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Is there any volition or will that I can manage or control?

In Buddha's teachings, all mind-related entities are "not-self" i.e.: uncontrollable (opposite of controllable = when I want it I can make it happen, I can turn it on and off as I desire) ...
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Does mindfulness end kamma ? is that a good thing ?

Does mindfulness end kamma ? is that a good thing ? !!! yes I am aware that the goal is not to attach to anything so avoiding suffering and that good kamma in the end is also "bad" !!! I am asking ...
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Life and why we (mankind ) exist

I'm stuck on this for now ...does the Buddha say anything about why we exist ( mankind ? I know how much he stated about reasons why we should not exist such as Nirvana being the highest goal to ...
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Can good and evil live in harmony?

Presently I found an old steel bangle belonging to the sheik faith ...and I started to think of circle and unity how pleasent it would be to flow freely, and then I had the ephifany that this is ...
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Past Buddha's : Sources

I came along with this (http://www.aathaapi.net/dwncounter.php?number=29) detailed description of the Buddhas (during vag and mano pradani era of Gautama Bodhisattva) before the 28 Buddhas. 512000 ...
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Did the Lord Buddha say anything about magic and fortune telling?

Did the Lord Buddha say anything about magic and fortune telling? I just want to know because in this modern world everyone is following some astrology (Fortune tellers). People believe what ever ...
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Blind police justice and right livelihood

The police seem necessary for any defiled society; but that doesn't mean being a police officer, who must follow laws objectively but also blindly, is necessarily right livelihood. They are ...
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Is there a budhistic way to experience suppressed emotions?

See question above. So far I know to kickstart emotion : writing about emotion, boxing, put your awareness to bodily feelings(kind a hard if you just feel numbness)
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Being called Buddhist [duplicate]

I always wondered why do people that practice Buddhist practices, label or opt not to label themselves "Buddhist".
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What would you say about being overly optimistic or overly pessimistic about the ways of approaching the path?

As everyone is entitled to their own opinion to a question of this nature, let me first say this. Now I recognize that they’re both forms of conceit. If we learn the proper use of conceit: the ...
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Escaping “certain death” in the Mahayana tradition: does it occur in India?

I was struck, when reading on the history of Buddhism in China, by the stories of brave monks escaping certain death, often many times in one life. I was curious is this was something Indian ...
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Does the Maha Parinirvana Sutra acknowledge the existence of eternal spirit/soul?

The Buddhist scholar Sallile King has the following interpretation made from the Mahayana Maha PariNirvana Sutra: [I]t is obvious that the Mahaparinirvana Sutra does not consider it impossible for ...
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Can Dukkha be considered as the consequence of a psychological allergic reaction?

An physical allergic reaction happens when the immune system is activated when it is not really necessary and harms more than it helps. Dukkha can perhaps be the result of activity of the ego ...
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Did Buddha forbid paying respect to deities of contemporary traditions?

Buddhism shares many deities with Brahmanism(Hinduism) and Jainism for example, Indra, Yama, etc. (Though the story associated with them might differ between the traditions, the central persona is the ...
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What are the 8 Consciousness in Chinese Buddhism

The answeres to the following question: Is the Ocean Samadhi a metaphor or an actual meditation? implply there are 8 types of conciousness in Chinese Buddhism. What are these? How did they originate? ...
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Buddha Sasana of Ariya Maitreya Buddha

The Sasana of Gautama Buddha will last for 5000 years of which more than 2500 years are over. Ariya Maitreya will be the next Buddha. How long will the Sasana of Ariya Maitreya Buddha last?
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Diminished volition

This article titled The Theory of Kama says, Volition, or Will (tetana), is itself the doer, Feeling (vedana) is itself the reaper of the fruits of actions. So feelings are the fruit of will and ...
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Buddhist pursuit of peace questions [closed]

I've been researching about Buddhism and their pursuit for peace and i have some questions. Do you believe that Buddhism has shaped society today. If so how? How has Buddhism influenced your life? ...
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Why buddhists love staying in hills?

What is reason of Buddhism mostly spread on hilltops of India then in plains of India? Moreover Dalai Lama lives on Hilltop; as he can live in plains. Is there any reason of choosing mountains for ...
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Are there any vampires?

Are there any vampires in any living or dead (hah!) buddhist tradition? I read that there were kinda vampires in Tibetan Bon? Not sure why I'm asking, probably spiritual ressentiment :) Peace...
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Significance of hand placement in forming mudra

In Suzuki's "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind" (online copy here), instruction is given on how to form the specific hand position (mudra) when meditating. He advocates "put[ting] your left hand on top of ...
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Natural practice of meditation

Hey I just wondered: I met a high intensity theravadin meditator (who teaches it) and he defined the self enlightened as being meditators that no one had to teach. It came naturally, so to speak. Is ...
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The experience of silence

Is there anything out there in the zen tradition about whether "silence" (do I mean this metaphorically) is to be embraced in meditation?
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Metaphors in and out Buddhism

One of the questions / answers recently posted here was about "storing" mental states for later. Of course this isn't Buddhist, in the sense that it does not literally describe a selfless person. ...
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What is “stillness” or samatha?

