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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 unbeneficial, and which is also unwelcome and disagreeable to others: such speech the Tath›gata does not utter. Such speech as the Tath›gata knows to be true and ...


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Cha Chakka Sutta is another Sutta which has a play of the number 6. Here more elaboration is given on what each set of 6 is. Source: Cha Chakka Sutta The Singhala translation is less of a riddle than the English. English retranslation is mine: (අධ්‍යාත්මික ආයතන) සය උපන් කල්හි ලොව උපන්නේ නම් වේ. When the 6 sense bases arises the world arises (රූපාදී ...


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Beats me, even if one devotes all their life to the perfection of all of these things, can they really perfect these? Attaining Nirvana seems to be really complicated, and there are many conflicting points (both within and between major schools) on what are more important objects of meditation & techniques out there. There sure are many conflicting ...


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In the Vinaya -- see the section "Three: The 16 Dealing with Teaching Dhamma" on page 554 of The Buddhist Monastic Code, Volumes I: SN 6:2 records that the Buddha himself had the highest respect for the Dhamma he had discovered; that, as others might live under the guidance of a teacher, honoring and revering him, the Buddha lived under, honored, and ...


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There's a footnote in What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Sri Rahula: Dipa here does not mean lamp, but it definitely means 'island'. The Digha-nikaya Commentary (DA Colombo ed. p. 380), commenting on the word dipa here says: Mahasamuddagatam dipam viya attanam dipam patit/ham katvd viharatha. 'Dwell making yourselves an island, a support (resting ...


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As to the word manas, Thrangu Rinpoche said (paraphrasing): All mental events—all thoughts, memories and anticipation of the future with all its emotions of happiness, sadness, excitement, and frustration takes place in the manas. It is the manas which differentiates and thinks and makes judgements about the perception. After the eye, ear, nose, tongue ...


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from an EBT (early buddhist text) perspective: http://lucid24.org/tped/d/dhamma/index.html#dhammamsutva ☸Dhamma, dhamma ☸Dhamma = The Buddha's Teaching. Dhamma = Natural laws of the universe, like impermanence, death, illness, etc. dhamma = idea/thought cognizable by the mind (6aya): 💭 manasā dhammaṃ viññāya. dhamma = thing. A broad term that can mean ...


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I could not find any commentaries with a detailed explanation on this. I'll use the Bodhi translation of MN 12: What is egg-born generation? There are these beings born by breaking out of the shell of an egg; this is called egg-born generation. What is womb-born generation? There are these beings born by breaking out from the caul; this is called ...


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I suppose "to die without getting enough" is a colloquial expression for being insatiable, indefatigable. This is an emphatic way of saying that women have a strong instinctual desire to bear children. If you polled a big enough sample of women I suspect majority would say they like to have children, enjoy having children, and many would say they'd want to ...


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Indeed, attaining Nirvana is the Ultimate Challenge. There is nothing higher, so I'm surprised you are surprised that it's difficult. Did you expect it to be easier than e.g. becoming an Olympic Champion or becoming a billionaire businessman? If it were easier it would not be The Most Valuable Attainment in the Universe. As any serious pursuit this must be ...


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There's a really long footnote here, which starts with a paraphrase of the commentary ... This is a riddle verse the clue to which lies in the identification of the metaphors used. According to the comm., the root is craving; the two whirlpools (ie. 'dviraava.t.tam': rendered above as 'turning-twice') are the eternalist and annihilationist views; the three ...


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With many traditions and teachers to choose from, how should one figure out what is the true Dhamma? From AN 8.53 "Gotami, the qualities of which you may know, 'These qualities lead to passion, not to dispassion; to being fettered, not to being unfettered; to accumulating, not to shedding; to self-aggrandizement, not to modesty; to discontent, not to ...


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This translation (of DN 16) includes this footnote: In the earlier edition of this work, mahapadesa was rendered as "great authorities." It is now known that the proper meaning of apadesa is not "authority," but "reference" or "source." Besides, from the passage it is clear that there are only two real "...


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Why does the sutta say "be your own island" instead of "be your own light"? What is the significance of "be your own island"? If you are on an island there is no other help. Likewise one or the dharma is one's own refuge. The key here is the lack of other help. You can have many lights illuminating, hence does not resonate that this is the only rescue.


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[1] The Dhamma should be taught with the thought, 'I will speak step-by-step.'" [2] The Dhamma should be taught with the thought, 'I will speak explaining the sequence [of cause & effect].'" [3] The Dhamma should be taught with the thought, 'I will speak out of compassion.'" [4] The Dhamma should be taught with the ...


