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How does one become a "Māra"?

Abhisankhāra-māra - The Karmic force Kleśa-māra, or Ma̋ra as the embodiment of all unskillful emotions. Mṛtyu-māra, or Māra as death, in the sense of the ceaseless round of birth and death....
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How does one become a "Māra"?

The current Mara was Mara Dusi's nephew back in the days of Buddha Kakusandha. So it seems that there's a waiting list in the Paranimmita-vasavatti heaven. There are some people in the world who do ...
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Are the thirty-one planes of existence real places or just metaphors?

Here's my personal interpretation. A belief in hell, devas, and rebirth preceded (existed before) Buddhism and the Buddha. So when the Buddha was born, lived, and taught, people (non-Buddhists) ...
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Gods realm, how do you get out? Achieve Nibbana in this realm?

From the perspective of the old Pali scriptures, I am not aware of anywhere that states: "It is more difficult to achieve nibbana in the a godly realm than in the human realm". For example, AN 4.123 ...
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References to descriptions of the formless realms in the suttas (or other Theravada texts)

...They enjoy it and like it and find it satisfying. If they’re set on that, committed to it, and meditate on it often without losing it, when they die they’re reborn in the company of the gods of the ...
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Lower realms rising?

an unnatural state of mind which his friends first assumed to be a typical porn addiction I can't off the top of my head list symptoms of "a typical porn addiction". So I'm not sure there is ...
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Lower realms rising?

If the man was a monk, he would eventually be expelled from the monastic order. Similarly, if the man's mind has been consumed by pornography to the point his behaviour is contrary to social norms, ...
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Vipassana on arupa worlds

In the arupa worlds you cannot hear the Dhamma as you do not have this faculty, also the mental process is too subtle making it not possible to meditate on it. But if you have experiences even the 1st ...
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What chapter of the Abhidharmartha Pradipika talks about infinite universes?

It is in ... AN 3.80. The Path of Purification, Six Recollection, Recollection into Buddha's Value.(Visuddhimagga ChaAnussatiNiddesa BuddhanussatiKatha). AbhidhammatthaVibhavini 5th Chapter. etc. ...
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What's the ordering of 6 realms of rebirth?

The Pali scriptures say: Mendicants, there are five destinations. What five? Hell, the animal realm, the ghost realm, humanity and the gods. Nirayo, tiracchānayoni, pettivisayo, manussā, devā— AN 9....
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How does one become a "Māra"?

As answered by Yinxu, the term 'Mara' is used in many ways in Buddhism. I think to develop theories about Mara the Tempter, it is useful to understand 'gods' ('deva'), who include human beings with ...
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Can you explain the "Maha Meru"?

Mt. Kailash as we refer to it in the present day is the Mount Meru of yesteryear. It is in the region around Mt. Kailash that Pacceka Buddhas will reside at a time just before a Supreme Buddha is born ...
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Can you explain the "Maha Meru"?

As per my understanding in listening to Dhamma the maha meru is the mount Himalya. The anawatapta lake is located in the maha meru as per the scripts & now it is found hat this lake exists in the ...
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What's the ordering of 6 realms of rebirth?

I suspect that both the ones you quoted are correct -- the thing is that, you're assuming that "titan" and "demi-god" are the same, but I don't think they are -- according to this ...
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Are the thirty-one planes of existence real places or just metaphors?

Are the planes of existence real or metaphor? They are both.
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Will most people go the three lower dimensions (hell, animal womb, ghost realm)?

In Buddhism, the 'human' realm does not always refer to something biological. The word 'human' ('manussa') in the Pali language means 'high minded'. For example, AN 6.39 says: Bhikkhus, a god, a ...
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How can we correlate Buddhist cosmology with astronomical cosmology?

Much of Buddhist Cosmology is found in commentarial literature and has some parallels with the cosmology of the time with many elements shared in Asian religions. OP: Where can you find the great ...
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Avoiding debates & looking into Planes/realms

If the planes of existence are something to be taken literally (and not as a metaphor), and if one can only learn personally about such planes by developing psychic powers, then nothing we can say ...
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Avoiding debates & looking into Planes/realms

The planes of existence can known as psychological states of mind therefore it is easy to prove them to others. People have hellish suffering; people behave like animals; people can be ungrounded ...
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In what realm did archaic humans live? Is it manussa (human) realm or tiracchāna (animal) realm?

The word tiracchāna means "going crosswise or obliquely or horizontally". It probably means to mentally not go beyond the instinctual existence of enslavement to instinctual desires. It appears to not ...
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What is/are the cause/s of becoming "perceiveless", an unconsciouse-being?

SN 23.2 defines "a being" ("satta") as strong clinging to one or more of the five aggregates. One the meanings of the word "satta" is "clinging". To cling requires a mind. Therefore, it appears there ...
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Did Gudo Wafu Nishijima claim that there will be no pain for anyone after death?

First off, the concept of death and rebirth in Soto Zen (Nishijima was a Roshi of the Soto school) differs from the general cosmology during the Buddha's lifetime. The Buddha's world-view was ...
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Can you explain the "Maha Meru"?

Abhidharma describes Mount Meru/Kailash as a cosmological system; similar descriptions found in Kalachakra Tantra. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Meru_(Buddhism)#Characteristics https://web.ccsu....
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Can you explain the "Maha Meru"?

I had read that Himalaya is defined as Buddha. Buddha called Himalaya Pabbatarāja, ‘the lord of mountains’. (S.II,137). The exact meaning of the name Himalaya is uncertain. It may have been formed ...
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Realms : About a certain Deva's concubine's rebirth?

Your question is: is it scientifically and metaphysically true that there are different time scales for the devas, humans and other beings? If so, my answer is yes. Metaphysically, there are ...
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How does enlightenment relate to the higher realms of existence?

The higher realms are not directly related to enlightenment although some higher realms (such as the moral humane 'human' realm or the meditative jhana 'godly' realm) can help with reaching ...
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Gods realm, how do you get out? Achieve Nibbana in this realm?

It depends, there are three realms Desire, Form, Formless. Desire realm gods as the name suggests have desires and are more likely to be attached to their luxuries making it hard to study the Dharma. ...
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