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What is the Origin and History of Milindapanha?

Summarizing briefly from the introduction to the translation and analysis by A.V. Paribok: The ancient parts are Book 2 and parts of Book 1 -- most likely written in Punjab (North-Western India) ...
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Is Buddhism the Way of Truth?

The spirit of the Buddha's Teaching has always been: "To come, practice, and experience it for yourself". He had long abandoned the ego to prove anything to anyone: "Gotami, the ...
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Is there a real difference between "not-self" and "no self", and if so, which one is correct?

The difference is significant. To say: "This is not the self", is to point to some existing thing and having examined it with the criteria for what is worthy to consider the self (that is, that it is ...
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Buddha's view on sexuality

There are two levels of Teaching, for the common people, and for professional seekers of Nirvana. To first, Buddha taught no-nonsense ethics, chastity etc. Sex for procreation, faithful marriage, ...
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Was the Abhidhamma taught by the Buddha?

Mendis refers to “Theravāda tradition”. His source is the introduction to the Atthasālinī, which was compiled by Buddhaghosa in about 400 AD based on earlier texts that no longer exist. The ...
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Was the Abhidhamma taught by the Buddha?

From this YouTube video entitled "The Theravada Abhidhamma with Bhikkhu Bodhi (Class #1, 5 Mar 2018)", Ven. Bodhi, the famous translator and scholar of the Pali Canon, explained the account ...
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The commonly acceptable hypotheses/theories among scholars to explain how come Prajñāpāramitā sutra have existed so early as about 75 CE?

I quote all of these from the book "A History of Indian Buddhism: From Sakyamuni to Early Mahayana" (1990) by Hirakawa Akira (professor and widely respected academic authority in Buddhist ...
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Does Early Buddhism affirm mainstream orthodox ideologies?

The title doesn't match the question. The "above viewpoint" seems to be against "oppositional framing" such as, "I am against [this thing] which the mainstream is pro" -- ...
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Which is a good book to read about history of Buddhism?

Buddhism: Its History and Literature, by T.W. Rhys Davids Buddhist India, by T.W. Rhys Davids Early Buddhist Monachism (600 B.C. - 100 B.C.), by Sukumar Dutt History of Buddhism in Ceylon: The ...
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Were there 27 more Buddhas before Siddhartha Gautam Buddha?

Were there 27 more Buddhas before Siddhartha Gautam Buddha? Yes, the Buddha speaks of them in his suttas, many of them from different times/planets throughout the universe(s). If so, are there any ...
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Where to get the genuine e-book on "Jataka Tales" in English?

See: The Jataka by Robert Chalmers ed. E.B. Cowell in www.sacred-texts.com. The index is found here.
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What was the reason behind the fall of Buddhism in India?

After the Pari-nibbhana of The Buddha, there was a decline of Theravada Buddhism ( those who follow the teaching preserved in the Pāli), and a rise of the Mahayana Buddhism. The third council got ...
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Ṛta, ritual and Buddhism

Clinging to rites and rituals It is mis-belief in something miracle and shortcut. It is mis-belief in worshipping the creator or god can bring the worshipper's liberation/salvation. It is something ...
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Why Buddha rejected Upanishad and Veda?

Because nibbāna of Upanishad and Vedas is sassata-diṭṭhi (eternalism) in brahmmajālasutta. But nibbāna of buddhism is enlightened by ariya at the finish line (enlightenment) of the middle way, that is ...
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Is there a real difference between "not-self" and "no self", and if so, which one is correct?

I can't easily tell a difference between "no self" and "not self" in English -- and if there is a difference (if you can construct a distinction in meaning) I think it's too fine a ...
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what is Sakkayaditti whats it meaning

This is a key concept in the Early Buddhist Texts: MN 64: Anusetvevassa sakkāyadiṭṭhānusayo. MN 64: Yet the underlying tendency to identity view still lies within them. Identity View is the view ...
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Can everything be explained as the result of Kamma or not?

This is a very good question. Ven. Thanissaro translated SN 36.21 as saying very clearly below that not everything that happens to us is caused by that which was done before. The sutta gives examples ...
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What is the Buddhist Perspective on Lucid Dreaming?

Tibetan Dream Yoga is the original form of lucid dreaming documented for at least 1,000 years. Just like our Westernized understanding of lucid dreams, the initial aim is to awaken the consciousness ...
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What is storehouse consciousness?

We are made up of 5 aggregates : form ( body , matter ) , sensation ( feeling ) , mental activity , perception , consciousness , According to Mind school Of Mahayana , consciousness has 8 levels , ...
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What are the Core Teachings of Buddhism?

An idea of the core teachings of Buddha can be derived from the Maha Parinibbana Sutta...the teachings before his final nibbana. In the sutta, the Blessed One says, "Now, O bhikkhus, I say to ...
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Does knowing Pali/Sanskrit (and to which level) give one more insights while reading Buddhist scripts?

Pali is difficult to translate into western languages due to lack of expressive power. Though there is much effort to study the Pali cannot there are instances where translators / teachers / lineages ...
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Why didn't Buddhism become Popular in India in Lord Buddha's time?

Okay, let me start by saying I'm not a super religious person but having lived in Srilanka, right next to India and a Buddhist country qualifies me to answer this. Indians at the time of Gautama ...
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Cause and End of Suffering vs the Four Noble truths

Can I have a Sutta reference for this? Yes; it's in more than one sutta, e.g. at the end of the Anuradha Sutta (SN 22.86): Both formerly & now, it is only stress that I describe, and the ...
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Ṛta, ritual and Buddhism

Sīlabbata-parāmāsa: Attachment to rites and rituals I struggle with this one but I think the key word here is attachment. Coffee, tea, cell phones: at what level is the attachment? Being aware of ...
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Was Anuruddha, one of the ten Great Disciples of the Buddha, born in Sri Lanka?

Anuruddha-mahāsāmi (thai:anuruddhācāriya) was one of ancient saṅgarāja in sri lanka. He author abhidhammatthasaṅgaha, that is popular summary of abhidhamma-pitaka.
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When Buddhism started?

According to tradition, Gautama Buddha was not the first Buddha. There were previous Samma Sambuddhas before him who taught the same teachings (called Dhamma). Also according to tradition, a new Samma ...
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When Buddhism started?

It's about 150-200 years, that Wester lay people and scholars invented and defined "Buddhism" and the word appears, if remembering right, first in the Encyclopedia Britannica. If asking about Buddhas ...
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