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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 does the Buddha, in the Pali Canon, periodically engage in harsh speech?

The answer to this comes in the Kesi Sutta: As he was sitting there, the Blessed One said to him: "You, Kesi, are a trained man, a trainer of tamable horses. And how do you train a tamable ...
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Don't teach Dhamma to those who can't appreciate it or aren't interested

The Buddha not only stressed the importance of right speech but also the right time and occassion to say it: "So too, prince, such speech as the Tath›gata knows to be untrue, incorrect, and ...
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How does the Buddha subdue fear in MN4?

Good question! Not everyone finds this episode interesting - and yet it illustrates a very important point. Buddha subdues his fear by bringing all of his attention to the present moment. As I was ...
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Sutta with firefly simile

Ud 6.9 - Adhipataka Sutta: Like Moths to the Flame translated from the Pali by Andrew Olendzki “The insects are drawn irresistibly in the dark night to the shining lamps, but in their zeal to ...
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What is 'letting go' and 'detachment' actually?

What are the actual sanskrit and pali terms for 'letting go' and 'detach'? Quoting from "Re: What is the last thing to let go?": In the Suttas paṭinissagga and its synonym vossagga are the words ...
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Why did the Buddha contradict about His teachings in these two different suttas?

The key phrase, I think, is: "those things that I have known with direct knowledge..." (emphasis mine). Some things must be experienced as direct knowledge. Teaching or discussing them with ...
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How do Buddhists separate caste system from itself when Gautama Buddha was so casteist?

The most important idea in Buddhism with regards to caste is that regardless of which background one is from, if one is righteous, consummate in virtue, and earnestly seeks the path leading to ...
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Can anyone explain Sanskara / Sankara in depth?

The Pali word ‘sankhara’ has multiple meanings dependent on the context. It can mean: (i) a conditioned thing (formed from various causes or parts); (ii) something that conditions another conditioned ...
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How does the Dhamma reconcile slavery?

I think you are mistaking servant for slave. In five ways should a master minister to his servants and employees (i) by assigning them work according to their ability, (ii) by supplying ...
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What is useless/meaningless speech?

In addition found in Sevitabbâsevitabba Sutta there are 32 types of chatter which is called animal chatter which falls under the category of idle / frivolous chatter: Rajakatha – Talk about kings ...
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What does "break-up of the body after death" mean in the suttas?

"break-up of the body" refers to conventional death. It doesn't refer to instant death of experiences.
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Is consciousness a result of contact?

From the Madhupindika Sutta (MN18): "Dependent on eye & forms, eye-consciousness arises. The meeting of the three is contact. With contact as a requisite condition, there is feeling. What ...
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Is there a Buddhist explanation for why envy manifests as hatred?

You specified pali-canon but I think (admitting I'm merely skimming translations) that definitions of envy are similar in Mahanaya texts too; for example one of the Tibetan texts, A Necklace for Those ...
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I'm trying to find a specific sutta I think

Upaddha Sutta: Half (of the Holy Life) Don't say that, Ananda. Don't say that. Admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie is actually the whole of the holy life. When a ...
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Why is the Pali word 'sattānaṃ' in Dependent Origination plural?

why does 'birth' ('jati'), seemingly a singular process, seem to refer to the multiple births of multiple beings into the multiple orders/groups of beings? jāti is singular in the passage quoted, so ...
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Comparing Chinese Agama the ? Bundles of Reeds Simile with Pali Nalakalapiyo Sutta

OP: Are these two Sutra/Sutta equivalent but different versions? Yes, I think so. According to SuttaCentral, SA 288 and SN 12.67 are equivalent. I could find "三蘆立於空地" from your quote inside ...
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The One With the Brahmin Heckler

From SN 7.16 - Paccanīka Sutta: At S›vatthı. Now on that occasion a brahmin named Paccanıkas›ta, Relisher of Contradiction, was residing at S›vatthı. Then it occurred to the brahmin Paccanıkas›ta: “...
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Looking for sutta about purification of fish, turtles, etc

It's in Therigatha: [The Brahman:] Punnika, surely you know. You're asking one doing skillful kamma & warding off evil. Whoever, young or old, does evil kamma is, through water ablution, from ...
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How does the Dhamma reconcile slavery?

In Vanijjā Sutta it is said a lay follower should not engage in 5 types of trades which include Trading in humans (satta vaṇijjā). Some forms of slavery is still persist today. Trading in humans. ...
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Dasa Paramitha - Sources

You can find a study guide here by Thanissaro Bhikkhu: The Ten Perfections A Study Guide There seem to be four types of perfection, and not three. Passages in this guide are drawn from the Pali canon ...
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In which Sutta, Buddha wore cloth of dead body?

It is in SN 16.11. ‘Your outer robe of patches is soft, Kassapa.’–‘Venerable sir, let the Blessed One accept my outer robe of patches, out of compassion.’–‘Then will you wear my worn-out hempen ...
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Different Reasons of Dhamma's Decline

Ani Sutta - have desire to learn the Dhamma as taught by the Buddha and not anyone else Anagata bhaya Sutta - teaching not practiced in earnest and procrastination Sugata Vinaya Sutta - monks become ...
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How does Ajita Kesakambali compare to the Buddha?

his mental fabrications have ceased & subsided This refers to the mental activity in this body. It doesn't mean that there's no next life after death, unless we are talking about an Arahanth. ...
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In which suttas did Lord Buddha teach nihilism is better than eternalism?

Lord Buddha never said nihilism is better than eternalism. It's actually the reverse as Nihilism comes under Niyata-micca ditti. It both blocks the path to heavens and blocks the path to Nibbana. ...
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Searching for a Pali sutta where Buddha said "Enough!" to rebirth speculations

In the Kukkuravatika Sutta (MN57), there are two ascetics who talk to the Buddha. One ascetic (Seniya) had taken the vow to live like a dog and the other (Punna) had taken the vow to live like a cow. ...
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Why did the Lord Buddha criticize natthikavādaṃ (moral nihilism)?

The answer is present in the same sutta: “When form exists, because of grasping form and insisting on form, the view arises: ‘There’s no meaning in giving, sacrifice, or offerings. … Both the ...
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How do I practice ' see things as they are'?

In my understanding of the explanations I received: As many Buddhist concepts, "seeing things as they are" is a pointer to something happening in real life, but not necessarily in a sense we assume. ...
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Comparing Chinese Agama the ? Bundles of Reeds Simile with Pali Nalakalapiyo Sutta

In my understanding of Mahayana doctrine, the term namarupa does not refer to individual's mind-and-body. In my opinion, this traditional Theravadin interpretation is incorrect. Instead, namarupa ...
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