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Does the universe ever end?

There were fourteen questions to which Buddha remained silent. The universe is eternal, The universe is not eternal.. were two of them. Read the following sutta. MN 63 - Cula-Malunkyovada Sutta: The ...
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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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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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Is Buddhism Free will or Determinism

In my opinion, the Dhamma is in-between those two extremes. The Dhamma teaches us Dependent Co-arising. One's mind is not free from the influence of past conditions. What affects the aggregates in ...
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What allows to make a choice

When a person has a choice between Path A or B, on what basis would that person make that decision, for it to be the right one? For that one has to have a very good knowledge of the True Dhamma. How ...
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What's Buddhism view on choice, choicelesness and causality?

In my opinion, determinism is a feature that appears in all conditioned phenomena (at the very least, in all phenomena of our subjective experience), which makes those phenomena follow inconditionally ...
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What allows to make a choice

What is it that allows to make choices? It's a complex combination of various variables, nature vs. nurture, old habit energy, one's own effort and energy, etc. That's why the 4-pronged approach of ...
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The extent of free will

In Transcendent Wisdom, H.H the Dalai Lama says: it is a fallacy to equate the Buddhist view of causality with either the mechanistic determinism of classical physics, or the probabilistic ...
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What allows to make a choice

What is it that allows to make choices? Wisdom and awareness helps you make the choice. Being aware you can exercise restraint when your habitual or reflexive response is suffering and this is not ...
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Predestination in Buddhism

The Buddha never says we are all destined to be Buddhas. He denied even to answer on whether or not everyone is destined for awakening: “And, Master Gotama, when having directly known it, you teach ...
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How does the self-doer of AN 6.38 not conflict with anatta?

I believe this talk was given to a brahmin who held the belief that actions are merely actions with no consequences somewhat similar to the doctrine of non-doing. In the case of this brahmin, there ...
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What are Buddhist views about free will? Does the concept of free will vs determinism even apply? Is it a question with a wrong assumption?

To put it in simplest terms free will arises , changes and vanishes. You should therefore realize free will is not mine, I am not free will , free will is not my self. Having said that you devote ...
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What are Buddhist views about free will? Does the concept of free will vs determinism even apply? Is it a question with a wrong assumption?

Free Will. Someone might say: "If all phenomena are conditionally arisen, then Buddhism is a form of fatalism, for we have no free will to control our destiny." Such a statement would not be ...
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Is Buddhism Free will or Determinism

When your mind is agitated, your heart beats faster. When your mind calms down, your heart rate slow down. When you consume caffeine, your heart beats faster and your mind becomes agitated. If you ...
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Is Buddhism Free will or Determinism

When I asked my teacher, he said "both". Why? Because these are two different perspectives on the same reality, one is looking objectively (determinism) and one is looking from the subjective ...
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Is Enlightment ultimatelly up to you (Karma and Freewill)?

I think the suttas say that: There are or were beings "with little dust in their eyes" who benefit from hearing the Dhamma Actions and, more specifically, intentions are karmic "I am ...
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Is Enlightment ultimatelly up to you (Karma and Freewill)?

Enlightenment is the ultimate achievable state, which is a Goal where many Buddhists practice towards, through the teachings of the Buddha. The path, has already been outlined by Lord Buddha through ...
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Does the universe ever end?

Does the universe ever end ? I am not sure anyone has the answer, quite frankly. Who knows. But in our case, it doesn't really matter that much : we're mostly concerned with the here and now, to my ...
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