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Is it possible for a modern Buddhist to believe in what sounds like fantasy or magical powers (Rddhi) ? If there is a belief in these things, then there exists conceptual artefacts. I certainly don't believe in them. In Buddhism, if they occur for you, - and they can occur in some quite powerful ways - they can be seen to have only an indicative value, both ...


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There are many groups of people who self-identify as Buddhist. Some are orthodox dogmatic Buddhists who take the scriptures literally. So, if the scripture talks about supernatural powers then they will accept it literally. Usually they are not interested to obtain these powers, but they will talk about them in a positive way and will colorfully recount how ...


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Allow me to point out that the category 'Modern Buddhist' covers 535 million people across hundreds of nations and thousands of cultural groups, ranging from parochial tribal villagers with no formal education to cosmopolitan urbanites with doctoral degrees. I have no doubt that if we went looking we could find a decent number of them who believe in and ...


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Bhikkhus, possessing three qualities, a bhikkhu is practicing the unmistaken way and has laid the groundwork for the destruction of the taints. What three? Here, a bhikkhu guards the doors of the sense faculties, observes moderation in eating, and is intent on wakefulness. You shouldn't chase after the past or place expectations on the future. What is past ...


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Thank you for this question. First of all - meditation is not depend on intelligence - actually there's a verse in the Dhammapada (sorry, I forgot which one, will add it when I find it) which tells about 2 brothers, one of low intelligence and one of high intelligence. The brother with low intelligence progresses faster in meditation practice due to not ...


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Doing a job has to deal with people, handling situation, deciding what to do and what not to do, etc...in each of the actions, there is a kamma either good or bad kamma. e.g. smiling to co-worker at work is good kamma, talking bad on someone behind him/her is bad kamma


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Worldly attachment is due to wrong view. Per Noble 8 Fold Path, right view is to understand 4 Noble Truth, is not by attaching to Buddha; is to understand how the dhamma work, is not to attach to the dhamma because it is HIS teaching. Attaching to Buddha has no benefit to us, as we are the one who walk the path of liberation, thus how can one have ...


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There are many ways to start on a path of meditation and Goenka's described path & interpretation of the Buddha is just one. If you want to see serious benefits from Goenka's path, I highly recommend that you attend one of the 10 day meditation courses that are available worldwide. Until then, I will give you some additional context to Goenka's ...


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an example of a typical reaction would be bodily feelings of pain and reacting with aversion, anger, etc. Or feelings of bodily pleasure, and then the mind running off with thoughts of things from the past that the bodily pleasure reminded them of. what you describe is exactly what should happen if you're doing breath meditation correctly, or kaya-gata-sati ...


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This is (again) the old allegory of the finger pointing at the moon. When we are far away from the Buddha (at the beginning of the path) we just see the Buddha with his arm upraised When we get closer we see that he is pointing at something, though we can't quite see what that is When we get closer still, we start to get a sense of what he's pointing at, ...


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Just observe the arisen defilement with mindfulness until you can be free from it. Letting go is not something you actively do - it happens through impartial observation (Vipassana meditation) which leads to understanding of things as they are, which in turn leads to letting go. It's a process.


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For those attached to the form or personality of the Buddha, he taught to focus on the Dhamma (teachings) instead. From Vakkali Sutta: “For a long time, venerable sir, I have wanted to come to see the Blessed One, but I haven’t been fit enough to do so.” “Enough, Vakkali! Why do you want to see this foul body? One who sees the Dhamma sees me; one who sees ...


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This question is analogical to the question 'how do we abandon the desire to abandon all desire?' The answer to these questions is like this: "'This body comes into being through craving. And yet it is by relying on craving that craving is to be abandoned.' Thus was it said. And in reference to what was it said? There is the case, sister, where a monk ...


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By the very proceeds of practice grows a balance sheet the sum total of which later becomes the finalising figure in a spiritual curriculum vitae. It denotes the personal fortunes one has amassed that now define your current identity and which is carried around and flaunted in various ways. The teachings, which have touched you deeply, now become like golden ...


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There are certain reasons for being joyful. Including the ones which make you smile. Remembering Buddha and understanding him is a reason to smile. Buddha himself smiled when he remembered his past lives... Only in one sutta nobody smiled and that was MN1 where he explained root of all things...


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If I may bring forth an answer to my own question, I have found a passage in the suttas that may provide some useful information on the matter. In the sutta MN 81 With Ghaṭikāra it is said : So I have heard. At one time the Buddha was wandering in the land of the Kosalans together with a large Saṅgha of mendicants. Then the Buddha left the road, and at a ...


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