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Plants may be sentient beings like animals so how do you decide what to eat?

Theravada and Vajrayana Buddhists (Tibetan, SE Asian) and Japanese Mahayana Buddhists are not vegetarian. So if you don't want to be a vegetarian, there are plenty of traditions that don't bother with ...
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Does studying mathematics or science lead to a practitioner of Buddhism acquiring wrong philosophical views and mental afflictions?

If you are looking for enlightenment you should be concerned of not being attached to these studies, or averse to what you disagree. The same fits to Buddhism itself, you should't become absorbed, or ...
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How come enlightened people don't have any laziness?

Speaking from the first hand experience, laziness comes from attachment, fear, or ignorance. No attachment, no fear, and no ignorance - translates to no laziness. And how does attachment cause ...
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Can one practice meditation to gain knowledge about the universe?

Please consider having a better look at MN 63. Here's an excerpt which might be relevant for you: It's just as if a man were wounded with an arrow thickly smeared with poison. His friends & ...
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Is our mind faster than light?

The key point here is that the concept of speed is dependent on space (speed = distance/time, distance = spatial position B - spatial position A), which in turn is a derived product of matter. Mind, ...
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Does studying mathematics or science lead to a practitioner of Buddhism acquiring wrong philosophical views and mental afflictions?

Study of mathematics or science in and of itself is orthogonal to practice of Buddha-Dharma. But a side effect of study can often be a sense of pride based on the false conviction that one now knows ...
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Does meditation increase productivity for software developers and related professions?

I'm a software developer and practiced different kinds of meditation (first - sit for 5-10 minutes with open eyes and pay attention to inhaling and exhaling, second - 16th Karmapa meditation in the ...
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Is our mind faster than light?

well i can write sun on paper faster than 8 minutes that does not mean my hands are faster than light ! this things are misinterpretation. Real Buddhism is about 'Nirvana' and about becoming free from ...
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Plants may be sentient beings like animals so how do you decide what to eat?

Buddha said that we could eat meat under a few conditions: You cannot kill the animal You cannot ask for someone to kill a specific animal for you to eat, or suspect the animal was killed for you You ...
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In terms of reliability of understanding reality, how does the scientific method compare with Buddhist insight practice?

The main focus of this question is on "understanding reality", which is the domain of science. So, the first question is whether Buddhist insight meditation practice even qualifies as a ...
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Can Right View be interpreted as scientific fervor?

Sounds like Wikipedia is suffering from some Buddhist fervour of its own... ;) Can I interpret the first of the eightfold path as scientific fervor ? Right view has nothing to do with fervour; it ...
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When meditation goes wrong

Things can go wrong in meditation. Some of the are as follows: If you are not equanimous, i.e., you are reacting to different situation thus creating negativity. This can accumulate to an extent this ...
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Can one practice meditation to gain knowledge about the universe?

Buddhist meditation is about understanding misery and the way out of misery. Main aim is to get understanding of this process 4 Noble Truth. You will get other insights in the process. I am not sure ...
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Is Pratītyasamutpāda just cause and effect?

One must be quite careful with this formula. In fact it never mentions causation and in general early Buddhist texts do not. Even if it purported to be a theory of causation, it tells us nothing at ...
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What did the Buddha teach about aliens?

The Buddha talked about the "world Systems" and other humans in them. This is a fascinating topic for myself as someone interested in astronomy. Here are some links speaking about world systems and ...
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Are there reliable accounts of Buddhists who have remembered past lives?

Dr. Ian Stevenson did research on rebirth, and most of his subjects were children. As I remember he said during the first 5-6 years of a child's life some of them would remember how they died. Most of ...
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Are there reliable accounts of Buddhists who have remembered past lives?

First and foremost account is the Jataka stories. These are generally the account of Buddha himself. Also there are some records of his disciples. In modern times a famous person who did research in ...
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Do flying monks described in Buddhist texts contradict with physics?

One of the main pieces of advice in the Buddha Dhamma is verification by trying it yourself (Ehipassiko) and to be open to scientific scrutiny (Sandiṭṭhiko). Hence you can develop the Jhanas and see ...
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Is our mind faster than light?

Demonstrably false. Before getting to thinking about the sun, let's consider seeing the sun as an example: When photons from the sun, a visual object, make contact with the eye, there is eye-contact....
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Could meditation help with reducing memory and concentration problems? As with ADD or ADHD?

One of the problems you're going to find with answering this is that most published studies focus on short duration meditation -- 4 to 8 weeks and the like. I personally have an ADHD diagnosis (...
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Is Pratītyasamutpāda just cause and effect?

As per my understanding, Pratityasamutpada is not about simple cause-and-effect chaining. Starting from a name: pratitya means "based on", "in dependence on", sam- means "co-" or "together" and ...
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What if there is no rebirth?

There is a freely available talk by Vessantara, an order member in the sangha I practice with (Triratna) that addresses this kind of issue. If one entirely rejected rebirth (or if it were proven to be ...
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What are the scientifically proven benefits of mindfulness meditation?

The USA's NIH has an NCCAM page for meditation with links to up-to-date research on the benefits of meditation: http://nccam.nih.gov/health/meditation Asking for scientific proof is a bit misguided, ...
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Can one practice meditation to gain knowledge about the universe?

The Therevada stand has been covered. The details of a black hole are metaphyiscal speculations, which in general discouraged, or at least set aside as irrelevant to the Buddhist path. In Mahayana, ...
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If the law of Karma is a natural law like Newton's law?

Newton's laws are simple, they model of a simplified universe. They describes the relationship between "force" and the motion of a single object in an otherwise-empty universe. If you consider two ...
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Is our mind faster than light?

If you think about the sun the thought of it arise instantly. Hence your mind is much faster than the speed of light which takes 8 minutes to reach earth. Thoughts and memories of distant objects can ...
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The Buddha who knew there were 31 realm but didn't mention anything about a round earth

The basic project of Buddhism is solving the problem of suffering (or sometimes some other variation of the fundamental problem), usually through a realization about who we really are. In addition to ...
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Can the elements of Buddhist Cosmology be confirmed?

Buddha's response to such questions has been that whether or not other worlds exist, his teaching is still beneficial if applied in practice. So, for example, if it is said that acting on an extreme ...
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