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Is mano or mind function of brain? Then what we perceive is mere creation of brain

If brain cease to function all phenomenon also cease to function as well. Body including brain is so vulnerable to break up and Buddha emphasized that no one should cling to this body and its function ...
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The kamma of silence and/or “not acting”?

Aside of Silas there is the matter of kamma which includes always the mind. What's the impact of acting "political correct" or "according to laws", Sila, while having unskilful intentions? Whould ...
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How to deal with petty anger?

There are at present time only two things which still give me emotional responses that I seemingly have no control over. The one that I will be dealing with in this question is my inability to stop ...
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How to cultivate Equanimity?

Question is grammatically similar to this question but different in content. Apparently, Equanimity is not indifference but a feeling in itself. According to the Note at the bottom of Potaliya Sutta.;...
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New Year to Buddhists on 1st January?

Buddhists have a new year ,But it is not January 1st.What is the reason they celebrate the new year of January 1st.It is based on a religious basis or something else...
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About the compatibility between meditation methods, guides, trainings and teachers, and other questions regarding Samadhi

Being acquainted with Buddhism (although in a pretty shallow and intellectual fashion) since a few years now, I've just realized that I had almost no experience in meditation at all. It was only ...
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Sutras says that there is nothing to attain: but is there a beginning to attaining nirvana?

Sutras says that there is nothing to attain: but is there a beginning to attaining nirvana? See e.g. the heart sutra No suffering, no origination, no stopping, no path, no cognition, also no ...
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Can Jiddu Krishnamurthy's teachings be considered Buddhist in nature? [closed]

There was a guy named Jiddu Krishnamurthy. He talked a lot about conditioning, awareness and to see the things as they are. One of the content from the hyperlink is His aim was to set humanity ...
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The rites of marriage and death are a significant part of most religions

The rites of marriage and death are a significant part of most religions. How does Buddhism celebrate these or any other rites?
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SN 12.51 Why are meritorious formations rooted in ignorance?

SN 12.51 says: Bhikkhus, if a person immersed in ignorance generates a meritorious volitional formation, consciousness fares on to the meritorious; if he generates a demeritorious volitional ...
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Evidence of determinism in DN 2 Samaññaphala Sutta? Was the King already a faith follower?

Near the end of the Samaññaphala Sutta it says this: "The king is incapacitated. Had he not killed his father — that righteous man, that righteous king — the dustless, stainless Dhamma eye would ...
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What kind of meat Guan yin believer are allowed to eat?

My girlfriend is from a Thai / Chinese familly. They are buddist and they follow the Guan Yin precepts. I know they can't eat beef, but this is not the only meat they refuses to eat. They basicly ...
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Posadha 8th precept

The eighth precept refers to using high and luxorious beds and seats. Suppose one was at a café or other public place using a laptop to study Dharma. Would it be a violation of the precept to use a ...
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Did Avalokiteśvara, Mañjuśrī, Samantabhadra, and Kṣitigarbha exist before Śākyamuni?

In other words, did they exist first, and then Śākyamuni became a Buddha later on?
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Where is this budha from and would love to know any history of maker?

Any information I would be grateful for. I have no idea be am very curious about this any a few other items I purchased recently.
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“Tibetisches Totenbuch”? “Tibetanisches Totenbuch” - different books?

I'm not firm in tibetan buddhism, but my old daddy had wanted to make a spiritual gift to me 12 years ago- I'd put it into the bookshelf after I'd read a handful of pages, and was a bit puzzled why ...
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Did the Buddha believe in the existence of soul? [duplicate]

Did Gautama Buddha believe in the existence of soul in human body? If not, why?
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“The knowledge and vision to see things clearly” (yathābhūtañāṇadassanaṃ)

Knowing intellectually the three characteristics is one thing, experiencing them is another. As far as I understood, vipassana happens without will, since it is morality that leads to rapture and ...
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Why wouldn't one say “I am the watcher”?

Now separating self from perceptions for me is understandable. That Ego is just an illusion there is no self. But a question arises... Who is the watcher? Can't I say that I am the watcher or is ...
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Lord Buddha and Chakravartin

Are they the same person? Or a previous incarnation before the Buddha was a human? Is there any Sutras that mentions/reference about this? (Pali Canon)
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How does the Buddha address powerful spiritual experiences in monks?

Specifically, loss of time, distance and size. Also advanced forms of empathy and being in two locations at once. I realise this is quite vague but I hesitate at giving details. I'm more concerned ...
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Bodhisattva wisdom vs. Arhat Wisdom

This answer says that: in terms of wisdom, a Hinayana arhat is more powerful than a bodhisattva before the 8th bhumi, because he abandoned afflictive obscurations while the bodhisattva abandons ...
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Effects of modern culture (Movies/Gaming) on karmic reactions

Having read the following: Are actions in computer games bad for karma? Background: I have watched the latest Doom Eternal gameplay, its brilliant in terms of Graphics and dynamics. The actions and ...
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Critique of interview with secular Buddhist author of “Why Buddhism is True”

I wonder what critique other self-identified Secular Buddhists on this forum would have of this new interview with self-proclaimed Secular Buddhist author Robert Wright. What are the specific ...
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Is there a list of things to abandon before abandoning craving?

