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How do we know attaining complete liberation from dukkha is possible?

the diminishing of the presence of tanha leads to the diminishing of the presence of dukkha... the extension of this principle... via inductive reasoning... applied all the way until complete ...
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Science, the largest current religion, is it truth or does one follow actually on blind faith?

Science is not a religion, it is a method. Science does not "preach", has no hierarchy, ultimate authorities, dogmas, axioms, faith, nor any principle or concept that cannot be questioned ...
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Mental illness: can Dhamma, meditation help?

While this answer focuses on mindfulness-based medical therapies that are derived from Buddhist meditation techniques, it does not directly promote original Buddhist meditation practices, for medical ...
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Mental illness: can Dhamma, meditation help?

Some people with a mental health history have actually benefited from meditation. Such benefit is known to occur on a case-by-case basis, similar to how not every person that lives as a monk ...
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Do any modern ("free-thinking") monks or monastic orders discard elements of the Vinaya?

CASE 16. UMMON'S SEVEN-FOLD ROBE Ummon said, "The world is vast and wide; why do you put on your seven-piece robe at the sound of the bell?" Mumon's Comment: When one meditates and studies ...
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Buddhist marry a non-Buddhist

There is no problem for a Buddhist and a non-Buddhist to enjoy a married life together. However, the Buddha recommended couples to be in tune in conviction, for best results, in the Samajivina Sutta: ...
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What did the Buddha mean in AN 5.38 with the fifth benefit to a person of faith?

You can find the Pali words on Sutta Central: ... saddho kāyassa bhedā paraṁ maraṇā sugatiṁ saggaṁ lokaṁ upapajjati ... To answer your question, I think the text has been correctly translated. The ...
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How much faith do you need to become a buddhist?

There isn't one answer to this question. For a start, there's more than one school of Buddhism: which have different doctrines, which you may find easier or harder to believe or understand. Also, It ...
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How is suffering the supporting condition for faith?

Suffering drove Prince Gautama to renounce his comfortable life and find the path to the end of suffering. Hence suffering should be enough to motivate us to have faith in the path found by Gautama ...
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How is suffering the supporting condition for faith?

The sutta lists links of dependent origination, backwards. So I'd read it as "With existence as condition, birth. With birth as condition, suffering. With suffering as condition, faith." I expect it ...
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Mental illness: can Dhamma, meditation help?

"Can people with poor mental health not just benefit from meditation, but realize its goals?" Yes, if their poor mental health is not an obstacle to calming the mind. Otherwise, the more the poor ...
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How do I reconcile the Dhamma Refuge with blind faith?

One can be a Buddhist: one believes in what is consistent with the teaching verified by oneself unverified but believed due to the confidence in the teaching If one believes what is consistent even ...
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Buddhist marry a non-Buddhist

I married a devout Christian in 1982, then took refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sanga in 2002. It is not ideal, since she believes I will spend eternity tormented in hell, but this is samsara, it ...
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How do we know attaining complete liberation from dukkha is possible?

When the eightfold path arise together in one moment, there is no doubt like that anymore. You can say you are doing the best every time, but it isn't real. You just can't see the better which you can ...
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How do we know attaining complete liberation from dukkha is possible?

First, something to contemplate: Modern Science, as a human endeavor, is based upon the idea known as Verificationism. This states that only facts verified through empirical evidence—based ultimately ...
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How do we know attaining complete liberation from dukkha is possible?

When we practice by sitting in meditation, we will (in a fairly short time) reach a state where tanhā and dukkha 'spontaneously' disappear, if only for a moment or two. I'm not even talking about a ...
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Science, the largest current religion, is it truth or does one follow actually on blind faith?

Pure science is simply science. By definition, it ought to have no beliefs associated with it. But as it is practiced by imperfect people, what we call science in the West is very much plagued by a ...
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What did the Buddha mean in AN 5.38 with the fifth benefit to a person of faith?

Your question has two parts: What did the Buddha mean, and is the phrase "breakup of the body, after death" correctly translated. It seems clear that the latter is correct, and a defense of ...
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What did the Buddha mean in AN 5.38 with the fifth benefit to a person of faith?

"Death" ("marana") does not happen to a Buddha (SN 22.85; MN 140; Dhp 21; etc ). The suttas say: Heedfulness is the path to the Deathless. Heedlessness is the path to death. The ...
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Why do Sotapannas need faith?

According to AN 10.92, three of the four factors of stream entry include "experiential confidence" (translated by Ven. Sujato) or "verified confidence" (translated by Ven. ...
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How do we know attaining complete liberation from dukkha is possible?

For most individuals, liberation is not possible. Why dwell on what is not possible? Let it go. Blind is the world; here only a few possess insight. Only a few, like birds escaping from the net, go ...
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How to deal with suffering and losing faith?

You are the cause of your stress due to clinging, craving, desire and aversion. → The Four Noble Truths by John Haspel You desire for everyone else to adopt your "do no harm" philosophy. ...
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How to deal with suffering and losing faith?

what really got me into this misanthropic state is the suffering of so many animals at the hands of humans Humans mistreating animals used to bother me when I was younger. Now when I think of it, I ...
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Choosing advantages of one tradition over another

The Six qualities of the Dhamma: Svakkhato: The Dhamma is not a speculative philosophy, but is the Universal Law found through enlightenment and is preached precisely. Therefore it is Excellent in ...
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Choosing advantages of one tradition over another

Participating re a particular organisation or group wouldn't necessarily imply rejection of other organisations; there are typically relatively few monasteries /temples /ji /otera/ within walking ...
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Choosing advantages of one tradition over another

The Buddha taught all, but such an attainment is rare. Even in the Buddha's time, Ānanda asked about the difference in practice. MN64:16.1: “Sir, if this is the path and the practice for giving up ...
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Discovering Pureland Faith

I was a minister's assistant in Jodo Shinshu. Traditionally Jodo/Jodo Shinshu did not teach meditation as it is commonly understood, relying instead on faith in tariki (other power). But practices ...
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