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How can I become less affected by politics?

This is an easy one. Stop looking at the media so much. The media is not reality. It's a small negatively skewed snippet of it. There is so much more to life than the perpetual negativity we see in ...
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What would a Buddhist country's law be?

The guiding principles of an ideal king it to follow is the Dasavidha-rājadhamma Dāna (charity) — being prepared to sacrifice one's own pleasure for the well-being of the public, such as giving away ...
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Politics within the Sangha

How did the Buddha handle such situations in his time? There are two famous schisms in the time of the Buddha; the Devadatta schism and the Kosambi schism. In the former case, new, inexperienced ...
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How would Buddhist monks organize countries and the world?

We do not have to wonder about the answer to the question of "How would Buddhist monks organize countries, world?" We have plenty of historical examples of just this. There is no need to speculate. In ...
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Is Buddhism life negating?

Buddhism(as well as other contemplative religions & methods) is life affirming. Most people are asleep to what reality actually is. They are too busy worrying about and planning for a future that ...
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Did the Buddha try to effect social change?

Let me narrow down "engaged Buddhism" to "applying the Dharma to social and political injustices". In the Kathavatthu Sutta, the Buddha did not prefer monks to engage in discussions concerning ...
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Politics within the Sangha

The nature of our present time is very different from Buddha's time: after the printing press "politics" really started taking on an industrial and corporate mission. On the other hand, the ruling ...
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How is Gedhun Choekyi Nyima connected to the Buddhist community?

The founder of the Gelug tradition, Lama Je Tsongkhapa, had two main disciples: Gyaltsab Je and Khedrup Je While Khedrup Je was the 1st Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was recognized, by H.H. ...
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How can I become less affected by politics?

As long as you keep analysing a situation as good, bad or neutral and react to them, suffering will arise. So stop reacting and being emotionally attached to these categorizations. Ultimately, one's ...
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How do bodhisattvas, and those who would emulate them, respond to tyrants?

Monks, who are professional practitioners of the Dhamma are expected to be completely pacifist. "Well then, Punna. Now that I have instructed you with a brief instruction, in which country are ...
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Can a warrior reach enlightenment?

Can someone who fights, even maybe kills or dies, for a cause he considers right, attain enlightenment? From the Dhamma's perspective, the bravest most courageous warriors are those who won the ...
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Can a warrior reach enlightenment?

Actually, only warriors can attain enlightenment. All Buddhas have to die on the cushion if they’re going to wake up. It takes tremendous courage, fortitude, and self sacrifice in order to make that ...
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Do Buddhists have a country or a religion to defend?

While violence and destruction is strongly discouraged in Buddhism, it is ok for a bonafide ruler or government ("wheel-turning monarch") to establish police and armed forces to: protect ...
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Do Buddhists have a country or a religion to defend?

Yes, every Dhammika defends the Noble Domain, defends his right view and his chosen path, the Gems, his refuge, (re)legion. And he gives up everything for his Domain and (Re)ligion, does not fight ...
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Do Buddhists have a country or a religion to defend?

See, this is the sort of question that can lead to undesirable answers.... some of which are clearly demonstrated in these comments. If your answer is premised on defending "Buddhist countries" from ...
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Buddhism to change the world

Buddhism is not a religion that tries to change the world I think. Just like Buddhism don't give direct explanations of the nature of the universe. Buddhism's purpose is to lead people to experience ...
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Buddhism to change the world

AN4.95 clearly lists the priorities of practicing to help oneself vs. others: Not so good: One who practices to benefit neither themselves nor others; Better: one who practices to benefit ...
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Buddhism to change the world

The Buddha did not intend monks to participate in politics, as seen in DN 2: "Whereas some brahmans and contemplatives, living off food given in faith, are addicted to talking about lowly topics ...
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Is Buddhism life negating?

Thinking of Buddhism a lot lately and I really love the concepts in it, however I just can't seem to find Buddhism to have a potential to become an universal philosophy as it seems very life negating. ...
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