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Is practicing Buddhism to be happy a wrong view?

“Ethan santhan ethan paneethan, sabba sankhara samatho, Sabbhupathi patinissaggo, tanhkkhayo, virago, nirodho, Nibbanan ti“ “It is the only peace, the only happiness: prevent sankhara from arising by ...
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Why would the Buddha refrain from instructing?

I thus wonder, why wouldn't the Buddha wish to show the way to someone clearly mired in wrong view the right path to practice at his first request ? It's difficult to exactly know what was going on ...
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Questions About Views in Buddhism

This is a long answer (below), so here is a summary up front: "In Buddhism, what does it mean to hold a view?" I think it means to get attached to a view, maybe to rejoice in or to delight in a view,...
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Did the Buddha ever refute the view of "extreme metaphysical nihilism" e.g. a view that "nothing is real"?

The Lump of Foam Sutta states: Form is like a lump of foam, Feeling like a water bubble; Perception is like a mirage, Volitions like a plantain trunk, And consciousness like an illusion, ...
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Even if those offended are just ignorant about the word "Hinayana", why use it?

In my very first encounters with Buddhism I've always thought, that this is simply the distinguition between "maha" and "hina" in a sense of a larger fraction and a smaller fraction of the sangha in ...
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How do we help people who have wrong views?

Before proceeding further, we should note that miracles should not play any role in convincing intelligent and rational people. Devadatta, the monk who tried to injure the Buddha and cause a schism in ...
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Did the Buddha ever refute the view of "extreme metaphysical nihilism" e.g. a view that "nothing is real"?

Abhidharma deals with ultimate realities. Buddha rejected Nihilism (natthikavāda). The ultimate realities of the world are hidden from us due to our lack of concentration to see clearly and the ...
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Resolving conflicts

Assuming you are asking about conflicts that spring from conversations on the true meaning of Buddhist teachings. Above all, I think, every party of conversation must remember that the Path culminates ...
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Am I a man of integrity?

Your dog guards your house from robbers and other criminals. But if it barks at your friends and relatives, shouldn't you shush it? Is that being ungrateful to the dog? Rice is the staple diet of ...
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Is practicing Buddhism to be happy a wrong view?

It depends why you are going in any direction at all. Generally speaking, as worldly people (not monks), we go to anything to derive self-benefit out of it. We want to feel satisfied/better. For ...
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Is practicing Buddhism to be happy a wrong view?

I find the best way to go about it is to ignore dogma and instead follow your heart. Find what is true and works for you. Forget what the dogma says is right and wrong. However, using meditation ...
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Is practicing Buddhism to be happy a wrong view?

If I practice Buddhism to feel a bit better about myself and to be happy is that a wrong view. I think that the goal of Buddhism, as I understood it from the Pali suttas, is usually phrased as an ...
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"No spontaneously reborn beings"

A view is when you affirm a certain thinking to be true. Simply having a thought of doubt doesn't qualify as having a view, even though it's still unwholesome. A human taking the view that there are ...
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Even if those offended are just ignorant about the word "Hinayana", why use it?

Why use a word thought by some to be offensive even if the meaning isn't meant to be offensive? I suppose the reason why, the circumstances in which it's used, varies. In this answer, Andrei wrote, ....
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Even if those offended are just ignorant about the word "Hinayana", why use it?

Those of the ‘Mahayana’ viewed the Theravada School of Buddhism as ‘Hinayana’ - as incomplete realization. For them it was a “lesser” vehicle - word expressing contempt or disapproval. Then the World ...
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Is practicing Buddhism to be happy a wrong view?

Following the dhamma begins when their is a ''will'' to stop being ''unhappy'', miserable, disappointed, no matter what the pleasures (and their costs) is experienced so far. The ''harmless fun'', ...
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Is practicing Buddhism to be happy a wrong view?

The Buddha taught about unsatisfactoriness and the way out of it. The biss of Nirvana surpases all. So you practice Buddhism to come out of misery. Initially you will find sensation based bliss like ...
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Questions About Views in Buddhism

View is synonymous with a position (on something). It's a conviction that a concept or a cohesive set of concepts (a theory) is a valid (and complete!) description of reality, and that therefore any ...
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About suffering, expectations and unfalsifiable beliefs

The Buddhist problematic isn't about whether beliefs are true or false, or provable or unprovable. It's about whether we cling to beliefs, because the clinging itself creates dukkha. So for instance,...
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Skillful assumptions

OP: Does atheism in Buddhism mean you let a belief arise that God doesn't exist? Is this a skillful assumption? Why or why not? To put your "salvation" or your liberation from suffering into ...
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Is liberation possible for those practicing unskillful means?

What you call "conventional right view" is just skillful means to help one adopt a skillful or wholesome mindset. It's just a helpful tool. The following is an example. “This noble disciple ...
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