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Beings who are not aware of their own existence?

In some realms there are some beings who are not aware of their own existence (Some place in Brahma realm). How do their aggregates work when they themselves aren't aware of their existence? ...
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Is there a proper English word to call Brahmas?

I always use "angel" to refer to devas, and "god" to refer to brahmas; though the terms have a different connotation in Judeo-Christian tradition, the relationship the terms have with each other is ...
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Is there a proper English word to call Brahmas?

It's safest to leave them in the Pali or Sanskrit. Angels sounds very Christian. It creates a "don't think about polar bears" situation to hear these Christian words. If you try not to think about ...
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Ābhassara Brahma World for anyone?

When other lower realms collapse the inhabitants are push to the existing realms of which Ābhassara World is one last standing, hence nearly every one in a collapsing universe ends up in this plane in ...
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What makes Brahmas come back to human world at death?

Everything is impermanent. What the Brahma enjoys is the Pala or fruit. The fruit of any Karma including that arising from developing the Jhanas also passes after sometime. If you develop the Jhanas ...
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Brahmas and Devas?

In Buddhism, "Brahmā" is a type of deva. (In Hinduism, Brahmā is the creator god, see also Brahman.) Some online references to descriptions of the Buddhist "Brahmā" include: ...
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Looking for an online resource of the commentary(SNA.ii.476; SA.i.155) which says that the Brahma Sahampati was an Anagami from the Suddhavasa realms

The Sutta Nipata source is Sn-A 3.10: Roman Pali: http://tipitaka.org/romn/cscd/s0505a.att2.xml Sinhalese Pali: http://tipitaka.org/sinh/cscd/s0505a.att2.xml The relevant passage is: Atha kho ...
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Direct interaction between Gods and men

Your own thorough practice of Metta is your best protection. Being reborn in a God realm is not the goal in Dharma Practice. Leaving Samsara is the initial goal, and Buddhahood is the Ultimate Goal. ...
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Why choose to attain Nirvana when we can become Brahmas (or Bodhisattvas)?

"Of course, this is still impermanent and part of dukkha, but one could keep trying over and over to be reborn again and again in the Brahma realms." - Well, but it's not completely under your control ...
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Beings with no Physical appearance?

Brahma in the rupa-loka have physical appearances. Brahma Sahampati resides in this in a rupa-loka. In arupa-loka you have no physical form and only one sense faculty which is the mind hence you ...
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Thousand fold world system

31 planes of existence coming together is one universe. In each universe there is a Maha Brahma in each Brahma plane. ... a thousand brahmā worlds. ... According to the Abhidhamma there are ...
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"Buddha does not claim to be a creator of lives or the Universe.", true?

Two suttas come to mind. Assu Sutta (SN 15.3) At Savatthi. There the Blessed One said: "From an inconstruable beginning comes transmigration. A beginning point is not evident, though beings ...
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Brahmas at formless realms are unable to hear the teachings of the Buddha

I get the impression that a "human" birth is seen as the best for gaining enlightenment: A lower birth (e.g. animal, ghost, hell) has too little ability -- not enough intelligence, or too ...
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Does Mahabrahma create the lives of those that join him in a new world?

Reading the text carefully, the First Brahma to be born in the plane thought that all other Brahma's who were born after him, was his creation. It was his belief. Since the First Born Brahma was ...
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Does Mahabrahma create the lives of those that join him in a new world?

One of the many wrong views in DN1 will explain it, good householder. There are Brahmas, good householder, like here the 'creater' of this BSE-realm, where good householder now dwells. Like parents, ...
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What is the difference between the path to nibanna and the path to higher planes?

The opposite is also true, selflessness, compassion, non-attachment, non-self are path to higher rebirth but also nibbanna. There're different gradations to the 31 planes of existence due to ...
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What is the difference between the path to nibanna and the path to higher planes?

Practicing Samatha meditations you reach higher realms. Practicing Vipassana meditation you reach Nibbana. Samath practice attenuates attachment aversion and ignorance. Vipassana practice fully ...
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"Buddha does not claim to be a creator of lives or the Universe.", true?

According to the Dona Sutta (quoted below), the Buddha does not play any role like a creator or sustainer or even as a creature in the universe. He is simply awake. "When asked, 'Are you a deva?' ...
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"Buddha does not claim to be a creator of lives or the Universe.", true?

The Buddha is one who discovers the 4 Noble Truths with one's own efforts unguided by a teacher or previous teachings. The Buddha does not create any creatures or the universe. Creatures and the ...
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Ābhassara Brahma World for anyone?

Many years ago I heard a dhamma talk about the contracting universe and recall the person saying that beings are either born in the formless worlds or born with consciousness bound to the heat element ...
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Brahmas and Devas?

@Theravada… as per the Dhamma chakka pawaththana Suttta, there are altogether 22 levels of Heavens. The first seven levels are for Davas who are not freed from attachment to sensual worlds (kamaloka). ...
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