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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 this rule. And as for rules, there are plenty of traditions that de-emphasize rules altogether. So that leaves East Asian Buddhism. The traditional arguments ...


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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 obsessed, to the Dharma. All philosophies are mental phenomena, they aren't either good or bad in themselves. But they can hinder your search for enlightenment ...


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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 & companions, kinsmen & relatives would provide him with a surgeon, and the man would say, 'I won't have this arrow removed until I know whether the man who ...


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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, being immaterial (and moreover momentary), does not "move", per se. It arises based on one of the six senses and ceases in the next moment. It never takes up ...


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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 Diamond way Buddhism). From my subjective experience I can say that (other things being equal), on average, I am more productive on days, where I do meditation ...


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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 the self, think about yourself without you ever existing ..


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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 cannot see the animal being killed You cannot hear the animal being killed the Buddha also said that we should not eat certain types of meat like elephants (...


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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 science (i.e. a means of understanding reality). From Wikipedia: Science (from Latin scientia, meaning "knowledge") is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes ...


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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 everything there is to know about the way the world operates. This could be a serious barrier for entry into Buddhism and a source of misinterpretation of what ...


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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 refers to one's outlook or point of "view". The word "diṭṭhi" literally means "way of seeing". As the commentary explains it: sammādassanalakkhaṇā sammādiṭṭhi ...


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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 about whether you will get insights on what you are seeking. But this is a by product than a goal of Buddhist meditation.


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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 them who remembered their previous life have had some sudden tragic death. Hence, these incidents seem to be deeply carved in their minds, but this memory ...


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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 this area is Edgar Cayce. Also there has been Parapsychology research in this area. Keep in mind if it is a monk who has developed Abhijñā, they do not openly ...


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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 might be very dangerous. The basis of your meditation is greed, hatred or delusion. There are some techniques where the basis is this hence can easily go wrong....


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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. With eye-contact arises eye-consciousness, that is the pattern of electrochemical impulses in the visual cortex of the brain. However, it still took 8 ...


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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 related topics. The Dhamma is sort of like the laws of mathematics and physics that govern this universe, universal to all sentient beings, everywhere. This is ...


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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 (although I'm not convinced it's a real pathology), and an issue I've faced is that my ADHD (if that's what it is) is an obstacle to actually getting a practice ...


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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 utpada means "arising" or "coming forth". Together Pratityasamutpada means "arising in dependence on each other" or "dependent co-arising" or "interdependent ...


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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 untrue) then what would this do to the Dharma? My previous opinion was rebirth was a cultural accretion not a core teaching so if rebirth wasn't true the ...


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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, I think, and in the case of meditation it's difficult to obtain even conclusive evidence. Many of the studies are suggestive at best, but the topics studied ...


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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, in the 10 grounds of the Bodhisattva path, the first seven grounds mostly are paramitas, the 8 fold path, but the last three stages you become essentially a ...


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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 objects in the universe then there are a bunch of other laws: the law of gravity, laws of electrostatics, etc. If you consider three objects in the universe then ...


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One of the main tenants in the Buddha Dhamma it the verify by trying it our yourself (Ehipassiko) and open for scientific scrutiny (Sandiṭṭhiko). Hence you can develop the Jhanas and see for your self if this is possible or not. Self verification and experience is the most convincing than people arguing favor or against something like tthis. Having said ...


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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 arise instantly in your mind. Hence why the mind is called it is faster than the speed of light. This is not to be confused with the literal meaning where here ...


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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 that, the Buddha didn't bother to challenge many of the other ideas of his day regarding the realms, or karma. (He did take on caste, the economic system, to ...


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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 negativity-rooted-in-confusion leads to hell, whether the hell is taken literally as a place you go to or metaphorically as a highly disagreeable state of ...


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I am a neuroscience researcher studying meditation and mindfulness, and also a longtime practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism. Experience suggests to me that it's hard enough for any scientist to remain unbiased about her/his own work, and that can only be more challenging for a researcher studying something that he has already received enormous personal ...


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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 all about causation. It simply tells us that one thing arises in the presence of another and ceases in its absence. Causality is a very tricky subject. As David ...


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The traditional Mahayana cosmology allowed for multiple parallel universes, each with at most one Buddha at a time, six realms each. In the pure land system, a pure land is like a parallel universe where you can be re-born, so yes, you can be re-born in a different world, far from Earth, in the traditional cosmology. The various Mahayana sutras often go on ...


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