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Does DN2 and MN36 provide an irrefutable statement on the fact of rebirth?

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 ...
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What is the best introductory (but comprehensive) book on SECULAR Buddhism?

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 ...
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Parinibbāna in secular Buddhism

In my understanding, the notion of Nirvana was a nod towards pre-Buddhist (Inc. Jain) ideas of the times. Nirvana was something transcental, something ultimate everyone spoke about but barely anyone ...
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Parinibbāna in secular Buddhism

A lot of people conflate the concept of 'rebirth' with the concept of 'reincarnation,' but philosophically speaking they are subtly different. Reincarnation implies an eternal essence or being that ...
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Stephen Batchelor's current meditation practice

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 ...
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What is the best introductory (but comprehensive) book on SECULAR Buddhism?

I would then recommend reading the Suttas at www.accesstoinsight.org .
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Does DN2 and MN36 provide an irrefutable statement on the fact of rebirth?

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 ...
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Are the four noble truths supposed to be applied to every type of anguish separately?

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 ...
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Secular Buddhism and Suicide

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 "...
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Does chanting have a practical and exclusive benefit?

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 ...
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Conflicting schools of thought

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 ...
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Conflicting schools of thought

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 ...
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Secular, Tradition or the pathway of the branches

You know, speaking personally, I've never been able to make hats work. I've tried on a lot of different hats, but no matter what, when I put on a hat I end up looking like the world's biggest doof. ...
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The Buddha spoke to many individuals. Did the Buddha ever tell an individual who did not believe in rebirth, that they must in order to be liberated?

In SN 15.5, SN 15.6, an individual monk and in SN 15.8, an individual brahmin lay person, spoke to the Buddha, and asked a question about the length of an eon. The Buddha answered it and then ...
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Is secular Buddhism a religion?

Secular Buddhism is loosely associated movement of authors and teachers, Stephen Batchelor is one good example. It isn't an institution, so there isn't any well define orthodoxy to appeal to about ...
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What reference to other powers are there in Buddhism?

Pigeonholing Buddhism into theistic or atheistic category betrays ignorance of the relationship between reality and its description. Theistic concepts such as gods, souls, afterlife, other realms etc. ...
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Secular Buddhism and Suicide

More traditionally, Buddhism is concerned with achieving enlightenment and ending the rebirth process. Generally, the word 'traditionally' means 'culturally', which means not the real Buddhism. The ...
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Does DN2 and MN36 provide an irrefutable statement on the fact of rebirth?

Buddhism has the Triple Refuge, for which the Dhamma as refuge was declared by the Lord Buddha as follows: Svākkhāto bhagavatā dhammo sandiṭṭhiko akāliko ehipassiko opaneyyiko paccattaṃ veditabbo ...
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Does DN2 and MN36 provide an irrefutable statement on the fact of rebirth?

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 ...
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Questions to deniers of traditional view on Rebirth

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 ...
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Parinibbāna in secular Buddhism

I take it that an important claim of secular Buddhism is that the Buddha never actually taught literal rebirth. 'Birth' ('jati') is the production of ideas or views of 'self' or 'beings' ('satta'), ...
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What is meant by "divorcing the view and the action" and why is it considered so dangerous?

"Divorcing the view and action" means someone who does not walk the talk, someone who's practice in real life does not match the philosophy they declare. It is dangerous because it is a kind ...
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Are there stories in the suttas of people experiencing the fruits of their karma in their lifetimes?

Ud 8.7 tells the story of a junior monk accompanying the Buddha who disobeyed the Buddha, was disrespectful to him (please see this footnote for details), dropped the Buddha's possessions and ...
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If consciousness is a Reification, how does a Buddha attain the Truth?

The question make a wrong comparison. It's a totally different story. From question's quote, ven. Sāriputta in Ma. Mū. Mahāvedallasuttaṃ (MN 43) is talking about minds&wisdoms, which are ...
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What would be the secular interpretation for the Assu Sutta and the Mata Sutta?

What is secular Buddhism? Are we defining any Buddhism that takes the Pali canon as only a beginning to truth, with any additional changes or perceived refinements as secular? Or are we wading into ...
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