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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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Is Buddhism the Way of Truth?

The spirit of the Buddha's Teaching has always been: "To come, practice, and experience it for yourself". He had long abandoned the ego to prove anything to anyone: "Gotami, the ...
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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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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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How did Buddha Explain the Creation Of the World?

Which explanation is true? Buddha's or Scientists'? Did Buddha lie When explaining the creation of the world... No enlightened being lies for any purpose. Scientific knowledge is based on ...
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How did Buddha Explain the Creation Of the World?

If it is difficult to comprehend the explanation given in Aggañña Sutta; how about focusing your energy to understand Loka Sutta, SN 12.44? If you can realize this explanation, there will not be any ...
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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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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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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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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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Evidence of Pali Canon's Origin

Are the Buddha's words the source of the Pali Canon? What evidence is there of the Pali Canon's origin? What do scholars say? My answers to the questions are based on known facts. Thus I define the ...
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Was the Buddha against violence in all situations?

actually everything is in the suttas and for the purpose of the answer Buddhism i equate with Buddhadhamma, not sure what meaning the inquirer imparts it And how, householders, are there three ...
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How did Buddha Explain the Creation Of the World?

How did Buddha Explain the Creation Of the World? As you noted much of it found in Aggañña Sutta and related Suttas. Also see: Buddhist cosmology Buddhist cosmology of the Theravada school Buddhism ...
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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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How did Buddha Explain the Creation Of the World?

Please watch this .. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46CZQAHouoY According to "Aganna suthra" Loard buddha had explained all those things more than modern scientists has been invented.
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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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