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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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Buddhism and the middle path

The middle path is not that which is in between two paths, rather it is usually a different path that does not take extreme viewpoints. One definition of the middle path comes in the ...
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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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Lord Buddha's First teaching and its meaning?

If you know the name of the sutta, and if it's a famous sutta, then I find you can easily find it using Google, for example: This search (Google) Wikipedia too has many articles about Buddhism, and ...
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What is the true meaning of The Middle Way

In Buddha's time there was hedonistic indulgence and extreme ascetic practices. The ascetic practices was to exhausting bad Karma though inflicting pain. Seeking pleasure creates fabrication through ...
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Is there a middle way between working towards personal liberation and liberation for all sentient beings?

There is no conflict, the dichotomy is false and is based on incorrect understanding. As Buddha said in Sedaka Sutta: When watching after yourself, you watch after others. When watching after others, ...
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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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Negation and the middle way

That doesn't sound like a Buddhist understanding of the middle way to me, although it is close in some ways. In Buddhism the two extremes are described in some places as the extremes of indulgence and ...
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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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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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What is the true meaning of The Middle Way

The central aspect is to avoid any extreme. So, for instance do not go for extreme ascetic practices or for a life of extreme pleasures; seek the middle path of a balanced life. The same principle ...
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Why is Buddhism not Nihilism?

Because it does not deny or reject conventional reality, and conventional experience. Buddhism reaches emptiness via the dependent origination of apparent objects. It does not negate the conventional ...
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Why is Buddhism not Nihilism?

Your definition of nihilism seems to me to ignore the four noble truths: that suffering (dukkha) exists, and, can cease. You define nihilism as "life is without objective meaning, purpose, 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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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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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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Buddhism and the middle path

I am battling with understanding the concept of the middle path. I agree with ruben2020's answer, including with the statement that the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta has the original/classic way in ...
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Is there a middle way between working towards personal liberation and liberation for all sentient beings?

It depends on what you or your school has decided about the nature of who we really are. If we are so throughly interconnected, interdepedent, either in a Huayen way or maybe just as one big shared ...
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Is there a middle way between working towards personal liberation and liberation for all sentient beings?

Dhammapada verse 166 For the sake of another's benefit, however great it may be, do not neglect one's own (moral) benefit. Clearly perceiving one's own benefit one should make every effort to attain ...
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What puts out the mind

Suppose we call "extinction" (by which I mean nirvana or final nirvana) whatever puts out the wandering mind / mental states. I think the first paragraph, "extinction or nirvana is whatever puts out ...
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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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