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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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The Middle Way in practical life

This web book called Constitution for Living summarises the Buddha's teachings for laypeople. My selection for the list in the other post is: AN 3.65: Kalama Sutta — To the Kalamas/The Buddha's ...
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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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Right situation for Teaching Dhamma or giving advice

According to the suttas, the general principle is to offer Dhamma only when asked (AN 9.5). The Buddha set this example in MN 26, when he waited for the Brahmā Sahampati to ask the Buddha to teach.
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If Buddhism is about moderation, then why is it that you can attain nirvana only after renouncing worldly possessions?

The 'Middle-Way' does not require giving up all worldly possessions. Instead, the Middle-Way states to not engage in sensual pleasures. A person can have basic worldly possessions ('requisites'), ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Arguments against ascetism

That may be explained by MN 36. It describes him starving, until he thinks Whatever brahmans or contemplatives in the past have felt painful, racking, piercing feelings due to their striving, this is ...
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Arguments against ascetism

MN 12 shows that extreme asceticism did not help the Bodhisattva. "Sariputta, I recall having lived a holy life possessing four factors. I have practiced asceticism — the extreme of asceticism; ...
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Role of mortification and ascetism in buddhism

The Dhammapada says, Long-suffering patience is the supreme ascetic practice. Nirvana is supreme, say the Buddhas. He is certainly not an ascetic who hurts others, and nor is he a man of religion who ...
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If something is relatively and ultimately correct can it still be false in the center?

Yes, always. Ultimate has only ultimate as relative. While relative has only relative as relative. Understand? There is no more relation to relative once ultimate has reached, Nyom. See also Change-...
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If something is relatively and ultimately correct can it still be false in the center?

Given the vagueness of the question, an answer from the extant and historical tradition of mathematics may serve: Relative to 41, 42 is ultimately the next number. But this is false for the real ...
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Psychology of 'flow'

Most of the human actions/habits are to suppress their suffering or cover it up. The ordinary human mind's direction is avoiding certain thoughts, feelings and emotions and to do that developing ...
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Psychology of 'flow'

This sounds like the application of the practice of mindfulness in daily life. For example, from "Chapter Six: Daily Life" of Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu's book "How To Meditate": When cooking, cleaning, ...
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Madhyamaka, Mādhyamaka, Madhyamika, Mādhyamika?

From Wikipedia: Madhya is a Sanskrit word meaning "middle" ... The -ma suffix is a superlative, giving madhyama the meaning of "mid-most" or "medium". The -ka suffix is used to form adjectives, ...
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