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Is Buddhism Effective?

Buddhism is extremely effective: if you create causes of the experience of suffering - there's experience of suffering, if you don't - there's no experience of suffering. Works like magic, as long as ...
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What is the relationship between signless samadhi, emptiness and cessation of perception & feeling?

All things in dhamma are elements (dhatu; MN 115). MN 115 summarises all elements into two types: (i) conditioned element (saṅkhatādhātu); and (ii) unconditioned element (asaṅkhatādhātu). The ...
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What are some techniques to practice Anatta with the five aggregates?

Yes, the best way to anatta is serenity. Intellectual understanding does not help at all. It can help you remove noise from your life, but the real understanding comes from serenity. When you are ...
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What is a "True Buddhist"?

Who the "true" Buddhists are, are clearly defined in the sutta below: “Mendicants, these eight people are worthy of offerings dedicated to the gods, worthy of hospitality, worthy of a ...
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According to Buddhism, everything that happens, happens for a reason, which is due to karma. How does Utu Niyama, Bija niyama fit into this?

In the Sivaka Sutta (SN36.21), the Buddha explains that not all experiences are caused by kamma. Sometimes, it's just the weather or something else that's not extraordinarily significant. Not ...
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Brahmcharyavas : starting, ending

BRAHMACHARYA can interpret as avoid from sexual activity. because buddha saw sexual or other any desire or bonds cause to SANSARA (rebirth). therefore monks have to avoid from sexual activity and ...
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All kammas have to be experienced or not?

Kamma means that what you are doing now will have consequences in the future, either in this life or in subsequent ones. If you perform good actions, such as protecting lives and providing food for ...
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Is Right Concentration equivalent to the Four Jhanas?

In the Pali Canon, the Buddha describes three doors to Nibbana: appanihita (desireless, aimless, undirected, nonintentional), animitta (signless) and sunnata (emptiness). Elsewhere in Pali Canon we ...
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Origins of Theravada Buddhism

Please refer to the book called Sects and Sectarianism by Ven. Sujato. There's also info on Wikipedia. Apparently, the Mahavihara monastery used to maintain its orthodox views and was less open to ...
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Is Buddhism Effective?

Buddhism is effective for everyone. It's not just for the Sammasambuddhas, Pacceka Buddhas, Arahants, never-returners, once-returners and stream enterers. It's also useful for the monks, lay people ...
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What is considered lying in Buddhist (five) precepts?

The fourth precept in Buddhism pertains to honesty, and breaking it involves lying for personal gain or otherwise. Buddha consistently valued truthfulness as lying can mislead and harm. Occasionally, ...
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Why are Concepts not Impermanent?

the way in which the question is formulated is non-sense. concepts are mental constructs, sankhara. and all constructs, material and mental, are impermanent, sabbe sankhara anicca. from a buddhist ...
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Serious asthma and meditation, how much should I struggle? Is anxiety at night ok?

While a peaceful and relaxed state of mind is a good effect from meditating, if one is too attached to this peaceful state, it can get in the way of progress. When the mind is too absorbed in a ...
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What is a "True Buddhist"?

A true Buddhist should at least adhere to the five precepts of Buddhism. They should have faith in the teachings of Buddha and strive to live a peaceful life, free from violence. It is important for a ...
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What is a "True Buddhist"?

Buddhadasa is pointing out the distinction between religious and philosophical practices. Religious practices are more or less passive activities, in which people rely on rituals, symbols, liturgies, ...
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What is a "True Buddhist"?

What he is meaning by using the word ariya as a noble person as in a person who has experienced the goal and is actually following the path. A sottapanna onward on the stages of liberation. He is ...
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What is a "True Buddhist"?

The Editor's Foreword says that it's translated from talks given in 1966 to students in Bangkok. It spends a few pages explaining the translation of the words in the title (which I take as warning ...
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Is Right Concentration equivalent to the Four Jhanas?

In the Pali Suttas, Right Concentration is literally the four jhanas: And what, monks, is right concentration? (i) There is the case where a monk — quite withdrawn from sensuality, withdrawn from ...
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Is Buddhism Effective?

There is vastly more that 28 Buddhas that have come into existence. The 28 is the history of 28 Sammāsambuddhas of this aeon (not specifically from the beginning of perception) The Buddha himself gave ...
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Is Buddhism Effective?

Anyone - even you can become enlightened. There are many individuals beyond the said number of Buddhas that attained nirvana! These realized beings are called arahants. There are a few steps down from ...
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What is a "True Buddhist"?

Nobility starts with understanding. As adults, we are so busy with our careers, our spouse and children and chasing after wealth, fame and power. There are times when we would pause for a moment in ...
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Did I violate the fourth precept?

Let's assume that you violated the precept of not speaking untruth. What comes next? Should you feel guilt and remorse? From The Abhidhamma in Practice by N.K.G. Mendis: Worry (kukkucca) is remorse, ...
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Did I violate the fourth precept?

Technically, it was a very small lie. Your actual reason for missing the original registration deadline was not medical. Your medical condition was real, but it was not the reason you missed original ...
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Did I violate the fourth precept?

If you lied, don’t make it a habit especially if it arises from selfish greed, fear, anger or any unskilful intentions. Therefore, examine your motives if your intention was less than noble just ...
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Progressive rebirth from one heaven to a higher heaven

The opportunities for doing good deeds are extremely rare in the deva realm. The deva realm is hard to imagine just as it is hard for the devas to comprehend the problems faced by human beings. The ...
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Serious asthma and meditation, how much should I struggle? Is anxiety at night ok?

I once heard a doctor tell me that when someone is suffocating they feel anxious (they were explaining why they would prescribe an anxiolytic) and so, I take it that anxiety is a normal, ...
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Serious asthma and meditation, how much should I struggle? Is anxiety at night ok?

Buddhism doesn't offer so much for chronic physical ailments, apart from non-attachment (acceptance) & endurance. I watched a video yesterday that included this person, how he started heavy ...
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What are some techniques to practice Anatta with the five aggregates?

Thinking 'there's an ear, and it hurts' rather than thinking "my ear hurts" is a proper method. Similarly, viewing anger & fear as merely elements of anger & fear will make them go ...
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