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What are the characteristics of karmaless action?

What are the characteristics of karmaless action? It leads to dispassion. Meaning, it's an action that reduces both karmic as well as mental / emotional entanglement. Normal pathological action ...
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Lending a friend money,and not getting it back

Next time better simply give, never expect something return, for bondage is seldom a help for both, all involved. If not able to give, that's "fine" as well, but never lend. Even if now saying "no ...
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Awakened Great Zen Master Seung Sahn - is it possible he lost the state of Nibbana?

Perhaps different buddhist traditions lead to different state of nibbana Even within one tradition there are different stages or degrees of enlightenment -- see for example Four stages of ...
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What is the importance of intention in Buddhism?

From the Nibbedhika Sutta: "Intention, I tell you, is kamma. Intending, one does kamma by way of body, speech, & intellect. Also from Cetana Sutta (SN 12.38) below, we see that intention (...
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Difference between Kamma, Kammanto, and Kammanta?

They are basically the same word, though the anta suffix does give it some specific meaning. Remember that the word karma has heavy religious baggage in ancient India every though it simply means ...
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Waiting vs Acting?

In Zen and Vajrayana subcategories of Mahayana Buddhism, acting vs waiting is a core problem to be solved by the student as she or he transitions from studying Buddhism as a theory to mastering the ...
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Difference between Kamma, Kammanto, and Kammanta?

From the New Concise Pali English Dictionary: kamma neuter work, occupation; activity, performance. act, deed, action or actions of moral import (producing for the agent an inevitable result or ...
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Is the Dhamma / morality objective?

This is an interesting question. Is morality objective? I recently watched a video where Tovia Singer, an orthodox Jewish rabbi, claimed that he once debated with an atheist. The atheist apparently ...
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What are the characteristics of karmaless action?

...what are the characteristics of karmaless actions? There's only one characteristic - for truth, it's Selfless/Anatman (無我) action. All Karmas are doing (actions), all doings signify there the ...
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Do Asimov's three laws make a robot a Buddhist?

Animate being are created through Dependent Origination, Nutriment, etc. The Buddha's teaching is for such beings. The part is morality, concentration and wisdom. Even this laws may engrain morality I ...
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Purifying my mind

This is one of the Hindrances which is Doubt. The best way to overcome this is wise attention, i.e., see through vipallasa by means of Vipassana as mentioned in the other answer. [Nīvarana,pahana ...
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What is the importance of intention in Buddhism?

The bodily action and the verbal action are just a body. The body can not act without vedanā, saññā, cetanā, and cittā. Without it, the body is like a piece of wood in sutta. See, cittajarūpa in ...
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Sacrificing myself...or not?

While it's certainly a noble deed, just remember the Dhamma emphasizes both compassion and wisdom. They are like the 2 wings of a bird and are both equally important. A good Buddhist should also be a ...
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Difference between Kamma, Kammanto, and Kammanta?

From the New Concise Pali English Dictionary: kamma neuter work, occupation; activity, performance. act, deed, action or actions of moral import (producing for the agent an inevitable result or ...
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The extent of free will

In Transcendent Wisdom, H.H the Dalai Lama says: it is a fallacy to equate the Buddhist view of causality with either the mechanistic determinism of classical physics, or the probabilistic ...
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Is the Dhamma / morality objective?

The law of kamma-vipaka is objective, in the sense that it is entirely consistent. It is Newton's third law of motion, for intentional action. As all things are empty from their own frame of ...
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Isn't giving to attain good Kamma "greedy" and therefore Unwholesome (akusala)?

there are no truly altruistic actions I think that is an 'extreme' view (and therefore 'wrong') -- Buddhism tries to discern a 'middle way' i.e. which avoids extremes -- see also right view. I believe ...
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Conversions and former bad deeds

The following sutta quote shows that it can be in any order. There's no automatic cleansing of past bad deeds after taking triple refuge and the vow of the precepts. "Now, Ānanda, in the case of ...
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Is the Dhamma / morality objective?

In theory, some people could argue all day instead of agreeing, and at the best of times it might be difficult to explain (and need explaining "step by step", need to be "individually ascertained by ...
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Buddhism Society & Action

I imagine Buddhism is about following the path and then, if you can, influencing others to follow the path. I imagine Buddhists such as the Buddha or Thailand's Bhikkhu Buddhadasa had the ability to ...
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Resolving right action & intention in a white lie

How do you know they aren't strong enough to handle truth? You feel you can handle it so why can't they? Not telling someone something because you feel they can't deal with it seems like you're the ...
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Resolving right action & intention in a white lie

There are 4 conditions which need to be met for something being classified as a lie: FIVE PRECEPTS (PACASILA) So if you are mentioning the white lie with the intention to deceive then it is false ...
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Does accepting duality lead only to nondual skillfull qualities?

This question is a wonderful one. What should be defined and addressed in order to clear up your confusion is this: What defines a “skillful” quality? In classical Buddhism, something is skillful if ...
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Lending a friend money,and not getting it back

From AN5.213: “Mendicants, there are these five drawbacks for an unethical person because of their failure in ethics. What five? Firstly, an unethical person loses substantial wealth on ...
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Does the Dhamma suggest to change external unfavourable conditions

The Buddha did not intend monks to participate in politics, as seen in DN 2: "Whereas some brahmans and contemplatives, living off food given in faith, are addicted to talking about lowly topics ...
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What are the characteristics of karmaless action?

This is an important question for the person practicing Theravadin mindfulness meditation because its answer is relevant to understanding how this meditation works. But first some background ...
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