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Is Gautama Buddha the greatest Buddha who ever existed?

No! All Sammasambuddhas are equal in their attainment of Buddhahood. They are all omniscient, equal in virtue, concentration and wisdom. However the time they take to cultivate Paramitha might vary ...
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When did the Buddha get angry?

Anger is eradicated at the 3rd stage(Anagami) of enlightenment. Lord Buddha is fully enlightened. It is impossible to make him or any other being who has reached or passed the stage of Anagami, angry.
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Is there a connection between Lord Buddha & Hinduism?

Prior to the Buddha (born 563 or 480 BCE), was the historical Vedic religion (1750 - 500 BCE), followed by the shramanic movement (500 - 200 BCE), and the beginnings of the Upanishadic movement within ...
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When did the Buddha get angry?

As others have said, the Buddha would not have gotten angry. There are however, suttas which show his sternness such as Kucchivikara-vatthu: The Monk with Dysentery In this sutta, the Buddha and ...
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Is there a connection between Lord Buddha & Hinduism?

Of course there is connection between Lord Buddha and Hinduism! Lord Buddha grew up studying many teachings of Hinduism as well as Jainism. But he was not satisfied with the answers he was getting. He ...
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Was Gautama Buddha a believer of the religious beliefs prevalent in his time and in his cultural context?

There's no belief for a Buddha. A Buddha is omniscient. He knows what is right and what is wrong by direct knowledge. Yes, the Buddha did uphold certain religious practices of the time which are ...
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Why are Buddhas always Indian, male and human?

The question has two parts. Why only one Buddha? This is only in the Theravāda. In other Buddhist schools two, five, or up to millions of Buddhas can be seen. Two in the White Lotus, Five in the five ...
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Which sutta is this excerpt about Buddha's death from?

The quoted passage sounds vaguely like the last paragraph of Ud 8.5 the Cunda Sutta. For example you quoted, You have done what is good and wholesome ... after death you will be reborn in a happy ...
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Was Gautama Buddha a believer of the religious beliefs prevalent in his time and in his cultural context?

The Ariyapariyesana Sutta: The Noble Search is a partial description of his quest for enlightenment. It contains passages like the following, "Having thus gone forth in search of what might be ...
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When should one ask a question of someone other than themselves?

Asking questions is interesting in Buddhism; the Buddha had his own version of the Socratic method, and many of the discourses are comprised of back and the Buddha asking questions in order to lead ...
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Did Buddha ever met Mahavir(Jain GOD)?

No. There is no known record of Gautama Buddha meeting Mahavira (also known as Nigantha Nataputta in the Pali Canon). Jains are known as Niganthas in the Pali Canon. It appears however that Mahavira ...
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Is there any canonical descriptions of the physical characteristics of the Buddha?

From DN 30 - Marks of the Superman: There are thirty-two special marks of the Super-man, brethren, and for the Superman possessing them two careers lie open, and none other. If he live the life of ...
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Where are the references of Vesak in the Pali canon?

Without looking too deeply, it seems that the word "visākhapuṇṇamadivase" (day of the full moon of Visākha) only appears in the commentaries. I don't think there is any canonical reference to that ...
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How come Devdutta is also Buddha's brother-in-law?

Marrying within the family was common in many parts of the ancient world, especially among royalty. The Buddha’s family was no exception. Yasodharā (who married Siddhārtha who went on to become the ...
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Does any sect claim that only Shakyamuni will ever achieve great nirvana

No, there are no schools that claim this. All the schools accept that there were previous Buddhas before Buddha Shakyamuni and that there will be Buddhas after him as well.
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What were the conditions laid down by Ananda when asked to be Buddhas personal attendant?

That's told in this biographical summary of Ananda: The Buddha was never to give him any choice food or garment (*) gotten by him, nor appoint for him a separate "fragrant cell" (residence), nor ...
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How does the Buddha attain nirvana?

There are some differences of opinion between the different schools on this kind of thing. First of all, the Theravada school doesn't accept the idea that the Buddha has knowledge of everything (which ...
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When should one ask a question of someone other than themselves?

We ask a question when we do not know. To some questions the answer is definite and there is no other interpretation and it accords with the Buddha's dhamma. To other questions of morality/ethic (...
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Is Gautama Buddha the greatest Buddha who ever existed?

There is also the concept of Pratyekabuddhas or a private Buddha. This is a being who achieves enlightenment on their own and then does not go on to spread the Dharma as Gautama Buddha did during his ...
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Is there a connection between Lord Buddha & Hinduism?

There is no connection between Buddha and hinduism. Buddha the awaken and intelligent had denied Vedas and the brahmanas which were the main religious books of Hindus saying that it was not based on ...
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Did Buddha ever met Mahavir(Jain GOD)?

In the Buddhist scriptures there are references to the Buddha or one of his disciples meeting and debating with Jains. In virtually every instance the Buddha or one of his disciples wins the debate ...
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What did Siddhartha really meant by ending suffering

"Ending suffering" is a red haring caused by older translations of the Pali word Dukkha. It is a word which has not survived in Western Indo-European languages, but its antonym "Sukkha" is the root ...
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Who was Anuruddha's father?

According to the Apadana Atthakatha, Anuruddha was the youngest brother of Mahanama, and their father was the paternal uncle of the Buddha. It doesn't mention the father's name. It is undisputed that ...
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When did the Buddha get angry?

The Buddha cannot get angry. Thus, he never acts upon it. The Buddha is completely liberated from suffering.
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Were all of the historical Buddhas born on today's planet earth?

These are things we can only speculate. There later works which might have covered these topics though, but cannot vouch for how accurate they are. Best cause of action by a Buddhist is to practice ...
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How does the Buddha attain nirvana?

The Drikung Kagyu Buddhist (Tibetan) has the answer I most think I understand. Each sentient being has "Buddha Nature", like gold undiscovered underground. When the "dross" or accumulated defilements ...
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