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What does Buddhism say about boredom?

Well, technically boredom is a form of tanha, craving. We crave for excitement, for fun, for an external source of energy. And according to principle of "this-that conditionality" craving is ...
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How can I forget my old girlfriend?

As my teacher explained, the reason we are needy and clingy is because we have not discovered how to be our own source of "energy". We are like babies depending on mothers' tits for nutrition, in this ...
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Does the lifespan get shorter or longer ?

In Buddha's time the life span is said to have been 100 years and there were several theras who touched even 120 years e.g. Ananda and Maha Kassapa. In fact Bakkula thera is said to have lived 160 ...
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Should I do what I don't want to do?

As my teacher explained, living with the feeling of wrongness is the very essence of samsara. This constant feeling that you don't like your work, don't want to do it, and are forced to endure it ...
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Why Lord Buddha didn't stay alive till the end of this "Kalpa"

The Buddha did not ask venerable Ananda to invite him to extend his life. He only hinted that it is possible for him to do so. Mara's Appeal And when the Venerable Ananda had gone away, Mara, the ...
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Is Buddhism in conflict with manliness?

OP: To be man we have to compete, obtain resources and protect our families. Could it be all achieved reasonably and with compassion? Could a man following Dhamma be a real, good man? What you ...
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How does a Buddhist survive in a harsh world?

So this raises a dilemma. Continue being gentle and compassionate with loving kindness, and get eaten. Or react harshly when necessary and risk darkening ourselves. Or, is there a proper middle path? ...
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Buddhism on suicide

Generally, a calm & happy person is not inclined to commit suicide. Generally, a person thinks about committing suicide because they are unhappy & suffering from emotional pain. In the Pali ...
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A scientific error of the Buddha?

I could not find any commentaries with a detailed explanation on this. I'll use the Bodhi translation of MN 12: What is egg-born generation? There are these beings born by breaking out of the ...
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How to practise without having aversion towards life?

Case 57 of the Blue Rock Collection I alone am holy Case A monastic said to Zhaozhou, "It is said, 'The Great Way is not difficult. It only abhors choice and attachment.' Now, what are nonchoice ...
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According to Buddhism, how can a woman get a male soul?

Women bear many sorrowful feelings all of their lives. So how can they escape those lives and be men? In my experience, men bear sorrowful feelings too. Maybe they don't show their sorrow often. I ...
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What's the Buddhist view of fostering pets?

It is good karma to save a living being's life, which is what you do when you take care of one. Fostering is better than buying one, because when you foster a pet, you don't encourage inbreeding and ...
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Is there any specific description of life according to Buddhism?

In Buddhism there is the word "dukkha", which has a number of meanings & uses: (1) "Dukkha vedana", which means "painful feelings". (2) "Dukkha lakkhana", which means conditioned things are ...
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Can one's karma be affected by the karma of another?

The short answer is “Yes”… Olivia Glad,… because the others provide the grounds, the right conditions for a kamma to bear fruit. How this comes to pass needs some explanation. The laws of kamma are ...
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Is there is anything which is not a phenomena?

I think the dharma says, sabbe saṅkhārā aniccā — "all saṅkhāras (conditioned things) are impermanent" So not "all phenomena", but specifically "all saṅkhārās" -- see Can anyone explain Sanskara / ...
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Should I do what I don't want to do?

You don't have to love or hate your work. If happiness arises while at work, be mindful of it and if aversion arises while at work, be mindful of that too.
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Can one's karma be affected by the karma of another?

One person's karma can have effects to another person. It is like living in/near war zone where a lot of killing (people are doing bad karma) are happening. The chances are very high to get killed/...
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How does a Buddhist survive in a harsh world?

The historical assumptions in the examples are questionable, both WW2 & Buddhism. As for Buddhism: (1) It became extinct in India, the land of its birth. (2) It became extinct in Persia &...
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Does the lifespan get shorter or longer ?

It comes from the prediction in DN 26 Cakkavatti Sutta, but The Buddha doesn't give an exact specific amount of years when it would happen or say if it would happen to everyone. The prophecy in DN 26 ...
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Does the lifespan get shorter or longer ?

The idea that lifespan was longer in ancient times is nonsense, and has been throughly debunked, disproven, and so on. Over and over again. Any monk or nun who states something like this, that they ...
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Buddhism on suicide

Possible list of reasons for not condoning suicide: You are intentionally taking a life which is breaking Sila and Vinaya It bring social problems like misery to loved ones and oftens dependents The ...
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Is there is anything which is not a phenomena?

All things, whether conditioned or unconditioned, are dhammas ('phenomena') & elements (dhatu). All things mentioned in Buddhism, whether conditioned or conditioned, are sense objects ...
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How can I forget my old girlfriend?

In Buddhism, it is taught a successful lasting relationship requires two people to share the same qualities, which would include the same life goals. Therefore, in Buddhism, before two people get ...
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How can I forget my old girlfriend?

Did the relationship fall apart because there was something lacking within yourself? If so you can cultivate that piece and try to win her back (lots of guides on the internet for techniques on this ...
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What does Buddhism say about boredom?

The neither-pleasant-nor-painful feelings also known as neutral feelings is one of three types of feeling including pleasant and painful. Feelings here means sensations experienced by the six senses (...
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The dilemma of enlightenment

Don't focus on suffering as it is the reason for suffering. You can have a goal of reaching that eternal freedom. But, make sure you enjoy the journey without too focusing on the end...
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Is Buddhism in conflict with manliness?

To a Buddhist, the word 'manliness' usually means something completely different than what you think. To a Buddhist, 'manliness' means the ability to swim against the current. Not to get swept away by ...
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