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In DN 13 the term is originally used by Brahmins talking with each other, and so between them it meant whatever (non-Buddhist doctrine) they each understood it to mean. At the end of the sutta the Buddha teaches them the four brahmaviharas and defines or explains that these are the path to "companionship with Brahma" -- i.e. I think he thus redefines ...


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"There are these four unconjecturables that are not to be conjectured about, that would bring madness & vexation to anyone who conjectured about them. Which four? "The Buddha-range of the Buddhas[1] is an unconjecturable that is not to be conjectured about, that would bring madness & vexation to anyone who conjectured about it. "The jhana-range of ...


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Teacher of the Devas: In the round of samsara it is extremely rare to rise above the realms of woe, where the way out of suffering cannot be followed, and a human birth is even more favorable to awakening than birth in the realm of the gods. Given that human life, because of its possibility for awakening, is even higher in terms of value to that ...


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How did this idea of next Buddha formed? Is it the influence of other religion where they say Kalki or Christ will return. No need for outside influence, just simple logic. It doesn't make any sense to have only one single Gautama Buddha arisen in a universe (or multiverse) with unfathomably long history without descernable beginning and end. Also does ...


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However, my question is Buddha has never talked about past life as in life about past bodies before physical birth, if he has then please let me know. (Also, I have found that Jataka tales is fabricated because it is post Canon.) The Buddha did talk quite explicitly about physical rebirths before and after the physical death of the body. And it's mentioned ...


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There's MN 36 for example which is translated like this: When my mind had immersed in samādhi like this—purified, bright, flawless, rid of corruptions, pliable, workable, steady, and imperturbable—I extended it toward recollection of past lives. So evaṃ samāhite citte parisuddhe pariyodāte anaṅgaṇe vigatūpakkilese mudubhūte kammaniye ṭhite āneñjappatte ...


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I think that "atta" and "atman" are the same words, two different languages (Pali and Sanskrit). That in a Buddhist context, "atta" (and its converse, "anatta") are related to ideas like upādānakkhandha (from SN 56.11) and sakkāyadiṭṭhi ... and furthermore that (according to doctrine) any/all theories about self (or "self-existence"?) are unsatisfactory or ...


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I have read MN, then SN, then AN - so that's another way to sequence it. Then you can read Questions of King Milinda. Then Tattvasiddhi Śāstra by Harivarman also known as Satyasiddhi Śāstra, Then Vasubandhu's Abhidharma-kosa. Then the Rice Seedling sutra. Then try Vimalakirti sutra. Then Diamond sutra. Then Heart sutra. Then Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamikakarika....


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Good householder, interested, A teaching to monks on their biggest danger, the female (as in many teaching to keep them careful and in good distance to fire for them): To develope on one hand compassion and goodwill, avoid tendencies which lead to femal circumstances for one self, and to don't oriented, walk after, femal in general, as well as stay aware of ...


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You wrote ... (Payasi argues there is no soul so no afterlife.) However, Kassapa, one of the principal disciples of Gautama Buddha, argues there is a soul. ... but I don't think so. Instead I think the dialog or argument in the sutta is: Payasi: there is no afterlife because we don't see a visible soul leaving the body at death Kassapa: the ...


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The word "soul" translated here (DN 23) by Bhikkhu Sujato is "jīva". In the context of this sutta, this word means "life force", and not "self". The sutta is trying to say that although you cannot see the soul leaving, still there is rebirth. That means that according to Kassapa, there is rebirth without the movement of a life force or soul. So, it is this ...


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How do you know that you have arrived at the true Dhamma? From MN 9: Ven. Sariputta said, "When a disciple of the noble ones discerns what is unskillful, discerns the root of what is unskillful, discerns what is skillful, and discerns the root of what is skillful, it is to that extent that he is a person of right view, one whose view is made straight, ...


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"...what does it mean to be unified in perception?" It is important to understand the stations of consciousness in order to understand those places where consciousness should be let go. In this case it is important to think of consciousness as 'identified-with consciousness' or consciousness of named forms or the consciousness of an existing being, ...


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I would suggest looking at some of the narratives found in the Vimānavatthu of the Khuddakanikāya for some elucidation on this point. There the heavenly rewards granted to laypersons for positive ethical conduct are outlined. Laypersons who provide for the sangha with material requisites and observe the precepts are reborn in heavenly realms where they enjoy ...


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