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Dignity in Buddhism is not built-in, it is to be earned. A realized person is respected because they deserve to be respected. If someone can control one's emotions, does not fall victim to one's weaknesses, has deep vision and wise judgement, flexible mind, and clear moral - then one can be respected. The word "arahant" ("arhat") is a Buddhist term for a ...


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We are not necessarily re-incarnations of prior human beings. There are 31 planes of existence in Buddhism. So the present human beings could result from any of the 26 planes out of 31 planes of existence(except 5 non-returner Bhrama realms) which consist of unaccountably large number of beings. For example, imagine the number of beings living in Animals ...


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MN 98 is about "jati" or "social identity". The Buddha says physical birth or "ancestry" is unrelated to jati; that the jatis are verbal designations assigned due to kamma (actions). For example, Michael Jordan's great great grandparents were probably slaves. Where as Michael Jordan was a sporting superstar & billionaire. Jordan was born at Cumberland ...


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Coming together of 31 planes of existance forms an universe. (At least when it is not collapsed.) Likewise there infinite universes1. Also there is view that each universe contains multiple humanoid planets which is called the human plane2. Out of these universes there is only one universe a Buddha can appear. This is called the Mangala Sakwala (The special ...


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Just kill the snake and save the baby Ok , this would be the reaction of a person who has no idea what Buddhism is . But , even if we know Buddhism to some extent, we would do the same . Because still our minds are not developed. According to Buddhism Basically all lives are equal , if a snake is eating a frog , there will be no reaction from a person ...


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I have not heard of such a “Parallel world”. But to know the definition of a "World" according to the lord Buddha; please study Rohitassa Sutta. "I tell you, friend, that it is not possible by traveling to know or see or reach a far end of the cosmos where one does not take birth, age, die, pass away, or reappear. But at the same time, I tell you that ...


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each of us deserves to be not only treated with respect but also valued as a part of humanity whatever our origin or our place in society That may be true, for at least three reasons: It's not "a person's place in society" that makes a person valuable: for example verse 396 in the Dhammapada (there are other examples in the suttas) say that it's not a ...


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If the man was a monk, he would eventually be expelled from the monastic order. Similarly, if the man's mind has been consumed by pornography to the point his behaviour is contrary to social norms, he should probably be forbidden from entering the temple. Often, people with addictions cannot be helped, until those people can recognise for themselves they ...


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That translation you quote is not very clear. What it actually says is, animals are classified by their inborn characteristics, what modern science calls "phenotype". While humans are not classified like this - their iherited qualities such as hair color, eye color etc. are not useful for separating humans into classes. Instead, humans are classified by ...


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There is no evidence all of us are re-incarnations of prior human beings. If we were, the Buddha would have explicitly explained this. MN 38 explains how a new child comes to be: Bhikkhus, the conception of an embryo in a womb takes place through the union of three things. Here, there is the union of the mother and father...it is the mother’s season and the ...


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I am writing from the point of view of Tibetan Buddhism. Your question actually has two aspects. The only thing that can set humans apart from other sentient beings is realization of "precious human life". This is the desire,ability,and opportunity to take refuge in the Three Jewels of Buddha,Dharma,and Sangha. The second aspect is the understanding of the ...


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Definitly, As per science when there is a start, there must be end. Even our galaxy will expire. you can take example of anything in this world, nothing is permanent.


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an unnatural state of mind which his friends first assumed to be a typical porn addiction I can't off the top of my head list symptoms of "a typical porn addiction". So I'm not sure there is such a thing: could it be like saying, "This sour milk is a typical witch infestation"? Anyway, there's an English verb "to demonize" that ...


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According to Buddhism there 31 planes of existance out of one which is the animal kingdom. Your next birth is decided by the last thought moment where you remeber a recent or grave act of Karma which you have performed. So what decides or separates us from animals the Karma which decided our birth.


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As I see it, if we assume a linear, unidirectional temporality, it is logically impossible that a prior human existence be necessary for a human existence since there could never be a first existence. Concerning the beginnings of existence, according to, e.g., the Assu Sutta: "A beginning point is not evident, though beings hindered by ignorance and ...


