen with a soul in a eventually case of succesfull cryogenic resucitation? i know this is a very new theme, but, if reincarnation ...
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What is a belief as per the buddhism?

What I believe is what I look up to, everyday. Every belief originates me. Then am I a phenomena in itself?

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