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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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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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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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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 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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16 Worldview Questions For Buddhists

What is prime reality? The All (the six senses and everything sensed by the six senses) as stated in SN 35.23. Please also read Why are these called "The All"?. What is the nature of ...
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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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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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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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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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Cosmic expansion and cosmic contraction

What does "aeons of cosmic expansion and cosmic contraction" mean in Buddhist cosmology? Quoting from Dharma: Its Early History in Law, Religion, and Narrative By Alf Hiltebeitel: An "aeons of ...
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Why are plants not sentient beings?

There are too many possible, different interpretations of "rebirth" for there to be an authoritative answer on this. Secular Buddhism, the most modern iteration, says that genes and matter from one ...
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How do you understand the Cakkavatti Sutta?

I have never read the sutta. Bhikkhu Sujato wrote: The Dīgha contains truly mythic texts in DN 26 Cakkavattisīhanāda and DN 27 Aggañña. These set forth a myth of origins, replacing conventional ...
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Why are all the Buddhas born in Indian subcontinent only?

Just as fishes are found in water and monkeys are found on trees. Different races are found in different regions of the world. They differ in their skin color, language , necessities , dominating ...
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Why are all the Buddhas born in Indian subcontinent only?

There is no reason. Instead, if we actually use "reason" or "intelligence" ("yoniso manasikara"), we will conclude this is totally improbable, which is why the teachings about past Buddhas found in ...
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28 Yaksha Generals

To my knowledge, there are12 Yaksha Generals and 28 Legions Serving Avalokiteshvara, but they refer to different beings. In Japanese Buddhism, the latter are called 二十八部衆, Nijūhachi Bushū. The link ...
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Why are plants not sentient beings?

In Theravada (Pali), the 1st precept is about not destroying life that breathes (pāṇātipātī). The word 'pāṇā' means 'breath' and the word 'atipātī' means 'destroyer'. In other words, the term '...
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Buddhist Cosmology

I believe it is what makes up/ part of a comprehensive "right view", but not encouraged to be a main focus of realizing the Dharma. It is the kind of topic that leads to answers somewhere along the ...
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Why is Buddhism a venture of a limited few?

It's extremely difficult to let go of sensual enjoyment. Experiencing sensual enjoyment leads to clinging, meaning trying to experience even more sensual enjoyment. Hence, the masses have the natural ...
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Why is Buddhism a venture of a limited few?

OP: My question is if Buddhist understanding of human condition and psychology is true why only limited few humans want or strive towards Nirvana. If Buddhist cosmology is true why not humans enmasse ...
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Did the Buddha endorse a cyclical cosmology?

The renowned 20th century Thai monk Bhikkhu Buddhadasa once said: People language is used by the ordinary people who don't understand Dhamma very well and by those worldly people who are so dense ...
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Why are plants not sentient beings?

Because they are not sentient. Sentient: able to feel or perceive things.
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