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This meta-topic mentioned the Pañha Sutta, which includes, There are these four ways of answering questions. Which four? There are questions that should be answered categorically [straightforwardly yes, no, this, that]. There are questions that should be answered with an analytical (qualified) answer [defining or redefining the terms]. There are questions ...


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As Thrangu Rinpoche once said, some people spend a lot of time arguing whether a chair really exists or if it only exists in our minds, but here we are much more concerned with our attitude to the chair. Are we attached to this chair? Do we hate this chair? Do we think we are the chair? Are we free from this chair? That's what really matters in practice, not ...


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Yes, this is pretty much the way Buddha has led all his conversations with individual students when he was not preaching to groups. In Pali Canon there are many examples of dialogs following same exact model. Buddha's hallmark was to start with whatever assumptions / framework the student had and to show how by staying consistent with the key principles of ...


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There are two mainstream Mulamadhyamakakarikas (hereafter MMK). There might be one in manuscript form recently dicovered that I am unaware of, but there are two that I am aware of, and they are the Sanskrit reconstructed from Venerable Candrakirti's commentary (which might actually be from Tibetan), and the Chinese version with the nested commentary by ...


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It is an effect by wrong way commentary reading of the western professors and thai professors, because they have not enough skill to read pāli tipitaka and commentary. Commentary just want to said: Buddha called "bhikkhave" because the listeners in front of buddha are bhikkhu. But it doesn't means the other buddhist people can not practice follow that ...


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The paper titled "Between reverence and revolt: Hesse and the two faces of religion" suggests that Hesse was primarily a (Christian) Protestant. It says for example that in his 1921 diary he wrote: “And now the whole of Buddhism increasingly appears to me to be a kind of Indian Reformation, an exact equivalent of the Christian one” So far as I know, a ...


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I don't know what "pop Buddhism" means exactly but I guess yes -- I suppose I could assign one or more of the following definitions to the phrase. "Pop Buddhism" is: Any reference to Buddhism that I might encounter in a not-explicitly-Buddhist context -- for example: This CBC article is "pop" Buddhism because the CBC isn't explicitly Buddhist -- but it ...


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Siddhartha asks Govinda to kiss him on the forehead. As he does so, for Govinda "a certain contempt for his friends's words conflicted with a tremendous love...for him ." Govinda then goes through a kind of mystical experience, as Siddhartha's face somehow merges with and contains a continuous stream of thousands of other faces, which he appreciates in each ...


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As you put it, this is one of the so-called 'unanswered questions', that is, you are really asking 'Does the world exist?' Such questions deal with opinions, points of view, diṭṭhi's; and there is no way of holding one side of such a controversy without opposing the opposite point of view; there is no way of resolving the conflict; and such a state does not ...


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Extracted from Ocean of Reasoning: A Great Commentary on Nāgārjuna’s Mūlamadhyamakakārikā rJe Tsong Khapa Circa 1407—1408 Translated from Tibetan into English by Geshe Ngawang Samten & Jay L. Garfield 2006 25.19 Cyclic existence is not the slightest bit Different from nirvana. Nirvana is not the slightest bit Different from cyclic ...


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I've no formal experience with borderline personality disorder, this answer isn't intended to be relevant to that. I've seen posts on this site where people say, "If you don't believe in rebirth then you believe that death ends everything (and ends suffering). But if you really believed that death ends then why wouldn't you just kill yourself? Therefore you ...


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I suggest caution when analyzing quotes like this before seeing nirvana for the first time. It is extremely easy to be misled and fall into a "trap" when you hear any quote that says something along the lines of "you already possess all that you seek." If you have not awakened yet, do not read my interpretation of the quote as a call for you to stop your ...


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Put simply - the unenlightened person strives to find satisfaction in external things not realizing that he has the root of all satiety within. Buddhism directs us to find that root.


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Yes it is the greatest fantasy by rationalists that a discussion among rationalists is the way to reach truth. They create the fantasy that things have ''definitions'' and that a ''thesis'' is defended by ''arguments''. When they see the sterility of their ''debate'', they try to salvage their fruitless method with the claim that, instead of having the goal ...


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I don't think so. Buddhism is all about what is suffering, why we are suffering, how to get out of this suffering. That's all. Even if you understand this law or not this law of nature is there. Just like gravity even if you accept it or not gravity is there. These are eternal truths which means it will apply for all living things.


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Not every Buddhists are ready to renounce everything and single-mindedly pursue enlightenment with all their heart and mind. Different folks have different goals and so it's only natural for for the Dhamma to benefit all followers at all levels from low to high, whether that's happiness visible in the present life, or the way to a fortunate future rebirth, ...


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Yes, it is against the first precept since it kills. What you can do is, instead of giving money, buy normal nets and mosquito repellent lotion and donate.


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This represents the practice of one of the brahmaviharas, namely compassion. Practicing any of these "divine abodes" is enough to enlighten a person if practiced deeply enough. In this case, Govinda, who had spent most of his life stuck in a state of "wanting Nirvana" (and thus being all the more distant from Nirvana) finally comes closer to it by kissing ...


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Your question is: is it scientifically and metaphysically true that there are different time scales for the devas, humans and other beings? If so, my answer is yes. Metaphysically, there are different realms of beings. Those celestial beings have longer lifespans and their days and nights are longer than humans, depended on the layer of celestial realm ...


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