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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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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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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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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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Why are Buddhist concepts so difficult?

Mainstream Buddhism is often complex because many of the teachings are not about real things due to misinterpretions and embellishments. If a student starts with the right foundation, Buddhism won't ...
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Is it possible and good to know and/or talk about other/more details about the way out of suffering than the Buddha did?

In the parable of the Simsapa leaves in SN 56.31, the Buddha took some Simsapa (Indian rosewood) leaves in his hand and said that the leaves in his hand were far less in number than the leaves in the ...
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"Guard the sense doors"- What does this mean, and what is it's application?

With each contact your perceive the experience: a pleasant, unpleasant or neutral feeling arises which you also perceive as either favorable, unfavorable and neutral. "Guarding the sense door" is you ...
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Why must we not wear a hat or cap when listen or teach Dhamma?

This rule has very archaic origins. When listening to a monk explaining the dhamma we normally put the monk in a more respected position (e.g. sitting in a chair while we sit on the floor); when we do ...
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Does any sutta talk about the right conditions for teaching the Dhamma?

Part Three: The 16 Dealing with Teaching Dhamma 57. I will not teach Dhamma to a person with an umbrella in his hand who is not ill: a training to be observed. I will not teach Dhamma to a person ...
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Monastics & Hygiene

Monks and nuns generally take good care of their bodies so they may be better able to continue to share the dharma with those who may benefit. They keep good hygiene of their robes and living quarters ...
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Should sensual pleasure be actively avoided, rather than simply not sought? I am particularly interested in regards to taste

Reading your post, i remembered the Middle Way or the Noble Eightfold Path as a path of moderation, between the extremes, any sensorial pleasure provokes addiction if not moderated. In the ...
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Knowledge as a bad thing

I have attempted to examine the Pali in this verse. The key word appears to be 'ñattaṃ', which is said to mean 'intellectual faculty' rather than good knowledge (Ñāṇa). Ñatta (nt.) [nomen ...
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Should sensual pleasure be actively avoided, rather than simply not sought? I am particularly interested in regards to taste

I think that's an advanced/difficult question. In summary I think it's recommended that you to avoid becoming 'attached' to sensual pleasure[s]. Seeking (sensual) pleasure (i.e. 'thirsting' or '...
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Will Buddhism last only 5,000 years after Buddha's Mahaparinirvana?

In the Vinaya (monk's rules), it is said (somewhere) the Buddha's teachings would last for 500 years (rather than 5,000 years). Many Buddhists claim this did not come true therefore the Vinaya ...
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Right way to teaching Dhamma

One should teach the dhamma for the sake of revulsion, of dispassion, of cessation, regarding: decay-and-death, Birth, Existence, Clinging, Craving, Feeling, Contact, The 6 sense-bases, Name-and-form,...
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How to overcome guilt

Within the Vinaya, a transgression (one that causes guilt or not) is overcome by declaring it to at least one monk.. The length of time it takes to overcome the transgression was set at the length of ...
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Does any/every form of lying violate the precept of "not-lying"?

The motivation DOES make a difference to the karma of an action. The classic discussion about karma stresses motivation. Karma as action denotes an act of mental volition (cetanā), and the bodily ...
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Was Buddha deceiving others to get them on the path?

Please point out if my line of thought is flawed. It is an established principle since the time of the Buddha there are two types of teachings: mundane, worldly or moral teachings (lokiya dhamma) ...
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What does Buddhism teach or say about Tolerance and accepting differences in general?

Buddhism teaches nature creates differences or diversity. For example: Again, the Tathagata (Buddha) understands as it actually is the world with its many & different elements. That too is a ...
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Is there any kind of stress and suffering the Buddhas medicine would not help?

In the Virecana (Tikicchakka) Sutta (AN10.108): "Monks, doctors give a purgative for warding off diseases caused by bile, diseases caused by phlegm, diseases caused by the internal wind ...
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Is there a kind of consulting service in Buddhism?

First a bit of background or context -- just in case you didn't know. So apparently, as well as the suttas, there's something called the vinaya i.e. the code of Monastic discipline. These are (or ...
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Does any sutta talk about the right conditions for teaching the Dhamma?

When somebody wants to know and is receptive. For the most part if you consider the way the Buddha taught, you notice he’s usually only directly addressing the sangha without being asked. Otherwise ...
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Don't teach Dhamma to those who can't appreciate it or aren't interested

In the Vinaya -- see the section "Three: The 16 Dealing with Teaching Dhamma" on page 554 of The Buddhist Monastic Code, Volumes I: SN 6:2 records that the Buddha himself had the highest respect ...
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