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After samadhi what?

Buddhist meditation is not clinging to (i.e., not getting infatuated about) experienced phenomena. Last year I experienced samadhi, full state of awareness. Mind's thoughts stopped for days and ...
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Hesitation between Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta

If you want to know the truth about reality, you have to learn how to make impartial observations of nature. When you ask questions like "Who is waking up? Who is witnessing?", you have already made ...
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Comparing Chinese Agama the ? Bundles of Reeds Simile with Pali Nalakalapiyo Sutta

OP: Are these two Sutra/Sutta equivalent but different versions? Yes, I think so. According to SuttaCentral, SA 288 and SN 12.67 are equivalent. I could find "三蘆立於空地" from your quote inside ...
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How does Buddhism explain consciousness if there is no self?

Acts of cognition do not require a "cogniser, a subject" that knows (apart from the mind itself), because consciousness belongs to the body & mind. The original question contains an implicit ...
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Why do i look sad, while doing things consciously?

It is difficult to be around non-meditative people when you are meditative. Dhammapada 302 states: Suffering/difficulty comes from association with unequals. When they say: "You are looking sad", ...
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What is intellect-consciousness and why is it different from intellect itself?

This is just bad translation. "Consciousness" is the common word for vijnana. A better translation of vijnana is "(subjective) experience". Meaning, you see something => you recognize it => you make ...
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Where does the consciousness (cittas) originate inside the body?

Space is a derived quality of matter, so consciousness cannot be said to take up or exist in space. To say that the mind arises here or there is not really proper in an ultimate sense. Consciousness ...
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What is the invisible consciousness or consciousness without surface?

Few thoughts, based on my understanding of Buddhism: One: Vijñāna is not an entity, not a substance - it is an emergent effect, an emergent phenomenon known in modern terms as "subjective experience" ...
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Comparing Chinese Agama the ? Bundles of Reeds Simile with Pali Nalakalapiyo Sutta

In my understanding of Mahayana doctrine, the term namarupa does not refer to individual's mind-and-body. In my opinion, this traditional Theravadin interpretation is incorrect. Instead, namarupa ...
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How is consciousness measured?

In MN121 the Buddha explains his step by step method for achieving Liberation or Nirvana. This method relies on the gradual removal or abandonment or "giving up" of objects and any ...
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the Pair of Knowing and Object

The "pair" or "dyad" of "knowing" and "object" is found in the Pali scriptures, as follows: At Savatthī. “Bhikkhus... there is this (internal) 'group' ('kaya': of five aggregates) and external ...
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What is life-continuum?

life-continuum is Bhavanga-citta. It's the filler thought moment/moments between every 2 thoughts/experiences. It keeps you from dying when the senses cannot provide an object to the mind. When you ...
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After samadhi what?

So... what was it, where it came from and why? What you have described sounds very much like the experience of Udayabbaya ñana or the knowledge of Arising and Passing Away. You can search for these ...
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Does Viññāṇa generate Nāmarūpa in the sense that would make "uploading concsciousness" impossible?

I don't understand the question. I just try to help. I write this answer by my guess the question's meaning. The past (vanished) moment does not "upload" anything to the moment which it affects. It ...
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How does buddhism describe what exactly, or where exactly, or how exactly, consciousness exists?

As a computer scientist you are bringing some baggage with you that will continue to get in the way of what you want to find in the Dharma. I am speaking from the perspective of a computer scientist ...
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How does buddhism describe what exactly, or where exactly, or how exactly, consciousness exists?

I will join in the fun with another answer: Consciousness is included as one of the basic six elements (dhatus), namely, earth, wind, fire, water, space and consciousness, per MN 115. Here, the term '...
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Is All-Is-One a buddhist belief?

SN 35.23 - Sabba Sutta: The All "Monks, I will teach you the All. Listen & pay close attention. I will speak." "As you say, lord," the monks responded. The Blessed One said, &...
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Can I cancel my consciousness?

Buddha might say, "change yourself keeping mindful of the dharma." But why is behavior modification necessary at all? To end suffering, isn't it. Why is rightness a requisite? "Right&...
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Are the formless jhanas without any consciouness of form at all?

Formless meditations exist. The eight attainments (atthasamapatti) in meditation (attaining Adhicitta) broadly has two parts - namely, the first four rupa jhanas and the four arupa jhanas. These last ...
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How does Buddhism explain consciousness if there is no self?

Remember the Buddha refuses to answer "Is there a self?" and "Is there no self?". He frequently points out things which are not self which is in line with his teaching "sabbe sankhara annata" (All ...
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Why do i look sad, while doing things consciously?

I think you have some ideas collapsed. I don't want to laugh anymore If this is actually a goal, I'd like to suggest that you may have wandered off from your true intention. Mindfulness during ...
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What are the similarities between quantum physics and buddism?

As far as I know quantum physics does not teach four noble truths, dependent origination and consciousness. So there are no similarities.However quantum physics can be used as examples to explain ...
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Insight in Buddhism

Insight is causality (4 Noble Truths, Dependent Origination and Conditional Relations) at the experiential level. Another insight what comes before this is that of the universal characteristics. When ...
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After samadhi what?

While I have never had such an experience that lasted for days, I have had some rather zen moments upon reaching epiphanies during contemplative thought. I think the longest was about 15 minutes long ...
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Hesitation between Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta

I don't understand the emptiness that Buddhism gives to consciousness. The word 'emptiness' ('sunnata') means 'empty of self'. The Advaita vedanta teaches us that we are pure consciousness Buddhism ...
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What is intellect-consciousness and why is it different from intellect itself?

Consciousness ('vinnana') is not thinking. Consciousness is experiencing or knowing. Dependent on intellect & ideas, intellect-consciousness arises. The meeting of the three is contact. With ...
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What is the substantial cause of an instance of consciousness?

Since you asked for personal responses with reasoning, I feel I can just answer in my own words, not quoting scripture or teachers. And yet I believe my position is in line with the view of the ...
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How is re-linking consciousness reconciled with MN 38?

So, how does the Abhidhamma reconcile the concept of re-linking consciousness (patisandhi-viññana) with MN 38 above? It doesn't have to because Abh. and MN 38 talked about different consciousnesses. "...
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How is re-linking consciousness reconciled with MN 38?

There is no contradiction between MN 38 and Abhidhamma. Stream of consciousness OR Continuity of consciousness means individual consciousness which arises (uppada), exists (titi), ceases (bhanga) ...
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