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Why are children represented as inessential in some Buddhist text?

Such texts should be read in context: written for and by the Sangha - and mostly for and by male-sangha, though you found one quote that sounds like a tired grandmother. Buddhism is really a dual ...
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What did the Buddha say about motivation?

Right effort(sammā-vāyāma) in terms of mindfulness is not a forceful , grit your teeth kind of effort. It's a moment by moment, continuous, good cyclical habit kind of effort. Cetanā is Pali for 1- ...
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Does any/every form of lying violate the precept of "not-lying"?

The motivation DOES make a difference to the karma of an action. The classic discussion about karma stresses motivation. Karma as action denotes an act of mental volition (cetanā), and the bodily ...
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Right view of the external modern world

The first thing that the story (i.e. "not got a particular position she rightfully deserved due to a conspiracy") reminded me of was verse 3 of the Dhammapada (i.e. "he robbed me" ...
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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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Can anger be acceptable?

There is no place for anger in Buddhism for any reason. Right effort is what is required.
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The Intention to Strive

In my experience, it's a kind of phase. First, you don't really strive, but you're intrigued by Dharma enough to keep learning hodgepodge and practicing once in a while. Then your perception of ...
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What could a lay follower do to increase his zeal to become a monk?

I could easily have written your query. At this time however there are a few differences which may be helpful if shared. Am in my mid 40’s. Never thought that it was actually possible. Met a ...
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Right view of the external modern world

The way Buddha explained these things, was not as much about justice/injustice as with references to how the world/society works. For example he would say, if someone were to rob people, he will ...
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Nature of Integrity in Buddhism

This is not lying unless you pretend or say you follow the advice. Dhamma practice is a gradual exercise hence one does not become perfect at once but it is a matter of putting int the effort to ...
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Attitude towards harmful behaviors

If I don't react, am I not placing myself and others in harm's way by taking part in an enabling apathy? Given that anger is ineffective in that situation, I don't see how non-anger is enabling apathy....
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Is there a set of daily reminders and daily reflections one can contemplate on?

I use chanting and contemplations like... This body is relentlessly aging...now! The body’s health is temporary. It will decline, sicken and die. The dying process is happening. Everything I value ...
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What did the Buddha teach regarding remorse?

Piya Tan translated the same as: Then, headman, a disciple has full confidence in that teacher. He reflects thus: ‘In many ways the Blessed One censures and blames the destruction of life, and he ...
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Is intention and purpose the same?

According to Mahayana (Yogacara) Abhidharma, cetana is connected with traces and dispositions (samskara) left by previous actions and experiences. (What follows is my understanding based on my study ...
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Is intention and purpose the same?

It seems I don't know, don't understand, or don't agree with your definitions (of cetanā and sankappa). You start by assuming that there is wholesome and unwholesome cetanā: and then you ask whether ...
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Is intention and purpose the same?

The wholesomeness and unwholesomeness and neutrality is decided by what you would perceive when you experience or feel the result. This is the differentiation between them. Generally aversion are ...
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Why are children represented as inessential in some Buddhist text?

You're asking whether "children" are unnecessary. And I'm still not sure what that means. There are children in the world regardless of whether you're a parent yourself, so it's not as if children ...
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What is the proper way to foster generosity and gratitude?

Right resolve/intention(Samma Sankappa) has 3 parts: Nekkhamma Sankappa - thoughts of renunciation Avyapada Sankappa - thoughts of non-hate Avihimsa Sankappa - thoughts of non-cruelty So as you can ...
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What is the proper way to foster generosity and gratitude?

"Monks, these two people are hard to find in the world. Which two? The one who is first to do a kindness, and the one who is grateful for a kindness done and feels obligated to repay it. These ...
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Right effort and concentration

Right Efforts is about removing unwholesome states and cultivating wholesome states. Right Concentration deals with developing the Jhana as a means to displace certain subset of unwholesome states. ...
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Is working too much (for money) a form of indulgence?

Buddha admire wealthy people who earn their wealth by right lively hood. However he encourage people to use their wealth wisely for their benefit and the benefit of others. Link to two major Suttas ...
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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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Can anger be acceptable?

All passions including anger are to be removed but until you achieve perfection don't cut too deep, don’t remove the passion against ignorance. Quoted below is from Shantideva's Bodhichryavatara / ...
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Can anger be acceptable?

Anger is unskillful and destructive. Anger gains its power from a lack of restraint--we explode at a problem and obliterate/kill it. Strong anger leads to killing. Given that the first precept is &...
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