I hope SN 42.6 quoted below will give you comfort. A person's actions while they were alive determines their outcome, and not rituals performed after death.
Then Asibandhaka’s son the chief went up to the Buddha, bowed, sat
down to one side, and said to him:
“Sir, there are western brahmins draped with moss who carry pitchers,
immerse themselves ...
"My question here is, is "the visible world is an illusion or dream" the main topic of Buddhism?"
No, it's not the main topic of Buddhism.
From the Pali canon point of view, it's also not a claim of Buddhism that the world is an illusion.
In contrast, the main topics of Buddhism are the nature of suffering, the nature of pleasure, the ...
Does hell exist in Buddism?
Yes it does. It is a destination in which you mental state is painful and also painful mental states are sometimes called hell. Hell is mentioned in Bala Pandita Sutta. Painful mental states are compared to hell in Patala Sutta
It also creats a machanism of punishment for not believing in the religion as well.
Buddhism is ...
Along with all the excellent answers I would like to add a few cents of mine.
A student asked Zen master Hakuin, What happens after we die? The Zen
master replied, "I don't know."
"But you're the master!" exclaimed the student.
'Yes,' said the Master, 'but I'm not a dead one.'
The point is that you can never know what happens after death. The ...
Yes, there are 31 realms of existences.
From top to bottom:
4 immaterial realms
16 fine material realms
Niraya(hells of unimaginable suffering)
Life spans of each realm varies, but there are no ever lasting places of existence. Yes, you will keep being born in these places again and again according ...
In the Diamond Sutra the Buddhas says
“All conditioned things
are like dreams, illusions, bubbles, shadows
they are like dew or lightning
this is how they are to be viewed"
This is since all phenomena like the world are impermanent and therefore subject to an end like an illusion
Some relevant advice here (from Awareness Itself -- Visions & Signs) by Ajaan Fuang:
§ "Don't have anything to do with the past or the future. Just stay
with the present — that's enough. And even though that's where you're
supposed to stay, you're not supposed to latch onto it. So why do
think you should latch on to things where you're not even ...
This is not the main topic of Buddhism. Such ideas are called 'speculative views'. I think a good reference would be MN 63.
"It's just as if a man were wounded with an arrow thickly smeared with poison. His friends & companions, kinsmen & relatives would provide him with a surgeon, and the man would say, 'I won't have this arrow removed until I ...
These rituals exist for the living, not for the dead. They are designed to inspire very lazy, shameless people to try become better. In your case, looks like the medicine was too strong, for someone as sensitive as you.
Relax and ignore it. Focus on basic principles:
If you create harmony and peace, you and others will reap harmony and peace.
If you create ...
Yes, hell exists in Buddhism as a literal real place as real as this world we live in, but there many hellish worlds and they are temporary (though many can last for extremely long time-periods).
In reality the concept of hell might have originated in Buddhism because early Hinduism does not seem to have the concept nor does early Judaism or the majority of ...
For bikkhus, You can look at the vinaya, Monks’ Pācittiya 3,
the buddha says that you go to hell when you slander the buddha or the noble ones, like here https://suttacentral.net/sn6.9/en/sujato
but for slander of a puthujjana by another puthujjana, that's ...
The 4th jhāna brahma and above have a long enough age to meet more than 1 buddha, they are not going to hell until they die. So buddha can't say "If you do not enlighten by my teaching, you are going to hell soon".
However, most being are going to hell, included dead brahma, by Sutta. Saṃ. Ma. Āmakadhaññapeyyāle:
"In the same way, monks, few are the ...
If every bad event is because of karma, how can anyone ever murder an arhat or buddha?
Question premise might reveal an internal inconsistency - every bad event is not only caused by Kamma.
The Buddha taught that there are 5 natural laws (Niyamas), that causes physical and mental events to take place;
1. The seasonal laws (Utu-Niyama) related to ...
This is not an admonition against converting to another religion per se. This has to do with the consequences of knowingly giving up or disparaging something very specific and grave.
I think this Sutra is equating the Holy Dharma with undertaking and committing to the Bodhisattva vows. And not by a lowly being, but by a Great Being. If a truly Great Being ...
Rights and rituals cannot determine the place one is born as in Asi,bandhaka,putta Sutta. But one can offer merit to the departed.
(a) offering to relatives,
(b) offering to guests,
(c) offering to the departed,
(d) offering to the king [the government], and
(e) offering to devas.
Offering you ones departed relative can be material or practice ...
If I remember correctly, Buddha once said that Devadatta's throwing a rock and hurting Buddha's foot was caused by Buddha's past bad karma from a previous life.
Even for Buddha's and non-returners/Arhats past karma keeps getting resolved until parinibbana.
It appears this practice originated from Taoism, not from Buddhism. However, there is an account of hungry ghosts stories in Buddhism. (Petavattu)
In Sri Lanka, we pass merits to departed relatives but there is no specific date for it.
My question here is, is "the visible world is an illusion or dream" the main topic of Buddhism?
I'm not sure. I think the main topics of Buddhism include, "What is good and not-good for people?", and "Why do we suffer or find things unsatisfactory? What can we do about death and illness and so on?"
I've heard "the world is ...
there is a famous sutta where an actor loved his idea that he is a good person, as usual with puthujjanas, they always build a view where entertainment is beneficial to people, where sensual pleasures, delight, enjoyment are skillful, whereas the buddha spend his time stating the opposite
"Worthless man, from whom have you understood that Dhamma taught by ...
.. Perception of ideas is inconstant, changeable, alterable. One who has conviction & belief ... one who, after pondering with a modicum of discernment... one who knows and sees ...
There are/doing 3 kinds of people 👤👥 who by certain qualities are no more capable to fall into lower states 🐖👻👹, not only those having reached the path by seeing for ...
Yes but no.
I think that a feature of Abrahamic religions was prophets -- a prophet said, "This is what God wants, these are God's laws for us." And then the people agree that that is a real prophet (perhaps because of miracles, which imply divine intervention) and, more or less, accept the corresponding laws (or Christians accept Christ as being God ...
God and Satan are concepts invented by humans to personify our ideas about the qualities of omniscience and omnipotence (god) and ultimate evil to do harm (Satan). We ourselves can embody qualities of good and bad. That is, thought, speech, and action that can benefit or do harm to self and others. Heaven and Hell are not real places that you can find on ...
First of all, Buddhism can be thought of as more of an an agnostic religion, rather than a theistic religion, and certainly not a monotheistic religion. In Buddhism (Lotus Sutra sects excepted), the Buddha is believed to be, for lack of a better term, dead. He is non-existent, and the goal of Buddhism for the practicing lay follower is to likewise escape ...
Although I was not present, it sounds like the monks were not referring to "punishment" in the sense of being "punished for sins" by some divine arbitrator. Instead, the fruits of karma (cause and effect) ripen and cause what we name a "rebirth" in a higher, lower, or equal realm. In the Buddhist tradition, anything that is not a human rebirth is perceived ...
first I apologize, this question, and my answer are not about Buddhism, purely about your vision.
It is actually a very positive vision in this context, please do not be frightened by it.
The girl represents the innocent, but in the sense of the unenlightened. She is the maiden who holds firmly her chastity (as the novice holds to his grasping mind). ...