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Sakkāya-Ditthi and Self-View

In my understanding, there is no controversy here at all. The explanation can be very simple: Before stream-entry, someone can think: "I am this body" or "I am inside this body" or "I am the ...
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What is anger. How it is different from violence?

Anger refers to a mental state. Violence usually refers to a destructive or harmful physical action caused by an angry mental state. Both are originating from the defilment called Dosa(aversion).
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In which ways do anagamis still experience ignorance?

According to MN 9 (below), as long as you still have fermentation or effluents, you would still have ignorance, and vice versa (also see this question). Ignorance is a very deeply ingrained and deeply ...
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What does "becoming" mean in the phrase "the 10 fetters of becoming"?

I don't know why they're called or translated as "fetters of becoming" instead of just "fetters". The Pali word for "fetters" seems to be saṁyojana -- I don't know ...
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Explaining the 6th fetter?

The 6th fetter's meaning pretty straightforward: the craving for the fine-material (or form) existence/Rupa-Raga. The lower 5 fetters are lower because they're all related to our world, which is the ...
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How to Practice After Stream Entry as Opposed to Before?

Not different. If one wishes, one has to do an effort to turn the Wheel of Dhamma, develop the eightfold Path, as before. One who has reached such stage knows this, having lost all doubts in regard ...
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Sakkāya-Ditthi and Self-View

My question is, if the first fetter which is self-View (sakkāya-ditthi) is dropped, then who is going to be Sakurdagami I think that's a potentially misleading question. "If God didn't create the ...
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In which ways do anagamis still experience ignorance?

The one sutta that came to mind regarding your request had neither avijja nor anagami, but I think it may have an answer to your question according to my reading of the sutta: In S​N​22.89, we read ...
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What is the "sensual desire" fetter?

In my understanding, when used in the Buddhist technical sense, kamaraga and kamacchanda refer to two different things. Kamacchanda is an active (current) desire, usually for a fairly specific object ...
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Is it demerit to give donations to sick non-Buddhists?

Good Brahman, good householder, sure is it that good householder's intent is not so kusala provoking intended, but anyway my person will answer for what ever, who ever, can be healed: Is it demerit ...
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How to let go of doubt?

If assailed by doubt during meditation, the solution is to first receive clear instructions for meditation, then later during meditation, to let go and have complete trust in the process. Please see ...
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"abandoning samyojanas" vs "removing saṅkhāras"

Perhaps you'll find these suttas relevant. AN 6.89 through AN 6.91 list six things that are given up, in order to become accomplished in view -- which include the first three fetters (which are ...
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Confusion about Stream Entry

'Identity-view' means immersion in an identity such that one takes the identity to be the 'real' self. An identity-view can be an identification with practically anything, positive or negative: a ...
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Confusion about Stream Entry

The Vera Sutta (AN 10.92) lists out the criteria for stream entry: Five forms of fear and animosity are stilled through the observance of the five precepts Four factors of stream entry Rightly seen ...
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What is the "sensual desire" fetter?

Sensual desires (kāmacchanda) are thoughts expressing an intention to get sensual pleasures, from the six sense media (including mind). It's a hindrance. Sensual lust (kāmarāga) is an underlying ...
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What is the cause of Muṣitasmṛtitā?

If you read my answer to question about attention, you will see how I explain the process of attending, which is exactly what you're asking about. From this explanation it becomes clear and almost ...
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Sakkāya-Ditthi and Self-View

Imagine you're someone who is afraid of swimming and has never swum before. You are afraid that you would drown. You have the view that swimming will cause drowning, because someone you knew, drowned ...
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How to Practice After Stream Entry as Opposed to Before?

there is zero difference of practice between a puthujjana and a sekha. THe problem for a puthujjanas is that the actions are tainted by 3 flavors of karma and they mostly do actions with bad karma, ...
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Silabatta Parāmāsa

The suttanipata is full of this stuff about how holy work is not right liberation.. Ex: On his (attaining the) bliss of (the right) view three things (dhammas) are left behind (by him): conceit ...
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Is there a list of things to abandon before abandoning craving?

The mind can crave so many things. It's quite creative. You can see this creativity happen in the evolution of the Vinaya over time, as it has had to handle the rather bizarre cravings and loopholes ...
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How are the fetters by Anapanasati diminished?

Anapanasati MN118 is a progression of meditating with breath. This progression is very methodical and it is a guide to relinquishing what we hold on to, a guide to letting go. The progression starts ...
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What does breaking the fetter 'Clinging to rites and rituals' actually mean?

The coarser or more general context: It's about not being attached to symbolic rites and rituals or taking them to be literally true. For e.g. from SN 7.21: The Buddha said to Sangarava: “Is it ...
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