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How come enlightened people don't have any laziness?

Speaking from the first hand experience, laziness comes from attachment, fear, or ignorance. No attachment, no fear, and no ignorance - translates to no laziness. And how does attachment cause ...
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In short, what is the path to enlightenment? Where to begin?

The shortest explanation of the path to enlightenment is to not crave or cling egoistically (possessively) to anything, which includes meditation & enlightenment. For example, in meditation, if ...
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Why is there even a way to the end of suffering?

In MN64, the Buddha discusses the conundrum of identity and the presumed immaculate innocence of infants: MN64:3.3: For a little baby doesn’t even have a concept of ‘identity’, so how could identity ...
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If there is no self, why do anything?

It essentially doesn't change anything. If you look hard, that "I" was always an illusion. No matter where you try to draw a boundary - it is artificial: Does the body belong to the self or not? How ...
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Why can't we reason or logic our way to NIrvana?

I have read at various places that Nirvana can't be described or reached by logic or reason. I think that's two questions: 1) described, 2) reached. I think Nirvana is defined as being the end of ...
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Is Enlightment ultimatelly up to you (Karma and Freewill)?

Enlightenment comes as a natural result of the meditation practise. When you practise meditation with proper effort you'll realize very quickly that this is path of freedom from suffering. So with ...
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Hate myself more and more wish to die

You should keep on living, sorry. I have to deal with what my karma has to deal me as well. This is me now. Live forever! I am, I have no legs. I know that is nothing compared to a stroke. But you ...
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Is Satori the same as Enlightenment?

Mahayana Teachers speak of awakening or enlightenment in two meanings: Awakening as liberation from delusions. Complete awakening. The first one is the experience of "seeing the true nature". I ...
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How should I stop thinking that I am even slightly enlightened?

The appropriate response to such a thought of personal enlightenment is: "fart". Su Dongpo was an avid student of Buddhist teachings. He was quick-witted and humorous; as a Zen Buddhism follower ...
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Which Living Ajahns are considered to be Arahants today?

I'm asking this not to arouse curiosity of others, but to find good monks' Dhamma talks An accomplished practitioner may not be a good teacher and a good teacher may not be an accomplished ...
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Fear of enlightenment

As Buddha said: Just as faeces always have bad smell, even a tiny bit of, so does the [illusory] existence. I do not recommend even a tiny bit of [illusory] existence, not even for so long as a ...
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If there is no self, why do anything?

No matter if we do or do not have a self The view that we "surely have a self or soul", drives our desire to propel through life. We want to be & to do & to exist. So the goal of the ...
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If there is no self, why do anything?

It is not that you existed and then you ceased to be after learning Buddhism. You never existed. You did no action. Your identity of self was an illusion. If you did not do any anything in the past ...
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If there is no self, why do anything?

It is not that there is no self. There is no self in the way you think of a self. That is, there in nothing inherent in what you refer to as "I". When you understand this, you free yourself and your ...
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Did the Buddha intend for everyone to be enlightened?

Answer to the original question: The Buddha doesn't have wantings per se. He has uprooted craving. He simply helps beings to achieve freedom from suffering out of compassion. Beings are infinite, so ...
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Need some pointers about the current phase

Good story. Maybe a bit too focused on your life (almost no mentions of other people) – but good nevertheless. My overall impression can be summarized with this allegory: Imagine, Mowgli always ...
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Is Enlightment ultimatelly up to you (Karma and Freewill)?

Yes christian intellectuals cannot get out of their awful dichotomy free will-determinism, so when they get curious about the dhamma, they completely fail to understand it. First since you care ...
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How do enlightened people think?

Enlightened people do not overgeneralize. (This can be supported by both Pali Canon as well as Mahayana sources.) Concepts like "enlightened", "person", "I", and "thinking" are all ...
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Is it even possible to attain Nirvana?

Indeed, attaining Nirvana is the Ultimate Challenge. There is nothing higher, so I'm surprised you are surprised that it's difficult. Did you expect it to be easier than e.g. becoming an Olympic ...
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What is known about enlightenment before the lifetime of the Buddha? Are there any claims that he was the first?

Good householder, there had been serial Buddhas before our Gotama Buddha. In a world/cosmos-period there might appear a Samma-Sambuddha who is capable to point out the way out of suffering, Samsara. ...
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Non-Self vs. depersonalization disorder

In depersonalization and derealization disorders one recognizes a self that one is not, and that one believes one should be. This creates stress and anxiety, along with distortions of one's perception ...
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Why is there even a way to the end of suffering?

What Buddha calls 'dukkha' (suffering, dis-harmony) comes from childish, primitive thinking (and action based on such thinking). As you said, we observe interactions, we figure out patterns and ...
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Is it possible to be reborn for all eternity?

Many people are interested in living forever (eg Christians) because such people do not think living is suffering. Instead, they wish to spend forever with their loved ones. That is why they are not ...
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How should I stop thinking that I am even slightly enlightened?

This is what my teacher (Ven Nawalapitiye Ariyawansa Thero) had to say on this, @BlackFlam3. “If we regard ourselves as knowing the Dhamma well, we will be of the “I am the one who knows” mindset. ...
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