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Why are so many Buddhists in the west hostile to academic analyses of the religion?

You have strayed from the direct path free from [reified concept of] intrinsic being, and wandered down the wrong path of strict rationalism. And as you apply yourself to the labors of your own ...
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How do you talk to someone whose loved one is dying?

Since I am old, this happens with some frequency. A single wordless look with metta, eye-to-eye, is all that is needed. If a hug would be welcomed (and only if it would be welcomed), then it can be ...
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Are monastics allowed to wear lay disciple's clothing?

There's some discussion of that here. Some answers quote references, which point out that the Buddha allowed footwear in the wilderness and take that as permission to adapt to the terrain. One says ...
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How do you talk to someone whose loved one is dying?

It depends on the beliefs and ideas of the person that you have the intention to help. If the person belongs to a community that absolutely have fundamentalist beliefs that is not aligned with the ...
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How do you talk to someone whose loved one is dying?

It would be arrogant to even imagine that I can give one piece of advice that would be applicable to all situations. But I guess I can present one idea I got out of my own mistakes in trying to help, ...
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Where do westerners get their "Buddhist" names?

The same is true for Mahayana traditions (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dharma_name) allthough exceptions are possible. So for example the German Mr. Nölke, since many years abbot Muhô in Antaiji, ...
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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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Is there a scientific consensus on meditation?

If you are still interested, you can check this: https://www.reddit.com/r/Meditation/comments/9dx45g/can_we_please_have_a_pinned_thread_with_all_the/e5qcic6/ It's a comment with about 15 benefits of ...
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How do you talk to someone whose loved one is dying?

When my Dad died last year, the only context a faith-orientation had to be viewed in was that my Dad was opposed to organized religion in any form, and asked everyone representing any kind of religion ...
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The Buddha was male, so was he an "alpha male"?

The traditional description of the Buddha's physical characteristics include "well retracted male organ" -- so perhaps "androgynous" in that sense. I understand "alpha" ...
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The Buddha was male, so was he an "alpha male"?

Please see the sutta quote below of AN 7.51. The Buddha was neither alpha male, beta male, alpha female, beta female, androgynous, dominant or submissive (from a gender-identity perspective). Rather, ...
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Why are so many Buddhists in the west hostile to academic analyses of the religion?

This answer (and question) might be a little off-topic -- "too subjective" and "a polling question". I don't think I'm hostile to academic analyses -- I am a bit indifferent to ...
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Can one gloss the doctrine of karma as the claim that we are only really hurting ourselves?

Frustration and suffering arise from unskillful intentions. That's bad kamma. DN33:1.11.154: There are deeds that are dark with dark result. Harmony and happiness arise from skillful intentions. ...
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The Buddha was male, so was he an "alpha male"?

No self may imply submissiveness, in some ways: not putting your own "me" and "mine" first. 'Alpha male' is strongly tied to the senses and wealth, status etc.. Which clearly ...
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Why are so many Buddhists in the west hostile to academic analyses of the religion?

Why are some Buddhists in the west hostile to academic analyses of the religion? What makes you think so ? If any Buddhist says that academic analysis of religion is prohibited then he or she is ...
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Where do westerners get their "Buddhist" names?

What amazes me is that people's "Buddhist" names all seem to be Asian. :-) People 'get' their name from a guru, which is a form of initiation into that particular tradition, and so the new name is ...
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How do you talk to someone whose loved one is dying?

How do you talk to someone whose loved one is dying? Especially someone who is a non-Buddhist or not deeply into Buddhist teachings. Ajahn Brahm as a young monk was once admitted to a hospital in ...
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Is Lineage vital?

From student's perspective, studying explicitly under a lineage is supposed to give you a sense of reliable traditional foundation empowering your practice. This is similar to the feeling you get when ...
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What does Buddhism say about success?

Also remember to read the Dighajanu Sutta or Vyagghapajja Sutta. The layman’s welfare. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an08/an08.054.nara.html In this sutta Buddha instructs rich ...
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