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Celebrate Christmas

Whatever the monk said on Facebook needs to be looked in context and should not be taken at face value. You will get that context only from that monk and hence I will not comment on what he said. Now ...
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Celebrate Christmas

If you are concerned about what a monk or another teacher of Buddhism has said, I find it is worth knowing about the wonderful Kalama Sutta from the Anguttara Nikaya. I do not read Pali and so have ...
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How do different traditions define "intoxicant"?

Let me first explain the original Pāli version of the fifth precept, according to what I learnt from prof. Richard Gombrich, who knows Pāli well and is a Theravāda scholar, but is not a Buddhist. ...
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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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Celebrate Christmas

It is probably best to leave other's opinions/beliefs to them unless it is useful to your practice or directly affects your life in some way. Also, it seems like Facebook has done its job. It seems ...
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Celebrate Christmas

Directly answering your question: Buddhist texts are more upset at following the wrong sort of Buddhism than for practicing two unrelated religions. Buddhist text tend to suggest that practicing other ...
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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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Are reasons causes?

When we ask someone "why do you do that?", we are asking for her/his reasons. This basically looks like to fulfil ones own curiosity. Our intellect is the sphere of our mind and our mind delights in ...
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According to Buddhism, what separates humans from animals?

According to Buddhism there 31 planes of existance out of one which is the animal kingdom. Your next birth is decided by the last thought moment where you remeber a recent or grave act of Karma which ...
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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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Is there any significance to shaving the head?

(I can't comment on this "...it is interesting to note that once you become enlightened you don't worry about such small things. Although Siddhartha cut his hair, Buddha kept long hair himself. – ...
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Did Japanese Buddhists once use sky burial?

I was curious about this question and I found some sources that might answer this question more or less: ...in ancient Japanese society, prior to the introduction of Buddhism and the funerary ...
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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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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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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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