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Why do Buddhists believe there is no creator?

For most people God is a dualistic concept. Meaning, for a typical person the unspoken assumption is: "I am here and God is over there". So when I think about God, when I speak to God -- I inevitably ...
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Which is the Buddhist holy book? Where can it be read?

There isn't exactly one short Buddhist bible (see Why isn't there a Buddhist Bible?). The Tripitaka is the Pali canon, possibly the earliest (or at least, among the earliest) of the surviving ...
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What are the main schools of Tibetan Buddhism?

Rather simplified, somewhat caricatured presentation based on my own very limited knowledge: Nyingma - "the old (translation) tradition", based on prehistoric transmissions of B into Tibet as early ...
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What do you wish you knew when you started down the path of buddhism?

I am a Tibetan Buddhist, and have been for about 50 years. I don't really know if I can help with that question - but maybe so. Here are some things that might of use to a beginner. Learn to develop ...
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How does one become a lay Buddhist?

For Theravada and some Mahayana traditions becoming a lay Buddhist is as simple as taking refuge in the Triple Gem of the Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha and taking the 5 precepts. This is usually at a ...
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Why do Buddhists believe there is no creator?

First, some canonical background: According to the Acintita Sutta, speculating on the origin of the cosmos or similar topics will lead one to confusion i.e. it cannot be understood. According to the ...
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Why do Buddhists believe there is no creator?

"Monks, I will teach you the All. Listen & pay close attention. I will speak." "As you say, lord," the monks responded. The Blessed One said, "What is the All? Simply the eye & ...
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New to Buddhism

Welcome to the site. "What is a good place to begin?" That's a good question and a broad one. Perhaps I should start by saying that there are different schools of Buddhism (e.g. older and newer), ...
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What are the Core Teachings of Buddhism?

I want to know what Siddhartha taught. Well yes, don't we all want to know that. :-) Though it may seem a bitter pill to swallow. :-/ Some Wikipedia articles FYI: Early Buddhism includes a timeline ...
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What is Buddhism?

Okay, okay... I'll do my own homework. Here's a one page summary of Buddhism (adapted from Wikipedia) directed towards newcomers to Buddhism. Please comment with suggestions, etc. What is Buddhism? ...
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How would one begin practising Buddhism?

Find and join a sangha (buddhist community) that you are comfortable with. Talking to the community to understand what and how they practice buddhism. Accustom the practices based on what you can ...
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What is gained by learning Vipassana meditation in long retreats?

To put it succinctly you need to rub two pieces of wood long enough to get fire. Likewise you need to meditate continuously for some stretch of time to see results. As Goenka says "Continuity of ...
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New to metta meditation

The way Trungpa Rinpoche explained metta, you must start with yourself. Sit and love yourself, respect yourself, give yourself a break - until you feel a relief. This may take days, weeks, or months - ...
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Recommendation - Book for beginner

I would recommend: In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon edited by Bhikkhu Bodhi (alternate download link) Art of Living by William Hart
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What is the concept of "Ego" or "self "?

The Buddhist concept is not no self but non self or not self. What this means is there nothing that can be taken as self. There is no permanent unchanging core or soul, there is nothing which you ...
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Why do Buddhists believe there is no creator?

For completeness, there isn't one Buddhism, there are many Buddhisms. The other questions already address the Buddhisms with either no god or no interesting and relevant gods. By a process of ...
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Recommendation - Book for beginner

I higly reccomend H. H. The Dalai Lama's "How to See Yourself as You Really Are". A wonderful and easy to read introducion to Buddhist philosophy and practice. His Holiness is mahayana, but this book ...
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Panic arising during contemplation about 4 elements

Most of the time people live most of their lives without changing contexts too much. For the mind, living in the same context gives a sense of security. It also makes us dumb and highly vulnerable. ...
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Panic arising during contemplation about 4 elements

The terror is likely caused by the clinging to wrong view of the self. Who was the unknown species? Why did it look so strange? Was it because you, like everybody, already greatly cling to an idea ...
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Going to first session

At a Theravada monastery: You have to be familiar with taking refuge in the Triple Gem and taking of the five precepts: http://refuge.sirimangalo.org/ Remove shoes and hats when you enter the ...
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New to Buddhism

I would recommend you to listen to sermons and learn from a teacher rather than trying to learn from books. Because one can easily misinterpret what's in the texts. Try starting with this video wiki ...
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With my interpretation of 'rebirth', can I become a Buddhist and become accepted within a Buddhist community?

You don't have to believe in rebirth. Rebirth concept in Buddhism is not as simple as simple as reincarnation anyway. It's actually better if you don't hold any blind beliefs in Buddhism since it is ...
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Starting Buddhism

First question, if I am beginning on this path, which books would you recommend I read? That is, a book which has all the teachings of the Buddha/ philosophies. There's more than one school of ...
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Buddhism Guide Line

Buddhism is often symbolized by a wheel; the Wheel of Dhamma or Dharma. The circular nature of the symbol is also representative of how people progress along the path of Buddhism; it's a circular ...
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What is gained by learning Vipassana meditation in long retreats?

Q.What is gained by learning Vipassana meditation in long retreats? A. You get to observe your mind and body. By observing sensations arising in your mind and body and knowing that it is impermanent, ...
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Why do Buddhists believe there is no creator?

The Buddha used to remain silent, when Hindu Brahmins used to ask him about his views on God. He used to give the example of a man carrying a lamp and walking along a village road in the night, trying ...
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