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Did Gautama Buddha cease to exist after death?

This is exactly one of the topics (i.e. whether a Tathagata exists or doesn't exist after death, or both) which the Buddha "didn't declare" -- see the Cula-Malunkyovada Sutta (MN 63): And why are ...
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I want to leave my mother

The last paragraph ("she is 50yo. She had 3x stroke") reminds me of the first few verses from the Dhammapada: "He abused me, he struck me, he overpowered me, he robbed me." Those ...
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How can we end the suffering of all animals?

Are you sure a black hole will destroy everything? Do you understand the world enough to determine what is best for other beings? Why did the Buddha declare the cosmos to be one of the four ...
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"The Blessed One", is it bad translation?

A couple of dictionary translations: Bhagavā: venerable, fortunate, blessed, sublime. Generally designates the Buddha. Bhagavant (adj. n.) [cp. Vedic bhagavant, fr. bhaga] fortunate, illustrious,...
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I want to leave my mother

Buddha said, we can leave our husband or wife, but we can't leave our parents. It's a special connection, unconditional - more important than any other connection in our life. Plus, as Maitreya the ...
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Are these translations of the Sutta Nipata correct?

The quotes may be real, but their translation is probably not. Sanskrit (and Pali) root "ved-" stands for gnosis, knowledge, understanding. The name of Vedas comes from the same root, they are ...
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Sankhara meditation

Formations (Sankhara) There are 3 kinds of formations as you identified: Ayya, how many kinds of formation are there? Avuso Visākha, there are these 3 kinds of formation bodily ...
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What happened to Siddhārtha Gautama wife Yashodhara?

When Lord Buddha's wife Yashodhara also joined Sangha (become bhikkhuni), what happened to her ? As part of the Bhikkhuni order nothing special or noteworthy incidents through the Buddha acknowledged ...
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How Atheism and Buddhism are different?

Atheism is not a religion. It's just a view that says there are no deities. Atheism is harmless & compatible with Buddhism when it just means there is no creator/almighty God who is responsible ...
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Did Buddha ever met Mahavir(Jain GOD)?

No. There is no known record of Gautama Buddha meeting Mahavira (also known as Nigantha Nataputta in the Pali Canon). Jains are known as Niganthas in the Pali Canon. It appears however that Mahavira ...
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I want to leave my mother

If your mother will waste money you give her on unnecessary things, you should not give her money. In Buddhism, the most important thing is to live a wholesome life so suffering does not occur to ...
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Did the Buddha know God?

The God you speak of, is known as the Great Brahma or Mahabrahma, the first being to appear in the Mahabrahma plane, when the world expands again. Also, take a look at the 31 planes of existence. The ...
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Parents suppressing the teaching

You should not be teaching your parents Buddhism. It is forbidden in Buddhism to teach others Buddhism; unless the other people request to be taught (AN 9.5). You should not be practising "zombie ...
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Parents suppressing the teaching

You don't have to make a show out of your Dharma. You don't need to make it fly in your parents faces. There's no need to convince them of anything. Buddhism is what you practice in your mind. No-one ...
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Do you think that this Laughing Buddha Restaurant sign is a disrespect?

Intentions matter. Only people and cultures take offense. The Dharma doesn't take offense. Awakened ones who have gone forth to become the Dharma can't take offense. In certain strictly Buddhist ...
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"The Blessed One", is it bad translation?

The word is 'bhagava', from 'bhaga'. You may prefer 'Fortunate One' if you believe 'blessings' can only be given by a person or a god.
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Why this hair style on statues of the Buddha?

The question isn't just whether the hair represent the snails, but what do the 108 snails present. Recall that Buddhism heavily utilize symbolism to convey it's message. It doesn't mean that the ...
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In which Sutta, Buddha wore cloth of dead body?

It is in SN 16.11. ‘Your outer robe of patches is soft, Kassapa.’–‘Venerable sir, let the Blessed One accept my outer robe of patches, out of compassion.’–‘Then will you wear my worn-out hempen ...
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Who was the first buddha?

You asked a very intelligent question; but this is an intellectual quest that fallen into the category of the Ten Unexpounded Questions, I infer. It belongs to this group: Is the world eternal?. ...
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I want to leave my mother

Forgive and forbear as much as you can but not as if you have an obligation. Nature gives us a mother, not a good or bad mother; just a mother, and to wish that your mother to be good is the same us ...
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I want to leave my mother

Right Effort is something we should apply to everything. We should always think of what is best for ourselves and others. And what is right effort? Here the monk arouses his will, puts forth ...
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Does Buddhism endorse pacifism in times of injustice?

How would a monk or a Buddhist answer look like in dealing with injustices like murder, rape, torture? The Vinaya governs rules dealing with issues within the community of monks. The purpose of ...
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Monastics & Hygiene

Monks and nuns generally take good care of their bodies so they may be better able to continue to share the dharma with those who may benefit. They keep good hygiene of their robes and living quarters ...
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How can we end the suffering of all animals?

It’s almost funny (in a darkly humoristic way) that we who call ourselves “wise humans” (Homo Sapiens) can never see the one guaranteed way to put an end to our troubled and selfish behaviors—change ...
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Is there a future Buddha?

The honorific 'Buddha' means 'awakened one'. Since the intent of Buddhist philosophy and practice is to lead people to awakening, then there must ipso facto be future Buddhas, or else the entire ...
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Buddhas (and Bodhisattva) are real individuals or manifestations?

I believe that the concepts of Dharmakaya (eternal truth form) and Nirmanakaya (physical form) originated from the following sutta quote. The Buddha downplayed the importance of his physical form and ...
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How would the Buddha have replied to Arjuna, if he was in Krishna's place?

I am very familiar with Bhagavad Gita. First time I read it was 30 years ago, and I still come back to it from time to time, it sits right here on my bookshelf. From the traditional perspective, the ...
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Why is focusing on the breath more difficult than focusing on Mantras, and how important is it before vipassana?

When reciting a mantra you have vitakka and vicāra which helps you get close to the 1st Jhana. But this is also accumulation of Fabrications (more particularly Verbal Fabrications) which should be ...
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