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Is "To Forgive is the only way to forget" an authentic quote of the Buddha?

I doubt it -- I expected it ought to be listed in https://fakebuddhaquotes.com/ if I could say that without being harsh. There is something pretty like it, IMO, though not as quotable, in the ...
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Taking out the plank from one's own eye

SN 55.7; MN 8; Dhp 158-159; MN 40 One should first establish oneself in what is proper; then only should one instruct others. Thus the wise man will not be reproached. One should do what one ...
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Is it better to be born with health, wealth, beauty and intelligence or not taking birth in this miserable and temporary world at all?

The Pali suttas say: The way that leads to being beautiful is not having an angry and irritable character; even when criticised a lot, one is not offended, does not become angry, hostile and ...
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What's the role of altruism in Buddhism?

When it comes to Buddhism applied to social ethics, we must emphasize Peace, Health, and Harmonious co-existence (with other people and species) as the key goals to aim for, both tactically and ...
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Taking out the plank from one's own eye

So then the bamboo acrobat said this to his assistant Medakathalika: "You look after me, my dear Medakathalika, and I'll look after you. Thus with us looking after one another, guarding one ...
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What's the role of altruism in Buddhism?

Altruism is defined as the belief in or practice of disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others. With respect to Buddhism, altruism is therefore: AN4.95:1.4: one who practices to ...
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Laws of the land, and Buddhist virtues and precepts

we tend to frown upon people who disobey traffic rules I've been taught we might "frown on" bad behaviours but needn't frown on people. So for example I'm inclined to think, "that's bad ...
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What constitutes virtue and how to train myself in virtue?

Virtue or sila at the very minimum is the five precepts. Further practice of virtue is by the eight precepts, ten precepts, Right Livelihood, Right Speech and Right Action. Further information can be ...
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Bad conduct leads to richness?

It is a contradiction to say generosity is a virtue when there also exists delight in material wealth. The teachings in Buddhism about generosity leading to wealth are fake dhamma. The suttas ...
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Are virtuous humans reborn as Devas and sinful humans reborn as Demons?

While it's certainly a bit more complicated that that, it definitely doesn't happen randomly. Refer to the 31 Planes of Existence. Notice the 3rd column on each table for each realm lists the various ...
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Are virtuous humans reborn as Devas and sinful humans reborn as Demons?

The Buddha connects rebirth with morality. Right view and shining morality leads to the heavens. Wrong view and hellish conduct leads to the hells. It is a little bit difficult to translate the ...
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Merit versus Virtue

Some people have no trouble accepting the teaching on merit. Maybe they see some value in it (like you do with virtue) and therefore don't question it. For those who do have some trouble accepting the ...
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Some people are not human?

Do they have to come from the souls of insects, reptiles, rodents, and other animals? I have encountered talks that mentioned that there might be a mass transmigration from the animal (or beast) ...
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Some people are not human?

I doubt regarding the six realms as 'physical reincarnation' can explain the statistics of people because the Pañcagatipeyyālavagga of the Samyutta Nikaya says only a few from each realm will attain ...
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Is it better to be born with health, wealth, beauty and intelligence or not taking birth in this miserable and temporary world at all?

Beauty >> by Metta Wisdom >> by Asking Dhamma-questions from monks (with the desire to know Dhamma) Social status >> by Respecting who worthy of respect Life span >> by ...
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Merit versus Virtue

What is the difference between merit and virtue from a Buddhist standpoint? You might find this essay helpful: Merit: A Study Guide by Thanissaro Bhikkhu If I can summarise its Introduction: The ...
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Merit versus Virtue

Today people at large copy-steal Dhamma and used to only conduct akusala, they think they can gain good for themselves and others, doing shares of what isn't their, thinking "no need of doing of ...
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Merit versus Virtue

Fascinating question! Merit is for those seeking pleasure: AN10.91:23.1: In the same way, the pleasure seeker who seeks wealth using legitimate, non-coercive means, who makes themselves happy and ...
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Merit versus Virtue

There is no "versus" as virtue is one of the 10 kind of merits. It's just because Brahmans (using the Gems) teach only the Generosity section as merits, without the base (virtue), that some ...
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Would a Buddha ever lie about lying?

An arahant or Buddha would never lie, including lying about lying. However, a Sammasambuddha (a complete Buddha, with the extraordinary ability to teach the masses) may tell the truth about telling ...
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Is identifying with the good always a problem?

The sutta quote below is a good guide. If what one does, although perceived to be good by popular opinion, but in fact increases one's unskillful mental qualities and decreases one's skillful mental ...
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Are virtuous humans reborn as Devas and sinful humans reborn as Demons?

The suttas describe beings reappearing in different realms, according to their actions, ie kamma. Skillful actions are said to lead to rebirth in a "higher" realm, and vice versa.
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False Virtue and True Virtue

Wrong view is wrong, meaning ingratitude and deny of more Sublime, lack of metta and not respecting fathers, leaders, gods. Taking side and home/stand, is wrong. All cause by sensual desire and ...
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Taking out the plank from one's own eye

From Dhammapada 50: Verse 50: One should not consider the faults of others, nor their doing or not doing good or bad deeds. One should consider only whether one has done or not done good or bad deeds....
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What's the role of altruism in Buddhism?

The Dhammapada teaches to leave miserliness and embrace giving and charity. 177. Truly, misers fare not to heavenly realms; nor, indeed, do fools praise generosity. But the wise man rejoices in ...
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Keeping a pet cat, without training or encouraging it to kill rats

Serious or bored? Nevertheless, the kind of approach is why Bhikkhus are not given to share food or thing to householder, or "keep" them, take care of them, not to speak of animals, good ...
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Keeping a pet cat, without training or encouraging it to kill rats

If there is a rat infestation the best action is to take necessary measures so the environment is not suitable for rats. It is not possible to eradicate rat infestation by killing them.
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