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I don't understand bodhicitta

I have difficulty with the notion of bodhicitta and the concept of Boddhisattva, and the difference with the concept of Buddha. If I understand correctly, the idea is to have an altruistic intention ...
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Enlightened beings (Amitabha, Padmasambhava) created mantras so that people chanting them can gradually 'mould' their mindstream to a similar state

This is how I understand it and I'd like some clarity on where I'm right/wrong. Rebirth/the next birth happens when the mindstream, attracted to particular situations because of its mental imprints , '...
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Life after death in buddhism

What is the main basic difference between Hinduism and Buddhism regarding Life after death ?
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What is the origin or history of the concept of 'Buddha Sasana"?

There is some information here at wikipedia I am curious to know if that came from Buddha himself or mentioned in any suttas. The 'sasana' concepts restricts appearence of solitary buddhas or ...
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In what sutta does the Buddha talk about Paccekabuddhas?

Question is in the title. Thank you for your time.
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Looking for a reference about the significance of The Buddha being a teacher

I'm looking for some help in finding a reference. It's from a contemporary writer -- probably in the last ten years -- not from anything ancient or canonical. The context is as follows. The word “...
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Why is Buddhism a venture of a limited few?

This question is further to my last question on Nirvana and evolution, and considering the answer... If we believe the Buddhist cosmology to be true and Nirvana as an evolutionary next step, then why ...
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How does Nirvana fit into theory of evolution?

Can nirvana be called as some sort of directed evolution? Can a Buddha or Arahat be considered as an evolved being as compared to the rest?
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Do Beings go into total unconsciousness before attaining Buddhahood?

I am asking the Vajrayana/Mahayana view as I already know the theravada view.I heard that Buddhas only have jnana and not vijnana wich means they are inert like rocks but 'act' based on past merit and ...
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Why emphasise the EBT when anyone who has achieved Arhathood can teach from direct experience?

This question concerns some Theravada-based practices, with which I am not familiar. It is not a dig but a genuine query that puzzles me. Yet I'm not sure that I have asked this question well. I have ...
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Under what conditions does a Samyaksambuddha arise?

Buddha arises. In the past there were several Buddhas. And it is said that in the future there will be at least one. My question is under what conditions does a Samyaksambuddha arise?
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Does anyone have a source reference for Advayavajra in tantric buddhism?

This article on tantra -- Buddhist Tantra - 5 -- says The deities of the vajrayAna are all manifestations of shUnya. Advayavajra says in a very characteristic verse that the deities are ...
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Is it bad karma to think but not claim that one is enlightened, or just bad for your practice?

Is it bad karma to think but not claim that one is enlightened, or just bad for your practice? With respect to the latter, the Surangama Sutra springs to mind, and its advice for dealing with unusual ...
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Can homosexual monks or nuns ordain, if not WHY?

Namo Buddhaya! (I am a Theravada Buddhist) The Vinaya says monks & nuns cannot be together in private (it would be an offense). But what if someone is a homosexual, how would they go about ...
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Did Gautama Buddha endorse the caste system?

Did Gautama Buddha endorse the caste system? Buddhism: An Atheistic and Anti-Caste Religion? Modern Ideology and Historical Reality of the Ancient Indian Bauddha Dharma by Edmun Weber Hans ...
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Buddhavamsa and the 29 Buddhas

I’m trying to find the truth behind religious movements, for so far possible of course. I admit, it’s with a selfish goal, but it’s important for me. I want to find my way in Life and try to ...
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the foot feels the foot when it feels the ground

the foot feels the foot when it feels the ground I see this in a book. I cannot understand exactly what it means. what is the deep meaning of this Buddha's quotes.
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Do transformation bodies appear before a buddha reaches enlightenment?

Do transformation bodies appear before a buddha reaches enlightenment? So that the many bodies of Shakyamuni that the fan Wang ching (Sutra of Brahmas net) claims Vairocana manifests may have ...
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Was Buddha ever born as an elephant?

I am not sure about this but the title of this book (When the Buddha Was an Elephant: 32 Animal Wisdom Tales from the Jataka) implies that Buddha was once an elephant; in other words that an elephant ...
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Is it bad karma to disagree with an arhat?

I just wondered, is it bad karma at all to disagree with an arhat? I'm not saying I would, I just wondered, because killing one is phenomenally bad! What about disagreeing with a Buddha?
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Do fully enlightened "persons" still meditate, and why? [duplicate]

Do fully enlightened "persons" still meditate, and why? I get why they keep living, to help sentient beings. But does meditation help in that way?
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Who remembers the Buddha?

Buddha is eternal. His knowledge is eternal. His experience is eternal. His fruits of actions are eternal. And we know that past Knowledge , past experience ,past actions are remembered by Self. So my ...
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In the future how many Buddhas will be born?

In our world, (Earth) there were 28 Buddha born with Gautama Buddha. Some people say that Maitreya Buddha is the 29th & last Buddha. My question is, in the future how many Buddhas will born.
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Is their any Age limit to become a Buddha?

we all know Prince Siddartha, about 29 years old when he began his quest for enlightenment. His quest was accomplished about six years later, when he was in his mid-30s became Lord Buddha. so my ...
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Does Buddha go to Naraka (hell) to save those tormented beings?

