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Whats the path towards enlightenment?

The 8fold path. Though the 8fold path can be further divided into the 3 higher trainings. Morality (sila) Concentration, or Mindfullness (sati) Wisdom (prajna) There are different versions, ...
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Would total annihilation of Humanity cause Nirvana for everyone?

The human realm is only one of the thirty one planes of existence mentioned in Buddhist sutras. If all of humanity is wiped out, we will likely end up in the other realms. Even when a world cycle ends ...
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How is a lay person supposed to ever attain Nibbana?

I presumed that you are referring to the Buddha’s words in Satipatthana Sutta. Let alone half a month. If anyone would develop these four establishings of mindfulness in this way for seven days, one ...
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Is nirvana just a checkpoint in an eternal journey?

Ven. Yamaka expressed a similar type of view i.e. speculating whether the Buddha exists or doesn't exist or both exists and doesn't exist, or neither exists nor doesn't exist. The sutta below clearly ...
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If hypothetically we lived in a time when a Buddha were to arise, how could we acknowledge him as being perfectly enlightened?

the teaching of a perfectly enlightened being would be always in line with the three marks of existence, the four noble truths and the noble eightfold path. in other words, an arahant or a buddha ...
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How does the doctrine of pratītyasamutpāda interact with Dhammapala's interpretation of nibbana?

According to Wikipedia, Dhammapāla was a great Theravada Buddhist commentator. All I personally know about Dhammapāla is his later commentary about the finer supramundane points of DN 1 (about ...
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8 Worldly Dharmas - are they mental or physical for noble ones?

Feeling physical pain is a chain of chemical reactions. So everyone feel it. Even Arahant feel it.(but only as a sense). But since Arahant doesn't have self, they don't generate hate, love, greed ...
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How is a lay person supposed to ever attain Nibbana?

The first step is to understand you are inside a giant game. A game that'll last at least half a dozen decades for an average human. Normally, a computer game could be turned on and off at will. But ...
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How is a lay person supposed to ever attain Nibbana?

how on earth is an ordinary lay person supposed to attain it? By not grasping. MN24:10.9: “The purpose of leading the spiritual life under the Buddha is extinguishment by not grasping.” Grasping at ...
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Have all our buddhas since Sakyamuni not abided in nirvana?

If so, would they nevertheless have reached final nirvana, on death? It's a personal cause. You have to look at individual cases. One can't say they all have reached Nirvana or they all haven't. Part ...
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How is a lay person supposed to ever attain Nibbana?

The Pali canon is full of examples where a lay follower has attained Nirvana. Based on actions your past lives it will be decided how many lives you will take to attain Nirvana or how far or near you ...
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why 9th samādhi attainment is called as sanna-vedayita-nirodho and not as sanna-vedana-nirodho?

I don't know but I can guess, based on my general understanding... I think saññā-vedayita should be taken as one compound word that means "the feelings caused by the associations". This ...
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Is karma related to entropy and if so is escaping samsara fighting a losing battle? (Warning: long layman ramblings inside)

the similar idea I don't see how it's similar but you said you'd explain that later. an empirical observation of the accelerating trajectory of today's society toward disorder From what I remember ...
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If the 6 realms are states of the mind, are Buddhas / Siddhas miracles real?

The ego can very easily be considered a superstition. Buddha’s teachings show us that the “self”, just like everything else, isn’t permanent. If there are some beliefs you think are just supernatural, ...
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If the 6 realms are states of the mind, are Buddhas / Siddhas miracles real?

Reality is our interpretation. What we think is reality is a reflection of our mind and energy. So yes, the six realms are states of mind, but it is still true that depending on your state of mind you ...
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If the 6 realms are states of the mind, are Buddhas / Siddhas miracles real?

Buddhist practice is to strip away illusions. To ask whether some belief is real or superstition is counterproductive; we should only look to see if it can be stripped away without harm. Imagine that ...
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If the 6 realms are states of the mind, are Buddhas / Siddhas miracles real?

Superstition runs deep. Everytime you say body is me , mine or myself, you are being superstitious. Everytime you say feeling is me , mine or myself , you are being superstitious. Everytime you say ...
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Did Buddha comment on Hindu incarnations like Krishna Rama etc?

No. Story of Krishna and Rama are fictitious stories. In fact Rama was partly mentioned as buddhas past life in jataka katha. Even the concept of Ishvara(GOD) was not there. ´ekeshvarvad(theory of ...
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Why did Buddha continue jhāna after enlightenment?

All states of consciousness are impermanent, i.e. they arise , change and vanish. It is possible to come out of cessation of feelings and perceptions and re-enter it through meditation. Buddha ...
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Did Buddha comment on existence of other contemporary buddhas?

were there other people or beings that had achieved that and were contemporary to buddha Cessation: yes, many; the first Council was composed of 500 Arahants, for example. Perfect Buddhahood? No. ...
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Is nirvana just a checkpoint in an eternal journey?

You sound like someone from the Deva realm :) I guess you've had many good experiences on this earth, but you also have to remember that there is a lot of suffering in samsara. Devas in heavenly ...
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Is self-mummification considered same as Nirvana?

Answer: No, there is no way to reach Nirvana without following Buddha's main teachings. That means understanding the reality of the world/universe/ourselves. Buddha teaches the path to Nirvana and the ...
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What do secular Buddhists say about Nirvana?

Speaking as someone who would probably be considered a secular Buddhist by others (and yes, I know that takes some untangling)… Secular Buddhism in its purest sense is merely an effort to get to the ...
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