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Alexander Wynne writes about them in his book, The Origin of Buddhist Meditation. In particular, see chapter 2, which has the following introduction: In some of the earliest biographies of the Buddha, it is claimed that the Bodhisatta was taught the ‘sphere of nothingness’ by Āḷāra Kālāma and the ‘sphere of neither perception nor non-perception’ by Uddaka ...


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You're absolutely right that they are only superficially appearing similar, but when you dive deep, they are completely different. This has been discussed in numerous answers, which I will not repeat here - this answer, this answer, this answer, this answer, this answer. The original teachings of the Buddha are systematic (the four noble truths), empirical (...


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OP: One thing that I find Buddhism fascinating is the "true contradictions", which says that there are statements that can be both true and false. You can find such statements in Pali-canon not because the Dhamma falls into one of those logical statements but because the blessed one mentioned & rejected all those possibilities in related to ...


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"Having gone forth in search of what might be skillful, seeking the unexcelled state of sublime peace, I went to Alara Kalama and, on arrival, said to him: 'Friend Kalama, I want to practice in this doctrine & discipline.' https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.036.than.html


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Perception is interpretation. Interpretation is inference. When we perceive the chariot we infer it from its signs, then project that inference back on the basis (the parts and the context). This projection is the source of trouble (dukkha) because we ignorantly tend to attribute our own, often incorrect, interpretations, biases, and assumptions to the basis ...


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We do not need to see the whole to recognise what it is. Perception of parts of car or chariot is sufficient to establish it is car or chariot. Similarly parts of face features are enough for us to conclude who is. We do not necessarily perceive the whole. Yes we can hold perception of things which were but are no more.


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Everybody, yet not reached the stream, is in this way, being an ordinary worldling, not free from sakkāyadiṭṭhi, "On group-holding/identification with it view", bond to be a racist. What ever kind of "ism" developes out of this. One who would, how ever, try to divide people / beings, into classes, would, if having listened to the Buddhas ...


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What people regard as "Buddhism" might be a re-ligion, the again and again falling bond by unskilful identification, good householder. In regard of what the Sublime Buddha left behind, called Dhamma-Vinaya (not Buddhism), this does actually "Legion" and not re-legion (binding again). It's a legion, one which wasn't one bond before. And to ...


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Is Agile Software Development a religion? For some people it may indeed look that way... Do you believe in Agile? Do you subscribe to its system of values, its activities, its daily rituals? Is Ecology a religion? Do you believe in the global warming? Is democracy a religion? Do you believe in diversity? Something may feel like a de-facto religion even ...


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