There are several things which Buddha asked us to abandon before we can abandon craving finally. For example Buddha asks us to abandon five fetters and hindrances. My question is : Is there a ...
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Why meditate? want a truthful answer without spiritual terms? [closed]

What I think of meditation is sitting with a good posture and concentrating on breathing and thinking about nothing. How does this help a person with anything? The only plus point that I can think of ...
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How is negligence dealt with?

Negligence is unintentional, so at least for the first offence due to negligence, there should be no punishment or kammic results (imo). What of recurring negligence?
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Isnt the illusion better? of a self?

Like the man in the matrix. Whats his name? Played by Keanu Reeves. Im wondering if its better to keep with the illusion? Non illusion is a lonely place> Isnt there something positive to it? Hope of a ...
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Non duality and eternal life

Is there really any evidence that anything goes beyond death ? By that I mean our self awareness. That our awareness transcends death? I know there is absolutely no concrete evidence of reincarnation....
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What is the middle way?

When there is reduced thinking in a one door out of five sense doors ,which means if you have seen a pleasant thing and if no thoughts arise regarding them,Whether that apply to the other doors as ...
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The meaning v of this phrase in Satipattana Sutta

I want to know the proper meaning (a full breakdown) of what this phrase means in Satipanna Sutta. It's in pali. Iti ajjhattaṃ vā kāye kāyānupassī viharati, bahiddhā vā kāye kāyānupassī viharati, ...
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2 words/phrase like mantra chanting (Bud- dho) to strengthen contemplation

Q/.Is there any short comprising of 2 words/phrase that can be recited while inhaling & exhaling like mantra chanting (Bud- dho) in order to strengthen our contemplation.
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Anapanasati and Metta

Background Hi all, i have been practicing Metta and self-compassion meditation for a while but have just switched (back) to following the first couple of exercises in the Anapanasati Sutta (...
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How to Sustain Alertness

I am wondering if alertness is best sustained in terms of: Attempting to sustain alertness in meditation, not meditating when too lethargic. In other words, always exerting oneself and keeping ...
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Buddhist views on transgender issues [duplicate]

The Buddha or the scriptures do not state specifically if an individual being a transgender is right or wrong. So how would a Buddhist interpret this in a modern light and why?
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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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About kamathanha during vipassana

When kamathanha disappears during meditation ?is it during sotapanna state or sakadagami state?
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How do I practise meditation according to the Satipatthana Sutta?

The Satipatthana Sutta begins in the following manner: "And how does a monk remain focused on the body in & of itself? "There is the case where a monk — having gone to the wilderness, to ...
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Is Nirvana the goal, for Zen and Theravada?

What is the main goal for Theravada Buddhism and Zen Buddhism? Is it Nirvana for both or is there any additional differences? Can the answer be detailed because this is an assignment and I am trying ...
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What is real meanning of Prathipathi poojawa?

I know best poojawa is prathipathi poojawa. Does it mean follow the Lord Buddha's instructions? However what is a depth meaning of it? And how can I achieve it?
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Did Dignaga argue against real relations?

Did Dignaga argue against real relations? I gather that his student, Dharmakirti, did. I'm asking only because I'd disagree, but am skeptical about universals.
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Is Vessantara Jātaka in conflict with morality?

Is there any convincing interpretation of Vessantara Jātaka that isn't in conflict with morality? Vessantara gave away his children to serve as slaves for no particular reason; it is not clear how not ...
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Citta experience during meditation

During meditation if no doer and knower operate citta come for knowing. Means thoughts coming with spaces without external object. Is this what do you call citta? Is thoughts are due to citta ...
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Insight meditation

During meditation lost connection between body and the thoughts. Body remains silent but thoughts stop arise that particular matter .which are arise remain as a flow.What is this experience?
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Is Buddha the root of Dhamma?

Here Monks praise Buddha by exclaiming the following: The monks said to the Buddha: “The Buddha is the root of the Dharma, the eye of Dharma, the foundation of the Dharma. May he teach us! ...
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What are the requirements in order to happen a complete sin?

Imagine someone perform an action. What are the requirements should be completed for it to be a complete sin? Explain it by using killing an animal as an exaple
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Experience of non self

When experience a cittarupa understand arise if no thoughts come regarding them self will disappears. What is that experience?
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Is vegetarianism compulsory/obligatory in Nicherin Buddhism?

I recently visited Japan and went to see a Nicherin Buddhist monastery and temple in Tokyo. There they were preaching that Buddhism is not just for the Japanese or Chinese or some particular race, it ...
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Is the lotus position more prone to knee injury?

I've seen it mentioned once or twice, a great teacher or master who has knee injury due to lots of sitting practice. I know that if the posture is incorrect or if one is forcing it, it will lead to ...
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Statement from visuddhimagga regarding mental and material body

I found this statement in the Visuddhimagga; They cannot come to be by their own strength, Or yet maintain themselves by their own strength; Relying for support on other states, Weak in ...

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