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Logic of Emptiness still unconvincing. Please help explain

Your confusion is clear as day to me. :) As is the true meaning of "emptiness". The challenge is how to explain it to you in a way you can understand. :) You are stuck on this idea of "...
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What is Nirvana (mahayana)?

Warning: To not make it too long, I avoided quotes. In addition, this is merely a summary. Just like with Theravada, there are interpretations. Since I present things in a traditional way, please do ...
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How to reconcile Mahayana ideas of "nama-rupa" with the Pali definition?

Unlike Theravada tradition, which passes down the words, Mahayana tradition passes down the meaning - using whatever words and images that are most fitting for the occasion and the recipient. So in ...
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What is the Buddhist view in Socratic questioning?

This meta-topic mentioned the Pañha Sutta, which includes, There are these four ways of answering questions. Which four? There are questions that should be answered categorically [straightforwardly ...
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Why is the Heart Sutra so important in Mahayana Buddhism?

Maybe because Clinging/Upadana is such a powerful destructive force, even advanced practitioners still have a tough time dealing with. So the non-clinging theme reflected through insight into ...
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Why should Mahayana practitioners strive for anything at all?

Well in Mahayana, just like in Theravada, we strive for the end of striving. As @ChrisW said, Heart Sutra is written from the perspective of completion, the end of striving. This is called "taking the ...
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How do Buddhists separate caste system from itself when Gautama Buddha was so casteist?

The most important idea in Buddhism with regards to caste is that regardless of which background one is from, if one is righteous, consummate in virtue, and earnestly seeks the path leading to ...
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Why is the Heart Sutra so important in Mahayana Buddhism?

So I posed this question to my teacher at the temple yesterday, and the answer floored me! I asked her what is the meaning of "No suffering, origination, cessation of suffering, path" in the Heart ...
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Why is the Heart Sutra so important in Mahayana Buddhism?

The Heart Sutra is of utmost importance in Mahayana because it declares the key realization that makes Mahayana distinct from a superficial "Sutra-Yana": That in the ultimate sense all ...
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Why Buddha said "if you want to remove small/light codes from Vinaya"?

If the Buddha had totally approved the removal of certain rules then the Buddha would have explicitly mentioned which ones. In the 1st Council the monks could not decide what extent was minor rules, ...
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A good website for Mahayana texts?

I use Fodian.net a lot. There are two categories of Mahayana texts, the ones that made it to China and the ones that made it to Tibet. Within a specific sect or tradition, some sects have fantastic ...
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Why is the Heart Sutra so important in Mahayana Buddhism?

Perhaps its terse nature and convenience for chanting (quote from your question) is the exact reason that it is popular. I believe all the Prajnaparamita sutras point to the same thing in the ...
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What did Santideva, the authour of the Bodhicaryāvatāra, say about the realisabaility of Buddhahood?

In general, the following positions are accepted by Mahayana tenets: We can achieve Buddhahood because we can separate mind from afflictive obscurations and knowledge obscurations since neither is in ...
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Who was the first buddha?

You asked a very intelligent question; but this is an intellectual quest that fallen into the category of the Ten Unexpounded Questions, I infer. It belongs to this group: Is the world eternal?. ...
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Why should Mahayana practitioners strive for anything at all?

I'll preface my answer by suggesting that you find a qualified teacher. That is to say, someone with years of formal study in a monastic setting leading to a qualification such as Geshe or Ajahn or ...
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What is the purpose of the Mahayana 'emptiness' doctrine?

Short answer: because understanding that phenomena are not "solid", but are in fact an interpretation/imputation, removes craving and passions in regards to them, which prevents dukkha that arises ...
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Difference between abiding nirvana and non-abiding nirvana?

Non-abiding Nirvana is a standard Mahayana doctrine, described as non-abiding in contrast with (Hinayana's) Nirvana which is considered abiding. (As always, I have to remind everyone that Theravada is ...
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How do you pray correctly in Buddhism?

is there a right or respectful way of praying in Buddhism? Praying is conventionally understood as a petition or wish addressed to a deity. In Buddhism, one might: meditate spreading a heart full ...
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What is the Buddhist view in Socratic questioning?

Yes, this is pretty much the way Buddha has led all his conversations with individual students when he was not preaching to groups. In Pali Canon there are many examples of dialogs following same ...
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Theravada and Mahayana - The Crucial Differences

Just like with any other religion, when the author of the teachings is no longer alive to clarify what is authentic and what is not, the followers of the teachings will naturally come up with ...
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What are the differences between Zen Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism?

From my experience, the biggest diff is in the amount of rational explanation. Tibetan teachers and texts are much more inclined to giving a step by step logical rational reasonable conceptual ...
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Mahayana revealed from Naga world to 1st century CE+ - Why?

Most if not all of the Mahayana doctrines are present in the Pali Canon in their basic form, often as mere ideas implied by brief Buddha's utterings. Since Pali Canon cannot possibly be 100% ...
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Are there any cultural or religious guidelines for Buddhist tattoos?

Beyond culture, and more towards the philosophy of Buddhism, if you look up the 'Eight Percepts', you will notice that number seven mentions abstainment from cosmetics, jewelry, etc.. Yes, this ...
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What is Lo Jong mind training?

lo= mind, and jong=learn, train, purify. It is a combination of pithy instructions for training the mind on the Buddhist path, particularly for those who have taken bodhisattva vows, but can be used ...
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How important is the surangama sutra in cotemporary buddhism?

Very good question. You can see that no scholars here can answer this question. It really depends on which school you follow. In the Theravada school, the Surangama Sutra does not exist: the ...
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