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This is an interesting question, because the first jhana explicitly involves seclusion from the five hindrances, one of which relates to domanassa (translated in your quotation as "sadness"). According to the abhidhamma, domanassa can only arise in anger-based minds, which one might think would be totally absent in the first jhana. The commentary to SN 48.40 ...


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Anicca is not an+icca, rather it is a+nicca. The Sanskrit equivalent is anitya, which is a+nitya. Nicca according to wisdomlib means: nicca : (adj.) constant; continuous; permanent. (Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary Anicca according to wisdomlib means: anicca : (adj.) not stable; impermanent. (Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise ...


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Divisive Speech. This is definitely something unique to Buddhism (I think). Other religions talk about lying, but I don't remember any mentions of divisive speech. Abandoning divisive speech he abstains from divisive speech. What he has heard here he does not tell there to break those people apart from these people here. What he has heard there he does ...


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Linguistically, 'sakkāya' ('sat-kaya') means 'true' or 'real body' rather than 'own body'. If it meant 'own body' ('sa-kaya'), this would make our study of theory much easier. The word 'kaya' means 'group' or 'collection' rather than merely 'physical body'. In defining 'sakkaya', MN 44 says: Visākha, the Buddha said that these five grasping ...


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In my understanding, there is no controversy here at all. The explanation can be very simple: Before stream-entry, someone can think: "I am this body" or "I am inside this body" or "I am the perceiver of all my experience" or "I am the decision maker of all my actions" or "I am my memories" or "I am the thinker of thoughts". With stream-entry these ...


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Just like with any other religion, when the author of the teachings is no longer alive to clarify what is authentic and what is not, the followers of the teachings will naturally come up with different interpretation and also mix things up with teachings of other religions or belief systems. Even in the time of the Buddha, Devadatta was able to have his own ...


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Even assuming attha.m could be equated to attā, it could not mean "the not taking as self", because gama here means"the going", so it would mean something like "the going to self of pain and sadness". Also atthaṅgama is a common enough word to leave very little doubt over its meaning: “yato kho, bhikkhave, bhikkhu channaṃ phassāyatanānaṃ samudayañca ...


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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 dharmas or all phenomena. Dharmas have many different attributes or qualities, but these three are the subset of qualities that helps us let go of our simplified ...


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The first jhana is where we sit and deliberately think about our luck of encountering true Dharma and our circumstantial advantages over regular people, in order to transform our insatisfaction with personal life into joy. (e.g. Instead of thinking that having no money, no friends etc. is horrible, we sit and think that we are lucky to be uninvolved in ...


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You are quoting sn48.40. In this sutta, the following five faculties are transcended as one enters various jhanas: pain: first jhana sadness: second jhana pleasure: third jhana happiness: fourth jhana equanimity: "ninth jhana" Pain is coarser than sadness, for both householders and Noble Ones. For a householder, someone sad over the death of a loved one ...


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Not-self (Anatta) is a teaching which is difficult even to understand by an advanced practitioner. Anatta Lakhana Sutta is the direct teaching of this doctrine. https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn22/sn22.059.mend.html


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SN 12.23 says: Khayeñāṇaṃ (knowledge of destruction of defilements) has freedom (from defilements) as its condition. Freedom (from defilements) has dispassion, disillusionment & yathābhūtañāṇadassanan (truly knowing and seeing) as its conditions. Therefore, if following the sequence of dhammas in SN 12.23, "right knowledge" ("samma ñāṇa") in MN 117 ...


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Here, "X is subject to birth, aging... illness... death... sorrow... defilement" - means that X has beginning and end, that X changes with time and slowly falls apart, that X depends on external conditions to be just right for its existence, - and that therefore X is not 100% reliable, so you can't use X as foundation for building 100% stable peace and ...


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What you describe about attachment to mental image creating dukkha is correct. But this is not what's called Anicca. This is closer to what we in Mahayana call Sunyata, emptiness (of all phenomena or mental images). Anicca refers to constant change, like the clouds drifting continuously. Because everything is drifting, you can't build happiness on top of it....


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How do they cope with this condition? By following a doctor's recommendation, presumably. For arguments sake, we could apply a relativistic approach to the meaning of "coping". Buddhist practice can be and is a valid coping strategy in certain medical conditions, provided that a medical paradigm has ran out of answers (A strictly hypothetical example: ...


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As a sign of respect and being inline with accepted customs it is best that the person removes the turban. I guess they might have been allowed in the accommodation of Sikh religious custom of wearing the turban. Being accommodating does no harm also, as long as a person is not wearing the turban as contempt or disrespect.


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There are many who aspire to be Buddhas even in the Theravada community. But it is not something that is usually encouraged. It is left up to the individual choice. Those who make such aspirations out of ego and lack of understanding of the enormity of the task are discouraged and adviced to give it up. Those who have mastered the Tipitaka at the highest ...


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From the wikipedia entry about Satori: Satori is considered a "first step" or embarkation toward Buddhahood This is very much what Stream Entry means in Theravada. Everything else in that entry makes Satori appear to be the same thing as Stream Entry. The meaning of Satori as "seeing into one's true nature" is also the same as the meaning of Stream ...


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Anything can be used as an object of meditation. Hell, you could use a chocolate cake if it tickled your fancy. But just because you can use anything, it doesn't mean that you should. The best objects are those that are consistent, stable, repeatedly accessible, and don't give rise to additional mental formations. The breath is most often used because it ...


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How did this idea of next Buddha formed? Is it the influence of other religion where they say Kalki or Christ will return. No need for outside influence, just simple logic. It doesn't make any sense to have only one single Gautama Buddha arisen in a universe (or multiverse) with unfathomably long history without descernable beginning and end. Also does ...


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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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In Ubon Ratchatani Luang Por Char talked about (translating from Isaan language) how "everything is teaching us." Also, working with people was developing strength in him, he said.


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How can I explain to a non follower of the dhamma that killing living beings intentionally has mental and physical consequences? Kamma is intention. The intention dictates the mental and physical consequences. This person started saying: "old hunter-gatherers, had no consequences nor problems with hunting". Correct. They hunted for food; to feed their ...


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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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The Buddha is like a doctor (Iti 100) who treats the illness which is suffering (dukkha). A lay beginner who still has self view (sakkāya ditthi) i.e. someone who is not yet a stream entrant, may need a different medicine compared to someone who is more advanced. For a beginner with self view, the Buddha prescribed the following medicine: Taking refuge in ...


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The Buddha did not teach Dependent Origination has a "conventional truth". Dependent Origination, as taught by the Buddha, only explains the arising of the ideas of "beings" ("satta") which cause the arising of suffering. In the course of the future there will be monks who won't listen when discourses that are words of the Tathagata — deep, deep in ...


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Buddha gave advice to his son Rahula regarding this in Sutta 62, verse 8 and verse 3 here:- http://buddhadust.net/dhamma-vinaya/wp/mn/mn.062.ntbb.wp.htm For matter :- Rahula, whatever internally, belonging to oneself, is solid, solidified, and clung-to, that is, head-hairs, body-hairs, nails, teeth, skin, flesh, sinews, bones, bone-marrow, kidneys, ...


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There are at least two suttas (AN 4.94 & AN 10.54) that refer to vipassana without samatha. However, personally, I don't believe them. Suttas such as the 2nd sermon (SN 22.59) & the Anapanasati Sutta (MN 118) say the seeing of impermanence, unsatisfactoriness & not-self results in dispassion (viraga). Therefore, if the mind has dispassion (viraga)...


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The very intention of making merit is bound in craving & thus in egoism. Please refer to AN 7.49 how to give properly.


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