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Buddha's omniscience

In MN 71, the Buddha clarifies the meaning of his omniscience to the wandering ascetic Vacchagotta: Vaccha: ‘Venerable sir, I have heard this said: The recluse Gotama is all knowing and all seeing ...
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What are the suttas in which the Buddha provides instruction on how to meditate?

To straighten view before meditation: Samma,ditthi Sutta Anapana Anapanasati Sutta Satipatthana Satipatthana Sutta and Mahāsatipaṭṭhāna Sutta Kayagatasati Sutta Saṅkhitta Dhamma Sutta Elements / ...
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How I can live longer as well as peaceful by doing practices taught by Buddhism?

Here is a list of a few things you can do to live a longer and healthier life. Meditate: Stress will make you age quicker and die younger. Eat vegetarian meals: Most meats will cause inflammation ...
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How to get to Nirvana?

The fourth noble truth states that the path to ending suffering is the noble eightfold path. Right view Right resolve Right speech Right action Right livelihood Right effort Right mindfulness Right ...
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"I fear the man of one book" - What is your attitude towards this thought?

You can study other fields like science, psychology, philosophy, physiology, culture, other religions etc. That's no conflict with Buddhism. However, using other fields to validate Buddhism is not ...
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Buddha's omniscience

Omniscience is understood differently depending on one's school, capacity, and progress. a primitive ("hinayana") understanding, is that omniscience literally means simultaneously knowing all facts ...
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How can you use daily walks for spiritual growth in Diamond Way Buddhism?

From how I was taught, in Zen the best way to use daily walks for spiritual growth is to not use them for spiritual growth ;) In the true spirit of Parjnaparamita, forget about "spiritual growth" ...
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practicing the brahma viharas in meditation

Thanissaro Bhikkhu said the other Brahma viharas are applications of Metta, and that is why Metta is the core focus in the practice. Of these four emotions, goodwill (metta) is the most fundamental....
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I explain why I prefer discuss Buddhism intellectually but others don't seem to accept my point. Why is that?

Here's a very suitable sutta for this question. Self-explanatory. From Dhammaviharin Sutta (AN 5.73): Then a certain monk went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, having bowed down to him, sat ...
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Is there a future Buddha?

The honorific 'Buddha' means 'awakened one'. Since the intent of Buddhist philosophy and practice is to lead people to awakening, then there must ipso facto be future Buddhas, or else the entire ...
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Wisdom in practice

I can't say "..." it would ruin the dialogue and also I'm supposed to support the users perspective. Some personal counsellors ask questions, along the lines of, "And how do you feel about that?" ...
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What is the role of thinking in Buddhism?

This is a question related to Lo-Rig, the study on valid cognition, 'epistemology'. An authoritative and simple text on the topic is Mind in Tibetan Buddhism, by Lati Rinpoche. To answer in a ...
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Buddha's omniscience

Omniscience or Sabbannuta Nana is one of six knowledges exclusive to a Sammasambuddha: A Supreme Buddha possesses 6 kinds of knowledge not shared by others. These Incomparable Qualities are: ...
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What are the suttas in which the Buddha provides instruction on how to meditate?

My favorite sutta on meditation is Cula-suññata Sutta (The Lesser Discourse on Emptiness). Thanissaro Bhikkhu provides a good commentary on this in his article The Integrity of Emptiness, the section ...
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What are the suttas in which the Buddha provides instruction on how to meditate?

Two notable suttas in which Buddha provided meditation instructions are: Satipatthana Sutta Anapanasati Sutta Additionally, the Karaniya Metta Sutta addresses the practice of mettā meditation.
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Did Manjushri, Vajrassatva, Avalokiteshvara live?

Vajrasattva did not live in the sense you mean, because he is not a person, but he is an existent. I will explain further: The form body (Rupakaya), is divided in two: The emanation body (...
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Is there a point for a not continues practice?

You should consider the following Change your approach In Mahayana Buddhism the emphasis is on skillful means, sitting meditation is not the only practice available, there are plenty of other Dharma ...
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Mental illness: can Dhamma, meditation help?

While this answer focuses on mindfulness-based medical therapies that are derived from Buddhist meditation techniques, it does not directly promote original Buddhist meditation practices, for medical ...
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intellectualism or anti-intellectualism and Buddhism

I don't think Buddhism is inherently anti intellectual. Theravada's Abhidharma, Late Indian / Early Tibetan Mahayana preserved and developed by Gelugpa - are highly intellectual, to name a few. It's ...
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What types of physical dwellings are most conducive for Buddhist lay life living?

There is a recommendation on suitable lodging for monks and nuns in AN 10.11 quoted below. However, there are no recommendations for lay persons as far as I am aware. I would say any physical dwelling ...
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Is there a future Buddha?

Good householder, It's mentioned, in an urgency by displaying causes of samvega, that a further Buddha will arise, yet exactly this Sutta DN26 urges to train for liberation in this life, while the ...
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Why monks have to take alms for their food?

Yes there is a clear reason why Lord Buddha himself didn't to that and forbid others to do it too. As you know Prince "Siddhartha" (the prince who became our Lord Buddha) gave up all hopes of life ...
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Why monks have to take alms for their food?

I don't hink there is a canonical answer in the Pali-canon about the "why". But in the books of Thich Nhat Hanh which I accept as quite authoritative there is an explanation in the ...
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What are the suttas in which the Buddha provides instruction on how to meditate?

Gelanna Sutta is the sutta through which Buddha provides instructions on how to meditate. Other forms of meditations are Anapanasati sutta,Satipatthana sutta, Bhikkhunuppasaya Sutta. In Buddhism, the ...
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Buddha's omniscience

Generally [not particualrly] Theravadin speak of an all-knowingness that has little to do with the omniscient mind as presented by Mahayana teahcings. A short 'definition' of omniscience, given by ...
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Wisdom in practice

Bringing up anything specifically Buddhism-related would probably be inappropriate, but I suppose you could try and teach them along the lines of the Noble Eightfold Path (just don't call it so): ...
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