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Why would the Buddha refrain from instructing?

I thus wonder, why wouldn't the Buddha wish to show the way to someone clearly mired in wrong view the right path to practice at his first request ? It's difficult to exactly know what was going on ...
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I cant unsee it

If you try to escape from reality i.e. treat it like it’s “the matrix”, you will never find liberation. The Dharma is not outside of reality because it uses the law governing reality. There is a Zen ...
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Does the universe ever end?

There were fourteen questions to which Buddha remained silent. The universe is eternal, The universe is not eternal.. were two of them. Read the following sutta. MN 63 - Cula-Malunkyovada Sutta: The ...
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What is the difference between right thinking and right view?

Samma Sankappa (right thinking) is the result of right view (Samma Ditthi). If you have the wrong view your thinking will be wrong thinking. (Mittcha Sankappa) Generally, right view is the forerunner ...
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Questions About Views in Buddhism

This is a long answer (below), so here is a summary up front: "In Buddhism, what does it mean to hold a view?" I think it means to get attached to a view, maybe to rejoice in or to delight in a view,...
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What did the Buddha say about gratitude?

The Pali is 'kataññutā' & also 'kataññutā kataveditā'. 'Kataññutā' means 'what others have done for us'. 'Kataveditā' means 'what we must do in return'. Kataññu (adj.) [cp. Sk. kṛtajña] lit. ...
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Is Buddhism against scientific attitude?

No. I'd say that Buddhism is or can be pro (in favour of) a scientific attitude. The structure of the four noble truths, for example, are analogous to medical thinking: symptoms, cause, cure, and ...
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Buddha's self-declaration without identity view and without conceit

SN 1.25 [Deva:] He who's an Arahant, his work achieved, Free from taints, in final body clad, That monk still might use such words as "I." Still perchance might say: "They call this mine." .....
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Is "no-self" or "self" the more secure bet, e.g. for householders?

Your premise is that the Buddha taught a different Dhamma to householders, compared to monks. This is incorrect, as according to SN 42.7, the Buddha taught the same Dhamma to monks, lay followers and ...
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Did the Buddha ever refute the view of "extreme metaphysical nihilism" e.g. a view that "nothing is real"?

The Lump of Foam Sutta states: Form is like a lump of foam, Feeling like a water bubble; Perception is like a mirage, Volitions like a plantain trunk, And consciousness like an illusion, ...
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Is Buddhism against scientific attitude?

Is Buddhism against scientific attitude? Is it against scientific research? Kalama Sutta embodies scientific thinking where nothing should be accepted due to various non scientific reasoning. The ...
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Is Buddhism against scientific attitude?

The word ‘vijja’—translated here as clear knowing—also means ‘science.’ And just as science implies a method, there is a method—a discipline—underlying the knowledge that leads to Unbinding. If Dhamma ...
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What is Right View, and how can it be applied in the contemporary world?

In your daily life, as you go about things, just observe and analyse any negative thought arising in the mind without acting in response to them. One does not need a specific spot or time to do this. ...
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Why have I awoken Now?

-- "why is it that in this life time I have became obsessively bent to attain nibbana" There is a traditional Buddhist teaching that explains this Awakening through a combination of lucky causes and ...
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How do we help people who have wrong views?

Before proceeding further, we should note that miracles should not play any role in convincing intelligent and rational people. Devadatta, the monk who tried to injure the Buddha and cause a schism in ...
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Did the Buddha ever refute the view of "extreme metaphysical nihilism" e.g. a view that "nothing is real"?

Abhidharma deals with ultimate realities. Buddha rejected Nihilism (natthikavāda). The ultimate realities of the world are hidden from us due to our lack of concentration to see clearly and the ...
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What are the effects of discourageing one from going forth?

In the tradition of Thailand, every Buddhist man ordain as monk for a rainy season before get married. Therefore, in Thailand, many monks are not encouraging many more men to remain in the Holy Life. ...
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Democratic, not democratic, a valid and useful judging of a community?

Democracy often degenerates into foolish debates. The Buddha was once asked to help a group of mendicants stop their ongoing harsh debate: MN128:4.1: Then the Buddha went up to those mendicants and ...
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Is Buddhism against scientific attitude?

Strictly speaking, Buddhism doesn't say "desire" is the cause of suffering, but that craving rooted in attachment is the cause of suffering. Sometimes scientific curiosity is rooted in attachment, ...
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Eradication of identity view is a cause or effect of stream entry?

Sakkhaya Ditti is eradicated as a result of attaining stream entry. It's wrong to say that it is required to remove the identity view before attaining stream entry. Read the detailed answer given ...
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Why don't some buddhists believe in karma and rebirth?

If there are any Buddhists who hold the view that no beings are reborn, they are certainly right in that there is no absolute thing as a being or self, as Bhikkhuni Vajira reaffirmed to Mara in SN 5....
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Understanding Right view

Right View is actually not "seeing things as they are". "Seeing things as they are" (yathābhūtaṃ passāmī) is a high level of insight that leads to liberation; as follows: For a ...
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Understanding Right view

Right View means having a non-perverted - not upside-down, but right-side-up, understanding of how things work. Specifically this includes basic understanding that some things are good and some things ...
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What might be the long therm effects of ignoring ones duties?

In AN6.54 there was an ungrateful monk Dhammika, who craved solitude and was not hospitable to visiting monks. Eventually his kamma caught up with him and: Then the local lay followers went up to ...
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Problematic Nature of Views

When we say "level of abstraction" we don't mean "level of sophistication", but rather "how much generalization this abstraction entails". "High level of abstraction" means a birds-eyes-view with a ...
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Carpe Diem or Memento Mori?

I suppose those are two sides of the same message. You can find both in the suttas, for example: Momento mori "If, lord, such a great peril should arise, such a terrible destruction of human ...
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Are there any teachings about how we should censure happiness which arises without right view?

The Buddhist tradition arose before the Socratic/stoic tradition and, since Greeks were very interested in Buddhism, it is likely the Socratic/stoic tradition was influenced by the Buddhist tradition. ...
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What are the personal consequences opposing, mobbing or even revile Noble Ones or right view?

Given how important Right View is, I suppose that the consequence of ignoring or being averse to right view is remaining in samsara instead of becoming liberated. The opening lines of the Dhammapada, ...
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