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Physical Exercise as a Monk?
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Healthy and fit body does not need to be seen as an attachment. If a monk took the Bodhisattva Vow, all his activities will be done with the wish to benefit others. A healthy body is actually a very ...

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Does practice build good kamma despite wrong action?
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There is no such thing as instant Karma. We sometimes might have an impression that one action directly led to some result but we really cannot know it for sure. The world we experience now is a ...

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Can or should a Buddhist defend themselves physically?
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Yes. Buddhists can and sometimes even should defend themselves and people around them. However, consider the following: If you do it out of anger, you will suffer from the results of this anger. The ...

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Does Pure Land Buddhism ever have a Buddha other than Amitābha as the object of devotion?
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Amitābha Buddha has two attendant bodhisattvas: Avalokiteśvara and Mahāsthāmaprāpta and they all are present in meditations based on visualisation used in the Pure Land Buddhism (as well as in ...

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What is observing the precepts in a Hinayana way or a Mahayana way?
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To avoid confusion - I base my understanding of the term 'Hinayana' on Andrei's answers to two different questions - this and that. Hinayana way (or as Andrei puts it - level) refers to basic/...

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Does the second precept only apply to theft?
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I agree with Andrei's answer but would like to add some extra point. One of Vajrayana teachers taught that every little action creates some subtle Karma and we should be mindful whenever we reach out ...

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Meditating in stressful days
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Some teachers compare meditation with experiments done in a lab where conditions are controlled and manipulated. We use specific meditation techniques to learn about our mind or to generate peace, ...

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Is celibacy intrinsic to Buddhism?
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If you choose a way of a monk - you have to keep your vows so celibacy is a must for you. If you choose to be a lay Buddhist, you should undertake 5 precepts and one of those is avoiding sexual ...

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Do meditative "exercises" and "mental workouts" enhance the ability to reach enlightenment?
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All the abilities you have might work as a tool to benefit others or an obstacle on your way. It really doesn't matter what abilities you have, Buddha gave countless of teachings for people with ...

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Is it possible to have a romantic relationship without attachment?
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Love and attachment are two different things so if you purified all the attachment, you can enjoy the pure romantic love. The problem is that we all still have seeds of attachment and we strongly ...

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Nine Purification Breaths and Channels in Genderqueer and Intersex Individuals
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I've heard of one Tibetan Lama who refuses to give a traditional Buddhist wedding to homosexuals. During the wedding he invokes some Buddha form in union and the bride meditates on the female Buddha ...

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Are ecological concerns supported explicitly in Buddhism?
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One of the basic and profound teachings in Buddhism is about the 'precious human body'. Practitioners contemplate on how rare it is to be reborn as a human and how easy it is to lose life. Some may ...

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What is a refuge tree?
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Refuge tree is a visual representation of the objects of refuge. All the Buddhist schools take refuge in Three Jewels (Buddha, Dharma and Sangha) but in Mahayana and Vajrayana practitioners also take ...

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Is there any truth in the legend about the birth of Siddhartha?
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Buddhism has been taught throughout centuries to people of different cultural backgrounds and intellectual capabilities. Western people with critical minds who spent years at school read some ...

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Rules for creating thangkas?
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It should be highlighted that there are two different aspects of thangka painting - iconography and methods. The book mentioned in the question describes the methods only and such knowledge should not ...

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What are the scientifically proven benefits of mindfulness meditation?
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I would recommend to take a look at the website of Meditation and Mindfulness Research Group at Liverpool John Moores University. They not only present the results of various studies but also explain ...

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Can we reach enlightentment with recreational drugs?
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My answer is based on the teachings I got from Vajrayana teachers. It is useful to use a metaphor of a mirror or a screen. Our mind is a perfect mirror and all our experiences are the reflections on ...

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What is the relation between Astrology and Buddhism?
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In terms of horoscopes, it is definitely not a Buddhist practice to explain one's future or decisions based on some external forces (planets). However, phases of the Moon have some importance in ...

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Why is Buddha almost treated like a God in most Buddhist traditions?
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I practise Vajrayana, I have Buddha statues in my flat and I did plenty of prostrations in my life. We take refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. And Buddha is not a person, it is the enlightened ...

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Is moderate drinking acceptable in Buddhism?
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Drinking alcohol (whisky) and eating meat was a part of Tantric empowerments that I was lucky to attend. Teachings on emptiness tell us that on the absolute level all things have no intrinsic ...

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What is the next meditation type after Mindfulness of Breathing meditation?
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Meditation should be perceived as a tool to achieve some goal. We don't meditate to be good at meditation, rather, we use it because we want some results. Buddhist practice is based on three pillars -...

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Is there a tradition or practice involving fasting in Buddhism or Buddhist countries?
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In Tibetan Buddhism there is a special practice called Nyungne. Essentially it is a practice on Thousand-Armed Chenrezig who is the embodiment of loving kindness and active compassion (the active ...

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How do Buddhists use mudras?
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In Vajrayana every practice is done on 3 levels - on the level of body, speech and mind. We work with the mind through visualising the Buddha forms, the speech centre is exercised through mantra ...

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What is the proper understanding of "taking refuge" in Buddhism?
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Before talking about Buddhist refuge, it is useful to recognize that all people everyday are taking refuge in various things. Let me explain. Everyone wants to be happy and avoid suffering. People ...

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What is the Buddhist point of view of the Law of Attraction?
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The Law of Attraction seems to take certain Buddhist teachings out of context in order to make worldly life more comfortable. In Buddhism, especially in Mahayana and Vajrayana, there are teachings on ...

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Is Buddhism the fastest growing religion in the West
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My answer will focus on Europe mainly. According to the published studies, the fastest growing religion in Europe is Islam. In the table below one can notice that between 1990 and 2010 the number of ...

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Do Theravada monks search for reincarnation of teachers?
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No. Teachers consciously reincarnate because they took Bodhisattva vow. They promised they will be taking rebirth until they liberate all sentient beings. Because in Theravada one typically does not ...

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What is the minimum amount of time needed for a productive meditation sit?
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My answer is based on oral transmission from Vajrayana teachers and thus I am unable to provide references. I've been told that every meditation, however short, will bring about positive results and ...

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What is the motivation for the list of 5 deadly sins?
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It is said that our current situation is the result of our karma collected over countless of lifetimes. That means that many of old-forgotten deeds sowed the seeds which ripened only after many ...

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Does avoiding a person mean I have not truly forgiven them?
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According to my Vajrayana teacher, avoiding is perfectly fine. It might mean that you still hold some grudges but you simply don't have to deal with them immediately. If in the current situation you ...

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