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If matter is just an illusion what is the source of it

If matter is just illusion I don't think that is Buddhist doctrine. I think that Buddhist doctrine is that we tend to view matter inappropriately or with ignorance. what is the origin of it I'm ...
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Does Viññāṇa generate Nāmarūpa in the sense that would make "uploading concsciousness" impossible?

I don't understand the question. I just try to help. I write this answer by my guess the question's meaning. The past (vanished) moment does not "upload" anything to the moment which it affects. It ...
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What is the substantial cause of an instance of consciousness?

Since you asked for personal responses with reasoning, I feel I can just answer in my own words, not quoting scripture or teachers. And yet I believe my position is in line with the view of the ...
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Is "The body never lies" supported in the suttas?

Obviously, it's not really the "body" that is wiser, it is the non-conceptual mind which constitutes the underwater part of the iceberg the top of which we see as our conceptual mind. The question is, ...
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Did Buddha told anything about if we can travel to the end of the cosmos?

We know of no sutra directly bearing on the subject of time travel, although space travel to the akasha deva loka ("space world of shining ones") is frequently met with in both directions, Sakka to ...
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Misinterpretation of a Pali phrase - Rupan Jirathi

This appears in the Najīratisutta ( Najīrati - What does not decay / what does not age; version in Sinhala and English). From what I have heard and learned in this context what is referenced as Nama ...
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Six Senses and Four elements

In case of the mind-sense(the stream of Bhavaangha cittas), the object received by the sense is a thought itself. There's no physical element involved. That's why Arupa beings only have the mind sense....
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Misinterpretation of a Pali phrase - Rupan Jirathi

Yes, this is a very Buddhist thing to say in a funeral. It sounds like a namarupa sort of thing. The form has changed but the name and memory(concepts of the deceased) stay the same. Concepts don't ...
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Are multiverses real according to Buddhism

It is possible that our “dream world” could be a window to our “mind plane”. Our past memories of even past lives could live within us in the “näma thalaya” or the “mind plane”. It is not storage in ...
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Are multiverses real according to Buddhism

31 Planes of existence coming together is one universe. There are infinite similar universes according to the Abhidhamma. This may be similar to multiverse but unlike in Sci Fi there are no duplicates ...
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If matter is just an illusion what is the source of it

The world itself was not an illusion to the Buddha. Rather, given the true nature of experience - Anatta and Anicca, the actions of 'I' making or 'Mine' making facilitate the illusion of a Self, hence ...
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Does it matter if the mind is neurologically originated or not?

In short: it doesn't matter. Why? Because drilling down on this topic will not free you from suffering. Instead, it may well create more.
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How to lose identification with my body and physical appearance

On one practical side: be mindful. Meditate daily. Understand that the suffering and joy derived from your appearance is impermanent and doesn’t matter much. It is wise that you seek to reduce this ...
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What is the substantial cause of an instance of consciousness?

What is the substantial cause of the wetness of a wet cloth? Is it water? Or is it the cloth? Or is it your hand touching the cloth and ascertaining that it is wet? There is no single substantial ...
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What is the substantial cause of an instance of consciousness?

One more thing, further to this answer: a view of life -- developmental neurology ... and this answer ... Frankly, that's an awful argument that would be laughed out of any undergraduate class ...
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What is the substantial cause of an instance of consciousness?

In his commentary to Kamalashila's Stages of Meditation, His Holiness the Dalaï-Lama lists 5 types of causes: All those phenomena that are produced at some times but not others depend on causes ...
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Does it matter if the mind is neurologically originated or not?

I think I more-or-less agree with your "mind is like software" position. Here is my personal opinion on the topic. If you read modern books on mind, such as "Consciousness Explained" by Daniel ...
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Does it matter if the mind is neurologically originated or not?

When I said "byproduct" I meant the materialistic belief that the mind is a physical phenomenon, rather than being a separate aspect of reality outside physicality. I didn't imply that the physicality ...
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Does it matter if the mind is neurologically originated or not?

The first question is asking about this answer (in full): All unenlightened beings suffer including scientists. I suppose the real question is whether scientists will ever realize the four noble ...
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If matter is just an illusion what is the source of it

To explain it will take long long paragraph, but still not really explaining anything. To give some orientations relating to your question, first, you said "matter", what is matter? A duck, we say ...
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If matter is just an illusion what is the source of it

Certain subjects are declared to be imponderable by the Buddha: 1) range of powers of a Buddha 2) range of powers obtained while absorbed in jhana 3) precise working out of the results of karma 4)...
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If matter is just an illusion what is the source of it

Buddhism does not state the external world of forms, such as the earth, is an illusion created by mind. For example: It would be better for the uninstructed run-of-the-mill person to hold to the ...
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Six Senses and Four elements

There are six elements. 4 physicals(relate to Mass), space(relate to Dark matter) and consciousness(relate to time). “‘Bhikkhu, this person consists of six elements.’ So it was said. And with ...
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Six Senses and Four elements

PaticcaSamuppada is about how ignorance pollutes/taints the elements & senses leading to the creation of suffering rather than about how the elements & senses are physically or neurologically ...
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