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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 they undeclared by me? Because they are not connected with the goal, are not fundamental to the holy life.


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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 who harbor such thoughts do not still their hatred. "He abused me, he struck me, he overpowered me, he robbed me." Those who do not harbor such thoughts still their hatred. ...


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Ven Bodhi discusses this matter and quotes relevant suttas in his "In the Buddha's Words" chapter V "THE WAY TO A FORTUNATE REBIRTH". The following list, which was posted on SuttaCentral, is a greatly expanded version of Ven Bodhi's In the Buddha's Words list: Since i've found Ven. Bodhi reference list, i've been expanding it and here's what it's grown ...


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A couple of dictionary translations: Bhagavā: venerable, fortunate, blessed, sublime. Generally designates the Buddha. Bhagavant (adj. n.) [cp. Vedic bhagavant, fr. bhaga] fortunate, illustrious, sublime, as Ep. and title "Lord." Thus applied to the Buddha (amhākaŋ Bh.) and his predecessors. Occurs with extreme frequency; of fanciful exegetic explns of ...


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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 future Buddha will teach, pure heart forgives everything and always gives second chance, infinite number of times. Pure heart is like the sun - rises every ...


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I found it in the introduction to the Jatakas, which seems to be the original source: Now the Great Being, after collecting a number of scraps, sufficient, as he judged, for his sustenance, left the city by the same gate he had entered, and sitting down with his face to the east, in the shade of Pandava rock, he attempted to eat his meal. But his stomach ...


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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 for our fates. But it becomes extremely dangerous and contradictory to Buddhism when it grows into nihilism & materialism. On the other hand, Buddhism is a ...


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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 her past contribution to his enlightenment in realising the Parami. And like anybody else she aged, decayed and passed away. On passing away she was truly ...


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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 was indeed alive but very old at the time of the Buddha according to DN2: Your majesty, there is Nigantha Nataputta, the leader of a community, the leader ...


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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 story you're looking for is in DN1: "There comes a time, bhikkhus, when after the lapse of a long period this world contracts (disintegrates). While the ...


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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 supposed to be collections of (religious) knowledge. Using this coincidence, it looks like instead of translating the words such as vedehi, vedagu etc. as e.g. ...


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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 formation, kāya,saṅkhāra verbal formation, vacī,saṅkhāra thought formation. citta,saṅkhāra Cūla Vedalla Sutta What are they? But what, ayya, is bodily ...


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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 needs to know. In fact, making it a secret practice only makes it more powerful. When you practice the perfect Buddhism - which is defined as Buddhism without ...


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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 cultures such as Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand and Tibet, I'd expect to see a strong reaction, including jail time. In non-Buddhist cultures, it won't matter to the ...


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The quote appears in this text. However it appears to be a Victorian-era translation of the Jâtaka without much details about the version of the original from which it was translated. BUDDHISM IN TRANSLATIONS Passages Selected from the Buddhist Sacred Books and Translated from the Original Pâli into English by Henry Clarke Warren ...


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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 historical Buddha actually had snails on his head. The number 108 represents the 108 mental afflictions. http://mrob.com/pub/epist/buddhism.html In traditional ...


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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 rag-robes? ’–‘I will, venerable sir.’ Thus I offered the Blessed One my outer robe of patches and received from him his worn-out hempen rag-robes. However, the ...


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The questions are : Did I exist ? Am I existing? Will I exist ? Conventionally speaking, yes to all three questions. The self is a concept, an idea, a mental formation, belong to the 4th aggregate of mental formations. Ultimately speaking, no to all three questions. Concepts are not part of ultimate reality. Experience is. When writing this ...


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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?. Discerning that question, it is asking Does the world have beginning/When does the world first appear; follow suit, Who was the first Buddha? Since the Buddha ...


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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 wishing the color blue to disappear. If your mother is bad nature has blessed you with circumstance to practice courage, patience, charity and many more ...


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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 effort, generates energy, exerts his mind, and strives to prevent the arising of evil and unwholesome mental states that have not yet arisen. He arouses his ...


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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 becoming a monk is to renounce worldly ties, hence it is not expected of a monk to be involved in serving justice. A Buddhist layperson can get involved if is in a ...


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There's an explanation of it here, on the Fake Buddha Quotes web site: “You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.” It's not a quote from the Pali canon. Buddhism probably does have things to say about "anger": but maybe not that. :-) If I had to make sense of it I'd guess it's saying that anger is unpleasant and thus a ...


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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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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 avoided. Vitakka and vicāra without the constant awareness of arising and passing inhibits the ability to see impermanence. That is why when you are doing ...


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