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Role of belief in Buddhism

You don't need to believe anything in Buddhism, but a little faith can give you a boost in your practice. It would certainly be difficult to progress if you had no sense that the people teaching you ...
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Relationship with bad parents (kamma and issues)

My father was an alcoholic, and I suffered a lot of grief from him - so I might as well try and answer this one. The way my first teacher taught me about this (back when my father was still alive and ...
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Is lying at a job interview breaking a precept?

Causes of False Speech The root causes of false speech are greed, hatred and delusion. Greed is the root cause when false speech is used to obtain material gain or status for oneself or someone ...
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How to deal with bad past karma that makes my current life miserable?

An understanding of what causes have contributed to the way we are right now is out of the realm of ordinary people; practically speaking, you are more likely to project a false impression of why you ...
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How not to kill the mouse in my house?

"Without wisdom, effort, restraint of the senses, without giving up everything, I see no well-being for beings." -- The Buddha (SN 2.17) You can't have your cake and eat it too, unfortunately. ...
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How should Buddhists handle prayer requests?

This is a great question, certainly understandable. I don't think it's right to say that prayer as an activity goes against the Buddha's teaching; certainly prayer that stems from desire is ...
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Is there an equivalent of heaven and hell in Buddhism?

There is no sense of accumulating sins, per se; your karma (actions) change who you are; there is also no sense that it can ever be too much to recover from (eventually). Eventually, your karma will ...
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Who/what/how is the keeper of karma?

The Sanskrit word karma means action. It was used in Brahmanism to refer to those physical and verbal acts that were considered to bring positive results to the individual performing the acts (or on ...
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Are actions in computer games bad for karma?

There are two parts to karma: 1) external forces/energies you set in motion with your action and 2) latent tendencies and inclinations in your psyche - that later become your action and reaction, that ...
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Can being a vegetarian actually be a temporary hindrance for some?

I have been vegetarian since 1/1/2000. It was originally a New Years Resolution, but it became a New Millenia Resolution. I figured that given impermanence it would not be too hard to keep. :D That ...
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I want to understand the technicality of rebirth and what happens to conditioned self

The question of how karma works in light of the concept of non-self has been answered several times on this site (see "Related" in the sidebar). That being said, you raise a couple of interesting ...
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Scientific approach of Kamma

The concept of Kamma implies that information is stored in the mind No, it does not! Information and storage are concepts. Not realities! The issue here is, we make the assumption that for causes to ...
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What is the best way to forget bad choices in the past?

Short answer is, you should not forget bad choices. You should learn from bad choices. Long answer: Kukucca is characterized by regret. It's function is to grieve about what has or what has not ...
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Does (bad) karma have to be depleted to be able to attain enlightenment?

While some of the past karma may fruit as obstacles to liberation, not all karma has to fruit before liberation, as even Buddha himself famously experienced results of his past karma after his ...
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Why did the Buddha suffer before he died?

Buddha did not experience suffering(mental). He experienced pain due to poor health during his final days. Enlightened beings do not create new Karmas. Also, they have removed the potential of all ...
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Is making art bad or sinful?

Art can be a continuation of samsaric inertia, or it can be an expression of the enlightened mind. What message are you sending with your art? What impulse does it carry forward into the future?
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What, precisely, is kamma/karma?

Karma is not something one accumulates; this question gets asked so often because, as you say, there is a misconception of it being a 'a solid, substantial' entity. Karma is volition (intention is a ...
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Are there any differences in karma?

The difference will always be the mental state of the person performing the action. Giving is dependent on one's state of mind while giving; the amount is intrinsically inconsequential (though ...
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If I undergo suffering now, will my next birth be better?

I never really understood this view, but it seems to have been held by the Niganthas. See MN 101 for a detailed argument against this sort of reasoning (too long to quote here). Basically, though, it ...
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How to deal with bad past karma that makes my current life miserable?

Regretting about your past is only going to make your Karma worse. Best way to deal with past bad memories is to do Vipassana on them. When a past memory comes to your mind, simply note it as a ...
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How to deal with bad past karma that makes my current life miserable?

According to the "Lonaphala Sutta: The Salt Crystal", the Buddha said: "Monks, for anyone who says, 'In whatever way a person makes kamma, that is how it is experienced,' there is no living of ...
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Does Human Evolution Disprove a Kamma Based Rebirth?

No, evolution does not do that. But this is a hard question to answer succinctly, because of the layers of concepts involved. I'll have a try. First, consider one of the core notions in Buddhism: ...
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Is gender a result of Kamma?

Karma is a very complicated process. We could in fact say that just about everything affects just about everything else - if a butterfly beats its wings in China, it does probably play some ...
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How not to kill the mouse in my house?

In the past, I had some success with a no kill mouse trap like this one. It allows you to catch the mouse and release it in an appropriate area outside. Now we share our home with 2 dogs and a cat. ...
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Won't bad karma cause a chain reaction?

Your bad Karma does not cause bad Karma for others. If another person gets a mindset to kill, it's not a result of your bad Karma. It's a result of his own aversion and volition. But your bad karma ...
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Killing a bigger animal causes more bad karma than killing a smaller animal?

My knowledge in Buddhism is quite poor. IMO it is a greater sin to kill a larger animal than to kill a smaller animal but this cannot be the case always! Let me ask you a question. Which is easier, to ...
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Is there a way to wipe out ones Karma?

You are asking not about how to eliminate kamma, but about how to escape the results of kamma. There is no escape from the experience of the results of kamma. What there is is modification of the ...
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