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Did the Buddha teach the four noble truths to laypeople?
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Ugga, a rich layman, said in a sutta of the aṭṭhaka-nipātā (AN 8.22): With confident heart I paid homage to the Buddha. The Buddha taught me step by step (anupubbikakathā), with a talk on ...

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Why did Buddha praise the vedic Agnihotra as the foremost sacrifice?
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Your quoted text is from M.N. Selasutta, that buddha taught to selabrahmaṇa: aggihuttamukhā yaññā sāvittī chandaso mukham. Sacrifices have the agnihotra as foremost; of meter the foremost is ...

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Priority of Meditation
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Bad physical habits are stopped by adhi-sīla, physical observe. Then, bad mental habits are stopped by adhi-samādhi, concentration-meditation. Then, whole, future, bad habit's root-causes, avijjā-...

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Unknowingly Drinking Alcohol
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Your 5th precept has not broken because the alcohol has not enough to make your unwholesome consciousness arise after drink. This precept have 4 elements to done. You already done the last 3 elements,...

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Was Sariputta alive during the time of Buddha's death?
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Time in DN 16, MahaParinibbanaSutta, is already clear for the Sutta Pali memorizer, but it's hard for the reader because it's too long for skipping reading. Memorizing with the memorized & ...

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What’s the difference between yathābhūta and yathābhūtaṃ?
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Yathābhūta is not correct in pali-sentence. We have to put the declension-mark at the end of yathābhūta, such as yathābhūtaṃ, before put it in the sentence. Yathābhūta is adjective/adverb which is ...

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Does Viññāṇa generate Nāmarūpa in the sense that would make "uploading concsciousness" impossible?
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I don't understand the question. I just try to help. I write this answer by my guess the question's meaning. The past (vanished) moment does not "upload" anything to the moment which it affects. It ...

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Buddhism on We are all one
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No, that's not the theravāda point of view. That's a fallacy or wrong view called, "He assumes consciousness to be the self", in twenty self-indentification-views. Each arising aggregate is different ...

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How do you write Anicca (Impermanence) in Pali script?
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Pāli was in oral tradition, so pāli had no its own script. However, pāli can be written by most of the indo-europian script instead. Therefore, the best tattoo in Buddhism is reciting the Sutta in ...

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Satipathanna Sutta and contemplating mind externally?
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Abhidhamma Vibhaṅga Khandhavibhaṅga: Therein what is internal consciousness? That consciousness which, for this or that being, is personal, self-referable, one’s own, individual and is grasped (by ...

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Is it true that everything is unconditionally changeable?
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All conditioner have 3 sub-characteristics (upāda[jāti], ṭhiti[jarā], and bhaṅga[maraṇa]) according to the description of 5 aggregates and 12 dependent originations. Saṅkhāra means cause of effects. ...

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How should I express Mudita or Joy for all beings?
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Anumodanā is expressing joy to wholesome-causes, actions (all living beings), which will give good effects. Muditā is expressing joy to wholesome's effects, resultants (all living beings), which gave ...

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Do Buddhists believe Buddha to be God? Do Buddhists practice idolatry?
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Old fashion hindu, brahma, was begun before buddhism, so people in buddha time usually worshiped to their god, before they change to be the buddha-follower. Buddha just change them from god-believer/...

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Is luminous mind unconditioned and not impermanent?
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Actually, no. Because pabhassa­ra­-citta must arise. Because if pabhassa­ra­-citta will never arise, it can't be defiled by incoming defilements which will arise to defile it, too. Citta, viññāṇa, ...

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"Monks" includes everybody?
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It is an effect by wrong way commentary reading of the western professors and thai professors, because they have not enough skill to read pāli tipitaka and commentary. Commentary just want to said: ...

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Upekkha and Non-attachment in Buddhism
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I don't understand the whole quoted text, because my english is terrible, however I understand upekkhā-brahmvihāra's enemy, so I will explain just it: Near enemy = fake-upekkhā = unwholesome mind ...

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Why sukha (third Jhana) is more refine than pīti (second Jhana)?
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Lesser khandha = Stable mind state = Better happiness. Vitakka, vicāra, pīti, and sukkha are acceleration of consciousness to access jhāna. the practitioner need them to develop jhāna-consciousness, ...

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Which suttas in the Pali canon are relatively early or late?
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I can't translate the whole of question, however I tried to answer as I can do. Layers of pali literature already being in buddha-living-period. There are many pali literature in buddha's time, such ...

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What to do in order to get back to meditating?
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Finding a place with good friends first where they leading you to meditate with them. For nowadays, there are many online group where we mute the mic and voice to sit together in the morning. But it ...

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What is difference between dhamma in Dhammanupassana and dhamma in Sampajana?
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According to MahasatipatthanaSutta Pali's context, 21 meditations are meditated in four postures, iriyāpatha-pabba, for more proficiency, and the most proficient meditations are the 21 meditations in ...

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anapanasati: nimitta or ambient light?
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We don't care about nimitta or ambient light. We care only the breaths. The nimitta or ambient light is naturally appearing at focusing the breath. Thinking of light or nimitta is not thinking of ...

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Between Ana & Apana. What is the terminology for this moment?
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Holding breath = assāsapassāse uparundhitvā Breath's beginning-middle-ending = Assāsādimajjhapariyosānaṃ You may use "Assasapassasanam antaram (in the middle of breath)", but it is "...

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What chapter of the Abhidharmartha Pradipika talks about infinite universes?
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It is in ... AN 3.80. The Path of Purification, Six Recollection, Recollection into Buddha's Value.(Visuddhimagga ChaAnussatiNiddesa BuddhanussatiKatha). AbhidhammatthaVibhavini 5th Chapter. etc. ...

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How can I respond to Christians' unpleasant feedback on Buddhism?
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I think you doing good. You can say 'Thank you to say the word "Buddha/Buddhist/Buddhism/Dhamma/Sangha"' and making sure you actually feel like that with real smile 😊. Let them know how you ...

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How to maintain a Buddhist practice through dark times?
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I am in your state. I am sick as well. I want to be a monk but I can't. The difference is I don't feel bad because I can see my effort when looking back to check what I did. I can say I never sit as ...

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How does the Nimitta occur?
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We practice wholesome mind and mind factors on one meditation object, not nimitta, however nimitta is an effect of more power mind. When wholesome mind begin to concentrate stably more and more ...

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What is the duration of Jhana?
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After the absorption, the practitioner can say he is the obtainer of the first Jhana if the five hindrances still not arise instead of Jhana practice. If that obtainer can't absorpt the first Jhana, ...

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Does "abhinibbatti" mean "reincarnation" in the Pali suttas?
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In the first chapter of the first canon of tipiṭaka, Vinaya verañjakaṇḍa and Sutta. Aṅ. (4): sattaka-aṭṭhaka-navakanipātā Mahāvaggo Dutiyo verañjasutta, already show all of them: jāti, sañjāti, ...

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Caste of Sujātā
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She is called "mother of Yasa" in VN Mahāvagga, and her name "Sujātā" is declared in AN Ekakanipāta Etadagga Pāli. Buddha took her food before he enlightened Nibbāna. After Buddha taught VN ...

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What does "sandhāvitvā saṃsaritvā" mean in AN 9.12?
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What does "sattakkhattuparama" mean literally and non-literally? sattakkhattuparama = not more than seven times. Why did he include rebirth into his translation? Because of the context below ...

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