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Crippling fear of hellfire &, damnation, please help?

I hope SN 42.6 quoted below will give you comfort. A person's actions while they were alive determines their outcome, and not rituals performed after death. Then Asibandhaka’s son the chief went up ...
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I am asking personal help, I want to renounce my home?

There once was a potter named Ghaṭīkāra, who was the chief supporter of Buddha Kassapa. He was a lay person, deeply devout, and was once asked why he did not go forth. MN81:11.2: ‘Dear Ghaṭīkāra, you ...
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Are Buddhists supposed to feel superior compared to other people, and to brag about it?

What you are noticing is a familiar behavioural pattern unearthed by various Buddhists practices. In Tibetan and Theravada Buddhism it is called Māna or to use the more user-friendly term: conceit. ...
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Is the experience of suffering or enjoyment completely reducible to physics e.g. such as in materialist views i.e. materialism?

Your question is quite interesting because it starts out with an openness regarding identity view. Awesome! You ask about what is and are puzzled at the rise of feelings pleasant, painful or neutral. ...
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Crippling fear of hellfire &, damnation, please help?

Along with all the excellent answers I would like to add a few cents of mine. A student asked Zen master Hakuin, What happens after we die? The Zen master replied, "I don't know." "But you'...
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Non-Self vs. depersonalization disorder

In depersonalization and derealization disorders one recognizes a self that one is not, and that one believes one should be. This creates stress and anxiety, along with distortions of one's perception ...
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Did the Buddha ever define what he meant by "self"?

"Self" is this highly childish, simplified, vague, unexamined idea in your mind: "This is me". It's not a concrete thing, it's an overall thing, it's a blob: "I am such, overall". It's an ...
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Need some pointers about the current phase

Good story. Maybe a bit too focused on your life (almost no mentions of other people) – but good nevertheless. My overall impression can be summarized with this allegory: Imagine, Mowgli always ...
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Does any sutta talk about the right conditions for teaching the Dhamma?

Part Three: The 16 Dealing with Teaching Dhamma 57. I will not teach Dhamma to a person with an umbrella in his hand who is not ill: a training to be observed. I will not teach Dhamma to a person ...
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Are Buddhists supposed to feel superior compared to other people, and to brag about it?

This is a typical (and common) stage in spiritual development. In my country, I mainly see it in a wide variety of Christians; it's common enough in Buddhist circles as well, but the Buddhist ...
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Practice of Dhamma and loss of masculinity

It is difficult and challenging to be the target of danger, violence, hate, anger and abuse. These threats to self give rise to fear and dread, with a compulsion towards fight or flight as a solution ...
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Perceiving or not perceiving?

Another more precise and concise translation of the Diamond Sutra renders it differently, Chapter 29: “Subhuti, if someone said the thus-come comes, goes, sits, or reclines, this person doesn’t ...
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Does any sutta talk about the right conditions for teaching the Dhamma?

When somebody wants to know and is receptive. For the most part if you consider the way the Buddha taught, you notice he’s usually only directly addressing the sangha without being asked. Otherwise ...
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Vaccination, Ethics and Morals

Let's think for a moment about the choice this question (apparently) leaves us with. Do we: align ourselves with the set of anxieties and angers that coalesce around conceptions of highly ...
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I have a question, but feel it's far to sensitive to share here

Remarkably, for every single question I would have asked the Buddha or the Sangha, I've always found an answer in the suttas. There are a lot of suttas, so searching them can be overwhelming. The ...
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Flickering light during meditation

It's just an apparition of the mind and nothing particularly important. Things like this will arise from time to time. Like Max said in the comment, the mind subconsciously tries to entertain itself....
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What motivates a fully awakened person in a loving relationship?

Remark: This is not (yet?) a full answer, but more an extended comment. For one impression of how might a loving relation be revered see "A.IV. 55 Nakulapitá und Nakulamátá" ; although the ...
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Is the experience of suffering or enjoyment completely reducible to physics e.g. such as in materialist views i.e. materialism?

The way I understand the present physics teaching does not address the consciousness.
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Was the 'I' gone (for a moment)?

phenomenon that is happened to me.... When you experience most of the phenomenon you describe, some emotion (mental feeling) of physical sensation would have popped up. These are sometimes not ...
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Was the 'I' gone (for a moment)?

It happened that images are appearing and disappearing This is seeing. voices(may be a kind of I am talking or someone else) appearing and disappearing. This is hearing. Can someone explain ...
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How do your thoughts appear to you? (asking for mechanics)

To me, thoughts appear as relationships or associations. When I think of something, I remember something else related to that, and then the next thing, or several next things. All these memories are ...
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Does any sutta talk about the right conditions for teaching the Dhamma?

Well then, Lord, does not the Blessed One teach Dhamma in full[1] to some, but not so fully to others?" "I will reply to this question, headman, with another. Answer as seems proper to you. ...
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Crippling fear of hellfire &, damnation, please help?

These rituals exist for the living, not for the dead. They are designed to inspire very lazy, shameless people to try become better. In your case, looks like the medicine was too strong, for someone ...
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Vaccination, Ethics and Morals

The monastic rules of the Vinaya has rules pertaining to food, lodging, medicine, conduct etc. There are rules pertaining to medical care. The Buddha ate, slept, wore robes, took medicine when he was ...
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Should one who follows the Dhamma give drugs to the dying to ease thier suffering?

This is not exactly "Buddhist scripture or commentary" but it's related -- What nurses need to know about Buddhist perspectives of end-of-life care -- here's an extract but you might read it ...
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