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Can the Buddha ever be a woman?

In the (translated into English) Pali text that I have, there's a section titled "The Admission of Women to the Order" within a chapter titled "Stability of Societies". This section describes Ananda's ...
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Where is the Buddha quoted as saying do not believe anything I say until you can prove it by yourself?

The quote comes from Kalama Sutra (AN 3.65) and is often taken out of context, hence misunderstood. People of Kalama found themselves bombarded by tens of spiritual teachers, each claiming authority ...
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Can the Buddha ever be a woman?

This reminds me of a Zen story. A North-American female student approaches her Zen master and asks: "Is it true that a woman can never become a Buddha?" Zen master says "yup". The student gets into a ...
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Where is the Buddha quoted as saying do not believe anything I say until you can prove it by yourself?

I've searched the Internet, and found a website claiming that the quotation in question is a bad translation of a fragment from Kalama Sutta which in original goes: “Now, Kalamas, don’t go by ...
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Can the Buddha ever be a woman?

Can the Buddha never be a woman? If it is true, why can't they? According to MN 115, a woman cannot be a Buddha and, as far as I know, the reason is not explained anywhere in the canon. He ...
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Chronological or other sequence for beginners

Am I right in thinking that the Dhammacakkappavattana is the first and most important sutta? I wouldn't say most important but, taking into account other discourses, it seems it was the first ...
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Where is the story of the non-returner who "sold" pots on the side of the road?

Here is the story you refer to http://www.yellowrobe.com/practice/general/247-money-rules-for-buddhist-monks-and-nuns-by-dhamminda-bhikkhu.html It is taught that even a layperson who is an anagami (...
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English (or other European) translations of Pali Canon

I personally use the following translations: Paper copies of Bhikkhu Bodhi's translations of Nikayas (for example Majjhima) for nice smooth English rendition. Access To Insight for quick and ...
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Buddhist (Theravada) cure for "Insecurity"?

1.One of the ways to deal with anxiety,insecurity or lack of self confidence is by developing Sila (Morality,Integrity,Virtue,Ethics). "Five blessings, householders, accrue to the righteous person ...
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Did the Buddha speak Pali? Are the suttas his word verbatim?

The Buddha likely spoke in several dialects that were quite similar to Pali. He was immensely well traveled for his time, so in his travels he likely adopted the native dialect to be better understood ...
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Did the Buddha speak Pali? Are the suttas his word verbatim?

The short answer is no, and no. The Pāḷi Canon is a translation. Although people in Central Ganges Valley all spoke closely related dialects at the time we think the Buddha lived. The problem of ...
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Is there any benefit in learning Pali or Sanskrit?

Learning Pali is indeed beneficial if you have a inclination to be a scholar or to teach. If it is your salvation you are after you are better off spending time practicing. But to teach others the bar ...
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Where is the story of the non-returner who "sold" pots on the side of the road?

Thanks @soulsings for pointing me in the right direction; since I was looking for the Pali reference, here's the passage from the Ghatikara Sutta (MN 81): “Then he said: ‘Venerable sir, have you a ...
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Tripitaka Section Numbering

(UPDATED) After some digging, it seems that indeed there is no one standard that can be truly relied upon to work for all version of the tipitaka, at least for the Samyutta and the Anguttara. For ...
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Chronological or other sequence for beginners

Bhikkhu Bodhi has published an analogy of the Pali Canon called In the Buddha's Words which is arranged thematically. I found a very useful entry into the Pali Canon generally. The themes (and chapter ...
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Are there examples of the Buddha showing humour in the Pali Canon?

You could say the Buddha and arahants had a peculiar form of humour, as Konrad suggested in his comment above. The hasituppādacitta (smiling-producing mind) is a citta unique to enlightened beings. ...
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What is the Interpretation of Parimukham in the context of Buddhist Meditation?

What are the different interpretations and translations and what might be the most correct interpretation according to the different lines of practice? How are they rationalized? Here are some: ...
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Where is the story that Buddha was worried about a monk who meditated with a straight back?

I've heard Ajahn Brahm tell this story during a lecture which was recorded on YouTube, so I can confirm it's definitely told by him; however I don't remember which one it was. The story is not (...
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Searching for a Pali sutta where Buddha said "Enough!" to rebirth speculations

SN 42.3 (To Yodhajiva The Warrior) and SN 42.2 (To Talaputa the Actor) both contain the phrase, "Enough, headman, put that aside. Don't ask me that." The reason why he says "enough" seems to be ...
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Why is the Buddha described as trackless?

This is actually a mistranslation of the verse; Buddhist Legends by Burlingame is a bit better: The Buddha, unlimited in power, the trackless. By what track can you lead him? In order to understand ...
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What is the best translation of Anatta into English?

CORELESSNESS Before we can pick a translation we must understand what it is that we are translating. Prefix an- is a simple negation. Hindu concept of Atman should not be confused with Aham (the ...
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Can the Buddha ever be a woman?

This is not an easy question because in one sense the Buddha can never be a man or a woman, because the Buddha is not a physical object. Yet every man and woman is within its core the essence of the ...
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Evidence of Pali Canon's Origin

I encourage you to read the following: Bhikkhu Sujato & Bhikkhu Brahmali. The Authenticity of the Early Buddhist Texts. In this work, their project is to investigate the question of authencity ...
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What are the Four Immeasurables (aka Four Noble Abodes)?

According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahmavihara the Four Noble Abodes are: Loving-kindness (Pāli: mettā, Sanskrit: maitrī) towards all: the hope that a person will be well; "the wish that ...
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Is there any benefit in learning Pali or Sanskrit?

I agree with those who praise learning Canonical languages. Studying Pāli texts in Pāli is very rewarding. I have found my understanding of the Buddha's teaching blossomed through reading Pāli texts. ...
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According to Buddha's characteristics and teaching in Pali Canon, could he have taught Vajrayana (and Karmamudra)?

According to the early texts the Buddha didn't have any secret teachings. Somewhere in the Digha Nikaya (I think it's in the Mahaparinibbana Sutta, but it's a very long Sutta and I can't quite locate ...
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What Buddhist materials explain how to understand one's irrational feelings?

According to Buddhist dependent origination, depending on contact feeling arise, depending on feeling craving arise, depending on craving clinging arise, etc... The feelings that arise is a result of ...
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Returning to the marketplace - examples

Does the Theravada canon have such ideas anywhere at all? This is a far-fetched example which barely answer your question but IMO the Buddha himself kind of returned to the market-place: not as a ...
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Why does the Buddha always answer a question if asked three times?

It's fairly clear that three times was a social convention for crossing some sort of line; either that or just a convention of the Buddha. See also DN 3: ‘Reverend Gotama, there are four castes: the ...
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