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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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Which is the Buddhist holy book? Where can it be read?

The main Buddhist holy book - The Sutta Pitaka - is many times larger than the Bible, consisting of more than 10,000 discourses. However, the essential teachings the Buddha compared to a 'handful of ...
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How do Buddhists that think of karma figuratively do so about rebirth?

I think of karma, seeds of karma, and fruits of karma as individual's action, latent effects of such action, and individual experience resulting from past action, correspondingly. Nothing more, ...
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How To Follow Buddhism Without Offending

As a white male I am well aware that I am privileged That's as may be. Nevertheless I think that "cultural appropriation" is a relatively modern obsession: that it has become fashionable for "holier-...
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Buddhism is practiced in many countries by many different peoples. How do Buddhists in America differ in their beliefs, values

The transmission of Buddhist teachings to the United States (and the West in general) can be described in three general categories: migration, appropriation, and adoption. The last category is, in my ...
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What is Buddhism's view on divorce?

SN 37.30 (no-link) supports a Buddhist case for divorce. It states: There are five powers of a woman...beauty... wealth... relatives... sons... virtue... If a women possesses...or does not possess.....
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Doubt and contradiction in buddhas teaching

No need to worry about this scenario. Even during the Buddha's time, at the peak of the Dhamma, how many people attained enlightenment and how many did not? By the way, with or without enlightenment, ...
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Days related to Buddhism

According to DN 2, calculating auspicious dates is considered an "animal art" and wrong livelihood. It is prohibited for monks: "Whereas some contemplatives & brahmans, living off food given in ...
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Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy?

The original supramundane teachings of the Buddha are neither religion or philosophy. They simply express the true nature of suffering, the cure of suffering & reality. Core Buddhism is like a '...
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How To Follow Buddhism Without Offending

I suggest that you do not overthink matters in relation to Buddhism. Remember that the Buddha was not a Buddhist. He practiced The Way and then showed others how to overcome suffering in their lives. ...
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Karma and one's own belief about the event

In my tradition we recognize three ways to do repentance. On the basic level, we should feel ashamed and guilty, tell someone about our misdeed, then decide not to repeat same mistake. Then stop ...
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How do Buddhists that think of karma figuratively do so about rebirth?

'Kamma' means 'intentional action' therefore is never 'figurative'. As for the word 'rebirth' meaning 'reincarnation', there appears no equivalent Pali word in the original scriptures. Therefore what ...
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Renouncing property and wealth

Renunciation in Buddhism is related to going forth from the lay or householder life to life as a monk or nun. It doesn't apply to lay people renouncing property or inheritance. In fact, lay people are ...
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Is it important to have a traditional understanding of Buddhism?

Understanding is always useful. However, we need to recognize that understanding is not permanent. Change is inevitable; growth is preferred. What we are so self-assured about now we will inevitable ...
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Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy?

Buddhism is neither a religion nor a philosophy. Buddhism can refer to the Truths (Ariyasaccani) (Dhamma) pointed out by Lord Buddha (Buddho Bhagava) to the world and His explanations thereof as ...
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Can thoughts materialize?

I think yes: "at least sometimes". Imagine if you're a salesperson, trying to sell something -- it will help to be cheerful and confident, i.e. people are more likely to want to buy from you ... and ...
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Is Buddhism hell falsely claimed on wikipedia?

In the mind ... Buddhist hell only exists in one's mind Here's an interesting story: The Gates of Paradise To me that story implies that: Heaven and hell can be experienced (or seen) now (or just a ...
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Is Buddhism hell falsely claimed on wikipedia?

There are instances where painful mental states or experiances are called hell. [Patala Sutta] E.g. If I do something that might ripen in being born in hell you also get the hellish feeling here and ...
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Problem solving attitude

Wanting to improve and having expectations is in Buddhism seen as the cause of suffering. Meditation can't help you to gain your goals, but you learn how to be content with the way things already are. ...
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Which is the Buddhist holy book? Where can it be read?

Actually Buddha didn't wrote any holly Books. All of the books written by Buddhist monks wrote after many years later of Buddha's Nirvana. Buddhism is not religion Based on a Holy book. It's a ...
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Are ecological concerns supported explicitly in Buddhism?

The Buddha made remarks (for lay people) about conserving wealth; for example, the Sigalovada Sutta warns against squandering wealth. That sutta doesn't mention the environment, but modern ...
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Are ecological concerns supported explicitly in Buddhism?

Notice that back then, humans were yet to possess the kind of technologies capable of screwing up the environment at such stupendous pace and scale as in the 21st century. Everything was bio-...
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Buddhism - Is it a religion?

It depend on what you mean by the word religion. the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods If you take above definition, Buddhism is not a ...
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Buddhism is practiced in many countries by many different peoples. How do Buddhists in America differ in their beliefs, values

This Wikipedia article -- Buddhism in the United States -- says that Buddhism migrated into America via different people[s] and different schools. If you look at the World Buddhist Directory for the ...
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Buddhism is practiced in many countries by many different peoples. How do Buddhists in America differ in their beliefs, values

The following answer is of strong examples of how do Buddhists in America differ in their beliefs, values, rituals, practices etc. Often American Buddhism is Cultural Marxism. American Buddhism is ...
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Skillful assumptions

OP: Does atheism in Buddhism mean you let a belief arise that God doesn't exist? Is this a skillful assumption? Why or why not? To put your "salvation" or your liberation from suffering into ...
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