I heard one regarded by many a Buddhist teacher said, "Buddha will go to Naraka to save those suffering (tormented) beings, whilst those (monks, buddhists) will want to go to the Purelands. That (...
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What exactly was the difference between Alara Kalama & uddaka rāmaputta teachings?

Correct me if I am wrong. Siddharth went to Alara Kalama, who told him to focus on his breath in order to get rid of Feelings, (Buddha achieved Alara Kalama level in 2 months), Now he told his ...
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Past Buddha's : Sources

I came along with this (http://www.aathaapi.net/dwncounter.php?number=29) detailed description of the Buddhas (during vag and mano pradani era of Gautama Bodhisattva) before the 28 Buddhas. 512000 ...
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Buddhas after Bhadra Kalpa

I have seen in certain books that there is gonna be a lot of buddha shunya kalpas after the bhadra kalpa. Also it has stated about names of 10 Buddhas after the Bhadra kalpa. Is there a sutra source ...
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What enters the mind of an idle Buddha?

What enters the mind of a Buddha when left idle? Suppose a Buddha were confined to a hospital bed or prison cell. One cannot remain within the conditioned states of jhana indefinitely. If one is ...
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Are there any body who achieved Nibbana currently (in the current world)

Are there any body who achieved Nibbana currently (in the current world). If so give one or two names, please.
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Is it possible for a human being to live without the mind?

If a human being consists of two parts as mind and body, is it then possible to live without mind? Appreciate your ideas.
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Why didn't some of the previous Buddhas preach the code of discipline?

It is said that as some of the previous Buddhas did not set the code of discipline, the Dhamma did not last.
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What is the water filter of Koṇāgamana?

No matter how many different ways I search, I seem to get this exact/ALMOST exact phrase:"These relics include the staff of Kakusandha, the water filter of Koṇāgamana, a piece of the robe of Kassapa, ...
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Buddha's omniscience

Is a Buddha omniscient? If so, is there some agreement on what omniscience more specifically means? (All traditions are of interest. But particularly Mahayana)
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Is the next Buddha the same entity/being as the previous Buddha, or another discrete being who comes to the same realizations as the previous Buddha?

I do not have a strong theoretical grasp of the concept of rebirth, so I am wondering: Is each Buddha that has existed/will exist the same being, reincarnated? Or is each Buddha a totally unrelated ...
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Teachings from Buddhas other than Gautama

I asked this question earlier: What "religions" did previous Buddhas practice? Now I'm wondering if any teachings from earlier (or later) Buddhas have been passed down to our time. And if ...
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Why are Buddhas always Indian, male and human?

Dipankara, Siddhartha Gotama, Maithreya to name a few (of the 28 named in the Buddhavamsa) - it feels a bit like a Hollywood plot where it's always only an all American hero that fights off the alien ...
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What is a wrathful Buddha?

In reading this answer to another question there were many references to "the peaceful and wrathful buddhas" in the quote from The Tibetan Book of the Dead. This is a tradition that I'm not very ...
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At what point in the path is one able to recall their past lives?

In most traditions of Buddhism there is talk of the Buddha, or various Bodhisattvas talking about their past lives. At what point in the path to enlightenment is the ability to remember ones past ...
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Do enlighted people cry? Did the Buddha ever cry?

What is the Buddhist view on crying? I don't remember hearing or reading about the Buddha ever crying. Is crying a consequence of "lack of understanding" of the ultimate reality?
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What are the Eighteen Buddha Attributes?

There are Eighteen Buddha Attributes, that belong only to a perfectly enlightened Buddha. What are they?
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Can a buddhist get married?

Im 42 years old man...i have a girlfriend..and studying Yoga, Meditation and some basics of buddhism. I came from a Hindu religion but somehow the buddhism suits me more. I wonder if someone that is ...
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Difference between Pacceka Buddha and Arahant?

The Sammasambuddha (Skt: Samyaksambuddha) is also an Arahant according to the Dhajagga Sutta. Is the Pacceka Buddha (Skt: Pratyeka Buddha) also an Arahant? What's the difference between Pacceka ...
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Non Buddha Realms

I am not sure if I am asking about Original Enlightenment, but suppose that a sentient being doesn't (really) know they are a Buddha. Are they really in e.g. a human or animal realm, or are they in a ...
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is nirvana - just whatever a Buddha wants?

Suppose Dave is a Buddha. Does he want to be a Buddha? Will he get what he wants - forever ? Does it matter ?
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Why is Budai often associated with the future Buddha Maitreya?

Many times I've heard of Budai (pictured below) being associated with Maitreya, the future Buddha. Why is this so and how widespread is this belief? Wikipedia lists a short verse uttered before Budai'...
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If a Buddha exists then can a private buddha arise or exist somewhere in the same world system without having learned from the current Buddha?

The question is in the title. Or is he just known as an arahant?
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Why can't private buddhas just tell people what they did to achieve enlightenment

I mean I don't know if they do but apparently private buddhas don't put forth a teaching, so my question is why can't they just tell people what they did to attain enlightenment.
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Whose nirvana is it anyway?

Allow me to take you on a little detour through Heidegger? He claims that "my death" is inalienably mine: that no one can die my death for me. I think this means that "my death" never arrives... ...
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Who are the Buddhas of the three worlds in Ryōkan's poems?

In some of Ryōkan's poems such as this one he mentions the Buddhas of the three worlds While I gather firewood and wild grasses on this hill, the Buddhas of the three worlds Are also ...
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