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Can a non-Buddhist get Nirvana?

Attaining Nirvana is not about labeling one self as Buddhist. To attain Nirvana you should follow the path to Nirvana. Any body following this path will reach the destination regardless of what they ...
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How does Buddhism explain consciousness if there is no self?

Acts of cognition do not require a "cogniser, a subject" that knows (apart from the mind itself), because consciousness belongs to the body & mind. The original question contains an implicit ...
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Does the Doctrine of No Soul mean there is nothing permanent to continue?

I agree with you. The Pali suttas do not refer to a continuous consciousness at the termination of life. Instead, the suttas explain 'birth' ('jati') & 'death' ('marana') refer to the birth &...
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Did the Buddha leave room for the possibility of a self?

Buddha did not teach that things exist (that's one extreme) or that things do not exist (that's another extreme). Buddha teaches that things exist to some extent, in some context, relative to some ...
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Soul that transmigrates?

A literal reading of this translation brings the conclusion there is the same person transmigrating or reincarnating from life to life. Therefore, there will obviously be the impression of a permanent ...
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Is All-Is-One a buddhist belief?

SN 35.23 - Sabba Sutta: The All "Monks, I will teach you the All. Listen & pay close attention. I will speak." "As you say, lord," the monks responded. The Blessed One said, &...
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Did the Buddha leave room for the possibility of a self?

SN 35.85 states the world is completely void/empty (sunnata) of self or anything belonging to self. SN 5.10 and SN 12.15 state there is no temporary conditioned 'self' because, in reality, what is ...
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Did the Buddha said that there is no self there is no soul?

The Pali suttas unambiguously state the entire universe is void of self (SN 35.85). When the deluded idea of 'self' is born (SN 22.81) in the human mind, according to the Pali suttas, it is not a ...
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How does Buddhism explain consciousness if there is no self?

Remember the Buddha refuses to answer "Is there a self?" and "Is there no self?". He frequently points out things which are not self which is in line with his teaching "sabbe sankhara annata" (All ...
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Can a non-Buddhist get Nirvana?

why doesn't everyone become a Buddhist to attain supreme bliss? I think that a "true" Christian may have beliefs which (may) help them to find some peace or solace, and which have some similarities ...
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What is the correct meaning of dhamma, dharma, atta, anatta?

I think that "atta" and "atman" are the same words, two different languages (Pali and Sanskrit). That in a Buddhist context, "atta" (and its converse, "anatta") are related to ideas like ...
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What is the correct meaning of dhamma, dharma, atta, anatta?

from an EBT (early buddhist text) perspective: http://lucid24.org/tped/d/dhamma/index.html#dhammamsutva ☸Dhamma, dhamma ☸Dhamma = The Buddha's Teaching. Dhamma = Natural laws of the universe, like ...
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What is the correct meaning of dhamma, dharma, atta, anatta?

There are two languages, Pali and Sanskrit. Pali sounds like a mumbled version of Sanskrit, basically. Many of the consonants found in Sanskrit words are skipped in corresponding Pali words. So ...
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Have any historical texts identified whether a reincarnated soul's true identity can be identified?

I can't offer you the Jewish yarmulke, but I can try to explain the Buddhist Yamaka. The Yamaka Sutta is one of the texts you can read. There are more in this answer. Another one is the Vina Sutta. ...
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What is it that pass from this life to the next?

I think the issue about this question is as you are stating in OP. If the target audience has no actual understanding of the Buddhas teaching, the real answer (karma) will elude them. So for ...
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If Buddha stayed unanswered on this matter, why do his followers preach that soul doesn't exist?

This is an ancient debate that will not get settled today. The problem is that any self we can identify automatically takes on - in our mind's eye - qualities like permanence and continuity. These ...
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If Buddha stayed unanswered on this matter, why do his followers preach that soul doesn't exist?

The Buddha did not remain silent on this matter. He only remained silent to those who would misunderstand. As stated in the Ananda Sutta, the questioner of the Buddha was "befuddled" & "confused". ...
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What is Buddhism's view on past lives?

From what I understand, the concept of soul does not exist in Buddhist teachings. It helps to define it properly in English: Self (there is a self) No self (there is no self) Non-self / Not-self ...
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How does Buddhism explain consciousness if there is no self?

In Buddhism, a being is subdivided into five aggregates. Rupa(Body/Form) 1. Rupa - Materiality(earth element, water element, fire element, air element etc.) Nama(Mind) 2. Vedana - Feeling(...
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Doubt in Soul and sects

A person is a Dependently Arisen process. Actions [Karma] will influence the direction which the process takes [positive and negative conditioning], hence influence rebirth. There is no permanent core ...
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According to buddhism, do demons exists?

According to Buddhism Demons exist. The Four Great Kings in the Cāturmahārājika Heaven keep watch over us of harm from these demons. There are a handful of (few) good demons too who have seen the ...
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Does the Doctrine of No Soul mean there is nothing permanent to continue?

I think you're asking, partly, about rebirth -- I asked a question similar to that here, you might find the answers to that question helpful. You might also also like to browse other topics on this ...
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Continuity of memories as a proof of the existence of self

You existed a moment before and the moment before that and the moment before that moment and so on. No. The experience of life the moment before has vanished, forever. It did not "exist". It was ...
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Continuity of memories as a proof of the existence of self

Which 'you'? The you that at 69 will likely become more conservative and less social? Or the you that at 5 had no concrete notion of Self, or the question the 'you' of about now poses? The me of 5 ...
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Can a non-Buddhist get Nirvana?

Nirvana is often thought of as a Buddist exclusive thought but Dictionary.com difines Nirvana as a Hindu concept also and adds "a place or state characterized by freedom from or oblivion to pain, ...
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Can a non-Buddhist get Nirvana?

No religion teaches what Buddhism teaches at its core. If the teachings of the religion are complete, they would be the same as the teaching of another complete religion. By "complete" I mean ...
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Did the Buddha believe in the existence of soul?

What is a "soul"? In the Christian New Testament, the "soul" is most often described as the human conscience that becomes defiled or purified, similar to the mind-heart ("citta") taught by the Lord ...
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