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Logic of Emptiness still unconvincing. Please help explain

Your confusion is clear as day to me. :) As is the true meaning of "emptiness". The challenge is how to explain it to you in a way you can understand. :) You are stuck on this idea of "...
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How should one be mindful of death?

Oh, this is easy. This one I was taught many many times. Here is how it goes: Regular untrained people live their life as if they will live forever. They 1) worry about small unimportant stuff, get ...
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Invalid logic pertaining to karma in sutta AN 5.129?

The way my first teacher explained karma, it works like a matching machine, it just puts the "victim" in the situation when the odds of encountering a certain kind of people are increased. It's like, ...
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Buddhism on We are all one

OP: Is it right from a Buddhist point of view to say that you and me are the same because there is only one consciousness playing different minds (egos, personalities, psychologies, etc) and bodies ...
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How does one become a "Māra"?

Abhisankhāra-māra - The Karmic force Kleśa-māra, or Ma̋ra as the embodiment of all unskillful emotions. Mṛtyu-māra, or Māra as death, in the sense of the ceaseless round of birth and death....
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Why is the Heart Sutra so important in Mahayana Buddhism?

Maybe because Clinging/Upadana is such a powerful destructive force, even advanced practitioners still have a tough time dealing with. So the non-clinging theme reflected through insight into ...
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Sutta with firefly simile

Ud 6.9 - Adhipataka Sutta: Like Moths to the Flame translated from the Pali by Andrew Olendzki “The insects are drawn irresistibly in the dark night to the shining lamps, but in their zeal to ...
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"The Blessed One", is it bad translation?

A couple of dictionary translations: Bhagavā: venerable, fortunate, blessed, sublime. Generally designates the Buddha. Bhagavant (adj. n.) [cp. Vedic bhagavant, fr. bhaga] fortunate, illustrious,...
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What is the phantom in the conclusion of the Diamond Sutra?

No phantom, no... The Diamond Sutra in Classical Chinese, wherein one of the verses instantly enlightened the 6th Patriarch Huineng, the corresponding verse to your quote is this: 一切有為法,如夢幻泡影,...
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Monks who are not worthy and worthy

From the Ajañña Sutta (AN 8.13): "In the same way, a monk endowed with eight qualities is worthy of gifts, worthy of hospitality, worthy of offerings, worthy of respect, an incomparable field ...
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Does the Buddha deny genetic differences?

MN 98 is about "jati" or "social identity". The Buddha says physical birth or "ancestry" is unrelated to jati; that the jatis are verbal designations assigned due to kamma (actions). For example, ...
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Among 9 jhanas which is deep sleep?

I've got a simple answer for you: Sleep is not a jhāna. The Buddha never says, not in Pāli not in Chinese not in Sanskrit, that sleep is a jhāna. Sleep is also not nibbāna. Sleep is also not nirodha. ...
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How to practice “In the seen will be merely what is seen”

This topic is famously developed in Vajrayana's highest tantras such as Mahamudra and Dzogchen. The point is to shift the focus of experience from the samsaric mind with its constant judgement of ...
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Why did the Buddha contradict about His teachings in these two different suttas?

The key phrase, I think, is: "those things that I have known with direct knowledge..." (emphasis mine). Some things must be experienced as direct knowledge. Teaching or discussing them with ...
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What's the role of "conceit" in the Dhamma?

Conceit in Buddhism is a technical term, referring to the deep-rooted habit or tendency of self-expression or self-clinging. It's different from self-view or identity-view, which is more like a belief,...
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How does one become a "Māra"?

The current Mara was Mara Dusi's nephew back in the days of Buddha Kakusandha. So it seems that there's a waiting list in the Paranimmita-vasavatti heaven. There are some people in the world who do ...
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Can anyone explain Sanskara / Sankara in depth?

The Pali word ‘sankhara’ has multiple meanings dependent on the context. It can mean: (i) a conditioned thing (formed from various causes or parts); (ii) something that conditions another conditioned ...
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Why is the Heart Sutra so important in Mahayana Buddhism?

So I posed this question to my teacher at the temple yesterday, and the answer floored me! I asked her what is the meaning of "No suffering, origination, cessation of suffering, path" in the Heart ...
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Why is the Heart Sutra so important in Mahayana Buddhism?

The Heart Sutra is of utmost importance in Mahayana because it declares the key realization that makes Mahayana distinct from a superficial "Sutra-Yana": That in the ultimate sense all ...
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When the Buddha changes his mind to teach

It is the Asibandhakaputta Sutta- SN 4.8.6 It was Asibandhakaputta , the disciple of Nighanta-Natha-Putta, who raised the question for which Buddha gave the parable of the three fields, the good , the ...
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Did the Buddha according to the suttas mean anything else by the word "self" beyond simply the aspect of control/power?

This is a very famous line of argumentation in Buddhism, especially in Theravada, about no-self. The basic idea is that according to common sense, we can control ourselves by the power of will - move ...
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I'm trying to find a specific sutta I think

Upaddha Sutta: Half (of the Holy Life) Don't say that, Ananda. Don't say that. Admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie is actually the whole of the holy life. When a ...
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Comparing Chinese Agama the ? Bundles of Reeds Simile with Pali Nalakalapiyo Sutta

OP: Are these two Sutra/Sutta equivalent but different versions? Yes, I think so. According to SuttaCentral, SA 288 and SN 12.67 are equivalent. I could find "三蘆立於空地" from your quote inside ...
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Majjhima Nikaya 152 Indriyabhāvana Sutta

(i) What does "repelled/disgusted" mean literally? The commentary, translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi, says: Although the sekha has already entered upon the way to final deliverance, he is still prone to ...
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The One With the Brahmin Heckler

From SN 7.16 - Paccanīka Sutta: At S›vatthı. Now on that occasion a brahmin named Paccanıkas›ta, Relisher of Contradiction, was residing at S›vatthı. Then it occurred to the brahmin Paccanıkas›ta: “...
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Looking for sutta about purification of fish, turtles, etc

It's in Therigatha: [The Brahman:] Punnika, surely you know. You're asking one doing skillful kamma & warding off evil. Whoever, young or old, does evil kamma is, through water ablution, from ...
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