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I used to think much the same thing. I thought that the main problem according to Buddhism is suffering. But the Buddhist resolution to suffering isn't extinction or happiness, but is more like a in between peace. The bit about nirvana, is the historical Buddha attempting to explain his program of ending suffering, by using a word that sounded a lot like ...


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In response to the comment of Ilya Grushevskiy Rebirth has everything to do with the Buddhist soteriology because if it weren't for rebirth suffering could have been easily ended at natural death or at any moment "in the here and now" with suicide, and the entire teaching if the Buddha would be pointless and vain. But it is because of rebirth that beings ...


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If the goal is to end suffering, why don't Buddhists simply kill themselves? Buddhism is a "Middle way" between extremes. The doctrine of the Middle way is (after telling the bikkhus that he was the Buddha) the very first thing that the Buddha taught: "There are two extremes, O bhikkhus, which the man who has given up the world ought not to follow-the ...


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While there is considerable variety of views amongst people who identify themselves as secular Buddhists, they all seem to converge in rejecting what is often loosely called "metaphysics". This means that they reject all forms of belief that are not rooted in science and/or common sense. Thus they reject any and all supernatural entities, forces, or states, ...


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In my opinion, 'Secular Buddhism' can be problematic since often adherents to this new group (such as Stephen Batchelor, who believes purity of mind is not possible) often misrepresent the Buddhist teachings due to no aspiration to practise Buddhism at a high level. They are like Protestant Christians that seek to modify the Buddhist teachings to suit ...


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All misbeliefs are basically said to be variations of 2 types of misbeliefs. Uchcheda Vada - Nihilism Sasvatha Vada - Eternalism Buddha has repeatedly rejected both of them. Believing that it all ends after death falls under "Uchcheda Vada". So if you believe in that, you can't be considered as a Buddhist. Any conclusion you come to or any action caused ...


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The Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta states the following: "And this, monks, is the noble truth of the origination of stress (suffering): the craving that makes for further becoming — accompanied by passion & delight, relishing now here & now there — i.e., craving for sensual pleasure, craving for becoming, craving for non-becoming. The idea ...


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I think one of the major proponents of 'Secular Buddhism' was S.N.Goenka, although I doubt if he himself would call his lineage that. First, let me give a brief idea of the tradition. S.N.Goenka's lineage could be traced back to Ven. Ledi Sayadaw, a Buddhist monk who was instrumental in reviving the practice of Vipassana. In his retreats, S.N.Goenka ...


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Here are some other references (which three people suggested in comments, which I have deleted and moved here): I think you will enjoy this article. The Buddha has taught in Alagaddupama Sutta that his teachings are like a boat to be used for crossing over, but you should not hold on to the boat. That is not it's purpose. Similarly, you may not like the ...


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I think it varies tremendously based on what tradition they are adapting their teachings from. People following a secularized vipassana tradition probably uphold the Satipatthana sutta, and secular Zen practitioners probably take interest in the Heart Sutra, the Diamond Sutra, and the Platform Sutra. From my interactions with secular Buddhists I get the ...


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To answer your question, 'yes', dhamma practise is done in ways you described. When it is comprehended our suffering arises from our self-centred desires & attachments towards things, we work to change those unhealthy desires, views & habitual reactions (which arise in many forms & are summarised as greed, hatred & delusion). This is ...


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Found it! (Admins -- should I delete this now superfluous question?) https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cross-check/does-buddhism-give-us-answers-or-questions/ Batchelor said [in 2003] he no longer meditated every day. "I am a meditation teacher who doesn’t meditate any more," he said, smiling sheepishly. Although he once found meditation "...


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It is an antidote for the Hindrance of Sloth and Torpor (3) RECITATION. If, Moggallāna, that drowsiness still would not go away, then, Moggallāna, you should recite in detail a teaching that you have learned. It is possible that when you do so, that drowsiness would go away. Pacalā Sutta It starting point to builds concentration also take you ...


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Historical Buddhist scholars trying to figure out who the historical Buddha was prefer using the Pali texts, not so much because they are canon but because they pass the various tests historians use to decide how old a text is and appear to be the oldest and closest to the original man. This isn't though a secular project, it appears to be a project that ...


