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Introductory books to Buddhism

First off, I wouldn't recommend Tibetan Book of the Dead, since it's not exactly a primer in Buddhism, I don't think. There are lots of introductions from various traditions; the perennial favourite ...
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Where is the Buddha quoted as saying do not believe anything I say until you can prove it by yourself?

The quote comes from Kalama Sutra (AN 3.65) and is often taken out of context, hence misunderstood. People of Kalama found themselves bombarded by tens of spiritual teachers, each claiming authority ...
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Where is the Buddha quoted as saying do not believe anything I say until you can prove it by yourself?

I've searched the Internet, and found a website claiming that the quotation in question is a bad translation of a fragment from Kalama Sutta which in original goes: “Now, Kalamas, don’t go by ...
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Introductory books to Buddhism

Quick First Read What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula (Recommended) Good Question, Good Answer by S. Dhammika Introductions to the Early Texts In the Buddha's Words by Bhikkhu Bodhi The Life ...
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Any authentic sutta from any tradition that gives guidance on what kind of partner to choose?

Here's a summary of Chapter 5 of The Buddha's Teachings to Laypeople: Practical Advice for Prosperity and Lasting Happiness. If you fail to find suitable associates it's better to be "like a solitary ...
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Are there any alternative formulations of the five skandas?

Here is a fairly comprehensive list of alternatives: Onefold: saṅkhāra formations; everything that arises and ceases all five aggregates fit in this category. Twofold: nāmarūpa name and form (...
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Does Zen Buddhism have canonical texts?

Zen Buddhism is part of East Asian Buddhism in general and accepts the entire Chinese Canon, although they don't find a lot of it to be relavent to their practice. Zen Buddhism has always been based ...
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Scientific approach of Kamma

The concept of Kamma implies that information is stored in the mind No, it does not! Information and storage are concepts. Not realities! The issue here is, we make the assumption that for causes to ...
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Details for Kasina Meditation

Here in this answer I am going to give some resources I found in the web and not going to copy and past anything here as the process is quite lengthy and detailed. You could learn about Kasina ...
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Where is the story of the non-returner who "sold" pots on the side of the road?

Here is the story you refer to http://www.yellowrobe.com/practice/general/247-money-rules-for-buddhist-monks-and-nuns-by-dhamminda-bhikkhu.html It is taught that even a layperson who is an anagami (...
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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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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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Introductory books to Buddhism

i recommend "The Heart of the Buddha's Teachings" by Thich Nhat Hanh Good luck on your journey, Tord
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Where is the story of the non-returner who "sold" pots on the side of the road?

Thanks @soulsings for pointing me in the right direction; since I was looking for the Pali reference, here's the passage from the Ghatikara Sutta (MN 81): “Then he said: ‘Venerable sir, have you a ...
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Are there examples of the Buddha showing humour in the Pali Canon?

You could say the Buddha and arahants had a peculiar form of humour, as Konrad suggested in his comment above. The hasituppādacitta (smiling-producing mind) is a citta unique to enlightened beings. ...
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Who said "cease to do evil learn to do good purify the heart"?

It's verse 183 of the Dhammapada.
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Introductory books to Buddhism

I'll offer a controversial option, simply because it's the one that got me started (and in fact after reading it I don't believe the controversy is deserved). It's "Mastering The Core Teachings of the ...
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Where is the story that Buddha was worried about a monk who meditated with a straight back?

I've heard Ajahn Brahm tell this story during a lecture which was recorded on YouTube, so I can confirm it's definitely told by him; however I don't remember which one it was. The story is not (...
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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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Details for Kasina Meditation

There are 10 Kasina meditations. They are categorized due to the object that meditater concentrate in meditation. Meditation method cannot be anything. If you use non-kasina object, it is just loose ...
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Does Zen Buddhism have canonical texts?

The Gateless Gate. The Heart Sutra. The Diamond Sutra. The Shōbōgenzō. These are the first ones that come to my mind as a Zen Buddhist. Here is more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Is there a story or a mentioning about masturbation in the Buddhist teachings?

Sexuality is mentioned and that does include sex between man and woman, same sex partners and self pleasuring. But there is a clear delineation between monks who have take their vows and lay people. ...
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Is there a story or a mentioning about masturbation in the Buddhist teachings?

Sorry, no links to texts, just my personal experience/ingisht: Is masturbation wrong? It's not exactly wrong, rather it is a symptom of an underlying issue. The issue is probably deep craving for ...
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What are the texts that contain words which can be attributed directly to the Buddha?

The Pāli Canon (Pali: Tipitaka) is the standard collection of scriptures in the Theravada Buddhist tradition, as preserved in the Pāli language. It is the most complete extant early Buddhist canon. It ...
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What is the story where some of the Buddha's followers commit suicide?

What you're looking for is Vesali sutta. vesali sutta Then the monks — [thinking,] "The Blessed One, with many lines of reasoning, has given a talk on the unattractiveness [of the body], has ...
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Is there a story or a mentioning about masturbation in the Buddhist teachings?

I applaud your effort to ask this matter so candidly. I have not read a Buddhist story that directly discusses the matter of masturbation but, as a Chinese Buddhist, there are many Chinese influences/...
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Returning to the marketplace - examples

Does the Theravada canon have such ideas anywhere at all? This is a far-fetched example which barely answer your question but IMO the Buddha himself kind of returned to the market-place: not as a ...
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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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