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Is it possible to find a balance? Yes. In fact, it is necessary to find balance. The path is more than immersion. In fact, the practice is three-fold and comprises: wisdom, ethics, and immersion: MN44:11.2: “The three practice categories are not included in the noble eightfold path. Rather, the noble eightfold path is included in the three practice ...


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Is polytheism dharmic or adharmic? Dhammic If it is dharmic, what is its role within Buddhism? Different level of consciousness leads to different rebirth. If it is adharmic, why is this the case? NA What is the scriptural basis for your answer? There are many suttas with the Buddha encountering Deva (Gods) in Samyutta Nikaya, such as in the Devata Samyutta ...


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I struggled with a similar problem for years, maybe decades. You see, the goal I set for myself back in 1995 was to figure out what that enlightenment thing was all about without leaving the world. My logic was simple: if ego is the root of suffering and confusion, and it is the ego that tells me that I'm not satisfied with the worldly life and want ...


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On the contrary, the fact that you came to this site, or even thought about Buddhism and karma means you actually inherited some very good karma from the past lives. Having dreams about being chased by police means you have some guilt on your mind. Only you can tell what it is, but you must know - and it must be something obvious to you, it always works that ...


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Difficult question because you wouldn't want these angry people turning on you because such people in the workplace often do. These people are often loitering in the workplace and can be a real danger. I left my last job due to such a person, who for years, I listened to, so often helped them with their work & at times even did their work for them. They ...


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If one interprets Buddha's teaching superficially, one may assume - and some indeed do - that the world is fundamentally broken. The world is samsara, its nature is dukkha, our journey begins with primordial ignorance, the senses inevitably tempt us to hell, and the best we can do is stay cold and constantly on guard against our own flawed nature. The more ...


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The problem is most people don't understand what mudita really is and what the goal of it is. It's not to just unilaterally develop non jealousy and partake of joy in any kind of success that others enjoy. For example, if you resent Donald Trump, it's not mudita to do, "I hope he gets reelected again and he stays happy for a long time.". It's only ...


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If you are regularly practising meditation, you should know for yourself how various activities affect your meditation. For example, if desires & thoughts about various activities pop into your mind regularly when meditating then obviously these activities are hindering the development of meditative concentration. In summary, if the quality of your ...


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You let go of the grosser forms of happiness, the grosser strategies for happiness, and get used to more and more refined ones. And they finally take you to the point where there's no course left but to let go of strategies. All strategies..... This is the way to true happiness. Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu


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This video really tell me something. Emptiness is to develop good habits and watching TV, video games, etc are draining your energy and keep an deilllusion that world is so perfect but the real life is way too much different yet will lead you to a mindset to have life dissatisfacion. https://youtu.be/lrnqdezWaTE I think u have heard some famous actors shown ...


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The Pali suttas teach self-identity is born from craving. For example: The craving that makes for further becoming — accompanied by passion & delight, relishing now here & now there — i.e., craving for sensual pleasure, craving for becoming, craving for non-becoming: This, friend Visakha, is the origination of self-identification described by the ...


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Learning to trust...goodness Let's first agree that goodness exists without limits: SN41.7:6.2: Greed, hate, and delusion are makers of limits. Considering the limitless opens up boundless vistas of love, compassion, rejoicing and equanimity. And each of these four vistas culminates in a meditative absorption. Here's the first: SN46.54:12.1: And how is ...


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Good listeners are often magnets for people who talk. Significantly, any emotional affirmation given while listening can perpetuate that very talking. Such emotional encouragement can stem from our own cravings and aversions. Therefore this is an opportunity for practice that can benefit us. In particular: MN62:8.5: This should be truly seen with right ...


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Although meditation/immersion is, in general, unification of the mind, one must be careful. “Yā kho, āvuso visākha, cittassa ekaggatā ayaṁ samādhi; “Unification of the mind is immersion. MN44 One must be careful here because there is Right Immersion and Wrong Immersion. Flow unifies the mind with a feeling of effortless, peaceful, and expansive ...


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Mindfulness does not mean being aware. It means bringing & keeping Buddhist principles in the mind. It appears the question is about fake Buddhism.


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1st, your use of the word "dharma" is incorrect. "Dharma" is not something exclusive to Buddhism. Most or all Indian religions use the word "dharma". "Dharma" means "bearer/supporter" and refers to any doctrine or thing that purports to support or maintain social order (such as the dharmas of social duties &...


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Buddhism teaches to be generous. During covid 19 lock down and many shop closes, I spent a little and fed many stray cats. I happy to see them still around and get healthier. In this case, my body release plenty of oxytoxin which is joyful hormone so it's a win win scenario. Its applicable to charity works too. Teacher also taught me in most cases, people ...


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Mudita below is called "unselfish joy". Ven. Buddhaghosa has some recommendations with regards to the practice of mudita bhavana. Please read this excerpt from the Visuddhimagga (The Path of Purification) authored by Ven. Buddhaghosa in the 5th century. It's entitled "The Meditative Development of Unselfish Joy": One who begins the ...


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There is, btw, good householder, a possible similar question, at least answer to "how develope".. Envy (issa), stinginess, are the drives of counteract, common to beings not having gained stream yet. Additionally, as just came accross: Bante Thanissaro gave shortly a talk on Muditas purpose. [sure good as comment, or adding to answer before]


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I get the impression that mudita was originally intended as the ideal towards people who were virtuous, wise, knowledgeable -- well-behaved, generous -- not necessarily those who "have it all" in a material sense. Maybe that's an easier or more natural situation in which to feel "joy" -- i.e. not because of how rich someone is, but ...


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You see, our lives are set inside certain conceptual systems endowing them with relative meaning. Sentient beings assume this system to be the world. In reality everyone's system is slightly different, depending on circumstances, culture etc. - but there are some common parts too. As a sentient being grows up and starts constructing his/her world, it looks ...


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A father-son (child) relation, good householder, is something which is based on debt in regard of the bound of the child toward to ones father and hard to ever pay off, but there is a way, as the Sublime Buddha taught: Parents This kind of relation requires to fulfill ones duties, found in Sigalovada Sutta Those duties could be abounded if one goes after ...


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From Dhammapada 50: Verse 50: One should not consider the faults of others, nor their doing or not doing good or bad deeds. One should consider only whether one has done or not done good or bad deeds. Alternative translation from here: Let none find fault with others; let none see the omissions and commissions of others. But let one see one's own acts, ...


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