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Is making art bad or sinful?

Art can be a continuation of samsaric inertia, or it can be an expression of the enlightened mind. What message are you sending with your art? What impulse does it carry forward into the future?
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Is it helpful, how is it possible, to deal with anger by 'accepting' it with equanimity?

In Buddhism, there are many methods to deal with anger. The method of accepting anger is a method of 'non-conflict'. By fully acknowledging & accepting anger in an open way, you can develop some ...
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Computers and Buddhist monks, offering computer to monk makes bad karma to both monk and donor?

In western monasteries isn't not uncommon for monks to use computers to teach the dhamma online or write books. However, a monk wont own the computer, you'll be giving the computer to the sangha. ...
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miscarriage and abortion

3 years back i had to face with an relationships Problem with my ex boy friend and at that time i was pregnant. I had to abort my child at that time as a result of those problems. If necessary, ...
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What is the meaning of Anicca and Anatta?

It is 'anatta' that means our inability to control the five aggregate, as found in the Pali as follows, where the word 'anicca' is not found at all: Rūpaṃ, bhikkhave, anattā. Rūpañca hidaṃ, ...
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What is the concept of "Ego" or "self "?

The Buddhist concept is not no self but non self or not self. What this means is there nothing that can be taken as self. There is no permanent unchanging core or soul, there is nothing which you ...
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How to reconcile Mahayana ideas of "nama-rupa" with the Pali definition?

Unlike Theravada tradition, which passes down the words, Mahayana tradition passes down the meaning - using whatever words and images that are most fitting for the occasion and the recipient. So in ...
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Can you attain stream entry without meditation?

There are 5 ways to start your journey: listening to the Dharma teaching the Dharma reciting the Dharma reflecting on the Dharma meditation Followed by: joy arises in him; because of joy, zest ...
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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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"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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Can someone mention few good web sites to learn theravada Buddhism?

A Handful of Leaves has books and papers. Also http://www.dhammatalks.net/, http://www.wisdomlib.org/, http://www.buddhanet.net/ (multiple authors) and http://www.dhammatalks.org/ (by Thanissaro ...
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If someone says publicly that he has achieved nirvana , can it be true?

From a Theravada perspective, the answer is probably "no". While not being a sutta, the Milindapanha states if a layperson attains to Arahatship they either ordain as a monk or die. If the ...
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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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Do Arahants have Vinnana and Namarupa?

First of all, it is incorrect to say "arhats have vijnana (etc)". The word "have" implies someone who has, but in case of an arhat there's no entity, no one to "have" vijnana. The right way to phrase ...
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I am asking personal help, I want to renounce my home?

There once was a potter named Ghaṭīkāra, who was the chief supporter of Buddha Kassapa. He was a lay person, deeply devout, and was once asked why he did not go forth. MN81:11.2: ‘Dear Ghaṭīkāra, you ...
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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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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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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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How does the Dhamma reconcile slavery?

I think you are mistaking servant for slave. In five ways should a master minister to his servants and employees (i) by assigning them work according to their ability, (ii) by supplying ...
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What is useless/meaningless speech?

In addition found in Sevitabbâsevitabba Sutta there are 32 types of chatter which is called animal chatter which falls under the category of idle / frivolous chatter: Rajakatha – Talk about kings ...
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Why do I have to suffer due to a thing that a person in a past life has done that I have no control over?

Your friend believes they are suffering due to past life kamma. I have never read such a belief in the Pali suttas. Further, if this belief is true, there is no way for your friend to stop suffering ...
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Why Buddha said "if you want to remove small/light codes from Vinaya"?

If the Buddha had totally approved the removal of certain rules then the Buddha would have explicitly mentioned which ones. In the 1st Council the monks could not decide what extent was minor rules, ...
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How do Buddhists justify or explain that monks and/or temples amass and use wealth?

One should feel pity for those ignorant monks for they're sowing some very bad seeds for their future's well-being: Bhikkhus, there are these five themes that should often be reflected upon by a ...
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Which are the vipassana jhanas?

Please see Ven. Gunaratana's "The Jhanas". He gave pretty detailed descriptions of the standard jhanas versus the vipassana one, what's called "momentary concentration"/khanikaSamadhi.
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Is the term "Everything happens for a reason" appropriate?

The issue concerns the way you understand the statement "Everything happens for a reason", since 'reason' has various meanings. 'Reason' could mean motivation or intent. For instance, "Someone has ...
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How do you handle a begar who want to stay in your temple?

I used to manage certain affairs of a monastery. I once gave a homeless penniless man food & lodging and he has been a monk now for over 20 years & is a well-known dhamma teacher. The beggar ...
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Can one follow Hinduism and Buddhism at the same time?

In Buddhism the main teachings you have to have faith in is the 8 Fold Path divided into 3 trainings, which is to develop higher virtue, higher mind and higher wisdom. No religion is incompatible ...
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Ultimate reality and tilakkhana

Tilakkhana is Pali for "three lakṣaṇa". "Lakshana" means indication, symptom, attribute, feature, omen, that by which a thing is recognized. Anicca, dukkha, anatta are the three aspects of all ...
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