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Did Gautama Buddha exist?

There are lot of archaeological evidence align with Buddha's life story. I think those can be considered as the most trusted third party evidence. Here I am listing some of the web search findings. ...
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Did Gautama Buddha exist?

I guess for something that happened such a long time ago you would struggle to prove it categorically. However I read that a shrine was uncovered at Lumbini (one of the candidates for the Buddha's ...
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Did Gautama Buddha exist?

To answer your very simple question very simply: there is no contemporary evidence for the Buddha, or for Jesus, or Muhammad, or Moses, or Zoroaster. This does not mean that these people did not ...
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Did Gautama Buddha exist?

There's emperor Ashoka (304–232 BCE), who after a war in which a lot of people were slaughtered, decided to endorse Buddhism, having realized that what he did was wrong. He erected a bunch of columns (...
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What are some examples of Buddhist rulers?

A good example is Asoka who ruled most of the India subcontinent between 269 BCE to 232 BCE. He converted to Buddhism after witnessing the slaughter at Kalinga, a slaughter that he was responsible ...
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Did Gautama Buddha exist?

The sacred Tooth relic of the Buddha Hindus consider the Buddha as an Avatar of Vishnu. Mahawamsa the great Chronicle of Sri Lanka gives an account of the Buddha's 3 visits to Sri Lanka. Apart from ...
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How does Buddhist Logic work?

On the one hand, there is logic which is a set of rules for making deductions, inductions, etc. Even in the West, there are various. For instance, (1) classical logic and (2) intuitionistic logic. I ...
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Establishing What is Not Dhamma

Any teaching that has one or more of the following elements is not the authentic Dhamma: eternalism (god or self or soul or world is eternal) annihilationism (there is no self and nothing after death)...
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Are there any higher education opportunities in Buddhism?

In United States, the ones I have heard something nice about, that offer a professional program in Buddhist Studies: University of Virginia - Department of Religious Studies. Very strong Indo-Tibetan ...
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Did Gautama Buddha really intend to create a new religion?

As Ven. Yuttadhammo said, this question definitely generates more opinions then answers. I will attempt to show what the Buddha himself talks about the goals of his creation. Maha-parinibbana Sutta: ...
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What is non-buddhism?

OK, I'll have a go, based on my (re-)reading of Wallis himself at his "What Is Non-Buddhism?" page. First, I have to say that one possibility is, it's an elaborate joke or hoax. The page says almost ...
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Could a software model of Abidhamma ( human thought Process - citta) help in Psychology?

I am an Abhidhamma teacher and used to be a software programmer. Your suggestion is very noble and innovative. I am not sure that the sensing process / thinking process found in the commentaries is ...
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Scholarship and Buddhism

One of my teachers explicitly warned me: do not put too much trust in books written by Buddhist scholars unless they are also Buddhist practitioners themselves. In hindsight, having attained "...
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How should one look at buddhist mythologies and cosmologies from a scientific perspective

... reconcile with modern science? ... Modern science is always changing with new theories and discoveries but Buddhism is presented as eternal or timeless which is valid in the past, present and ...
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Are there any body who achieved Nibbana currently (in the current world)

I think this question has a great potential for misunderstanding the concept of Nibbana. Why is it important to know? There is no way to know if Nibbana is just another silly concept like God except ...
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How does Buddhist Logic work?

This article goes through the catuskoti - the fourfold statemnt of 'is, is not, both is and neither' - and attempts to put Buddhist logic into 20th century Western logical terms. https://aeon.co/...
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How does Buddhist Logic work?

Buddhist logic is to acknowledge that there is suffering. Buddhist logic is to acknowledge that there are causes to these suffering. Buddhist logic is to acknowledge that it is possible to be free ...
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How does Buddhist Logic work?

The article shown by @llya Grushevskiy is discuss very interesting logic. Some extracts from it gives bellow. ... The four original possibilities, {T}, {F}, {T, F} and {}, as t, f, b and n, ...
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Buddhism type by country

Wikipedia says, about Vietnam: Followers in Vietnam practice differing traditions without any problem or sense of contradiction. Few Vietnamese Buddhists would identify themselves as a particular ...
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Buddhist Jhanas, how best to describe them?

I would say that Jhanas are the final stages of the progressive development of the state of inner harmony, that is the Buddhist path. The entire Buddhist path is based on one principle, that ...
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can any one please explain me the significance of Talipot fan in Buddhism?

In the book "Buddhist Ceremonies and Rituals of Sri Lanka" by A.G.S. Kariyawasam, there is a sub-chapter on the Pirit Ceremony which states: Pirit (or paritta) is a collective term ...
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So what is a Buddhist and what makes a person a Buddhist?

The word Buddhist is a convention. All words are mere conventions. They have no inherent existence. They are subject to change over time. In fact, it would be an impossible mode of existence for them ...
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Is Mahayana Buddhism a form of idealism?

Mahayana Buddhists do NOT believe that the whole world and all objects are literally created by the mind. Yogacara and especially Mahayana is not a form of subjective idealism, that's a popular urban ...
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On 31 planes of existence

They are said to be located from a certain distance from the human realm. ex: The closest heaven to us is the Chaturmaharajika heaven. It is located 42,000 Yojjanas above from the human realm. But ...
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Buddhist logic and Nagarjuna

Originally the Catuṣkoṭi or Tetralemma was just an indication of all possible combinations of two predicates, and obviously, if these two predicates don't contradict, there is no problem. Now, the ...
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What are some examples of Buddhist rulers?

Asoka. But we know so little about what he did. His pillars say he introduced Buddhist-influenced, incredibly progressive public policies. Emperor Wu of Liang- But I'm having a hard time finding good ...
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