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Its often best to avoid comparing Theravada to Mahayana. For example, in Theravada there is no notion of 'bodhisattva enlightenment'. In Theravada, the word 'bodhisattva' is never used, apart from referring to Gotama prior to his Awakening. For example, in the Pali suttas, there is the stock phrase: Bhikkhus, before my enlightenment, while I was still ...


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Buddhism is not identitarian. If transgender people follow the five precepts (which includes committed sexual relationship), Buddhism says this is wholesome & minimizes harm. If transgender people do not follow the five precepts (which includes uncommitted heedless sexual activity), Buddhism says this is unwholesome & generates harm. Buddhism ...


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In order to serve as a reference for any trans/queer/non-binary and gender non-conforming folks on the Bodhisattva path here, looking to see how Buddhism interacts with their gender identity, it would be beneficial and more precise to add that Buddhism 100% allows all beings to be what they already are. When I entered the stream I had already had one ...


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Among those following is the one among them; 1) Those who have ample wealth does not support his old aged father and mother has a downfall! Philosophy aside, just by going with plain simple logic and there's no contradiction here. The statement and the premise is clear: those who have ample wealth who do not support their aging parents will face downfall. ...


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You are basically saying, buddhists are less competitive and therefore have weaker survival abilities. This is based on the theory that survival in the world of limited resources requires competition for resources. Then you're saying, how is Buddhism a "proper belief" if it makes buddhists less fit for survival. This assumes that survival is like winning ...


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Like they say on reddit, the 3 doors are not in the suttas. The 3 doors are some inventions from the commentators of some mix of commentaries, abidhammas, and suttas. Those are not the dhamma. Even the mix of commentaries, abidhammas, and suttas on which they comment is not the dhamma. Even the suttas alone can be blindly said to be the dhamma. So first, ...


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I think you may be over-analyzing. Remember, the ten fetters (and the three doors, and the eight precepts, and the three jewels, and the four noble truths: Buddhists really love lists...) are pointers to a single common attitude. It isn't that we try to achieve emptiness and singleness and wishlessness; it's not a conjunction of different efforts. We try to ...


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If everyone was a buddhist, nobody would work the fields And yet they do. According to the original form of Buddhism, monks don't "work the fields" and are sustained by alms-food. I think that the existence of people who renounced worldly ambitions was a feature of Indian society in general -- see Ashrama -- not only Buddhism. You might see something like ...


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That seems to be several questions -- I'll try to answer them all but only briefly. What happened to king Siddhartha after he left the palace after renouncing the duty of King? He was never "king". He was son of a king -- or, Wikipedia says, Shakya Gautama Buddha (c. 6th to 4th centuries BCE), whose teachings became the foundations of Buddhism,[...


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Mangala Sutta discusses things which are blessing or auspicious. Parabhava Sutta is what discusses what leads to one's downfall. We understand this as explained by thee; this is the third cause of his downfall. Tell us the fourth, O Blessed One. What is the cause of his downfall? Parabhava Sutta Supporting one's parents is a blessing. To support ...


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I was researching sanghas in san diego and came upon one that had rules for entering their monastic sangha community that voided the application of anyone who has health issues. Like if youre so specifically sick i doubt u could take monastic vows.


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