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Anatta & Atman the same thing?

I have never read 'anatta' is 'pure bliss'. 'Bliss' is a feeling where as 'anatta' is a characteristic of things that is realised by wisdom. As for 'Atman', this appears to be a concept that changed ...
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Establishing What is Not Dhamma

Any teaching that has one or more of the following elements is not the authentic Dhamma: eternalism (god or self or soul or world is eternal) annihilationism (there is no self and nothing after death)...
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What is the essence of spiritual enlightenment

I once read, I don't recall where, that Buddha stated that spiritual enlightenment is not suffering. This is wrong. Enlightenment is wisdom. The result of wisdom is no suffering. Therefore, wisdom ...
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How did the Buddha debate?

The Pali suttas say the Dhamma is taught only to those who are interested, per AN 9.5: The best sort of kindly speech is to teach the Dhamma again and again to someone who is engaged and who ...
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How can we know if a dharma teaching is really what the Buddha taught? Is there some sort of test?

If you combine scholarly research with the suttas and practice the directions, you can get a good idea of what the Buddha taught. The suttas are an instruction manual. They are directions for the ...
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Anatta & Atman the same thing?

The two are opposites. One is Pali (anatta) and the other is Sanskrit (atman). Anatta translates to the Sanskrit as anatman, often translated into English as 'no-self', or 'no-soul', and represents ...
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Certainty and Skeptical Investigation

Thanissaro Bhikkhu explained this very well in one of his works, can't find the link at the moment. He said, Liberation is more like a hands-on skill than a pure sterile insight. As with any skill, ...
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What is the essence of spiritual enlightenment

So the question is, what is the essence of spiritual enlightenment? The essence of Enlightenment, in short, is to be stress free. This is by understanding the 4 Noble Truths and attaining Nirvana, ...
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Nature of Integrity in Buddhism

This is not lying unless you pretend or say you follow the advice. Dhamma practice is a gradual exercise hence one does not become perfect at once but it is a matter of putting int the effort to ...
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How to reconcile 'You are already enlightened. There's no need to strive!' with 'You should strive for enlightenment. Purify your mind!'

The key to the first philosophy mentioned is the phrase "You just need to realize it", where realize carries the two possible meanings of the word: become fully aware of something; ...
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How to reconcile 'You are already enlightened. There's no need to strive!' with 'You should strive for enlightenment. Purify your mind!'

I don’t know of any text that says “you are already enlightened.” There are ‘teachings’ by unenlightened people who do say that, because they misunderstand the nondual teachings of the yoga tantras. ...
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How can we know if a dharma teaching is really what the Buddha taught? Is there some sort of test?

Here is what I've found: It's just as if a man were wounded with an arrow thickly smeared with poison. His friends & companions, kinsmen & relatives would provide him with a surgeon, and the ...
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Teachings on truthfulness

MN 114 expands on this some. ‘I say that there are two kinds of verbal behavior: that which you should cultivate, and that which you should not cultivate. And each of these is a kind of verbal ...
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What are the boundaries of existence and non-existence in Buddhism?

There's an issue here over the distinction between 'existence' and 'the knowledge of existence': i.e., objects vs mental objects. I mean, assume there's a cow standing in a field under the sky. Does ...
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Is dukkha conventional or ultimate? Is it different from the other two marks of existence?

According to the Wikipedia article Four Dharma Seals, some schools of Buddhism teach "Three Dharma Seals" as including Nirvana but excluding Dukkha (for example Google finds The Three Dharma Seals by ...
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Evidence of Pali Canon's Origin

The scholar Hans Wolfgang Schumann in his (german) monography "Der historische Buddha - Leben und Lehre des Gotama" (1995) ("the historical Buddha - life and teaching of Gotama, 2005") gave a ...
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How to prevent self-deception?

If someone who has been practicing for over 10 years thinks they are aware and are everything but, what am I going to do? I think this issue you are raising is not really related to Buddhist ...
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The Conditions of Lying in Fiction

It's good that Eggman feels that such might be not good for one self and for others and it's always good to follow ones conscious and rejoice in ones sacrify less would do. Precepts are simple and ...
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The Conditions of Lying in Fiction

As long as you do not make claim of function being non fiction then you are OK. For something to be a lie the following conditions must be fulfilled. i) The statement must be untrue. ii) There must ...
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Four noble truths, any single being of mankind can invent, find the new truth other than that?

If you will study in-depth, the Four Truths are a complete system in themselves. Asking if there is a 5th truth to be invented is like saying if there is an additional step to the scientific method......
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Establishing What is Not Dhamma

Obviously, at the time of the Buddha, there was an authentic Buddhist teaching that was provided over a 40-year period, although I wonder how much his students would have been able to agree exactly on ...
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Establishing What is Not Dhamma

Not in any way to be a trick answer, but in the Pali Cannon, Shakyamuni told followers not to take what he said on his word, or any teacher’s reputation, but to investigate oneself. I treat my ...
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Establishing What is Not Dhamma

I guess there are various forms of Dhamma, for example: Suttas Abhidhamma (and other books like the Visuddhimagga) Mahayana teachings Contemporary books and Dhamma talks It was that I had read only ...
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Buddhism and political correctness

Political correctness is obviously false speech. False speech is defined as follows: If he doesn't know, he says, 'I know.' If he does know, he says, 'I don't know.' If he hasn't seen, he says, 'I ...
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Are either of the two truths Truths (Satya)?

Generally speaking, I agree with you, they are more like descriptions from two different standpoints. But I would actually go further and don't even call them "accurate". In my mind, they are just ...
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Are either of the two truths Truths (Satya)?

Prasangika-Madhyamika define a truth as whatever is not deceptive in that it appears the way it exists. The opposite of a truth is a falsity. Ngawang Palden says: Ultimate truths necessarily are ...
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What did the Buddha mean by "no truth can be spoken?"

The truth about the nature of reality is, strictly speaking, cannot be spoken, because reality is so multifaceted that it can never be fully and precisely expressed in words and concepts. This is in ...
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Impermanence: How do we know when a thing ends or if it's just changing?

Great question. From Mahayana perspective "things" do not "end", nor do they "change" - because separate self-identical things are imputations of the mind. In reality things do not have firm spatial ...
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