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Buddhist (Theravada) cure for "Insecurity"?

1.One of the ways to deal with anxiety,insecurity or lack of self confidence is by developing Sila (Morality,Integrity,Virtue,Ethics). "Five blessings, householders, accrue to the righteous person ...
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Did the Buddha mean this by "rebirth"?

I suspect the Buddha used the term "rebirth" The entire premise of your question is faulty, unfortunately. The Buddha never, afaik, used a term that could be translated as "rebirth". In fact, the ...
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What are the Core Teachings of Buddhism?

I want to know what Siddhartha taught. Well yes, don't we all want to know that. :-) Though it may seem a bitter pill to swallow. :-/ Some Wikipedia articles FYI: Early Buddhism includes a timeline ...
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Buddhist (Theravada) cure for "Insecurity"?

Not sure in which sutta, but I remember Buddha having been asked a similar question, about timidity, I think in Anguttara Nikaya. His answer was, basically, that confidence comes from skill. If one ...
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Buddhist (Theravada) cure for "Insecurity"?

I agree with the commenters above and I want to add that insecurity is a state of mind and thus it has the properties of anicca (impermanence), anatta (insubstantiality) and dukkha (causing suffering)....
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Did the Buddha mean this by "rebirth"?

On searching the Pali cannon for the words 'death' and 'reborn' there are many suttas which include the phrase, ... with the breakup of the body, after death, is reborn ... In this Translator's ...
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What is the Buddhist Perspective on Lucid Dreaming?

Lucid dream is a place where you can do more work, more Buddhist practice. For example, if you are afraid of fights you can pick a fight with anyone, man or monster. It's a safe place to try things ...
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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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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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Can I call myself Buddhist? Is Buddhism a religion?

Buddhism has the idea of the three jewels: Buddha, Dharma, Sangha. You said "I believe in Buddha and his philosophy" so that's two of them, i.e. Buddha, and Dharma. There are parts e.g. in ...
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What are 'suttas of indirect meaning' in the Pali canon?

From Neyyattha Sutta (A 2.3): Bhikshus, there are these two who misrepresent the Tathagata. What are the two? Those who explain a sutta whose sense is direct as indirect. Those who explain a ...
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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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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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Did the Buddha mean this by "rebirth"?

I offer this article, "A Secular Evaluation of Rebirth", as a possible answer to your question. It starts with, Insofar as we know anything about his dhamma, we know that the Buddha taught ...
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Time in Buddhism

There are two Pali words that seem relevant to this question: Kalika meaning "related to time" Akalika meaning "not related to time" There's a definition of the words here in this 'glossology': ...
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What are the Core Teachings of Buddhism?

As Buddha himself said many times, his teaching culminates in Liberation By Wisdom. What does this mean? Our conceptual mind can hardly go beyond the boxes of the concepts it learns. Whatever ...
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When were the earliest Buddhist writings created

There is no external evidence for the Buddhist texts before Asoka. The evidence for Asoka's time is extremely limited - a few texts mentioned by name with no content. All dates in early Indian history ...
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When were the earliest Buddhist writings created

According to Theravada tradiation: 563 BCE - (Buddha) was born. 528 - Enlighten. 483 - Parinirvana. 483 - First council ,(After 3 month of parinirvana.) collected Dhamma as (Deega, Maggima, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?

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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