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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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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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Arahants are perfect. Do they realize others are not perfect and they themselves are?

As far as I know, Arahants don't think of themselves as "selves". Instead, they tend to think in terms of qualities and their sources - i.e. "there's this wisdom, it came from study and ...
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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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"Dealing" with extremely superstitious people

I write about an example of Buddhists dealing with superstition in an essay from 2011: Gesundheit! Making Accommodations with Custom. In this example, lay people would say "live!" to monks ...
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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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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?

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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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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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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What is ignorance in Buddhism and what are examples of ignorance?

In Mahayana Buddhism "ignorance" has a special meaning. It's not just not knowing stuff, it's making generalizations and assumptions based on superficial observations. It starts with us ...
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What is the difference between moha (delusion) and avijja (ignorance)?

Dictionary definitions here: moha avijjā I think of avijjā as (quite literally) describing something which you don't have (the a- prefix implies a negative, i.e. an absence of vijjā), and moha as ...
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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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“The āsava are the saṅkhāra that are encoded with ignorance [avijjā]”

The concept of āsava is borrowed from Jainism. And we need to understand what it means in that context before we can understand it in Buddhism. In Jainism, all actions create karma. This takes the ...
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Do we indulge in ignorance?

Active indulgence in ignorance is found. Ignorance takes birth because there is attachment to food, fame , money, father, mother, children, knowledge, house, clothes, internet, etc. As long as there ...
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Arahants are perfect. Do they realize others are not perfect and they themselves are?

Arahants will not feel proud or conceited. They would feel peace. Regardless of what things they know, whether internal or external, they wouldn’t be proud because of that, for that is not ...
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