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Are there any body who achieved Nibbana currently (in the current world)

The Pali scriptures describe 4 levels of enlightenment, which equate to 4 levels of Nibbana. The Nakhasikha Sutta states in the 1st level of enlightenment the vast majority of the previous suffering ...
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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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Is it possible for a human being to live without the mind?

To answer this question accurately is very difficult if you are not a scientist but often people have accidents that results in them being in a coma for an extended period, where their physical body ...
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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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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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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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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?

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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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 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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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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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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How is Nirvana possible if everything is conditioned?

The suttas also say (eg. MN 44) the Noble Eightfold Path is conditioned (fabricated). Imagine Nibbana is like space and you want to create space by removing a building. The building is conditioned and ...
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How do I practice not-self or Anatta whilst talking?

A relevant sutta is SN 1.25. “When a mendicant is perfected, proficient, with defilements ended, bearing the final body: would they say, ‘I speak’, or even ‘they speak to me’?” “When a mendicant is ...
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aswaha and katawaha in Buddhism

“aswaha” and “katawah” in Sinhala, if translated could be said as “Evil eye, evil mouth and evil tongue”. This belief is found in almost all cultures. The effect of the evil eye is being ...
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aswaha and katawaha in Buddhism

If this interpretation of those words of those words is correct, then FYI I think that is a common folk belief in non-Buddhist cultures too; for example: don't jinx it Anyone can explain this ...
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What is Aarya Upavaada?

Dear Gaveshika… if those people that you have come across are the type that tells any Tom, Dick or Harry that they meet that they are Sotapanna and Sakadaagaami, then you have nothing to fear. Only to ...
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Are there any higher education opportunities in Buddhism?

There's an Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies in the UK. There are other Centres for Buddhist Studies in Toronto, Hong Kong, Bristol, London, Denmark, India, Kathmandu; also Hamburg; similarly an ...
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Is there a kind of "pop Buddhism"?

I don't know what "pop Buddhism" means exactly but I guess yes -- I suppose I could assign one or more of the following definitions to the phrase. "Pop Buddhism" is: Any reference to Buddhism that ...
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What is the difference between Buddhism, Hinduism and Solipsism?

Solipsism is not a religion or philosophy. It's just a speculative idea: "hmm how do we know the world we experience actually exists? What if our senses and minds are fooling us and nothing else ...
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Does knowing Pali/Sanskrit (and to which level) give one more insights while reading Buddhist scripts?

Pali is difficult to translate into western languages due to lack of expressive power. Though there is much effort to study the Pali cannot there are instances where translators / teachers / lineages ...
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Are there any body who achieved Nibbana currently (in the current world)

No one would carry placards announcing that they are on the Path. If there are any who have fulfilled the practice of the Path, then certainly even today there could be Arahants in the world. But if ...
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How does Buddhist Logic work?

In Aggi-Vacchagotta Sutta, it has mentioned Vacchagotta used Catuskoti to ask questions from Shakyamuni Gautama Lord Buddha. But Shakyamuni Gautama Lord Buddha has rejected all the conditions in ...
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past memory of recall previous life

You asked something about "proof" which I don't understand. I think that changes to neurons aren't "proof" of memory. The proof of memory (i.e. evidence that memory exists) is for example being able ...
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past memory of recall previous life

Think of the brain as a proxy server connecting you to the internet(all past life memories). Just because your browser can only see the proxy server, is it wise to assume that the whole internet is ...
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Establishing What is Not Dhamma

Obviously, at the time of the Buddha, there was an authentic Buddhist teaching that was provided over a 40-year period, although I wonder how much his students would have been able to agree exactly on ...
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