Is a "still" mind: a mind without any thoughts; or a mind without a certain style of thoughts; or a mind which has lost a certain way of connecting to thoughts? I assumed it was a lessening of ...
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Do beings without conscious experiences have buddha nature

A philosophical zombie is defined as follows, Zombies in philosophy are imaginary creatures used to illuminate problems about consciousness and its relation to the physical world. Unlike those in ...
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Does yesterday have buddha nature

I am asking because I think that if the past has buddha nature, and the dharmakaya is impermanent, then there is nothing left of the enlightened when they die.
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A Question About our Aatma

Where is our Aatma or Soul when we sleep? What exactly happens to it? I tried finding answers, but could not get any answer from within! Help
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What is the essential difference between citta and vinnana? [duplicate]

What is the essential difference between citta and vinnana? I refer to this text of Ajaan Nanasampajanno in his book 'Arahatthaphala-The Path to Arahantship' p. 53: 'The citta is the essential ...
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what is the traditional zen stance on agriculture and animal care? [closed]

its a pretty straight forward question. facts only please, no opinions, and i request that only an experienced and well practiced zen buddhist answer this question (to avoid speculation). thanks.
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Buddhist Perspective on Value, Sentiment, Attraction?

Paul Bloom: The origins of pleasure describe pleasure based on information. To further elaborate original artwork is worth more than a duplicate, how we get attached or less attached to a person on ...
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Books for intermediate/advance students [closed]

Most of the books about Buddhism I can find were made for Beginners, most are very good and touch the key points, easy to find and to buy. The problem is that after a while I started to look for more ...
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Beautiful Balloons for Buddha

Can someone explain the tradition of releasing balloons with candles inside for Buddha? What is the meaning? Is it a Theravada or a Mahayana tradition? When and why people do it?
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How does Dependent Origination relate to Vipassana Meditation?

How does Dependent Origination relate to Vipassana meditation as taught by different schools / interpretations of Buddhism? More particularly how do you break the links of dependent origination as ...
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Object of Focus for Mindfulness (Non-judgment)

In the context of modern mindfulness, one should pay attention to awareness non-judgmentally. I have tried this, and wondered whether it is possible to do so without an object, e.g. the breath. Jon ...
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Are Jataka tales authentic words of the Buddha? [duplicate]

If these stories could be taken to be truly narrated by the Buddha, it gives some interesting twists to the generally understood history of India and Indian philosophy. For example, there are Jataka ...
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Can someone provide a transliteration of Sri Lankan script following the western Pali standard?

Sadly, Indo-Germanic languages aren't well transliterated following international standards (which are far from purposes, aside of productivity and cutting down to lowest). The romanization of Pali ...
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Tibetan script ༎ and ། topic and section markers in detail

There is not much info on ། and ༎. There are some notes here, but that's about it. ། TIBETAN MARK SHAD: Denotes the end of a piece of text called a tshig-grub, a unit that can't be compared with ...
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What are the Wikipedia Pages for these Kangyur titles

Not knowing Tibetan or having access to a wide array of sources, I am using the (Tibetan script) Kangyur from these. The table of contents is here pretty much. After converting their Excel file to a ...
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Important Commentaries?

Q: 1) Can someone name the most important commentaries, sub-commentaries, etc. I should read while reading the Tipitaka?
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Woman touch Buddha

q: Can a woman touch a Buddha? And if so, what would happen, how would the Buddha react?
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Kamma and the Physical

Q: does kamma bind or work with the physical realm? Such as a tsunami will kill you, but you will also die in such a way due to past kamma?
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Sources for the Whole Tipitaka

q: Can someone name the books in the shelf of Yuttadhammo in his videos or all the books in the Tipitaka and sources to get them in English? or at least what has been translated to english?
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Should we be vegan? [duplicate]

I am non-vegetarian but since reading through Buddhist scriptures, I felt like going towards Vegan would be prefered approach in order to follow and know Buddhism. Please guide me on this dilemma. ...
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Where are the verse markers in Perfection of Wisdom in 8000 Verses?

I am looking here at the Tibetan script text, but I don't see any indication of verses. Looking at an English translation I don't see any verses either. Is it just a metaphor or something, not ...
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Meditation on a concept

Is samatha concentration meditation's object always an idea, concept or something else? Why meditate on a concept and what else besides concepts are there to meditate on?
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Where is the Tibetan Book of the Dead online in Tibetan script?

THLib contains the Kangyur and Tengyur in Tibetan script, which is a lot of text. But it doesn't seem to contain the Tibetan Book of the Dead :( Is there any place online that has the Tibetan Book of ...
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Is there a scientific consensus on meditation?

Is there a scientific consensus on meditation? I've seen it said that different parts of the brain are activated during meditation. Is that true for all experienced meditators, all forms of meditation,...
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Pure Land Buddhism in Tendai?

Can the stages before the ten faiths be, according to Tendai Buddhism, fulfilled by the Nembutsu? So that e.g. the second of the five grades be reciting the Nembutsu only; the third of the five ...
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Difference in the number of verses in the chapters of Madhyamakavatara

Can someone please explain or inform me about the substantial difference in numebr of verses in Arya Candrakirti's work Madhyamakavatara (The Entry into the Middle Way)(Particularly between Chapter 6 (...

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