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A system of thought that organises the world through prediction, observation and experimentation. Scientific truths are provisional and can always be falsified.
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The comparison of the practices and doctrines of a given set of religions. In the context of this site this would be a comparison of an aspect of Buddhism with one or more other religions.
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Questions regarding difficulties arising from meditation practice. These can be traditional hindrances such as sloth and torpor, doubt etc.. but the difficulties could fall outside of these categories…
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Traditions within Buddhist daily life including but not limited to holidays, death rituals, marriage, patterns regular worship and methods of personal address.
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Sūnyatā (Sanskrit, also shunyata; Pali: suññatā), translated into English as emptiness, voidness,openness, spaciousness, or vacuity, is a Buddhist concept which has multiple meanings depending on its …
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Questions concerning meditation which focuses on the breath. This could be advice around certain aspects of this practice or questions around relevant texts such as the Anapanasati Sutta,
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a Buddhist concept which is sometimes also translated as 'clinging' or 'grasping'. The Sanskrit and Pali word is *Upādāna*, and the Tibetan is *len.pa (lenpa)*.
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one of the essential doctrines or three marks of existence in Buddhism. The term expresses the Buddhist notion that all of conditioned existence, without exception, is transient, or in…
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A dead Indo-European language indigenous to the Indian subcontinent. It is important to Buddhists and scholars of Buddhism because many of the earliest Buddhist texts are written in the Pali language …
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Issues relevant to the newcomer to Buddhism such as basic meditation techniques, beginner texts or issues in practice.
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true, especially one without proof. It can also be trust, faith or confidence in (someone or something).
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Pali term meaning mindfulness of breathing. Can refer to the meditation practice or texts on the subject such as the Ānāpānasati Sutta within the Pali Canon.
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Abhidharma (Sanskrit) or Abhidhamma (Pali) are ancient (3rd century BCE and later) Buddhist texts which contain detailed scholastic reworkings of doctrinal material appearing in the Buddhist sutras, a…
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Questions about the nature or characteristics of Buddhas in general, rather than a specific individual.
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also known as Tantric Buddhism, Tantrayāna, Mantrayāna, Secret Mantra, Esoteric Buddhism and the Diamond Way or Thunderbolt Way. According to Vajrayāna scriptures "Vajrayāna" refers to on…
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Element of the eightfold path relating to wisdom as a correct understanding of how things are. This element gives direction and potency to the other seven elements of the path.
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Questions concerning concentration within meditation. This includes but is not limited to jhanas and one-pointed practice.
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one of the earliest surviving forms of organized monasticism in the history of religion. It is also one of the most fundamental institutions of Buddhism. Monks and nuns are con…
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The Buddhist practice of calming the mind through practices such as mindfulness of breathing and other one pointed practice's. Contrast to Vipassana.
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Questions regarding general relations and interactions between students and teachers. Also questions regarding specific Buddhist teachers. Teachers can be contemporary or historical.
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Dukkha (Pāli; Sanskrit: duḥkha; Tibetan: སྡུག་བསྔལ་ sdug bsngal, pr. "duk-ngel") is a Buddhist term commonly translated as "suffering", "anxiety", "stress", or "unsatisfactoriness". The principle of d…
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How Buddhist practice relates to human sexuality and sexual relationships. Topics can include sexual practices, heterosexuality, homosexuality and transgender issues.
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Rules and regulations for the Buddhist monastic community based on the Vinaya Pitaka within the Pali Canon.
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The Noble Eightfold Path (Pali: ariyo aṭṭhaṅgiko maggo, Sanskrit: āryāṣṭāṅgamārga) is one of the principal teachings of the Buddha, who described it as the way leading to the cessation of suffering (d…
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A being on the spiritual quest (Theravada) or an awakened being who vowed to indefinitely stay in Samsara for the sake of others (Mahayana).
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Questions about mindfulness practice as part of meditation. This includes but is not limited to mindfulness on body, breath and thoughts and intentions.