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In which sutta does a lay disciple of the Buddha tell a non-buddhist mendicant that he has experienced jhana?

your best first try is this essay perhaps this When Do the Jhānas Become Necessary? While there seem to be no suttas that impose an inflexible rule to the effect that a lay noble disciple must ...
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What are the benefits of caring parents?

The Buddha says that there are two people that you can never repay, no matter what you do. They are your mother and your father. Again the Buddha said that there is one way that you can repay for all ...
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Why is nirvana not mara?

There are four terminological divisions of nirvana, and none of them is mara. Non-duality does not mean “that opposing terms depend upon each other”. Rather, we posit three types of dualistic ...
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Buddhist monks give advice for lay life

In the same vein as ChrisW's answer, I would ask you, "You and I live different lives. I do not live your life. Is it appropriate for me to give advice?" The answer is generally "yes," especially ...
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Is samatha meditation more suited to lay people than vipassana?

Samatha = citta-samatha = Leading to wholesome mind = seclusion of unwholesome in 5 strings, kāmaguṇa. Vipassanā = samatha-vipassanā = Leading to sabbasaṅkhāra-samatha, nibbāna = seclusion of whole ...
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Spiritualism VS layman's path

What changes do you need to make? What roadblocks do you believe you can't overcome in your current situation? Enlightenment can be attained no matter what your circumstances are in life are. Living ...
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Buddhist monks give advice for lay life

Would you say that it is appropriate Yes. This book, for example, shows there's a whole bookful of advice in the suttas for laypeople -- and that (whole bookful) is without even trying to customise ...
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Spiritualism VS layman's path

There are several options for you. Keep the marriage life and visit a monastery for meditation for couple of weeks every six months. Give up the marriage and get ordained. But before you do that, ...
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How to cure pain(Heartache, Sorrow)?

In a comment you wrote, "I wander to find one in my nearest city but I return back with nothing. It's little bit hard." I'm thinking that you still have Dhamma when you don't have Sangha. I think ...
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Can lay people acheive enlighment (Arahanthship) in this life by adhering to Buddhist principles?

If you analyse the Sutta, you will find those who became Arahants by just listening to discourse are people who have already perfected Sila and Samadhi. For instance Buddhas first disciples, five ...
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Which sutta? The Buddha says monks missing out on pleasures of lay life and pleasures of holy life

You're probably thinking about Dhammapada 155-156 (translated by Ven. Thanissaro): Neither living the chaste life nor gaining wealth in their youth, they waste away like old herons in a dried-up lake ...
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Happiness for laypeople

If you want to be happy, just give up everything in your mind . What I meant was do not have any kind of attachment to anything, at least try not to have attachments , the lesser the number of ...
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What are the benefits of caring parents?

looking for benefits is like doing business. When ever you care or help your parents or others who cannot help in return, As per bhagavad gita, krishna said you will get more energy and inner peace. ...
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First Lay Teachers

The problem with "lay dhamma teachers" is that people don't take you seriously as a spiritual guide, if you are still a householder who's unable to give up sexual activities, gold etc. There might ...
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Buddhist monks give advice for lay life

My own failure in implementing what I learn has to do with the complexities of learning any skill. It's very difficult to go from simply learning something in a classroom to actually integrating it ...
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Spiritualism VS layman's path

In addition to Sankha's answer, I suggest that you could share the Dhamma with your spouse. According to Itivuttaka 100: "There are these two kinds of gifts: a gift of material things & a ...
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Is being emotional means worthless?

There's some talk about that here -- A Happy Married Life: A Buddhist Perspective THE HUSBAND The Buddha, in reply to a householder as to how a husband should minister to his wife declared that the ...
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Is begging for alms acceptable for lay persons?

I dont know how the word 'begging' came into Buddhism. BHIKSHA is a sanskrit word which translates nearly to Begging in Modern Indian social sense. But the word is rooted into Pali as the donation to ...
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How can someone integrate the Buddhist philosophy on life's purpose into daily life?

The essence of dukkha (suffering) is clash, conflict, discord, disharmony - of some kind, whether inner conflict in one person's mind or outer conflict between persons or groups of people. The ...
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How can someone integrate the Buddhist philosophy on life's purpose into daily life?

When a person pursues a goal, there are two things to be considered: The pursuit, which exists only in the past and the future. Pursuit implies a belief that something can be other than it is; it ...
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Is samatha meditation more suited to lay people than vipassana?

We cannot conclude something just because some particular person wrote it or some particular monk said it. Buddha himself told against such mindsets and practices. Samatha meditation is actually ...
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