Unanswered Questions

138 questions with no upvoted or accepted answers
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What are the other Theravada Councils held between the 4th and 6th

The Wikipedia entry on the 5th council says: However, there were a number of other councils held in Ceylon and Thailand between the fourth and sixth ... What are these other councils? Where where ...
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Does the Buddhist text Alankarabuddhi still exist?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy today is the Vedanta school, which is based on the philosophical portions of the Vedas. But in the time when Buddhism ...
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My explanation of six realms of existence

The six realms states of mind This is my graphical interpretation of existence of six realms by Buddha. I have attempted to decode the great concept of Buddhist teaching consider the state of mind ...
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Detachment in Breathing Meditation

I read this answer, and it made me wonder something deeply; the answer seemed to imply strenuous or volitional attention was inferior to watching the mind for breath meditation, and that merely ...
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Help locating a widespread quote attributed to Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

This quote is widely attributed to Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche: The bad news is, you’re falling through the air, nothing to hang on to, no parachute. The good news is, there’s no ground. Among the ...
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Gautama Buddha and Hindu divinities

Am I right that Gauthama Budda did not teach to worship the Hindu Gods? Did he teach not to worship them? Maybe my questions sound stupid to a Buddhist but I am practising Islam and do not know very ...
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Does Vajrayana accept the idea that Buddha placed Lord Yama (a supposed Bodhisattva) in charge of the hell realms to ensure karmic retribution?

In reading this answer to another question I came across this link which is seemingly a Tibetan Buddhist site proclaiming the following: In Buddhism the two beings that are often confused with the ...
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How does the exterior is suffering?

How does the exterior is suffering? In this Sutta series from SN35.140 it says the following. Eye etc and its objects are impermanence, notself, and suffering. I understand all except that eye etc ...
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What is the quality and status of the Tripitaka texts at tipitaka.org?

I am looking for high quality etexts of the Tripitaka and so far after weeks of search, the best place seems to be tipitaka.org. However, when looking at the texts, the punctuation and writing style ...
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Yatha bhuta and Dhamma

Can you say that Yatha bhuta (= seeing things as they really are) and Dhamma are synonyms?
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Was it ever stated that monks can’t show their psychic powers to lay people?

I heard it was one of the monk rules. What sutta says monks can’t show their powers to lay people? The Buddha showed his psychic powers to many lay people so why can’t monks?
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Nīlakaṇṭha Dhāraṇī (“Great Compassion Mantra”) One of the most popular Mantra in China

Ques 1) Base on Wiki below, which English translation found to be accurate? D.T. Suzuki or Kazuaki Tanahashi and Joan Halifax https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N%C4%ABlaka%E1%B9%87%E1%B9%ADha_Dh%C4%81ra%...
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What are the most prominent Tibetan Buddhist texts that are only written in Tibetan script?

A lot of Buddhist texts come from Sanskrit or Chinese. I am looking at the Kangyur and Tengyur, and a few scattered others. But a lot of those are from Sanskrit and Chinese as well (or other languages,...
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Is Buddha Nature the original state, i.e. Awareness/ Consciousness without Existence?

Existence, Consciousness, Bliss is described as Brahman by Vedanta but surely that only applies when viewed through the veil of Maya and experienced as the universe. As awareness/ consciousness is ...
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Is 'kata nana' a synonym for 'pativedha nana'?

I wonder if there is a (slight) difference between these two words. Can they be used as synonyms?

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