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Buddhism and misanthropy

Buddhists meet all the same problems as other beings. If not these problems, there would be no need in Buddhism. So the question is: what do you have to do to solve them? If our view on the world ...
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What is ignorance in Buddhism and what are examples of ignorance?

Ignorance in Buddhism is not knowing the the Four Noble Truths.It is not knowing the truth behind suffering. "And what is ignorance,...Not knowing about dukkha. MN 9 (Ñanamoli/Bodhi, trans.). ...
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Buddhism and misanthropy

It's possible to be a Buddhist who is striving not to be overcome by misanthropic thoughts. Misanthropy is a product of aversion. Thinking to destroy human kind or wishing harm to even one person is ...
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What is the "nature of reality" according to the Buddha?

Realities are called Paramattha Dhamma in Buddhism. There are 4 such realities. Citta(consciousness) ex: Vipaaka-citta, Karma, Kiriya-citta. Cetasika(mental concomitants) ex: Vedana, Sanna, Sankhara ...
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In the wheel of life, how can death be a condition for ignorance?

Bhava-chakra, the wheel of life, or, as I would translate it, "the wheel of individuation" is a relatively late depiction of the 12 Nidanas. In the suttas of Pali Canon, the nidanas are usually ...
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Is there a mistranslation of definition of ignorance?

There are 3 types of wisdom suta-maya panna: wisdom gained by listening to others cinta-maya panna: intellectual, analytical understanding bhavana-maya panna: wisdom based on direct knowledge or ...
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Why would existence remove my knowledge after reicarnation?

why would nature be so cruel "Cruel" sounds like dukkha -- as if nature were ill-willed and unkind, and we were averse to that. So I guess that's among the many kinds of view or perception that we ...
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What does delusion feel like?

I think that 'aversion' and 'desire' are opposite/complementary extremes of each other. Similarly I think that 'delusion' is (defined as) the opposite of 'truth' (sacca/satya, the four noble truths) ...
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What is the "nature of reality" according to the Buddha?

I have read that the Buddha said the cause of suffering is ignorance of the "nature of reality". Is this correct? Yes it is correct. If you knew the real nature of something you will not crave or ...
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Why do ignorance and intention have something to do with rebirth?

Let me introduce you to the old South Indian Monkey Trap (from this article): In Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig’s bonkers-but-brilliant philosophical novel that turns 40 ...
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What's the relation between feelings of neither-pleasure-nor-pain and ignorance?

The definition of the 3 feelings come in MN 44 and their relationships to the 3 underlying tendencies towards greed, repulsion and ignorance: “Pleasant feeling is pleasant when it remains and ...
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In which ways do anagamis still experience ignorance?

According to MN 9 (below), as long as you still have fermentation or effluents, you would still have ignorance, and vice versa (also see this question). Ignorance is a very deeply ingrained and deeply ...
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Who is ignorant and when does one realize that one is ignorant?

everyone who is subject to samsara or the round of rebirths is ignorant, because From ignorance as a requisite condition come fabrications. From fabrications as a requisite condition comes ...
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Ignorance and the arising of dukkha

In my understanding, the way it works, ignorance (confusion/delusion/bewilderment) is the root of idealizing (hence attachment, attraction, obsession) and demonizing (hence aversion, hatred, ...
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Ignorance and the arising of dukkha

A definition of ignorance is as the first of the 'twelve nidānas'. In the Paticca-samuppada-vibhanga Sutta it's described as follows: And what is ignorance? Not knowing stress, not knowing the ...
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What does delusion feel like?

Feelings associated with formations of the 3 more poison: Ignorance - Neutral feeling Attachment - Blissful, joy, fluid, cooling Aversion - Burning, solid, gaseous vibrating (E.g. fear) In breath ...
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What does delusion feel like?

Delusion can manifest as mental vagueness, blankness, the appearance that time is going by and nothing's changing, boredom. It's like a gauzy veil drawn over the reality of constant change, allowing ...
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Buddhism and misanthropy

One of the primary purposes of Buddhism is to avoid misanthropic thoughts. While you can call yourself Buddhist and not follow some or many of its teachings, you should remember that you have thoughts ...
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Does MN9 imply a cyclic causation? How does it work?

Yup, it's a vicious circle. On one side we have Ignorance/Confusion/Delusion and on the other Stress, Negative Emotions, and Bad Karma. It is like being born in a poor uneducated family: because you ...
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Why do ignorance and intention have something to do with rebirth?

Ignorance is a word for the universe before it developed Mind with its ability to discriminate, recognize, judge, separate, and set goals. Most of the Twelve Nidanas describe development and taking ...
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Regarding Nicca and Anicca natures of Avidya and Prajna

If Tanha(craving) is caused by Avijja(ignorance) and if Avijja is sustained by Tanha, the cycle cannot be broken using Avijja and Tanha. But that doesn't mean it cannot be broken using something that ...
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What prevents us from attaining Nibbana?

It's a "false dichotomy" to ask, "Is it this or that?" -- because it's both: they're related. Given the "three poisons" (ignorance, desire, and aversion) I think that ignorance is described as the "...
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How to overcome fear for lost of opportunity?

In Buddhism, you can choose to be a lay follower, who observes the five precepts and the non-noble version of the path (which has defilements remaining) as a lay person, or you can follow the Noble ...
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How come movies/video games decrease the motivation to do buddhist practises?

What happened to me? How those videos cause me to lost my interest for buddhism? How I lost that resistance? I suspect something you wrote points to the answer – you wrote that college work stressed ...
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