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Which is the Buddhist holy book? Where can it be read?

There isn't exactly one short Buddhist bible (see Why isn't there a Buddhist Bible?). The Tripitaka is the Pali canon, possibly the earliest (or at least, among the earliest) of the surviving ...
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What is the meaning of the Zen quote: "Before Enlightenment chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment chop wood, carry water"?

Before Enlightenment, you hate your life. You chop wood and carry water, but secretly wish to get out of it all. You bear with these activities through habit and out of hopelessness, but you really ...
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What is the meaning of the Zen quote: "Before Enlightenment chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment chop wood, carry water"?

I am not sure about the origin of this quote but possibly as it used as a Zen message it may have come from Bodhidharma. I am sure about its meaning however. It relates both to Enlightenment and ...
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On what basis does the 'right' in Buddhism come from?

The 'Right' in Buddhism (Samma or Samyak, literally "done well" or "properly done") is that which is causally connected with peace (and Peace). It is causally connected with peace ...
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Buddhist Verse Closest To Christian/Jewish Verse

How can I inflict upon another what is displeasing and disagreeable to me? Veludvareyya Sutta And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. Luke 6:31 * In the same ...
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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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Which is the Buddhist holy book? Where can it be read?

The main Buddhist holy book - The Sutta Pitaka - is many times larger than the Bible, consisting of more than 10,000 discourses. However, the essential teachings the Buddha compared to a 'handful of ...
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What is the meaning of the Zen quote: "Before Enlightenment chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment chop wood, carry water"?

It means your liabilities are before and after the enlightenment the same ones. You have to live a life, to meet responsibility and to master challenges. You still have to follow the Path. Edit I ...
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What is the meaning of the Zen quote: "Before Enlightenment chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment chop wood, carry water"?

"Chop wood and carry water" This was first told to me as a story. Here is an abbreviated version. A young boy became a monk. He dreamed of enlightenment and of learning great things. When he got to ...
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Is rebirth a delusional belief?

"Anatta" does not mean "no-self". It means "not-self". Therefore, the Buddha did not deny the arising of the "self" concept in the mind. In fact, the Buddha taught extensively about how the idea of "...
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What is the difference between an arhat, bodhisattva and a buddha?

According to the Prasangika-Madhyamika Mahayana school of Tenets, A Hinayana arhat abandoned afflictive obscurations by way of realizing emptiness, but has not abandoned knowledge obscuration. He as ...
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Did Buddha ever met Mahavir(Jain GOD)?

No. There is no known record of Gautama Buddha meeting Mahavira (also known as Nigantha Nataputta in the Pali Canon). Jains are known as Niganthas in the Pali Canon. It appears however that Mahavira ...
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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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Does Zen Buddhism have canonical texts?

I am from a Chinese Buddhist organization with Chan lineage but is non denominational. They use the entire Chinese Mahayana canon as their basis, but in practice only popular passages like the Heart ...
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What is the meaning of the Zen quote: "Before Enlightenment chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment chop wood, carry water"?

I understand the quote differently: The young monk was pursuing something, which is an attachment, seeking great knowledge, and perhaps in that, fame as well. I think his dissatisfaction indicates ...
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How does Buddhist Logic work?

On the one hand, there is logic which is a set of rules for making deductions, inductions, etc. Even in the West, there are various. For instance, (1) classical logic and (2) intuitionistic logic. I ...
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Where is the most concrete exposition on the Buddhist ethics in the source material?

The Buddha taught for 45 years therefore his teachings are infinitely larger than those of Jesus. Therefore, there are so many (reported) discourses on ethics. Below are merely a few examples: Magga-...
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Is rebirth a delusional belief?

The Buddha is like a doctor (Iti 100) who treats the illness which is suffering (dukkha). Please also see this answer. A lay beginner who still has self view (sakkāya ditthi) i.e. someone who is not ...
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How should one look at buddhist mythologies and cosmologies from a scientific perspective

... reconcile with modern science? ... Modern science is always changing with new theories and discoveries but Buddhism is presented as eternal or timeless which is valid in the past, present and ...
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Did the Buddha make any reference to Krishna and Gita?

The dates given in Wikipedia's Bhagavad Gita article, for example, Professor Jeaneane Fowler, in her commentary on the Gita, considers second century BCE to be the likely date of composition. ... ...
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How does Buddhist Logic work?

This article goes through the catuskoti - the fourfold statemnt of 'is, is not, both is and neither' - and attempts to put Buddhist logic into 20th century Western logical terms. https://aeon.co/...
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How does Buddhist Logic work?

Buddhist logic is to acknowledge that there is suffering. Buddhist logic is to acknowledge that there are causes to these suffering. Buddhist logic is to acknowledge that it is possible to be free ...
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How does Buddhist Logic work?

The article shown by @llya Grushevskiy is discuss very interesting logic. Some extracts from it gives bellow. ... The four original possibilities, {T}, {F}, {T, F} and {}, as t, f, b and n, ...
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What is the difference between an arhat, bodhisattva and a buddha?

Arhat - a person who has achieved Nirvana. The Buddha is a Arhat too, there are disciples who learn the Dhamma as Buddha has taught, who become Arhats too. Buddha - on who achieves Nirvana without a ...
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Why did Buddha put so much emphasis on no-self?

The answer to the question is the message of the Nakulapita Sutta. Now, how is one afflicted in body & afflicted in mind? He assumes [each of the five aggregates] to be the self, or the self as ...
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What is the most accurate translation of the word 'dukkha'?

I'm not sure who wrote the short introduction at the top of the Dukkha page of AccessToInsight.org but it is a very appropriate comment to your question: No single English word adequately captures ...
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What is the quality and status of the Tripitaka texts at tipitaka.org?

The texts at tipitaka.org were created by the VRI institute in the 90s, and generally are quite good. However, their work was very carefully studied and corrected by the Dhamma Society in Bangkok and ...
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Why is there a Miscellaneous chapter in the Dhammapada?

I can only speculate. If we examine the preceding & proceeding chapters: Maggavagga is about the Path and verses 273, 274, 275, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 282, 285 and 289 all include the word ...
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