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This question is actually unanswerable. However a human being is vastly more complicated than a mere cyborg. The ability to achieve enlightenment. Whereas a cyborg would be created artificially, and is merely a mind and a body to accomplish some tasks. Therefore it doesn't seem plausible that a cyborg achieves enlightenment/Nirvana. Edit: Understood the ...


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I have not yet read the sutta you are referring to but i'm aware of both teaching (biological & Buddhist evolutions). So i am going to answer the last part of your question. Evolution vs Buddhism Sometime ago i had the same question as Buddhism does not explain animal evolution along with the human evolution. It took me sometime to understand a certain ...


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This is a very good question. So I do not understand why it would have been downvoted. In addition to Chris' answer I would like to comment (I would do this as a comment, but I don't have enough reputation) that it would be much worth also reading the Patika Sutta (D 24), which is cited in the referenced exposition on the Agañña Sutta. There the Buddha ...


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There are many web sites on the 'net where the suttas are collected, but some people recommend http://dharmafarer.org/ as a source for "in-depth analysis" of a sutta. Here then is Dharmafarer's translation and analysis of the Aggañña Sutta. Instead of or as well as listening to a sermon on YouTube, you can read the sutta[s] yourself. The Dharmafarer ...


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In buddhism eating anything is not forbidden. Is it the the desire to experience also and the creatures evolved to have the respective faculties like the tongue. These experiences increase carving and lust which worsened the conditions of beings. Also according to Jesus lived in India by Holger Kersten, abrahamic religions were influenced by Buddhism. Hence ...


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I never heard that Buddhism teach about parallel universes. Buddhism teaches only one Human world, which is exists here on earth. There are other worlds (loka dhathu) for gods (dewa) and others. And there are some worlds which are even thousand Buddhas tries at once, can't be reach. 'Aroopa thaala Brahmana' worlds are such worlds. Can not answer your ...


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In the time of the Buddha there was a cast system whereby people were segregated by cast. The Buddha mentioned that it is not by birth but through conduct that a person would become superior or not. In addition, women did not have equal place in society. The Buddha did eventually allowed the Bhikkhuni ordination. Also there were animal sacrifices in India ...


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Not if, my dear friend, when. Suffering will always exist. It is after all the first noble truth. But I think your question is a theoretical one, and a very good one. Yes, theoreticaly, if all beings now on earth attained enlightenment, then there would be no sentient beings as we know them (born live die). But back to the vastness of reality's ...


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This question is born out of the misconception that Buddhism teaches reincarnation as in after death you can only become a human (I've seen this same question and criticism of reincarnation on many websites before), this portrayal in the media is completely wrong and inaccurate. The Buddha says: "Sariputta, there are these five destinations. What are ...


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Here are 2 stories from the Abhidhamma commentary. A farmer who, after having taken his precepts from a respected monk, went to look for his buffalo that had strayed into the forest. Along the way, he was caught by a python. His first thought was to use his axe to kill the snake coiled around him. Then he remembered that he had taken his precepts ...


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Buddha has said, “Dear Bhikkhus, ones who would not realize this Dhamma is like this earth (in amount). Ones who realize this is like this small amount of soil on my finger nail.” If it is so for you and I, for us normal humans, what are the chances for a Human Cyborg to get to hear the True Dhamma? For those who are not familiar with the term Cyborg - ...


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Then the Exalted One, taking up a little dust on the tip of his finger-nail, said to the monks: "Now what think ye, monks? Which is the greater, this little dust I have taken up on the tip of my finger-nail, or this mighty earth?" "Greater, lord, is this mighty earth. Exceeding small is this little dust taken up on the tip of the Exalted One's fingernail:...


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will all beings attain enlightenment or will all beings not attain englightement is a speculative view, much like is the view about is universe finite or is the universe infinite and the other 9 questions. This question should be set aside. It is irrelevant to the grow or maturity of the Dhamma.


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