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How would the Buddha have replied to Arjuna, if he was in Krishna's place?

I am very familiar with Bhagavad Gita. First time I read it was 30 years ago, and I still come back to it from time to time, it sits right here on my bookshelf. From the traditional perspective, the ...
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Should Buddhists in India celebrate diwali (New moon of November)?

It's a Hindu festival. So a Buddhist should not be a part of the religious aspect of the festival if those activities are incompatible with Buddhism. That does not mean a Buddhist cannot meet up with ...
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Where can I find sources for historical data on Buddhist populations in various regions around the world?

There's the Maps of Ancient Buddhist Asia and History of Buddhism mentions some population figures for certain eras, but I don't know of any detailed census data particular to Buddhism prior to the ...
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What Buddhist babies' names or meaning should be?

You should probably start from the Buddhist Dictionary of Pali Proper Names and then find proper Sanskrit versions of the Pali names. For example, the Pali name Sariputta is Śāriputra in Sanskrit. ...
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How did ancient Indian Buddhists describe causation vs correlation? Why were they concerned with this?

This is out of scope for Buddhism SE. This is more like a history question. The Buddhist texts describe Charvaka as being materialist. Sarva-Darsana-Samgraha describes Charvaka as being both ...
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What Buddhist babies' names or meaning should be?

How about these? I'm not an expert in Sanskrit or Indian languages, so you better check these out carefully first. I'm also not sure about gender conversions, appropriateness and Sanskrit grammar. ...
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How to focus on one thing like a monk?

In Buddhism it is recognized that mind is not static, it's not like a lense that can be focused. Mind is something that unfolds, moment after moment. If you sit down and watch your mind unfold for a ...
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Should Buddhists in India celebrate diwali (New moon of November)?

We have to celebrate and cheerish the moments Buddha s return to kapilavastu with his enlightened preachings "Atha Deepa Bhava". Why to remember the darker side of the day.. Can add a condolences to ...
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How would the Buddha have replied to Arjuna, if he was in Krishna's place?

This isn't the most important point, but an addition that was not mentioned in other answers. Arjuna was kshatriya by varna (ancient Indian class system) so war was his duty The Buddha didn't ...
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How would the Buddha have replied to Arjuna, if he was in Krishna's place?

We know Buddhism discourage violence and war, but Buddha's advice is nuanced ie not as simple as coming out and saying, "war is bad, violence is bad, you will go to hell participating." ...
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How would the Buddha have replied to Arjuna, if he was in Krishna's place?

We don't have to speculate. The Buddha clearly taught that the warrior who exerts himself in battle to kill others will go to hell (i.e. suffer bad consequences) according to SN 42.3, quoted below. ...
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Should Buddhists in India celebrate diwali (New moon of November)?

Firstly, you got the wrong term here. "Dipa" means "island" and not "light". From this footnote: Atta-diipaa. Diipa means both "island" (Sanskrit dviipa) and "lamp" (Sanskrit diipa), but the ...
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