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Is an 'Existential Crisis' a necessary condition to start on the path of Dhamma?

AN 3.38 describes Gotama having an existential crisis. Even though I was endowed with such fortune, such total refinement, the thought occurred to me: 'When an untaught, run-of-the-mill person, ...
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Is the experience of suffering or enjoyment completely reducible to physics e.g. such as in materialist views i.e. materialism?

Your question is quite interesting because it starts out with an openness regarding identity view. Awesome! You ask about what is and are puzzled at the rise of feelings pleasant, painful or neutral. ...
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Apparently stream-entrants are destined to attain Nibbana but what about non-stream-entrants?

Say, you wanted to lose weight and stay healthy. If you have no idea about Calories, Carbs, Fat, and Exercise - you may spend years randomly trying all types of foods, fasting, etc. - your weight ...
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Is Buddhism Free will or Determinism

In my opinion, the Dhamma is in-between those two extremes. The Dhamma teaches us Dependent Co-arising. One's mind is not free from the influence of past conditions. What affects the aggregates in ...
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Does Western Philosophy Have Conceptual Overlaps with Buddhism?

If there are overlaps, what are possible explanations? It's natural that when you learn something new, you compare it with what you know already. Not just "compare", but "see parallels" and "see ...
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Possible Potential Buddhist

My teacher always insisted, there's no conflict between Buddhism and the rational world, no conflict between Buddhism and the scientific method. He said, one can be saint and a successful businessman. ...
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Possible Potential Buddhist

If you're just starting out then I'm not sure you need to make any strong choices. You could go on a temporary retreat where the teacher guides you to learn how to guide yourself. Everyone needs ...
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I only know that I will know nothing: can that ever have any currency for Buddhists?

"A fool who knows his foolishness is wise at least to that extent, but a fool who thinks himself wise is a fool indeed." - Dhammapada 63 If a foolish person were to become aware that he is foolish, ...
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Can Buddhism be harmful?

But I wondered can any buddhist theory or practice can ever be harmful to a human? Many people pratice certain techniques as Buddhist pratice. When you come across a pratice that someone says is a ...
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What's Buddhism view on choice, choicelesness and causality?

In my opinion, determinism is a feature that appears in all conditioned phenomena (at the very least, in all phenomena of our subjective experience), which makes those phenomena follow inconditionally ...
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What is the substantial cause of an instance of consciousness?

Since you asked for personal responses with reasoning, I feel I can just answer in my own words, not quoting scripture or teachers. And yet I believe my position is in line with the view of the ...
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Is the experience of suffering or enjoyment completely reducible to physics e.g. such as in materialist views i.e. materialism?

The way I understand the present physics teaching does not address the consciousness.
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Do Buddhists talk about insides?

I think you must be thinking of 'middle'. Things have beginnings, middles, and ends. And yes the suttas are filled with discussions of all three. "It was not until I had thoroughly understood the six ...
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What is prajna?

Prajna is direct practical realization of Buddha-Dharma. It is when you 1) clearly see in front of your nose (and everywhere around you) all that cool stuff being spoken about in Buddhist books, and ...
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Is there a distinction made in any Buddhist texts between Religion and Philosophy?

The Buddha once spoke about a philosopher who talked about religions: AN10.116:3.2: “Mendicants, do you remember this philosopher’s points?” And the Buddha proceeds to point out the importance of ...
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Is there evidence of a Buddhist influence on Greek Stoicism?

Well there was the Indo-Greek kingdom and many of the Greeks living there were Buddhist. This kingdom existed before stoic philosophy came about, so there is a possibility. https://en.wikipedia.org/...
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What is the difference between Yogacara Buddhism and Idealism?

Here's one additional point. The other very astute answers have dealt with possible philosophical distinctions between these two. The only point lacking as a difference between these two in the other ...
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Is Schopenhauer's "the Will" equivalent to "the Mystic Law"?

I know next to nothing about Schopenhauer but the Nichiren sect of Japanese Buddhism focus on the sutra popularly known as Lotus Sutra - the 妙法蓮華経 Myōhō Renge Kyō which is in turn from Chinese 妙法蓮華經; ...
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Are philosophers today misunderstanding 'emptiness' because of a new metaphysics?

Many people in general misunderstand the terminology the Buddha used, including Buddhists & even translators. If these people misunderstand the terminology then what is to be expected of Western ...
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What would Buddhists say about 'pantheism'

I think that Buddhists don't assume that there's a "one God". So there's no need to explain the relationship between God and World. Wikipedia's Pantheism in religion mentions many religions, but not ...
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Are philosophers today misunderstanding 'emptiness' because of a new metaphysics?

The term 'misunderstanding' does not has the same meaning for a philosopher and a Buddhist. From the Buddhist perspective misunderstanding something means not seeing with one's own mind, not being ...
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Possible Potential Buddhist

Sometimes a highly intelligent, or highly developed mind could find it hard to sustain in the mundane world. The antidote is cultivating compassion. It's impossible for a mind keep striving for higher ...
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Is an 'Existential Crisis' a necessary condition to start on the path of Dhamma?

Siddhartha led a privileged life and was an intelligent and curious person. The story of he and his attendent seeing the three marks of living- illness, old age and death created an existential crisis ...
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Is an 'Existential Crisis' a necessary condition to start on the path of Dhamma?

There are two types of existential crisis. One makes a person extremely corrupted, harmful to themselves and others. The second type of existential crisis leads a person to a spiritual opening. The ...
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Is an 'Existential Crisis' a necessary condition to start on the path of Dhamma?

Yes, dukkha is the pre-requisite for Saddha, samvega, for pasada. No fear, no dhukka perceived, the path for escape the truths in the world is neither desired nor seen.
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Does Western Philosophy Have Conceptual Overlaps with Buddhism?

I think I've noticed some overlaps between Buddhism and Western Philosophy and Science. I'm wondering if I'm misreading. In human attempts to examine reality, obviously there are overlaps. However, ...
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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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What is prajna?

Kusala (ku=bad, sala=cutting off/away) is doing which getting at least 2 values, now and then (6 values--present value, next value, nibbana, own value, others' value, each others' value. See the last ...
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