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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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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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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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Is there a connection between Lord Buddha & Hinduism?

When Gotama was alive, Hinduism did not even exist. The religion of the Brahmans at that time is best called Brahmanism. The Pali suttas show the Buddha knew about the Four Vedas of Brahmanism. Both ...
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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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Where are the references of Vesak in the Pali canon?

You have to imagine whether you are in that time first, at the age of memorizing not reading like nowadays. They almost always memorize all memories as approximation like we memorize as month, quarter,...
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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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Did Gautama Buddha know his path?

Possibly. For example, MN 4: Before my Awakening, when I was still an unawakened Bodhisatta, the thought occurred to me ... If anyone, when speaking rightly, were to say: 'a being not subject to ...
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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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Why is the Buddha called "Kinsman of the Sun"?

Good question. I don't have any pali references at the moment, but there is this concept of solar dynasty. ... Buddhist texts include Shuddodhana, Gautama Buddha, and Rahula in their accounts of the ...
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Why did first gerneration followers of Gautama Buddha chose oral method instead of written verbal method to preserve his teachings?

I don't know but maybe writing hadn't been invented there yet (or not introduced from elsewhere), or at least it wasn't common. Wikipedia says, First appearance of writing in the Indian Subcontinent ...
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Did the Buddha state that there is only one way, and state/imply that any other path (such as those practiced by yogis) was futile?

https://suttacentral.net/en/mn11 for the Buddha's statement that there are no true recluses beyond the Sangha. “Bhikkhus, only here is there a recluse, only here a second recluse, only here a ...
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When Buddhism started?

It's about 150-200 years, that Wester lay people and scholars invented and defined "Buddhism" and the word appears, if remembering right, first in the Encyclopedia Britannica. If asking about Buddhas ...
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When Buddhism started?

According to tradition, Gautama Buddha was not the first Buddha. There were previous Samma Sambuddhas before him who taught the same teachings (called Dhamma). Also according to tradition, a new Samma ...
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Can anyone explain non-self or Anatta of Buddhism in simple terms with example?

1) Can anyone explain it in simple terms with example? 'Self' is a subjective ever-changing 'idea' or 'thought' created by the ignorant mind. For example, the 'self' the mind believed it was at 4 ...
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The healing Bodhi tree for Shakyamuni Buddhas long term sitting?

Does the Bodhi tree actually have medicinal properties as some Buddhists claim? Maybe it does? For example, Phytopharmacology of Ficus religiosa references studies which say it does. I can't judge ...
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Why do we still don't know exact birth & date year of the Buddha?

Knowing the precise date of the Buddha's birth is not very useful knowledge within the Buddha's teaching, as it is presented in the Pali Suttas. How will knowing this precise birthday help any student ...
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What did Siddhartha really meant by ending suffering

I wonder, how is it possible to end suffering if we will always desire for certain things But then on the other hand, if one doesn't have any desire whatsoever, even the wholesome desire to end ...
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What did Siddhartha really meant by ending suffering

It's kinda super-straightforward. If you keep thinking that whatever your life looks like is WRONG because you're lacking something or on the contrary, because it has something you don't want - as ...
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What did Siddhartha really meant by ending suffering

What did Siddhartha really meant by ending suffering I sort of understand "happiness is inside of you" -- but I think that's a result of applying Buddhist doctrine (see e.g. this question ...
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Extending Buddha's lifespan

It is DN 16, here The Buddha said to him: “Ānanda, Vesālī is lovely. And the Udena, Gotamaka, Sattamba, Bahuputta, Sārandada, and Cāpāla shrines are all lovely. Whoever has developed and cultivated ...
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Did Gautama Buddha know his path?

The unawakened Bodhisatta had dreams foretelling his future path as the Buddha in the Supina Sutta, quoted below. "Now, when the Tathagata — worthy & rightly self-awakened — was still just ...
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What is the meaning of "a ray of light which illuminates thousands of buddha fields in the east" in the Mahayana Lotus Sutra?

The Buddha first poses 56 stanzas to Manjushri in the beginning of the Lotus Sutra, some of the last stanzas mention fields: (49). O how powerful is the Leader of men! how extensive and bright is his ...
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How reliable is that the Buddha actually spoke about supernatural powers?

Monks (Bhilkhus) are not allowed to speak about their gained higher attainments (toward non-Bhikkhus), good householder, as well as not showing special skills, by the rules they are given by the ...
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How reliable is that the Buddha actually spoke about supernatural powers?

I think that for a Buddhist, the fact that something is recorded in the Pali canon is usually evidence enough that the Buddha said that -- its being in the canon is some of the only evidence that the ...
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Who first claimed that "Gautama Buddha gained enlightenment"?

The Buddha once said: MN85:49.2: While I was traveling along the road between Gayā and Bodhgaya, the Ājīvaka ascetic Upaka saw me MN85:49.3: and said, MN85:49.4: ‘Reverend, your faculties are so very ...
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About the Buddha tasting vinegar

Well, it is a caricature. And as any caricature it simplifies things while exaggerating and making fun of quite obvious aspects. The substance they taste is not necessarily vinegar, it is the wine of ...
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Why do we still don't know exact birth & date year of the Buddha?

The story of the Buddha's life according to the Pali Canon can be found here. According to it, the Buddha lived for 80 years. A chronology of the Buddha's life and Theravada Buddhism can be found ...
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Did Buddha ever get sick or injured?

At least: Before an enlightenment: bodhisatta make himself suffering by dukkarakiriyā-practicing, attakilamathānuyoga, in Mahāsaccaka-sutta. Aggivessana, it occurred to me, what if I pressed the ...
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