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Difference between mundane concerns of praise and honour/fame

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 ...
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Is Will Power required to renounce sense pleasures?

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 ...
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Buddha's night before enlightenment

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 ...
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Buddha's night before enlightenment

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 ...
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Spiritual & 'Worldly' Pleasures

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 ...
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Laws and rules and Dhamma

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, ...
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Responding to Worldly Questions

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 ...
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Does Mahabrahma create the lives of those that join him in a new world?

Reading the text carefully, the First Brahma to be born in the plane thought that all other Brahma's who were born after him, was his creation. It was his belief. Since the First Born Brahma was ...
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Does Mahabrahma create the lives of those that join him in a new world?

One of the many wrong views in DN1 will explain it, good householder. There are Brahmas, good householder, like here the 'creater' of this BSE-realm, where good householder now dwells. Like parents, ...
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Do we have to let go the "Subha Sanna" completely?

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 ...
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Responding to Worldly Questions

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 ...
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Responding to Worldly Questions

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 ...
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