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If Rebirth is not taken literally then why seek Enlightenment?

I am a Rinzai Zen Monk with a decade-long monastic background so my answer will be relevant within our school's framework. From a Zen POV being 'reborn' exists only within Reality. Reality is purely ...
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Explaining non-attachment to the very attached

Sounds like your realization of Emptiness is not complete. Evidently, there are still some leftover attachments in you, specifically attachment to Dharma. Have you read Choguyam Trungpa's work? "...
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If Rebirth is not taken literally then why seek Enlightenment?

Let's consider Andrei's definition of Buddhism, for example (because it's a short and easy definition). Buddhists believe that human experiences originate in the mind, training which through ...
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Explaining non-attachment to the very attached

I've been told by someone close to me that my meditation and desire to let go are very threatening to her. She sees sense desires, ego and attachments as very natural and wholesome, and my way of life ...
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Does samsara exist or not exists?

The traditional Mahayana formula is that "Samsara is Nirvana". This is explained in depth in Madhyamaka literature. Here is one quote from Jay Garfield commentary on his translation of Nagarjuna's ...
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What will be the situation of the world when every beings will attain Nirvana?

The Buddha explicitly declined to answer: Whether or not the cosmos is eternal Whether or not the cosmos is infinite Whether or not the Tathagata exists after death Cula-Malunkyovada Sutta And ...
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Difference between Samsara and Dukkha

Samsara is a continuum of our individual mind moments. Dukkha is the deep down feeling that something is missing or wrong that occurs throughout Samsara.
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Losing interest in Samsara and transformation one undergoes when following Buddhism

Being depressed and delusional are also normal. Being enlightened is what is not normal in the world. Becoming disappointed of sensual pleasures and wanting to figure out what is really going on ...
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What will be the situation of the world when every beings will attain Nirvana?

According to Ven. Ajaan Tong, there are four things without limit: The knowledge of a Buddha, the world of beings, the universe, and space. The idea of a limited reality is more of a western concept, ...
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Why should we stop the Samsara?

I think that dukkha is the reason why the reader is looking for a way to stop the cycle. I think that, because the "four noble truths" were the first thing that the Buddha explained, during his first ...
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Does samsara exist or not exists?

Samsara exists based on mind-matter phenomena. Any phenomena which is part of mind, mind content, matter comes under ultimate truths (truths that not fall apart under divisibility into its constituent ...
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Does samsara exist or not exists?

Samsara is just a word. There is seeing, hearing, tasting, feeling, smelling, and thinking. And there is the UN enlightened mind that misapprehends the true nature of these phenomenon. edit for your ...
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Infinite rebirth, finite kamma?

According to this Jainpedia page on Jain teachings on karma: The karmas accrued over a lifetime trap the soul in the cycle of births. The karmas mature by affecting the soul or the physical body of ...
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Can new beings come into existence without this existence being a rebirth?

The beginnings of samsara and the precise working out of kamma is basically unknown, unknowable and may bring madness and vexation to anyone speculating on them. Transmigration (samsara) has no known ...
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Samsaric knowledge

Habits practiced over many lifetimes persist. Say there is monkey born as a monkey over 500 lifetimes and subsequently born human. The tendency to be a bit jumpy will persist. The other knowledge you ...
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Losing interest in Samsara and transformation one undergoes when following Buddhism

If you observe what is around you the right way you can make progress. Whatever you observe will be perceived as: desirable undesirable neither which results in: pleasure pain neutral. This is ...
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What will be a video game version of Buddhist Samsara be like?

Whenever you die, it shows a blind turtle, in a deep slumber, in the depth of the ocean. At the surface of the ocean, a small yoke moves around randomly. You have to wait for days before you can ...
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How is samsara nirvana?

The The Jewel Ornament Of Liberation (which I have only begun to read) has some paragraphs near its beginning which juxtapose samsara with nirvana: In general, all phenomena are included in the two ...
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Why should we stop the Samsara?

Unless we have great faith, we don't actually start with wanting cessation of Samsara. If we started out truly not wanting Samsara then we would be starting out almost enlightened, wouldn't we? We ...
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If Rebirth is not taken literally then why seek Enlightenment?

“The true miracle is not to walk on water. The true miracle is to walk peacefully on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive.” ― Thích Nhất Hạnh ...
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How did Buddha's teachings about samsara differ from earlier Indian tradition?

The philosophy of transmigration is central to Buddhist philosophy and is to be understood alongside the concept of "no self". But the origins of the concept of transmigration go way back further in ...
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Difference between Samsara and Dukkha

In my own words: Samsara is the same world you see on TV and read about in newspapers. This world is a hallucination (a subjective reality) fabricated in dependence on the fundamental confusion ...
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What force keeps you bonded to samsara?

The force that keeps one bonded to samsara is desire. Desire for continued existence. "Even in the midst of utmost Dukkha, why doesn't the realization come that let me leave this path that causes ...
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