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Why is Buddhism a venture of a limited few?

The Buddha once asked himself much the same. And in his question, we catch a glimpse of why there are a limited few. Indeed, the Buddha first thought that there were none: SN6.1:1.4: “This principle ...
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Are there any body who achieved Nibbana currently (in the current world)

The Pali scriptures describe 4 levels of enlightenment, which equate to 4 levels of Nibbana. The Nakhasikha Sutta states in the 1st level of enlightenment the vast majority of the previous suffering ...
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What exactly was the difference between Alara Kalama & uddaka rāmaputta teachings?

The two teachers are in the Ariyapariyesana Sutta. Alara Kalama taught to focus on 'nothingness' and Uddaka Ramaputta taught to enter the 'dimension of neither perception nor non-perception'. Both ...
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Buddhas after Bhadra Kalpa

There's no mention on the future buddhas except Metteyya buddha in the pali canon. However, there's a book, Dasabodhisattuppattikatha which was written much later than the compilation of the pali ...
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Is it possible for a human being to live without the mind?

To answer this question accurately is very difficult if you are not a scientist but often people have accidents that results in them being in a coma for an extended period, where their physical body ...
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Why didn't some of the previous Buddhas preach the code of discipline?

The Vinaya pitaka is preached only if the life span is less than 50,000 years. When the life span is higher, the human world is said to be similar to heavens. The Buddhas usually introduce Vinaya ...
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Are there any body who achieved Nibbana currently (in the current world)

I think this question has a great potential for misunderstanding the concept of Nibbana. Why is it important to know? There is no way to know if Nibbana is just another silly concept like God except ...
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What enters the mind of an idle Buddha?

From parinibbana suttha 16: The Gracious One’s Sickness Then the Gracious One, after living near Ambapālī’s Wood for as long as he liked, addressed venerable Ānanda, saying: “Come ...
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In what sutta does the Buddha talk about Paccekabuddhas?

In MN116, Once upon a time, five hundred Buddhas awakened for themselves dwelt for a long time on this Isigili. They were seen entering the mountain, but after entering were seen no more. When people ...
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What enters the mind of an idle Buddha?

A Buddha would meditate or, as was posted, not reflect on or contemplate anything. The scriptures do report the Buddha often disappeared for periods of solitude (eg. SN 54.9). Otherwise, a Buddha ...
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Buddhas vs bodhisattvas vs arhats vs devas vs brahmas

Actually Paceccabuddhas do teach but in brief and in general terms like from one Theravada example after 4 Paccekabuddas received meals for 4 days from a King at his palace when the King asked them ...
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Do fully enlightened "persons" still meditate, and why?

Yes, Buddha did meditate. This is for the pleasant abiding here and now. From the discussion, What did Buddha do to pass his time? -- Some relevant info: Then the Blessed One, having ...
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Is it bad karma to disagree with an arhat?

According to the Nibbedhika Sutta: "Intention, I tell you, is kamma. Intending, one does kamma by way of body, speech, & intellect. If you see this answer, bad karma or not, is related to ...
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Did Gautama Buddha endorse the caste system?

Did Gautama Buddha endorse the caste system? Of course not. There's a whole chapter in the Dhammapada where it shows what qualifies one as a brahman. None of them use high birth or high caste as the ...
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Under what conditions does a Samyaksambuddha arise?

My question is under what conditions Buddha arises? There's no set patterns. For example Buddha Gotama came during a relatively uneventful period where human life span was within normal range. ...
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Why is Buddhism a venture of a limited few?

Only a few centuries ago people had no idea about hygiene. There was simply no idea that dirty hands, filthy surfaces etc. was a good environment for growth of bacteria causing diseases. Only a ...
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Why is Buddhism a venture of a limited few?

From a separate perspective, simply looking at humanity and how people function, I'll point out that practicing Buddhism in the way needed to reach nibbana is work. Throughout history, humans show an ...
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Does Pure Land Buddhism ever have a Buddha other than Amitābha as the object of devotion?

Yes, there is other Pure Land in Buddhism other than Amitabha Buddha's. It is called the Pure Land of Lapis Lazuli of the East. The Buddha that resides there is called Bhaisajyaguru Buddha or Medicine ...
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Are Amitabha and Sakyamuni the same?

From my understanding Gautama Buddha and Amida Buddha are two different Buddha. When Amida made his vows it was immeasurable kalpas ago and He just became Buddha 10 kalpas ago. In the Infinite Life ...
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Buddha's omniscience

The Buddha knew everything about what was essential to know. The Pali suttas say: Those who mistake the unessential to be essential and the essential to be unessential, dwelling in wrong thoughts, ...
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What enters the mind of an idle Buddha?

From the Ayacana Sutta (SN 6.1): Then, while he (Buddha) was alone and in seclusion, this line of thinking arose in his awareness: "This Dhamma that I have attained is deep, hard to see, hard ...
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Are there any body who achieved Nibbana currently (in the current world)

No one would carry placards announcing that they are on the Path. If there are any who have fulfilled the practice of the Path, then certainly even today there could be Arahants in the world. But if ...
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Does Buddha go to Naraka (hell) to save those tormented beings?

We say that when the Buddha was a bodhisattva, he vowed to go to Naraka to save beings suffering there. Compassion is the wish that others be free from suffering. Great compassion is the wish that all ...
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In the future how many Buddhas will be born?

There are infinite number into the past and infinite number to the future. 28 are the immediate preceding our Buddha. Maitreya will be the next.
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In the future how many Buddhas will be born?

This is just my personal idea , I believe if the time is infinite, and there is no starting or ending to the universe, there can be infinite number of Buddhas . For your information::,According to ...
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Who remembers the Buddha?

And we know that past Knowledge , past experience ,past actions are remembered by Self. This is false because the mind only can remember via memory a small proportion of past actions. Self must also ...
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the foot feels the foot when it feels the ground

Although the quote is fake, the idea behind it is real. As @Friedrick Nietzsche correctly pointed out, it refers to the reality of co-arising. Here is an explanation by Nalin Swaris in his "The ...
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Did Gautama Buddha endorse the caste system?

No He just shown the path of truth to all the human beings and he didn't care who is he teaching. Why do you think that he just taught high caste people. He had also teach Dhamma to killer like "...
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