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Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy?

It really depends which definition of religion you go for. For instance Human recognition of superhuman controlling power and particularly of a personal God [..] Oxford English Dictionary. Buddhism ...
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Is Buddhism a fear-based religion?

According to Theravada Buddhism, fear is based on anger. As per the Visuddhimagga-Tika: na bhāyati ñāṇassa bhāyanākārena appavattanato. paṭighacittuppādavasena hi bhāyanaṃ, ñāṇaṃ pana ...
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What are the differences between "Nirvana" in Buddhism and "Moksha" in Hinduism?

Moksha and Nirvana are the same in that: The cycle of live, death and rebirth is broken once attained, one is free from Samsara It's attainable through practise Meditation techniques are employed in ...
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Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy?

Buddhism is a framework implemented by religions. From my Mac's dictionary: framework |ˈfreɪmwəːk| noun • a basic structure underlying a system, concept, or text : the theoretical framework ...
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What are the reasons for and against studying other religions?

In terms of general knowledge, it can be helpful to be familiar with the religions of the world on a basic level and there are many books which compare the world's religions in an easy format such as ...
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Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy?

(Disclaimer: Bear in mind this is just a way of seeing things, I have no interest in discussion since it belongs in the chat & this question is very much opinion based. Anyone can argue in which ...
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Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy?

I've struggled with this question myself. My opinion is that the problem stems from the fact that the notions of religion and philosophy are purely Western concepts. Religion, for instance, is term ...
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Non-vegetarianism

My answer is simple but I know many here won't like it. Supply follows demand, active or passive. If you take frozen meat imagining that you did not kill the animal so it is okay, as suggested by some ...
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Is Buddhism a fear-based religion?

You will be surprised, but Buddhism is that very same "philosophy that distinguishes between harmful and beneficial". The notions of kusala (good, skilfull, healthy, conducive to comfort) and akusala (...
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What are the differences between "Nirvana" in Buddhism and "Moksha" in Hinduism?

Enlightenment like ice cream comes in different flavors, but in the end they are all ice cream, made from milk, cream and sugar. Examined with the intellect there are a lot of seeming differences, ...
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What are the differences between "Nirvana" in Buddhism and "Moksha" in Hinduism?

The original answer saying that attaining personal wealth and mastery of sex is important for moksha is completely, 100% wrong and as a hindu I am extremely offended. Moksha and Nirvana are connected ...
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I have some people coming over who practice Buddhism, what should I know?

I have been to Nepal on a retreat, it is a Hindu country, but there are many Buddhists. The main Buddhism there is Mahayana by far, with a large influence from Tibet (monks who escaped after the ...
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Can I call myself Buddhist? Is Buddhism a religion?

Buddhism has the idea of the three jewels: Buddha, Dharma, Sangha. You said "I believe in Buddha and his philosophy" so that's two of them, i.e. Buddha, and Dharma. There are parts e.g. in ...
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Is it possible to Take Refuge in the Three Jewels, but still learn spiritual wisdom from teachers in other religions?

When it is said that one's refuge "is broken whenever a person goes for refuge to a teacher outside the Buddha's Dispensation[...]" the meaning is that one should not go for ultimate refuge in ...
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What is Buddhism (in a nutshell)?

I'd say that "Buddhist" (as an adjective) includes: Doctrines (spoken and written) ascribed to the Buddha -- Buddhavacana -- and derivative works Practices inspired or prescribed by those ...
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Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy?

I am convinced that any answer has to give a definition first of “scientific” and of “religion”. I consider “religion” a social phenomenon based on three pillars: doctrine, community and cult (see “...
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Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy?

All religions have their philosophies (as metaphysics), so Buddhism is not an exception. Views are sometimes divided into naive, religious, and philosophy. Where philosophy is scientific, as opposed ...
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Is Buddhism a fear-based religion?

I hope I understand your question properly, as I try to answer it. Buddhism is about the cause of suffering, the cessation of suffering and the path of that cessation. So it's useful to those that do ...
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Is Buddhism a fear-based religion?

I am very new to Buddhism, but the way I understand it thus far is as follows. I dont think there is a fear within Buddhism of hell or being sad, rather its recognizing the reality of this sadness and ...
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Is Buddhism a fear-based religion?

Something that doesn't seem to have been covered so far. There is a perfectly legitimate fear or terror that comes right out of a practice that has made some progress in the development of ...
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What are the reasons for and against studying other religions?

It depends on the individual. I've heard several people say it would be too confusing or wasteful. The analogy offered in Advaita Hinduism is that it is far better to dig one deep well than several ...
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What should we say when someone asks 'What is your religion?'

Determine what you will say based on what you can learn from the other person with whom you are talking. Listen carefully to what they say and presume nothing about what they mean. Ask careful ...
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Is it possible to Take Refuge in the Three Jewels, but still learn spiritual wisdom from teachers in other religions?

I have to warn you that if you take refuge in the Three Jewels, and then go to other religions for guidance, there will be suffering (first noble truth). Well, even if you stick faithfully to ...
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Why do so many traditions and religions have saint men who claim having attained enlightenment?

I read the book "The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle years ago and was impressed by it. After studying Buddhism, I came to discover that what Eckhart Tolle achieved was probably (I speculate) only the ...
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Critique on Kalama Sutta: Is Buddhism bad for Buddhism?

Since the Kalamas were confused in what they should or not believe, The Buddha instructed that they should be pragmatic and adopt only views and conduct which would lead to their well-being and peace ...
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