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How to find the right Dhamma teacher

At this point I venture to say that the school one picks is largely irrelevant. It's much more about the teacher's ability to connect the map of the teaching with the jungle of your immediate living ...
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How to deal with people giving reviews to the teaching?

someone might get caught up in the wrong side of the isle after reading some person's foolish efforts There will always be reviews coming from writers who are not comfortable with things like ...
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Why don't teachers just tell us the answers?

Because the question is supposed to "point directly at your mind" like the finger pointing at the moon. The answer could not do better. In fact, you learn more from trying to solve an apparent ...
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How to find the right Dhamma teacher

I would recommend you to pick the tradition closest to the original teachings of the Buddha and try to find a good teacher within that tradition. Trying many traditions would probably lead you to ...
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What does it mean to find a teacher?

When I say, "find a teacher" I just mean, don't rely on your understanding of books alone. Go to an actual resident Buddhist master of any denomination, like a teaching Theravada bhikkhu or a Zen ...
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The Oldest Traditional Buddhist Lineage?

Every "official" Chan/Zen master (that is, a master recognized and authorized by an older master) keeps a list of his ancestral teachers going back all the way to the Buddha Shakyamuni. I have such ...
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Finding a Vipassana Teacher in a pandemic

Ven. Yuttadhammo, who was formerly a moderator of Buddhism.SE, heads the Sirimangalo International Meditation Centre in Ontario, Canada. He was a student of Ven. Ajaan Tong Sirimangalo. He teaches ...
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What is the actual status of the Dalai Lama in regard of Dhamma-Vinaya?

The 14th Dalai Lama has no standing in the Theravada Buddhist tradition. However, in the Tibetan Mahayana Buddhist tradition and conforming to the Dharma and Vinaya of Tibetan Buddhism (and in ...
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How to find the right Dhamma teacher

The Udayi Sutta (AN 5.159) describes the five qualities in one qualified to teach the Dhamma: "It's not easy to teach the Dhamma to others, Ananda. The Dhamma should be taught to others only when ...
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Is there any forwarding benefit to ask equal?

It depends on the question. There are people who understand the canon better than I do and who can help me to read and understand it, so it makes sense to ask that sort of question. Also there are ...
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Are anagamis/arahants common (1000+) nowadays?

In Udana 7.2, Ven. Sariputta (the Arahant) tried to teach Ven. Bhaddiya without realizing that he too was an Arahant. The Buddha saw this and exclaimed the verse, describing Ven. Bhaddiya: He has cut ...
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Are there buddhists who criticize Eckhart Tolle as it is not really a buddhist teach? If so, what is their critique?

There are also Christians who claim he doesn't teach Christianity very well either. Instead, he draws off sources the general public would typically understand. Eckhart Tolle and his teachings are ...
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Are there buddhists who criticize Eckhart Tolle as it is not really a buddhist teach? If so, what is their critique?

If you call something Buddhism it will be attributed to the Buddha and should be inline with the doctrinal system the Buddha taught. If something is not what the Buddha said then it is wrong to miss ...
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What is the actual status of the Dalai Lama in regard of Dhamma-Vinaya?

This says that the Dalai Lama is ordained according to the Mulasarvastivada Vinaya: His Holiness the Dalai Lama Bestows Ordination Vows Today, His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave a group of monks full ...
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Are anagamis/arahants common (1000+) nowadays?

Silly question. If you spent any time with Buddhists you'd realize they have zero agreement on interpretation of most doctrinal points, including the definitions of the stream-entry, non-return, and ...
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Relying upon a Spiritual Guide, who created this idea? Is it actually a necessity for liberation?

It's true that DN 16 says rely on yourself but it doesn't mean you don't need a teacher, just as a student in university relies on his own effort to study for exams, do assignments, projects etc. but ...
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What should you do when someone teaches false Dharma?

Coming from the middle of the United States (OKC, OK) I have encountered the following Buddhist groups: Vietnamese (Mahayana), Korean (Mahayana), Thai (Theravada), Chinese (Mahayana), and Californian (...
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How to deal with people giving reviews to the teaching?

Any commentary on the Suttas by anyone is a personal opinion or explanation on that Sutta. If your opinion differs than just leave aside what you do not find agreeable.
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How to deal with people giving reviews to the teaching?

Please email Mr. Piya Tan for clarification. TheMindingCentre @ Gmail.com or Dharmafarer @ Gmail.com That's the best way to deal with it.
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How to deal with people giving reviews to the teaching?

It's typical human nature why forum like this or chiritinity or religion exists and consequently their misunderstandings. That's why some buddhist sectors keep in very hermited to preserve authority ...
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Are there any strict Soto Zen teachers online that I could listen to?

Rinsen Sensei of the Buddhist Temple of Toledo has transmission in the Harada-Yasutani lineage. His Dharma talks and Teishos are posted online occasionally, all for free. He is a genuine and reliable ...
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Are there any strict Soto Zen teachers online that I could listen to?

Soto Zen Dharma talks: http://livestream.com/SFZC Shunryū Suzuki https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4867F3D9F795268A
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In Buddhism can all we percieve / experience b used as teachers?

The Buddha told us the three marks of existence, all things which exist in the mind have these properties: Sabbe sankhara anicca Sabbe sankhara dukkha Sabbe dhamma anatta All conditioned things are ...
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