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Praise and blame is whether what you're doing is right or wrong, according to someone. Fame and insignificance is whether a lot of people consider you special or not. For example, if you have a Buddhist teacher, and your teacher tells you that worrying about fame is wrong, then you may completely abandon all concerns about being popular, but you may still ...


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In Pali Canon, Buddha gives the following image of Will Power: Gladly would I let the flesh & blood in my body dry up, leaving just the skin, tendons, & bones, but if I have not attained what can be reached through human firmness, human persistence, human striving, there will be no relaxing my persistence. According to my teacher, if you look at ...


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For reference, according to this account1, it was Mara's choice to assail the Buddha -- Mara is presented as another/separate being, an agent, a divinity (and not as a metaphor for unenlightened aspects of the future Buddha's mind)2: At this point the god Mâra, exclaiming, "Prince Siddhattha is desirous of passing beyond my control, but I will never ...


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In my understanding, Buddha did not progress through the four stages of enlightenment he later prescribed for his students. This is because, for Buddha students - you start with theoretical understanding (stream entry), and then you practice according to instructions until you achieve it (arahant-hood). In Buddha's case, because he is Self-Awakened, he ...


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The joy and happiness of spiritual development is considered to be far more superior than sensual pleasure, which is fleeting and bound up with suffering, as explained in MN 14. Also see SN 36.31 for further info. Even though a disciple of the noble ones has clearly seen as it actually is with right discernment that sensuality is of much stress, much ...


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You can read some advice given by the Buddha in DN16 in the section entitled "Conditions of a Nation's Welfare". There are many items listed like organizing and dispersing assemblies peacefully, living according to established rules, honoring the elders, protecting women, protecting Arahats etc. You can also read "The Edicts of King Asoka" translated by Ven....


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Conversations may make one feel superior/inferior, good/bad, etc. Your conversation response can be anything within the bounds of right speech (abstaining from lying, from divisive speech, from abusive speech, & from idle chatter). Your mental response should be on account of whatever feeling that arises either pleasant, unpleasant or neutral one should ...


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The word subhasaññānuvattinī occurs exactly once in the five Nikayas and it warns of a danger: Thig5.3:1.1: Due to improper attention, I was racked by desire for pleasures of the senses. I was restless in the past, lacking control over my mind. Overcome by corruptions, pursuing perceptions of the beautiful, I gained no peace of mind. Under the sway of ...


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Ignorance includes self-view. Similarly, "death", being the idea "a being" or "a person" dies, is also a self-view. Since "death" is a self-view, the idea/mental construct of "death" cannot end ignorance. When there is no self-view, there is no ignorance and there is also no idea of "death", as follows: Bhikkhu, ‘I am’ is a conceiving; ‘I am this’ is a ...


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Ideally, I'd consider their meaning and answer while I try to mindfuly guard for identifing with the aspects that cause clinging. I'd also try to communicate with metta where there is not nessasarily a seperation between anyone or anything at some heart level I would be chanting myself into. Mindfulness and metta together are powerful.


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I don't think regular normal response like: "I'm fine, thank you" to regular normal greetings like "How are you?" would increase or decrease worldly condition like clinging or greed or aversion. About questions like "isn't that beautiful/horrible?", maybe simply telling them the truth that there're always beautiful and ugly aspects to all conditioned ...


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