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Can I count my contribution to the open source as a dharma?

Open source is awesome philosophically speaking, and that's really what counts in the dharma, not the actual benefit that accrues to others. A core tenet of Buddhism is to not cling: "And he ...
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Is listening to a Dharma talk while walking considered a form of walking meditation?

Yes, in walking meditation we can use any of the 40 objects of meditation. Listening to Dhamma talks would put it under recollection of the dhamma as it gave you a sense of appreciation of the ...
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Can I count my contribution to the open source as a dharma?

Intention matters. What brings one to open source decides whether it is completely wholesome or has taints. If I'm in in open source because I hate Microsoft, it is unwholesome. If I'm writing ...
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If there are no past and future lives, why should we practice Buddhism?

There is no real difference between: this current moment in life with future moments afterwards with Nirvana as the climax and this current life with a string of lives afterwards with Nirvana as ...
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How can killing of Muslims by Buddhists in Myanmar be justified?

Here's a good story of a Buddhist reaction to a genocide in Lord Buddha's time. "Lord Buddha's family/cast (Shrathriya/Shakya) was at the top of the casts at the time and they were very proud of it....
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What makes "Dhamma" worthy of worship?

Bodhidharma is the legendary founder of Zen in China. He is said to have arrived in China about 520 CE. (Buddhism had by then been known in China for about 400 years.) He was soon summoned to the ...
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What does the one taste of the dharmadhatu really mean?

In his commentary to Maitreya’s Mahayanottaratantra-ratnagotravibhanga, Gyaltsab Je says: Because just as every drop of water is of one taste with the ocean, so every phenomenon is of one taste ...
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What is the correct meaning of dhamma, dharma, atta, anatta?

from an EBT (early buddhist text) perspective: http://lucid24.org/tped/d/dhamma/index.html#dhammamsutva ☸Dhamma, dhamma ☸Dhamma = The Buddha's Teaching. Dhamma = Natural laws of the universe, like ...
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The thorny issue of anatta

There are several questions brought up here. One I see you asking: is the entire teaching of Buddha- with everything it has to offer -- is a true explanation of reality or is it merely a useful ...
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If there are no past and future lives, why should we practice Buddhism?

Life does not end with the moment of death. A new birth is taken based on the last thought that came at the time of death. If you it is suicide, the thoughts towards the end of your life are not ...
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What does the one taste of the dharmadhatu really mean?

I believe you may be referring to the passage in the Kuddhaka Nikaya -- Udana 5:5 The Uposattha Sutta: Where the Buddha said of his system of teaching and discipline: “bhikkhave, mahāsamuddo ekaraso ...
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Can I count my contribution to the open source as a dharma?

Dhamma Greetings user1835337, Buddha 'Dhamma' is the 'teaching' of the Buddha and Dāna (giving) is one part of it. Openhearted giving (Dāna) is on of the three basic and main exercises recommended ...
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Difference between mundane concerns of praise and honour/fame

Praise and blame is whether what you're doing is right or wrong, according to someone. Fame and insignificance is whether a lot of people consider you special or not. For example, if you have a ...
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Do Buddhists talk about insides?

I think you must be thinking of 'middle'. Things have beginnings, middles, and ends. And yes the suttas are filled with discussions of all three. "It was not until I had thoroughly understood the six ...
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What is the correct meaning of dhamma, dharma, atta, anatta?

I think that "atta" and "atman" are the same words, two different languages (Pali and Sanskrit). That in a Buddhist context, "atta" (and its converse, "anatta") are related to ideas like ...
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Is the conventional self "conventional" in the same way as dharmas are?

OP: "Is the conventional self "conventional" in the same way as dharmas are?" In extent Mahayana traditions the selflessness of phenomena and the selflessness of persons is of the ...
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Can we be sensously aware without consciousness?

Short Answer: No. Long Answer: First, you'll need to define what you mean by consciousness. If we take consciousness as "conscious awareness" then by definition, if you don't have consciousness of ...
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Is nirodha (cessation of suffering) dependent on the existence of suffering?

I don't know if the word "dependent" is 100% correct. I would say suffering is the supporting condition for cessation. From Upanisaa Sutta suffering is the support condition for faith faith is ...
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How can killing of Muslims by Buddhists in Myanmar be justified?

The Buddha never justified violence of killing any living being. "Monks, even if bandits were to savagely sever you, limb by limb, with a double-handled saw, even then, whoever of you harbors ill ...
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What does the one taste of the dharmadhatu really mean?

interested in any philosophical, literary, or religious answer on what "taste" means there The quote in Tenzin Dorje's answer reminds me of one of the Pali suttas, which says, Just as the great ...
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Is nirodha (cessation of suffering) dependent on the existence of suffering?

Although nirodha is usually translated "cessation", its main meaning is "restraint", "prevention" - e.g. of crime or any undesired activity/outcome. In modern Hindi, nirodh is even used as a word for ...
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Is Karma part of Dharma? In other terms, is Karma a subset of Dharma?

Notice the Heart Sutra's subsequent sentences' explanation: This is because in emptiness there is no form, sensation, conception, synthesis, or discrimination. There are no eyes, ears, nose, tongue,...
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What is the correct meaning of dhamma, dharma, atta, anatta?

The word dhamma in these passages has multiple meanings and can only be understood in the context of the passage they come from as you seem to understand. This is difficult for most Buddhist students ...
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What is the correct meaning of dhamma, dharma, atta, anatta?

There are two languages, Pali and Sanskrit. Pali sounds like a mumbled version of Sanskrit, basically. Many of the consonants found in Sanskrit words are skipped in corresponding Pali words. So ...
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The thorny issue of anatta

I'd like to hear your views on the arguments on both sides. Anatta: only a strategy for realization or a real "ontological" position? It is both. From Sutta Nipata 4.14: Seeing in what way is a ...
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If Samsara is natural in origin, is the Wheel of Dharma artificial?

So the wheel of Dharma was arficial, but at such scale and ingrained in the very fabric of the Universe that it could pass as a force of nature. The only difference is that it must be "kept ...
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