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Buddhism broke up my marriage

I don't suppose that any of us are qualified to advise you on your marriage or the optimal duration of it. In theory, I really don't think it's fair to say that Buddhist love is non-romantic. The ...
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Investing in poultry stocks and Buddhism

Honestly I would say that it's not even a grey area. For me, investing in stocks in the meat industry is not in keeping with right livelihood. To quote the Vanijja Sutta in full "Monks, a lay ...
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What is the best strategy to confront Non-Buddhist ideology?

There's an apocryphal Christian story, that I heard or read long ago -- where somebody asks someone else (possibly a Buddhist): Have you ever thought of becoming a Christian? ... to which ...
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Am I following Buddhism as a sort of Escapism?

This is a profound question. Somebody may want to delve into spirituality because he is a "loser" and isn't prospering in life. This is not a new concept. In fact, the Ratthapala Sutta ...
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How to bless someone?

If someone is willing to be blessed the Buddha's way, then I could think of no more suitable & special words than the words from the Mangala Sutta that tells us what are the blessings in one's ...
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As a Buddhist how do I get over hatred towards my previous religion?

Think of the followers of your former religion as people who believe that the earth is flat. There's no point getting angry at them. It's ok to argue with them in social circles if you feel it might ...
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What is the best strategy to confront Non-Buddhist ideology?

The actual Buddhist way is to keep silence and ignore and let them live in their manner. The question asked isn't actually an issue in Theravada Buddhism. The Pali teachings literally say to only ...
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As a Buddhist how do I get over hatred towards my previous religion?

Well... I hate to say it (wink-wink)... but... having that rage and seeing that other religion as a collection of "lies" and those people as "liars" does say something about your level of realization ...
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Why are buddhists hostile?

When ever you question something that is supposedly controversial, they tell you to read more on buddhism Leaving aside Buddhism even in any forums if you ask some basic questions some may not always ...
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Loneliness in Buddhism

I am wondering what is the antidote to loneliness, or the approach towards it, within Buddhism. In Buddhism loneliness is viewed and treated exactly as any other undesirable mindstate. What are ...
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When it comes to commercial products, is there harm to choosing a more beautiful and well-designed option?

That kettle example tells me you admire a certain attitude to life, an attitude of doing things right, properly, with attention to fulfilling the essential function and not having undesired side-...
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Should a Buddhist lay-practitioner schedule his/her daily life

Routine is a good thing to have for a Buddhist, I believe. While this will vary person to person based on their circumstances, these are my suggestions to incorporate in a daily routine of a lay ...
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I'm feeling hopeless about life after nearly leaving Buddhism in order to marry

I guess the reason why you were feeling hopeless is that you were anxious about the past, a memory ... but the past isn't something you can conveniently change. You were also anxious about the future ...
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Are there any body who achieved Nibbana currently (in the current world)

The Pali scriptures describe 4 levels of enlightenment, which equate to 4 levels of Nibbana. The Nakhasikha Sutta states in the 1st level of enlightenment the vast majority of the previous suffering ...
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How to tolerate if someone insulting Buddhism?

But at the time when someone insulting Buddhism what to do ? I think you're supposed to remember that people are heir to their own karma. If people insult Buddhism instead of respecting and learning ...
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Can Buddhism help me find my passion?

The "passion" you talk about sounds like a craving for something which you haven't defined. Your question seems to be asking, "I crave something (I crave something to feel passionate about), but I don'...
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Loneliness in Buddhism

OP: What are the things that cause loneliness and exacerbate it? I see the desire for companionship as a type of sensual craving (kama tanha). When you engage in social media and obtain the pleasure ...
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What is the best strategy to confront Non-Buddhist ideology?

Telling other people that what they do wrong and even more that what they believe is wrong does not work well. I barely works when supported with facts, but as religion is about belief, it will work ...
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Did the Buddha teach the four noble truths to laypeople?

Ugga, a rich layman, said in a sutta of the aṭṭhaka-nipātā (AN 8.22): With confident heart I paid homage to the Buddha. The Buddha taught me step by step (anupubbikakathā), with a talk on ...
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Buddhism broke up my marriage

She is your Buddha, your dharma, and your sangha. Love the world through your love for her. Your marriage is your refuge and your bodhimandala. It is the place where you will awaken - no less ...
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Buddhism broke up my marriage

Buddhism does not contradict romantic love; Buddhism contradicts romantic obsession. Granting that this is a terribly difficult discrimination for most people to make — confusing love with obsession ...
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Losing interest in Samsara and transformation one undergoes when following Buddhism

Being depressed and delusional are also normal. Being enlightened is what is not normal in the world. Becoming disappointed of sensual pleasures and wanting to figure out what is really going on ...
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What is useless/meaningless speech?

In addition found in Sevitabbâsevitabba Sutta there are 32 types of chatter which is called animal chatter which falls under the category of idle / frivolous chatter: Rajakatha – Talk about kings ...
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Are the movie Fight Club, and Project Mayhem in it, buddhist?

I don't think so. it predicates detachment from material possessions That's not enough to call it Buddhist. Buddhism might be known for what it is, rather than for what it isn't. Maybe Buddhism isn'...
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Shouldn't I kill even mosquitoes that bite me by first precept?

The 1st precept is a training rule to refrain from killing 'breathing' things. The Pali is: "Panatipata veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami", where the word "pana" means "life&...
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Can one follow Hinduism and Buddhism at the same time?

In Buddhism the main teachings you have to have faith in is the 8 Fold Path divided into 3 trainings, which is to develop higher virtue, higher mind and higher wisdom. No religion is incompatible ...
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Parents suppressing the teaching

You should not be teaching your parents Buddhism. It is forbidden in Buddhism to teach others Buddhism; unless the other people request to be taught (AN 9.5). You should not be practising "zombie ...
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Parents suppressing the teaching

You don't have to make a show out of your Dharma. You don't need to make it fly in your parents faces. There's no need to convince them of anything. Buddhism is what you practice in your mind. No-one ...
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