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He only wanted the end of suffering. He learned what he needed, and then some, but tought strictly only that which was needed. Otherwise, distractions occur, which are antithetical. Creation stories, based in science or otherwise, generally don't help end suffering. ;)


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What is the Samsaric Mind? How does it operate? Samsaric mind is the mind taking appearance for reality, imputing its interpretations to the world, assuming the objects are delineated objectively, conclusively and non-ambiguously, projecting its opinions onto objects and assuming they are actual qualities of the objects, obsessing over categories, defending ...


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Is the samsaric mind the mind when viewing samsara only? This question calls to mind Sāti, who once proclaimed: MN38:2.2: “tathāhaṃ bhagavatā dhammaṃ desitaṃ ājānāmi yathā tadevidaṃ viññāṇaṃ sandhāvati saṃsarati anaññan”ti. “As I understand the Buddha’s teachings, it is this very same consciousness that roams and transmigrates, not another.” The Buddha's ...


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No one has enough life to learn the whole world because the whole world is not just now. The whole world includes past, future, or present; internal or external; blatant or subtle; common or sublime; far or near. Although, this knowledge is important for the practitioner to understand 3 characteristics, the practitioner needs to avoid learning too much over ...


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The wanderer Vaccagottha once asked Venerable Moggallāna: SN44.7:2.1: “Master Moggallāna, is this right: ‘the world is eternal’?” To this and many other questions, Moggallāna simply answers: SN44.7:2.2: “Vaccha, this has not been declared by the Buddha.” Frustrated, Vaccagottha exclaims: SN44.7:3.3: And what’s the cause, what’s the reason why the ...


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The value of knowledge about a system has diminishing returns. There is an infinite amount of relatively useless information and knowledge is thus inexhaustible since transmigation is beginningless.


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I like to know the reason for this. Conjecture about [the origin, etc., of] the world is an unconjecturable that is not to be conjectured about, that would bring madness & vexation to anyone who conjectured about it. https://suttacentral.net/an4.77/en/thanissaro In plain english, the reason for this is that these types of questions are not required ...


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"Grasping a sign" is considered ‘bad’ in Buddha Dhamma. Though it is thought that what is mentally grasped passionately can be sustained (niccha sañña), the perception of lasting happiness or bliss (sukha sañña), this conditioned perception inevitably ends in dukkha sañña. One must realize that the perception of a pleasurable feeling is not long ...


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If you are a knowledgeable Buddhist, you cannot be a racist. Because you know that there is a reason behind everything and every individual including their race, color, sex and etc. your past Kamma is the reason to have all that. According to suttas, if you spend your life being really angry all the time, that will affect to make your skin color to be ...


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I came accross this sutta about Roots of All things... Very interesting that the enlightened persons dont even grasp to Nirvana and identify as self . "They directly know extinguishment as extinguishment. But they shouldn’t identify with extinguishment, they shouldn’t identify regarding extinguishment, they shouldn’t identify as extinguishment, they ...


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Can Buddhism teach us something about racism? Is there something in the teachings or texts addressing the topic, directly or indirectly? Absolutely, Buddhism gets to the real root cause of racism and how to eliminate it: conceit (which cuts both ways: 1. Pride (ie. believe in the superiority of one's own race to justify/legitimize bad treatment toward other ...


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I suppose that American racism was historically based on (expressed as, caused by) slave-ownership, and its justifications for that; while European racism was historically mostly colonisation and empire-building. And I expect that if a country or society is doing these things for economic or geopolitical reasons, then that contributes to having "racism&...


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I have not found suttas talking about ethnicity, but there is a discussion on the caste system (i.e. social class or social stratification), and the capability of every person to fulfill the goals of Buddhism, regardless of their birth (i.e. their background and origin). This can be extrapolated to include racism, especially the verse: Don’t ask about ...


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The mind creates habits because it is the mind's nature to structure and organize the world around it. The mind wants to be assured of its desires, and that notion of 'assurance' implies that the mind wants the world to be orderly, systematic, and predictable: one can be assured of something that has those qualities. And what is a habit except a set of ...


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OP: QN 1: What is connection between thoughts and habits? The answer for this is given in MN 19: “Bhikkhus, whatever a bhikkhu frequently thinks and ponders upon, that will become the inclination of his mind. If he frequently thinks and ponders upon thoughts of renunciation, he has abandoned the thought of sensual desire to cultivate the thought of ...


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