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Heaven and Hell in Buddhism

Yes, there are 31 realms of existences. From top to bottom: 4 immaterial realms 16 fine material realms 6 heavens human realm Asura hell ghost hell animal hell Niraya(hells of unimaginable ...
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Is it disrespectful or unlawful to have dharma tattoo in Sri Lanka?

I'm a Sri Lankan dear user. As I know It's is not unlawful. But it can be considered as a disrespectful thing or as an insulting to Buddhist religion in Sri Lanka. The problem was tattoos were not ...
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Can Buddhism be fundamentalist?

Let's put it this way - a Buddhist is a person who has taken refuge to the three jewels, follows and walks the path taught by the Buddha. Those who do not, are obviously not Buddhists already, ...
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Can a Sikh enter a buddhist temple with a turban?

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 ...
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Choosing between contemplative traditions

That quote has absolutely no founding in reality. You could plumb the psychological depths of the alayavijnana in Tibetan Buddhism or Rinzai Zen, paint masterful works in Soto, compose gathas in the ...
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What happens when your tank is empty, and you’ve got nothing left to give?

It's not about giving.. if you can live with good thoughts that's enough. You can give a little water to a thirsty animal, that's also a great thing. Keep your mind clean and good. Don't make your ...
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What happens when your tank is empty, and you’ve got nothing left to give?

It's not really about what you give, it 's about what you give up. What you let go. We can always give love. We can always send lovingkindness and compassion. We can give to ourselves if it is from ...
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A question regarding the level of worldly participation for a buddhist monk

As a Zen Monk I can answer the question regarding worldly participation in the following way. There is no definitive suggestion or rule within the Monastic Code of a Mahayana Monk. A Monk or Nun has ...
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Information on the best vow/Baare to do for a child's health and safety

Try doing a Bodhipuja at Sri Nagavihara temple, Kotte. It seems to help some people. I'm sure there are many other places that work too. Ruwanveli Saya, Sri Maha Bodhiya, Dalada Maligawa are obviously ...
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Information on the best vow/Baare to do for a child's health and safety

Powerful kind of citta are called javana citta. “javana” means an arrow in flight, could be very potent and can lead to both good and bad consequences. You can create such a citta, if you recite a ...
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Is it disrespectful or unlawful to have dharma tattoo in Sri Lanka?

I am not sure about the Law. But in Sri Lankan culture tattoos are quite looked down upon. As a result when you have a tattoo of Buddha it is considered as disrespecting Buddha. But as long as the ...
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Can Buddhism be fundamentalist?

I expect you can find both extremes, and maybe everything in between, for example: There are probably some Buddhists who say that even other Buddhists are following a wrong path Conversely something ...
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In which tradition Om Ma Ni Pad Me Hum mantra is used Mahayana or Thervada?

The back cover of the book "The Origins of Om Manipadme Hum: A Study of the Karandavyuha Sutra" by Alexander Studholme states: Om Manipadme Hum, perhaps the most well-known and most widely used of ...
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Choosing between contemplative traditions

Dhamma-Vinaya, the Buddhas path, is for those seeking release from suffering, and of course, has less to do with the mentioned householder trends.
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How do Buddhists express condolences?

My Muslim friend's family just had a member die. On much reflection on what to say I re-edited my christian upbringing so it was true to my buddhist beliefs but not condescending to hers. "Our ...
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What is Hardcore (Pragmatic) Dharma?

I think that it would be more accurate to say not a "conservative backlash" but rather a "progressive backlash" against watered down pop-buddhism. The simple definition of "hardcore dharma" to my ...
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What is Hardcore (Pragmatic) Dharma?

Having read his book, and with honesty having also reaped great benefits from it, I mainly associate hardcore Dharma with the words of Daniel M. Ingram (here a link to his personal website). His way ...
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How important are incense and candles to a meditation practice?

It depends on what you're goal is with meditation. There are different meditations and people meditate with different motivations and goals. With some goals incense is useful. With others it can be a ...
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What is a Buddhist ceremony or service called, and what day of the week is it likely to be?

In early times, (and still today in some Buddhist countries), laypeople would intensity their practice on certain days according to the lunar calendar. The special weekly Buddhist holy day is called ...
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Can there be another Dalai Lama?

Dedi, The Panchen Lama is supposed to facilitate the recognition of the Dalai Lama. However, depending on his devotion and his powers, the Dalai Lama himself can state the place and time of his ...
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Can Buddhism be fundamentalist?

Yes -- the Dhamma-Vinaya, the Buddha's religion, is fundamentalism (in its real meaning). And Buddists can be very fundamentalist outside of this religion (like all other -ists in their occupied -...
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Can Buddhism be fundamentalist?

No matter what label you give this, the Buddha made it clear that holding wrong views will not lead to a permanent end of suffering. Hence, if any religion preaches what the Buddha considered to be ...
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Tirokudda Kanda: Do the dead really benefit from the gift given by the living?

In the Milindapañha the benefit of dedicating the merit of a gift to one's deceased relatives is limited to those who have been reborn as just one of the four sub-species of peta. It's explicitly ...
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When and why did the color orange (and yellow and 'red') become associated with Buddhism?

The oldest Buddhist robe color we know of is yellow/orange. The original monks made their robes from discarded cloth found in rubbish and on cremation grounds. After washing, the robe-cloth was boiled ...
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Is it acceptable for Buddhists to celebrate Santa Claus at Chistmas?

To quote the eminent Rev. Lovejoy - "Santa doesn't leave presents under the Bodhi Tree!" ;-) https://www.getyarn.io/yarn-clip/1dfa24e6-d8cf-48c2-9f6d-2f5eaef9209e Of course it's acceptable! ...
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