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Is Gautama Buddha the greatest Buddha who ever existed?

No! All Sammasambuddhas are equal in their attainment of Buddhahood. They are all omniscient, equal in virtue, concentration and wisdom. However the time they take to cultivate Paramitha might vary ...
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How do animals attain enlightenment?

In short they get reborn as a human being sometime in the future and practice. You could help by reading some dhamma(suttas) to your cat if you wish. There is a precedence in a sutta where a frog ...
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Did I do more harm than good?

... I realize that I imposed my will... No you did not. The spirit (in an abstract sense!) brought you and the butterfly together. You played your role, butterfly played its. Was your intent pure? ...
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How do animals attain enlightenment?

An animal can't be liberated as an animal; that being itself may be liberated in future births in higher realms of being.
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What are the positions of the different schools on a primordial mind?

Bhavanga, Pabhassara-cita and Nibbana (Theravadin perspective from Ajahn Mun's Thai forest tradition) To get from bhavanga, pabhassaara to nibbana and understand how kamma effects are stored in the ...
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"Anyone can be enlightened"

Buddhist philosophy, or even philosophy in general makes words difficult to use consistently. The concept of everyone is one of those words. Which makes the answer yes and no to the question: Can ...
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What does a monk think on a day to day basis?

I'll disregard the emphasis on monks, because mindfulness isn't exclusive to monastics, and secondly, the monk as a super-hero trope needs some critical examination. Most monks, like 90% of them in ...
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Does hell exist in Buddhism?

Does hell exist in Buddism? Yes it does. It is a destination in which you mental state is painful and also painful mental states are sometimes called hell. Hell is mentioned in Bala Pandita Sutta. ...
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Watching crime in apps or website

Let's separate this out. If you watch a recording of a crime on a website, does it impact the victim of the crime? Not in itself. It DOES give a "view" to the video, and thus you are, in a sense, ...
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Does the Buddha like dogs?

Mata yatha niyam puttam Ayusa eka-putta-manu rakkhe Evampi sabba-bhutesu Manasam-bhavaye apari-manam Quoted from Karaniya Metta Sutta Here it's meaning. Even as a mother protects with her life ...
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Is the Buddha nature nothingness or the Dharmakaya?

According to Yogacara, buddha nature is a seed in the mind basis of all. According to Madhyamika, buddha nature is the emptiness of the mind of a sentient being. It is not the dharmakaya. Dharmakaya ...
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What does a monk think on a day to day basis?

When waking, a monk thinks "waking, waking". When chewing, a monk thinks "chewing, chewing". When washing his bowl, a monk thinks "rubbing, rubbing". "'But,' [he ...
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How do animals attain enlightenment?

Ignorance is the cause of birth and death. Birth and death comes from craving. Craving comes from desire. Desire comes from wanting pleasure. Pleasure comes from avoiding suffering. When a being ...
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Why Buddha didn't want him to be called 'friend' by the monks?

When they first saw him they thought, "He is inferior to us (because he is given to luxury, forsaking the striving, etc.)." When he approached them they no longer thought that, but still ...
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How to differentiate between a spiritual experience and a mental disorder or delusion?

If you suffer and make others suffer, that's a disorder. If you are happy and make others happy, that's a good result. Although sometimes it has to get worse before it can get better.
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If sex is prohibited, how do we survive?

Sex is prohibited for monks and nuns If you are not observing higher precept like 8 or 10 precepts sex is not prohibited for lay person. Lay person has only to adhere to 5 Precepts. This prohibits ...
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How to Attain Peace?

By acknowledging your anxious mood as a truth (dhamma). Don't push it away, don't try to change anything, don't blame or criticize yourself. It is a truth and therefore has the 3 characteristics of ...
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What does it mean by 'All beings have a Buddha nature'?

It is not just Dogen's translation. The Nirvana Sutra states that all beings have Buddha Nature. You can also check Mark Blum or Yamamoto's translations. However, Dogen played with the initial ...
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"Anyone can be enlightened"

It is my understanding from reading Dogen that everyone already has Nirvana within them and it is hidden by a mask and revealed through sincere practice http://www.tricycle.com/web-exclusive/...
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Tathagatagarbha and dhammakaya

No, they are not synonyms. They are mutually exclusive: If it is 'tathagatagarbha', then it is not 'dhammakaya'. If it is 'dhammakaya', it is not 'tathagatagarbha'. Tathagatagarbha is 'suchness with ...
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Is Gautama Buddha the greatest Buddha who ever existed?

There is also the concept of Pratyekabuddhas or a private Buddha. This is a being who achieves enlightenment on their own and then does not go on to spread the Dharma as Gautama Buddha did during his ...
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How to differentiate between a spiritual experience and a mental disorder or delusion?

Giving too much importance or attachment to any experience either actual or delusional will lead to metal instability and perhaps delusion. So if you experience something then congratulations, this is ...
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What is right gifting?

In the definition of Parikkhāra I'm drawn to the second meaning, i.e., (b) In a special sense and in very early use it refers to the "set of necessaries" of a Buddhist monk & comprises the 4 ...
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Does the Buddha like dogs?

You tagged this question buddha-nature -- I'm not sure if that tag is relevant. There's a famous koan about a dog and "Buddha-nature" -- see Joshu's Dog -- which this question reminds me of. Maybe we'...
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Which body of the Buddha belongs to the Buddha nature?

What do you mean by "Buddha nature"? I think it means: Anyone is Buddha, as soon as he stops to generate vexations. That fact can be described as: "We all are Buddha by nature, we only differ from ...
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