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Regarding the secular aspect. Many Mahayana schools of Buddhism, including at least some Zen sects and some Tibetan Vajrayana lineages, understand the supernatural as skillful means (upaya), that is to say, as useful metaphors/simplifications pointing to the real, but non-obvious, aspects of the so-called "reality". This is not to say that these schools ...


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There are excellent answers here, full of details, so I will just add a short one: Killing yourself is a selfish thing, the opposite of Buddha's teachings! You have a precious human life, you can use it to make merits, you can help others to break free from the sea of samsara, you can increase the loving kindness in this world. When you are free then you ...


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The Buddha characterized our human lives as "dukkha". Often translated as "suffering", but that is really a bit dramatic. A more accurate definition is "unsatisfactoriness." This "Unsatisfactoriness" doesn't arise from life itself, but rather from our response to it. As was said in Hamlet, "there's nothing good or bad but thinking makes it so." The ...


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There are many techniques that were taught by the Buddha and also later, other techniques were developed by Buddhist teachers over history, that are based on the Buddha's teachings. You are right that some of these techniques may appear to be in conflict with each other. However, we must understand that each technique is used for a particular purpose, for a ...


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I agree with many of the answers here. Here are a few hopefully useful comments of my own. The reason you are going to get conflicting information from this site is that different people have different opinions and some of us are right and some of us are wrong, for better or worse. Otherwise debates and discussions would never need to occur (As an example, ...


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If the goal is to end suffering, why don't Buddhists simply kill themselves? This is a good point, and not surprisingly you are not first to notice connection between suffering and potential suicide. Buddha himself allowed his students "to use the knife" (traditional phrase) in cases of incurable sickness with no chance of recovery. He did not see suicide ...


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Could I recommend Zen and the Art of Consciousness by Susan Blackmore. It is a personal account of a wholehearted Buddhist practice but framed very much from a secular perspective. Sue Blackmore her self does not identify as a Buddhist at all but this is very much an account of a dedicated Buddhist practitioner albeit with a scientific approach. It's so ...


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...without things that I don't need, especially without the idea that the purpose of Buddhist practice is to achieve enlightenment... If we walk the path to the higher goal, the lower goals will be fulfilled along the way. ...the reason for me to practice is to reduce my suffering in this life... Sooner or later, we'll realize that the only way to ...


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It feels to me that all can be worked with discursive meditation. In the first example I could realize that the number of people, whose opinion really matters to me is very small, and the person I was upset about wasn't one of them. To me, this solution is still focused on craving/aversion. The reason why we feel upset is because "we crave" acceptance, ...


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If we interpret any of Gotama's words straightly, then we miss (we leave out) any context, any background. For pure understanding we need to: understand the level and paradigm of asker, auditory culture, background model (brahmanic, upanishadic, samanic, dravidic... et cetera). have understanding about ancient simple Language - they has no words and ...


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The so called "Secular Buddhists" have their own religion consisting of their own fixed beliefs. One of those fixed beliefs is the belief that there is no life after death. Their typical game is to hijack the Buddhist Suttas to give their own interpretations to somehow map the wording to their fixed secular beliefs. If any Sutta proves too difficult to ...


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1. If there's no rebirth, what happens after death of a non-arahant? Does a new life ensue dependent on the one which has just ended? Life continues all the time. New lives inherit some characteristics from previous lives. Information is rarely lost completely. Influences carry on. They are not necessarily linear 1:1, but due to grasping some people may ...


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i think all strategies must be based on certain principles, which are also dhammic, and in fact grow out of them, so that a few strategies as possible would cover as much base as possible, because otherwise the practice becomes unnecessarily particular, unsystematic and caught up in strategies in fact the method described in the suttas is very simple and ...


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Buddha speaks that the power of mära (mära bala) is something we should strive to win against though practice of Buddhism. Buddha has also said that he doesn't see anybody else who exercises power as the mära does. However mära also dies. Even Arhat Moghalläna has been mära. Mära is also explained by Buddha as things that perish. Our eyes, ears, nose,...


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