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Buddhism broke up my marriage

I don't suppose that any of us are qualified to advise you on your marriage or the optimal duration of it. In theory, I really don't think it's fair to say that Buddhist love is non-romantic. The ...
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How do Buddhists handle mental illness such as depression or bipolar disorder?

Bipolar and depression are both very serious mental illnesses and should be treated accordingly. Too often dharma teachers who are unprepared try to resolve what are true clinical issues. As I was ...
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Buddhism broke up my marriage

She is your Buddha, your dharma, and your sangha. Love the world through your love for her. Your marriage is your refuge and your bodhimandala. It is the place where you will awaken - no less ...
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Difference between Samsara and Dukkha

Samsara is a continuum of our individual mind moments. Dukkha is the deep down feeling that something is missing or wrong that occurs throughout Samsara.
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Is it necessary for a Buddhist to believe that existence is suffering?

The gateway premise is not that "existence is suffering", it is that "something is wrong here". In other words, if you are perfectly satisfied with everything (are you?), if you are clear about the ...
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Zen & Dukkha -- Is Everything Suffering?

Thich Nhat Hanh made an error because he was attempting to rationalize another error. If Thich Nhat Hanh actually understood the teachings, he would not state the teaching of 'samskara dukkhata' is ...
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Buddhism broke up my marriage

Eating food is impermanent. After a few minutes, the food is chewed & swallowed. After 24 hours or so, the food becomes excrement. However, we still eat food. Similarly, your lives as husband &...
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Buddhism broke up my marriage

Buddhism does not contradict romantic love; Buddhism contradicts romantic obsession. Granting that this is a terribly difficult discrimination for most people to make — confusing love with obsession ...
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Am I "fooling" myself?

Here is the simple answer to what you feel... We are in constant pain and suffering. As to lord Buddha Eyes,Ears,Tongue,Nose,Body & Mind are Burning from three things (Lust,Anger,Confusion -[...
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Zen & Dukkha -- Is Everything Suffering?

My interpretation would be that all things are not suffering, for several reasons. First of all, the first Noble Truth needs to be seen in context with the other Noble Truths - it says in life there ...
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Sequence in the noble eightfold path

Right view is the leader ('forerunner') of the path. When you realize idle chatter leads to more dukkha, this is right view leading your speech. When the mind maintains right speech in communication, ...
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Is smoking tobacco acceptable in any school of Buddhism?

Is smoking tobacco acceptable in any school of Buddhism? I read that smoking is done. The Broken Buddha includes these (and other) references to smoking. No Sri Lankan monk would dare to smoke ...
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Domanassa & Dukkha in enlightened beings?

OP: What is the difference between domanassa & dukkha? There are many classifications of feelings: Vedanā (Feeling) According to the 5-fold classification, a distinction is made between mental ...
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Why is 'dukkha' included in one of the three marks of existence?

The teachings of the Buddha are not metaphysics. They do not describe the ontology or nature of things. The teachings of the Buddha serve one purpose only - freedom from suffering. It's purpose is ...
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How to practise without having aversion towards life?

Case 57 of the Blue Rock Collection I alone am holy Case A monastic said to Zhaozhou, "It is said, 'The Great Way is not difficult. It only abhors choice and attachment.' Now, what are nonchoice ...
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How to stop rejecting / avoiding things?

Very good question, focused on real and useful problem. Mind generates aversion when things go contrary to what it believes is "right". This belief is called "attachment". For ...
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3 marks of existence: conditioned vs unconditioned things?

Imagine you were looking for Nirvana, Enlightenment, Liberation - whatever you want to call it. As a rational man you are, you would think logically: Regardless of what Nirvana actually is (whatever ...
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Is there a blissful equivalent to dukkha caused by impermanence?

Have you read MN 44? “Pleasant feeling is pleasant in remaining, & painful in changing, friend Visākha. Painful feeling is painful in remaining & pleasant in changing. Neither-pleasant-nor-...
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Am I "fooling" myself?

As I said here, each of the Three Marks (Transience, Dukkha, Corelessness) produces a surprising effect when it is fully accepted: Fully accepting Transience brings a surprising sense of timeless ...
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Are Buddhists happier people?

If I can try to generalize, I would venture to guess that people who come to Buddhism on their own (as opposed to being born into the religion) -- are probably less happy than average, which is what ...
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What enters the mind of an idle Buddha?

From parinibbana suttha 16: The Gracious One’s Sickness Then the Gracious One, after living near Ambapālī’s Wood for as long as he liked, addressed venerable Ānanda, saying: “Come ...
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Is there a kind of consulting service in Buddhism?

First a bit of background or context -- just in case you didn't know. So apparently, as well as the suttas, there's something called the vinaya i.e. the code of Monastic discipline. These are (or ...
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What's the relation between feelings of neither-pleasure-nor-pain and ignorance?

The definition of the 3 feelings come in MN 44 and their relationships to the 3 underlying tendencies towards greed, repulsion and ignorance: “Pleasant feeling is pleasant when it remains and ...
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Happiness, rebirth, and the death of an arahant

Most of your question revolves around your (expected) lack of knowledge about how Buddhism defines suffering, how it defines happiness, and how it explains one or the other occurs. That's why, when ...
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What is Aarya dukkha Sacca?

In the Pali suttas, the word "dukkha" is used in three different ways: (i) Unpleasant/painful feelings, which are not "suffering". Refer to SN 36.6, MN 37, MN 38, MN 148 and countless other suttas ...
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Is "impermanence" a bad translation of "anicca"?

Anicca is not an+icca, rather it is a+nicca. The Sanskrit equivalent is anitya, which is a+nitya. Nicca according to wisdomlib means: nicca : (adj.) constant; continuous; permanent. (Source): ...
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What is the most accurate translation of the word 'dukkha'?

I'm not sure who wrote the short introduction at the top of the Dukkha page of AccessToInsight.org but it is a very appropriate comment to your question: No single English word adequately captures ...
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