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If Buddhism is about moderation, then why is it that you can attain nirvana only after renouncing worldly possessions?

These are common misunderstandings of the middle way. The middle way is best explained through the Buddha's life story. The Buddha began as a nobleman who had the money for all the indulgence in ...
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Questions about strong acceptance of rebirth?

The question is basically, why is belief in literal rebirth (reincarnation) a problem. I won't address every OP point here, just make four theses: Rebirth is self. Self is rebirth. Whenever there is ...
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Why the Buddha abandoned asceticism

Maybe MN 26 is more relevant: towards the end of it, the Five ask questions like, When this was said, the group of five monks replied to me, 'By that practice, that conduct, that performance of ...
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If Buddhism is about moderation, then why is it that you can attain nirvana only after renouncing worldly possessions?

This is not true, The Buddha did not say that one only achieves nirvana (the highest happiness) after renouncing the world. Arahantship or enlightenment is caused by the ending of mental fermentations,...
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Does Nagarjuna's Middle Treatise 24:18 teach real knowledge?

No, this is not an OK-ish understanding, since it does not approach traditional interpretations (whether that of Tsongkhapa or his opponents belonging to the Jonang school or the Nyingma tradition). ...
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Who propounded "All doesn't exist" in the Buddha's time?

Perhaps it's a bit too frank, I think the OP asked an invalid question. A doctrine of everything doesn't exist cannot be uttered. It's like, a dead man cannot say "I'm dead", or you tell ...
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What does Buddhism teach about abusive parents?

Understand that people who abuse others suffer a lot. They are always in the clutches of the demons of greed, anger, ignorance; and because they don't know how to skillfully deal with the negative ...
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Why is Buddhism not Nihilism?

So can anyone state for us why Buddhism is not Nihilism? One can argue that from the Ego's point of view Buddhism is nihillisim .Because practicing Buddhism fully, inevitably leads to the ...
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Why is Buddhism not Nihilism?

Buddhism contains optimism and pessimistic view points on life. On the positive side, there is the celebration of merit (virtue, alms giving, helping one another etc). There are the four sublime ...
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Did Buddha say "this is the Middle Way"?

This was meant to be a comment, but it exceeded the word limit, so posted it as an answer. The world (loke) is like a tar ball. You get stuck to it if you cling to it's sensual baits, and you still ...
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Did Buddha say "this is the Middle Way"?

According to Prajnaparamita tradition, here are the sutras where Buddha gave definition of the Middle Way: SN 12.15 - Kaccayanagotta Sutta "By & large, Kaccayana, this world is supported by (...
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Did Buddha say "this is the Middle Way"?

What Lead to Conceive the Middle Way (or How This Was Conceived) The middle way is avoid extremes in the form of asceticism and hedonism. The middle way was conceived based on based on the Buddha's ...
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Why is Buddhism not Nihilism?

Because it offers an escape and the path leading to the escape from the impermanent, the substance less and the sorrowful. Nihilism offers no such escape.
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Insights of the Middle Path

When there’s interaction with other people, and as you focus more carefully in that present moment, you begin to realize that you choose where to focus and how you want to shape the situation. You ...
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If Buddhism is about moderation, then why is it that you can attain nirvana only after renouncing worldly possessions?

What is the moderate amount of cigarettes to smoke? None. Moderation in the pursuit of truth is a vice. Moderation does not mean indulgence.
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Eternalism and Mahayana Buddhism

Several thoughts... Mahayana is not a homomorphous teaching. It's a bunch of different schools, the only common theme of which is attempting to express The Truth in whatever crazy language that the ...
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Isn't the act of Prince Vessantara giving his children away extreme?

According to the story, wasn't prince Vessantara still a lay person who didn't reach full enlightenment yet? He wasn't a Buddha yet so knowledge of noble paths had not yet occured to him. Your ...
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Isn't the act of Prince Vessantara giving his children away extreme?

Giving away children does not come under self-mortification. Self-mortification is torturing the physical body. “Venerable Nàgasena, do all the Bodhisattas give away their wives and children, or ...
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Going to extremes?

In general, I've seen only specific extremes and selective middle path in the suttas. I haven't seen anything about all extremes. The middle path is not necessarily that which is in between two ...
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If something is relatively and ultimately correct can it still be false in the center?

I'm not sure if it's relevant to say this, but I think that "Middle" Way is classically used to deny (or to be in contrast to, different than) the two extremes: SN 56.11 Mendicants, these ...
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Right situation for Teaching Dhamma or giving advice

I doubt if it is a small gap in their understanding that causes them not to see how they are hurting themselves and the people around them in an indirect albeit unconscious manner. I think it is for ...
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Questions about strong acceptance of rebirth?

1a. Is strong acceptance of rebirth in the above scenario, a result of craving? Why? Yes. A strong acceptance of rebirth is a result of craving, which was also confirmed by the Buddha in this sutta: ...
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