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Why are Buddhist concepts so difficult?

They both "are" and "are not" difficult to understand? For example I just told my mum what the four or five precept are, starting with "no killing" -- because when we met in the morning we agreed ...
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Could someone provide a list of all Buddhist schools?

Out of thousands schools, sub-schools, and hybrids, here are some of the most notable outlines: Early Buddhism and conservative descendants =======Popular wing======= Mahasanghika (developed into ...
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What teachings do all schools of Buddhism share?

There is an existent reference to the similarities between Theravāda & Mahāyāna which I will cite: (I think it also applies to Vajrayāna although I may be wrong in this regard.) Whatever our ...
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English (or other European) translations of Pali Canon

I personally use the following translations: Paper copies of Bhikkhu Bodhi's translations of Nikayas (for example Majjhima) for nice smooth English rendition. Access To Insight for quick and ...
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Should Lay Buddhists Teach the Dhamma?

Lay practitioner ==> monk is not a one way street. Some monks renounce their vows for various reasons (not always bad). A famous example in Western Tibetan Buddhism is Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche who ...
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Why are Buddhist concepts so difficult?

Agreed with Dhammadhatu. Buddhism is incomprehensible when it is based on hearsay, cargo cult, and book knowledge. Buddhism is simple and clear when you learn from the first-hand experience of the ...
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Is what is taught under the term "Radical Buddhism" consistent with Buddhist values?

According to my understanding (in Theravada tradition) and with the context of your question (Violence in the context of "radical Buddhism"), there is no room for any form of violence. Buddhist ...
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Should a Buddhist have Children?

rebirth is itself a origin of all the Dukhhas. Not quite. Birth has a requisite condition as well. It's not the case that our birth was the ultimate origin of our suffering. Doesn't it imply that ...
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Jainism vs Buddhism: did Buddhism borrow from Jainism?

There are very strong similarities between Buddhism and Jainism but there are also a number of major differences as well. It is very true that Buddhism and Jainism use a lot of very similar ...
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What is the best translation of Anatta into English?

CORELESSNESS Before we can pick a translation we must understand what it is that we are translating. Prefix an- is a simple negation. Hindu concept of Atman should not be confused with Aham (the ...
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How to deal with criticism?

How should one properly handle cases of insults, criticism and discrimination, according to the Buddhist teachings? Here's what the Buddha had to say to the monks: For even this external earth ...
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How and when should a child be introduced to Buddhism?

I have a daughter who is nearly 4 now. I first took her to the local Buddhist Centre when she was about a year old on a family day that we organised. The Buddhist practice involved running around the ...
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Role of the Buddhist in preserving the original teachings

First a couple of comments... It is to be expected that in a non-Buddhist country you wouldn't find as much authentic Buddhist literature as you would in Buddhist countries. In Thailand, for example, ...
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Five Precepts - did Buddha really preach them?

The five precepts are mentioned in Dhammika sutta. The main reason for teaching the fifth precept is said to be that intoxication easily instigates people to break other precepts by concealing the ...
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Maintaining respect to their previous faith while explaining Buddhism to a person who is in another school of Buddhism or another religion?

It is most honorable to do whatever you can so that people who take what you give take it smoothly. However, what you can do in this area is limited. To paraphrase Lama Tsongkhapa, if he who receives ...
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Don't teach Dhamma to those who can't appreciate it or aren't interested

The Buddha not only stressed the importance of right speech but also the right time and occassion to say it: "So too, prince, such speech as the Tath›gata knows to be untrue, incorrect, and ...
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Why are Buddhist concepts so difficult?

If you understand it as gradual training it is much easier to follow Buddha's teaching. The only way you can eat an elephant is only one bite at a time. some people think that they have to eat the ...
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What is known about the years of oral tradition of the Pali Canon?

Traditionally the original source of the teachings is Ananda. Ananda was the Buddha's cousin and primary attendant during a lot of his life up to the Buddha's death. Being so close to the Buddha, he ...
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What did the Buddha teach about aliens?

The Buddha talked about the "world Systems" and other humans in them. This is a fascinating topic for myself as someone interested in astronomy. Here are some links speaking about world systems and ...
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Is "the blind men and the elephant" a true Buddhist story?

Is “the blind men and the elephant” a true Buddhist story? I would like to know if it is present somewhere in the Pali Canon. Yes, the story is present in the canon: "Once, monks, in this same ...
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How are bhikkhus using social networking sites?

I don't think their intention is to entertain but to to teach.Social Networking Sites can be used as a form for communication.Especially in this day and age.It's likened to them writing a letter or ...
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How I can live longer as well as peaceful by doing practices taught by Buddhism?

Here is a list of a few things you can do to live a longer and healthier life. Meditate: Stress will make you age quicker and die younger. Eat vegetarian meals: Most meats will cause inflammation ...
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"Guard the sense doors"- What does this mean, and what is it's application?

Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu answers a question about "guarding the senses" in this video (at time 34:40). Guarding the sense doors is a way of protecting ourselves from being overcome by passion for the ...
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Should Lay Buddhists Teach the Dhamma?

In countries without a Buddhist background the best way to teach is as a lay person. The issues like conversion, unfamiliar customs and outer look will not hinder people from accepting the practice. ...
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What teachings do all schools of Buddhism share?

As well as the list which is quoted in Unrul3r's answer there are, also, three other lists included on Wikipedia's Basic points unifying Theravāda and Mahāyāna article. A less canonical list was ...
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Teaching or giving advice without mentioning the Buddha

There is nothing wrong with it at all. It is an extremely wonderful thing to speak the Dhamma in any form. In the Abhaya sutta (http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.058.than.html) the Buddha ...
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Jainism vs Buddhism: did Buddhism borrow from Jainism?

As I understand, one of Buddha's two teachers (Udraka Ramaputta) was a Jain. Evidently Buddha did learn a lot from jains, including the following: the notion of Nibbana meditation on various objects ...
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