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Is low self-esteem a Western phenomenon?

I recall around 20 years ago an Australian university psychology professor wrote a local newspaper article about what he regarded as superior self-esteem in Thai children. I have lived in traditional (...
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Is making art bad or sinful?

Art can be a continuation of samsaric inertia, or it can be an expression of the enlightened mind. What message are you sending with your art? What impulse does it carry forward into the future?
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Is low self-esteem a Western phenomenon?

1- You are right. The first stage is meant to be (if not easy) at least easier than the others. It is why it is the first, because it is supposed to be what we can do from where we are. 3- It is true....
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What is the meaning of the Zen quote: "Before Enlightenment chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment chop wood, carry water"?

Before Enlightenment, you hate your life. You chop wood and carry water, but secretly wish to get out of it all. You bear with these activities through habit and out of hopelessness, but you really ...
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What is the meaning of the Zen quote: "Before Enlightenment chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment chop wood, carry water"?

I am not sure about the origin of this quote but possibly as it used as a Zen message it may have come from Bodhidharma. I am sure about its meaning however. It relates both to Enlightenment and ...
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Searching for a Pali sutta where Buddha said "Enough!" to rebirth speculations

SN 42.3 (To Yodhajiva The Warrior) and SN 42.2 (To Talaputa the Actor) both contain the phrase, "Enough, headman, put that aside. Don't ask me that." The reason why he says "enough" seems to be ...
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Where does it say Siddhartha Gautama mastered all types of meditation?

In the Maha-Saccaka Sutta it describes his learning some meditation types/techniques, from teachers, before he sat and was enlightened: Alara Kalama ... the dimension of nothingness. ~~~ Uddaka ...
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Where can I find a reference for someone becoming a sotapanna through meditation?

I've come across many stories in the Tipitaka where people attained arahanthood or became non-returners through meditation. The different doors through with you can get liberation are given in Vimutt’...
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Don't teach Dhamma to those who can't appreciate it or aren't interested

The Buddha not only stressed the importance of right speech but also the right time and occassion to say it: "So too, prince, such speech as the Tath›gata knows to be untrue, incorrect, and ...
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Law of Karma in the Buddha's own words

Ven Bodhi discusses this matter and quotes relevant suttas in his "In the Buddha's Words" chapter V "THE WAY TO A FORTUNATE REBIRTH". The following list, which was posted on SuttaCentral, is a ...
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Is low self-esteem a Western phenomenon?

I suppose the key point here is that, from Buddhist perspective, low self-esteem is considered high self-esteem in disguise -- I've heard numerous gurus' statement's to that regard. If you look up ...
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Sutta with firefly simile

Ud 6.9 - Adhipataka Sutta: Like Moths to the Flame translated from the Pali by Andrew Olendzki “The insects are drawn irresistibly in the dark night to the shining lamps, but in their zeal to ...
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What is the meaning of the Zen quote: "Before Enlightenment chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment chop wood, carry water"?

It means your liabilities are before and after the enlightenment the same ones. You have to live a life, to meet responsibility and to master challenges. You still have to follow the Path. Edit I ...
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What is the meaning of the Zen quote: "Before Enlightenment chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment chop wood, carry water"?

"Chop wood and carry water" This was first told to me as a story. Here is an abbreviated version. A young boy became a monk. He dreamed of enlightenment and of learning great things. When he got to ...
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Monks who are not worthy and worthy

From the Ajañña Sutta (AN 8.13): "In the same way, a monk endowed with eight qualities is worthy of gifts, worthy of hospitality, worthy of offerings, worthy of respect, an incomparable field ...
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Will working for a company that engages in animal experimentation to alleviate suffering of humans be wrong livelihood?

I think wrong livelihood for lay-people is narrowly defined in the suttas -- in AN 5.177: Monks, a lay follower should not engage in five types of business. Which five? Business in weapons, business ...
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Will working for a company that engages in animal experimentation to alleviate suffering of humans be wrong livelihood?

The commentary to Dhammapada 124 reads: Then the Buddha returned to the monastery and told Thera Ananda and other bhikkhus about the hunter Kukkutamitta and his family attaining Sotapatti Fruition in ...
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What is the "nature of reality" according to the Buddha?

Realities are called Paramattha Dhamma in Buddhism. There are 4 such realities. Citta(consciousness) ex: Vipaaka-citta, Karma, Kiriya-citta. Cetasika(mental concomitants) ex: Vedana, Sanna, Sankhara ...
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Jhāna, seeing the welfare of self and other

Sangaravo Sutta: Sangarava -- The Hindrances (SN 46.55) says that. It says that ... he cannot know or see, as it really is, what is to his own profit, nor can he know and see what is to the ...
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Zen & Dukkha -- Is Everything Suffering?

Thich Nhat Hanh made an error because he was attempting to rationalize another error. If Thich Nhat Hanh actually understood the teachings, he would not state the teaching of 'samskara dukkhata' is ...
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Metta towards yourself - useless?

I think this needs qualification. Metta towards oneself helps reduce self hate. So this is not completely useless. Also this is the basis of developing Metta to others. If you do not love yourself ...
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When the Buddha changes his mind to teach

It is the Asibandhakaputta Sutta- SN 4.8.6 It was Asibandhakaputta , the disciple of Nighanta-Natha-Putta, who raised the question for which Buddha gave the parable of the three fields, the good , the ...
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Did the Buddha know God?

The God you speak of, is known as the Great Brahma or Mahabrahma, the first being to appear in the Mahabrahma plane, when the world expands again. Also, take a look at the 31 planes of existence. The ...
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Comparing Chinese Agama the ? Bundles of Reeds Simile with Pali Nalakalapiyo Sutta

OP: Are these two Sutra/Sutta equivalent but different versions? Yes, I think so. According to SuttaCentral, SA 288 and SN 12.67 are equivalent. I could find "三蘆立於空地" from your quote inside ...
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Was the Buddha a pessimist?

The Buddha was a realist who preached about reality as it is. Optimising is a mindset where one thinks that conditions are better than what they actually are. Pessimism is the opposite, where one ...
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Buddho : The one who knows which is above the mind? A Dhammatalk by Ajahn Chah

The key idea here is not whether there is "someone" who is above the mind. The key point is that it is possible to go beyond mind or above mind. We are so caught up in the experience created by the ...
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The One With the Brahmin Heckler

From SN 7.16 - Paccanīka Sutta: At S›vatthı. Now on that occasion a brahmin named Paccanıkas›ta, Relisher of Contradiction, was residing at S›vatthı. Then it occurred to the brahmin Paccanıkas›ta: “...
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Looking for sutta about purification of fish, turtles, etc

It's in Therigatha: [The Brahman:] Punnika, surely you know. You're asking one doing skillful kamma & warding off evil. Whoever, young or old, does evil kamma is, through water ablution, from ...
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Does Zen Buddhism have canonical texts?

I am from a Chinese Buddhist organization with Chan lineage but is non denominational. They use the entire Chinese Mahayana canon as their basis, but in practice only popular passages like the Heart ...
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