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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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How are the 31 planes of existence (especially Bṛhatphala planes) a practical metaphor?

Is there an overarching metaphorical meaning of the 31 lokas, ... According to the metaphorical style of interpretation, 31 planes of existence are a map of various lifestyles and mind states (with ...
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Can the elements of Buddhist Cosmology be confirmed?

Buddha's response to such questions has been that whether or not other worlds exist, his teaching is still beneficial if applied in practice. So, for example, if it is said that acting on an extreme ...
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Did the Buddha endorse a cyclical cosmology?

DN 1 states: There comes a time, monks, when after the lapse of a long period this world contracts (disintegrates) ... But sooner or later, monks, after the lapse of a long period, there comes a time ...
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The invariant law of nature which forms the basis of Buddha's Dharma and existence of universe itself

As the Buddha explained many times, it's not 'Y => X', it's '(A,B,C,D..Q) => X'. In other words, every individual phenomenon that we can call out and delineate in a spatiotemporal continuum of ...
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How to reconcile Buddhist Cosmology with modern worldview, especially astronomy?

First of all you have misunderstood the meaning of 31 planes of existence. It doesn't mean there are 30 other planets in the universe. This simply suggests that there are 30 other realms that are ...
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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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How to reconcile Buddhist Cosmology with modern worldview, especially astronomy?

Do Buddhists accept the modern view of the universe I was about to answer, "Yes, I do": but in a way I don't. By that I mean that in fact I go about my daily life without thinking of astronomy (in ...
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Can Buddhism be "modernized" by discarding the supernatural mythological content?

Here's a quote from Science at the Crossroads by Tenzin Gyatso, the Dalai Lama, Because of this methodological standpoint, I have often remarked to my Buddhist colleagues that the empirically ...
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Is too much of good kamma an obstacle for enlightenment?

First of all some information in the question needs enplaning before going any further. About devas aspiring to be humans This is the full story... Just like any other being the karma of devas run ...
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What makes Brahmas come back to human world at death?

Everything is impermanent. What the Brahma enjoys is the Pala or fruit. The fruit of any Karma including that arising from developing the Jhanas also passes after sometime. If you develop the Jhanas ...
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How should one look at buddhist mythologies and cosmologies from a scientific perspective

... reconcile with modern science? ... Modern science is always changing with new theories and discoveries but Buddhism is presented as eternal or timeless which is valid in the past, present and ...
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Is there a future Buddha?

Good householder, It's mentioned, in an urgency by displaying causes of samvega, that a further Buddha will arise, yet exactly this Sutta DN26 urges to train for liberation in this life, while the ...
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The invariant law of nature which forms the basis of Buddha's Dharma and existence of universe itself

The Buddha taught that a first cause/an origin to the universe cannot be found so the question is not valid.
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Can you point me some Sutras on Buddhist Cosmology?

Kosala Sutta 1 Aggañña Sutta Cakka,vatti Siha,nāda Sutta Satta Suriya Sutta Pāṭika Sutta Saṅ­khā­ru­papat­ti­ Sutta Brahma,jala Sutta Also see for introduction: An Introduction to the Brahma,jāla ...
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How many dimensions are there according to Buddhism?

The Sigalovada Sutta mention "the six directions": At that time a young householder named Sigalaka arose early and set out from Rajagaha with freshly washed clothes and hair.[3] With palms together ...
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How to reconcile Buddhist Cosmology with modern worldview, especially astronomy?

Among the 31 planes of existence, two of it are the realm of humans and the realm of animals. Both of it exist right here on Earth. So, the realms are more from the perspective of different kind of ...
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On 31 planes of existence

They are said to be located from a certain distance from the human realm. ex: The closest heaven to us is the Chaturmaharajika heaven. It is located 42,000 Yojjanas above from the human realm. But ...
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How to work for liberating ALL living beings?

As per the "Heart Sutra in 8000 Lines", you liberate all sentient beings by attaining direct realization that in fact there are no any such "sentient beings" to talk about. "Sentient being" is only a ...
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Vipassana on arupa worlds

In the arupa worlds you cannot hear the Dhamma as you do not have this faculty, also the mental process is too subtle making it not possible to meditate on it. But if you have experiences even the 1st ...
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Why are plants not sentient beings?

Can it be immoral to kill a plant? It's contrary to the Vinaya for monks -- I don't know whether you consider that as implying that it's "immoral". DESTROYING VEGETATION The common belief ...
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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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Is there a future Buddha?

In the Pali Tipitaka I think it's mentioned (only) in the Buddhavaṃsa: In the twenty-eighth section is given the names of three Buddhas, namely, Taźhałkara, Medhałkara and Saraźałkara who lived ...
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Is there a future Buddha?

It appears in the Metteyyabuddhuppāda of the Cakkavattisutta, DN 26. From the translation by Venerable Sujāto: Asītivassasahassāyukesu, bhikkhave, manussesu metteyyo nāma bhagavā loke uppajjissati ...
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Vipassana on arupa worlds

If my understanding is correct,"mind states correlate with realms of rebirth".I don't think you can practice Vipassanna in any Jhanic State.Not even the first jhana (rupajhana). So i don't think any ...
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How many dimensions are there according to Buddhism?

Space (Akasa Pannattis) and time (Kala Pannattis) are a conceptual or perception based construct (Pannattis). Many of the population can perceive in 3D: Stereopsis. There are some who cannot perceive ...
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Are Therevada's cosmology and the Mahanaya's sutras physically impossible?

There are two ways in which physics could disallow a Buddhist form of cosmology: A law of nature which creates measurable predictions in our universe (the human realm of existence) is discovered, and ...
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Are Therevada's cosmology and the Mahanaya's sutras physically impossible?

Buddhism is a definite, and it is the same Dhamma preached by all Buddhas. Popular science is always changing with new theory replacing old ones. But having said this some similar theories have ...

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