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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Would you say the "dharma" explains "dharmas"

The term dhamma has multiple meanings in Buddhism. Dhamma is defined in the accesstoinsight.org glossary page as: dhamma [Skt. dharma]:(1) Event; a phenomenon in and of itself; (2) mental quality; (3)...
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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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8 Worldly Dharmas - are they mental or physical for noble ones?

Feeling physical pain is a chain of chemical reactions. So everyone feel it. Even Arahant feel it.(but only as a sense). But since Arahant doesn't have self, they don't generate hate, love, greed ...
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Understanding compassion fatigue from a buddhist point of view

Here's my two cents: I used to be a nursing assistant. I did that for about seven years. I had to quit and change careers eventually due to burn out, stress, not wanting to be complicit with the ugly ...
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Understanding compassion fatigue from a buddhist point of view

I don't know the definition of "compassion fatigue", or who defines it. The link you posted includes, People who experience compassion fatigue can exhibit several symptoms including hopelessness, ...
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Do Buddhists talk about insides?

The aggregates of mind and body, being ever subject to cause and effect, as we saw above, pass through the inconceivably rapid moments of arising, presently existing, and ceasing (uppaada, .thiti, bha"...
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Finding a dharma teacher

Erik, If the are Sanghas (of the Buddha's monks - a mixed or lay community shouldn't be called a "Sangha") or possible one or another monk alone, it's good to visit them, observe them, and to ask ...
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Isnt the illusion better? of a self?

Loneliness is the memory of love. The memory of being selfless together, complete, without greed, hate or delusion. Chasing that memory into the Matrix, Neo-like, to escape dystopia can give you a ...
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Buddhist views on transgender issues

For anybody who ''wants to end dukkha'', caring about the body is the first mistake, and trying to change the body is the second mistake. The third mistake is to base the actions, which let's recall ...
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