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Disenchanted with Buddhism

Buddhism is not the answer. Buddhism is not the problem, either. You turned to Buddhism looking for a quick fix to your life, and now that you haven't found that quick fix after 6 years you are ...
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How can I respond to Christians' unpleasant feedback on Buddhism?

Just tell them: I am not a Christian, and I'm not interested in becoming one. My interest in Buddhism or any other religion is my own business. Let's not discuss religion. This answer would be in ...
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How can I respond to Christians' unpleasant feedback on Buddhism?

Well, the properly Buddhist response to this kind of assault is to nod somberly and say "I see...". We have to keep in mind that the Christians who make statements like this are acting out ...
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How can I respond to Christians' unpleasant feedback on Buddhism?

You can say: Did Jesus teach pride or humility? Buddha too taught humility. Did Jesus teach accumulation of riches or being satisfied with the little you have? Buddha too taught being satisfied with ...
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Disenchanted with Buddhism

Generally things happen due to cause and effect so use that to your advantage by creating the causes for happiness. You need to work on the grosser aspects before you can work with the subtle.First ...
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How can I respond to Christians' unpleasant feedback on Buddhism?

There was a joke I heard once while I was living in Toronto. I have some good news, and some bad news. The good news, is that Toronto has been compared favourably with New York. And the bad news, is ...
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High doubt on Buddhist teaching

Good honest question, love it. Let me give you an honest answer. If one is skeptical concerning Enlightenment (because no one besides the Buddha and mysteriously ONLY those people in his time ...
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Why do some English-language texts refer to the Buddha as "Lord"?

In ancient Pali and Sanskrit texts the most common title for the Buddha is Bhagavan, which means someone rich and/or important (like e.g. Bill Gates or the president etc). This is how the Buddha is ...
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Disenchanted with Buddhism

Don't force it! Learn to find and follow your inspiration, to cultivate your inspiration :-) Buddhism is meant to be inspiring, the example of Buddha is meant to be an example you can relate to - he ...
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Buddha is a God or different God's level misconception in Buddhism System

You can portray Gautama Buddha as an ordinary man who lived 2500 years ago, who found the way to end suffering and attain true happiness. He discovered that suffering is mostly a mental condition. ...
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How can I respond to Christians' unpleasant feedback on Buddhism?

Good householder, it's always best to follow the Sublime Buddhas advices: “Monks, if others were to speak in dispraise of me, in dispraise of the Dhamma, or in dispraise of the Saṅgha, neither hatred ...
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How to escape Karma fight

I think the co-worker fighting is normal here I don't think it's normal. Only once in my 40-year career (working in offices) have I heard someone raise their voice in anger. Slapping somebody is ...
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Disenchanted with Buddhism

"I'm nearly 50 years old.. I have never found a sense of belonging... I haven't found a way to work that... I'm at a point where I feel I just cannot... I have no motivation... I have tried to ...
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Disenchanted with Buddhism

Im nearly 50 years old ... You seem to be realising the fact of unsatisfactoriness at the intellectual level (Cintā Maya Paññā). You have to try to re enforce this at the meditation level (Bhāvanā ...
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What to do when overwhelmed with Doubt - Practical Advice

There are times when there's nothing to do but watch. Put aside the expectations for yourself gained by reading the Dhamma. Unwise attention, in this case, would include reading about arahants and ...
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Lack of objective thinking in Buddhist practitionners

... so many gurus with repulsive behavior, and to the buddhist websites like Tricycle and Lion's Roar which continuously publish the writings of someone like Chogyam Trungpa. And I certainly can't see ...
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Merits and Credit Point In Buddhism

Yes. Those who want good things to happen them should be heedful in doing meritorious deeds. From the Ittha Sutta: Long life, beauty, status, honor, heaven, high birth: To those who delight in ...
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Non Buddhist can say Hello to Buddha or Monk?

Then the monks, delighting in & approving of the Blessed One's words, rose from their seats and — bowing down to the Blessed One and circumambulating him, keeping him to their right — went to Ven. ...
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Disenchanted with Buddhism

This is the nature of life. Anicca, Dukkha and Anatta. First you have to accept these factors. Once you accept these,the only way you can go is up. Not Down.
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What is the logic behind visualization meditation

It depends on the system. In the sutra system, there are analytical meditations involving visualizing the form of the body of the Buddha, for instance. You do this in order to achieve calm abiding on ...
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How does the 'Great Doubt' compare to doubt?

I think Stephanie of Treeleaf puts it well: I used to feel very confused as to what set "Great Doubt," the virtue, apart from "skeptical doubt," one of the traditional Five Hindrances of Buddhism. ...
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How does the 'Great Doubt' compare to doubt?

Great Doubt: Getting Stuck & Breaking Through -- The Real Koan by Jeff Shore is a lecture on that topic. Some quotes from its introduction: In Zen practice, the essential point is to arouse ...
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Critique on Kalama Sutta: Is Buddhism bad for Buddhism?

Since the Kalamas were confused in what they should or not believe, The Buddha instructed that they should be pragmatic and adopt only views and conduct which would lead to their well-being and peace ...
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Why do some English-language texts refer to the Buddha as "Lord"?

It depends on what translators choose to use. Ven. Thanissaro's translation of AN 8.26 says: "Lord, to what extent is one a lay follower?" Ven. Sujato's translation of AN 8.26 says: “Sir, ...
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Why do some English-language texts refer to the Buddha as "Lord"?

For what it's worth the word "Lord" would usually imply to me (in a religious, Christian, and/or secular context) "obedience" -- i.e. you or I would say it mostly to imply ...
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Why there is limited sharing in Buddhism

Teaching of the Dhamma (the teachings of the Buddha) to those who need it, by those who are qualified to do so, is considered the best gift anyone can give to others. From Iti 100: "There are ...
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Is there any proof that Budai was an actual historical figure

There is research and writing to proof Budai monk is a historical figure around 10th century and under category of Buddhism Zen teaching. The source found that seems not having enough of a specified ...
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