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What do you wish you knew when you started down the path of buddhism?

I am a Tibetan Buddhist, and have been for about 50 years. I don't really know if I can help with that question - but maybe so. Here are some things that might of use to a beginner. Learn to develop ...
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How is forgiveness defined in Buddhism?

You said, "Forgiveness means if anybody do some harm to you you don't react and just try to pretend like it never happened to you." This is called "Kshanti-paramita", the perfection of patience. In ...
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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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Concept of "gods" in Vajrayana Buddhism

In Tibetan Buddhism, a God is merely a sentient being that is subject to suffering. Gods have afflictions such as ignorance, anger, attachment and so forth. They have mistaken consciousnesses, and so ...
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Heterosexual attraction in rebirth process?

Detailed description of the rebirth process appeared in the Garbhāvakrānti Sutra and the Abhidharmakośa, with the former being written first. AFAIK, both of these texts are significant in Tibetan ...
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Looking for a clear explanation of "interdependent origination" in English (one that doesn't rely a lot of Buddhist terminology)?

The Wikipedia entry on dependent origination is pretty good and simple. Similarly there is a good essay called Dependent Arising by Piya Tan. In simple terms this is as follows: When the cause is ...
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How to find the right Dhamma teacher

I would recommend you to pick the tradition closest to the original teachings of the Buddha and try to find a good teacher within that tradition. Trying many traditions would probably lead you to ...
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How to find the right Dhamma teacher

The Dhamma of the Buddha is the right dhamma teacher; as stated in the Pali suttas. I have set forth the Dhamma without making any distinction of esoteric and exoteric doctrine; there is nothing, ...
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What are the differences between Zen Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism?

From my experience, the biggest diff is in the amount of rational explanation. Tibetan teachers and texts are much more inclined to giving a step by step logical rational reasonable conceptual ...
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"When the iron bird flies and horses run on wheels, the dharma will come to the land of the red faces"

There is no identified scriptural source for this, which is meant to be from one of Padmasambhava’s terma texts. The earliest version of this apocrypha appears in the US in the 1980s, suggesting that ...
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What is Lo Jong mind training?

lo= mind, and jong=learn, train, purify. It is a combination of pithy instructions for training the mind on the Buddhist path, particularly for those who have taken bodhisattva vows, but can be used ...
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Does "Connected Causes" mean the same thing as Dependent Origination?

In discussing things with people it helps to use the terminology they use. So even if 'connected causes' is a better way to explain 'dependent origination' - the latter has become a common phrase in ...
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When is an ideology a religion and not just philosophy, or a way of living?

Buddhism is not ideology, not religion, not philosophy and not even a way of life. Instead, Buddhism is a methodology that ends suffering & problems. In MN 29, while Buddhism is described as ...
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Why people in our realm are so fundamentally different?

The truth is, we don't all live in the same world. The world you perceive is a projection of your mind, so what you see largely depends on your energy which in its turn depends on your karma. ...
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How to find the right Dhamma teacher

The Udayi Sutta (AN 5.159) describes the five qualities in one qualified to teach the Dhamma: "It's not easy to teach the Dhamma to others, Ananda. The Dhamma should be taught to others only when ...
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Earliest usage of "rope or snake" allegory in Buddhist literature?

For all I know, the simile may come from generic Indian religious tradition and not specifically from Buddhism. For example, here are some quotes from Upanidhads: Nirvana Upanishad (~ 100 BCE - 100 CE)...
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Is OM MA NI PADME HUM flag useful?

If it helps guard your and others' hearts as a summons to mindfulness it is quite useful. If it is intended to ward off a jet falling from the sky it is not so useful. If you are looking for a guard ...
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What are the differences between Zen Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism?

To paraphrase an answer I once heard from the POV of a Gelugpa Lama: In Tibetan Buddhism, we guide the student to the top of the mountain using well-trodden and safe paths, around and up to the top. ...
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How to choose a career?

It depends on what your goals are. If you are a practicing Buddhist who’s goal is to become enlightened, my advice is to find a profession that will bring about as little discomfort and personal ...
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Books for understanding Tibetan Buddhism

Before I type some recommendations, I would make a suggestion. One of the ways in which Mahayana Buddhism, as presented by Tibetan Buddhism is classified is in 3 parts- suttrayana, vajrayana and ...
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Looking for a clear explanation of "interdependent origination" in English (one that doesn't rely a lot of Buddhist terminology)?

I too had a problem with this concept when I first began my studies. It was helpful to substitute "fixed" for "inherent" (after consulting the dictionary). If phenomena are fixed, then there can be ...
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Looking for a clear explanation of "interdependent origination" in English (one that doesn't rely a lot of Buddhist terminology)?

I think it's similar to the theory of cause-and-effect: if A causes B, then the origination of B depends on A. It may be a little vaguer than cause-and-effect (and for that reason I think it may be ...
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Looking for a clear explanation of "interdependent origination" in English (one that doesn't rely a lot of Buddhist terminology)?

In our day to day perception, we see objects as "things-in-themselves" and this is useful to make those practical decisions we all have to make at every moment. Car (=object) is coming at me -> ...
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Purpose of touching tongue to roof of mouth during meditation

The technique is not peculiar to Tibetian Buddhism, it's also used in Zen practice -- How To Practice Zen Meditation? says, Head And Neck Whatever the position you choose to adopt, make sure that ...
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