Katinka Hesselink
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How did Mahayan, Hinayan,Vajrayana come into Buddhism?
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The Buddha lived 2500 or more years ago. That is relevant: humanity has had 2500 years to think about his teachings and disagree about them. Or more kindly put: in trying to live by his teachings, ...

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Does any/every form of lying violate the precept of "not-lying"?
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The motivation DOES make a difference to the karma of an action. The classic discussion about karma stresses motivation. Karma as action denotes an act of mental volition (cetanā), and the bodily ...

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What's the Buddhist view of fostering pets?
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It is good karma to save a living being's life, which is what you do when you take care of one. Fostering is better than buying one, because when you foster a pet, you don't encourage inbreeding and ...

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Why are children represented as inessential in some Buddhist text?
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Such texts should be read in context: written for and by the Sangha - and mostly for and by male-sangha, though you found one quote that sounds like a tired grandmother. Buddhism is really a dual ...

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Why does Mahasi Method have the points on the Body to attend to?
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Any type of meditation that is worth the name will increase concentration in a beginner. The body is a good first object of vipassana meditation because it is inescapable and we identify with it so ...

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Does "Connected Causes" mean the same thing as Dependent Origination?
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In discussing things with people it helps to use the terminology they use. So even if 'connected causes' is a better way to explain 'dependent origination' - the latter has become a common phrase in ...

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Sounds during meditation
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Distraction one of the two main obstacles in meditation (the other is dozing off or even falling asleep). Many people get distracted by sound. It's normal and as long as you keep getting distracted ...

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Visualization and visualized meditation
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I'm familiar with visualization meditation, in the context of Tibetan Buddhist meditation. Those specific meditations were good for my mood as well as a training in concentration. For me it was a ...

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If Buddha stayed unanswered on this matter, why do his followers preach that soul doesn't exist?
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This is an ancient debate that will not get settled today. The problem is that any self we can identify automatically takes on - in our mind's eye - qualities like permanence and continuity. These ...

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What does Buddhism say about pragmatic retribution?
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It is one thing to be patient. It does NOT mean you have to always be a doormat. In other words: wisdom over compassion. Don't make the mistake of reading 'turn the other cheek' whenever you read ...

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Can one follow Hinduism and Buddhism at the same time?
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Your question already implies differences in practice between your variation of Hinduism and what Buddhism you have practiced. On these issues you will have to choose. When it comes to doctrine too, ...

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Why do people pray to Buddhas?
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If you're saying that Buddha said that you should pray to God instead of to Buddha - then you're mistaken. Ultimately, in Buddhism, good things can only happen because of our own good karma. My ...

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Ethics regarding the sharing of paid Dhamma material
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If you can afford to, by all means support the author and Wisdom Publications by buying the bundle a second time. As westerners we tend to look at money issues from the perspective of buying, but if ...

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Meditation for Psychosis
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In your condition meditation should be taken only with the help of a teacher who knows about your problems. Also, you should stay in touch with your therapist also. Personally I would not recommend ...

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Do geshe degrees change over time?
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The difference between the geshe degrees is comparable to the grade you get on an exam. From TibetCulture.net: Geshe Lharampa is the highest degree of the Geshe system, equivalent to the ...

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What does "I worship the Lord of the Thunderbolt" mean, in a translation of Shantideva's Bodhicaryavatara?
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I would think it refers to the author's main Vajrayana teacher. As ChrisW rightly notes: Thunderbolt is a translation of Vajra. the lord The student-teacher relationship is very important in Buddhist ...

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Is ignorance eradicated after breakup of the physical body?
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Nope. Karma and rebirth are essential parts of Buddhism - one could have a long debate on it. To put it (deceptively) simply: if nothing else does, ignorance surely does survive.

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Are there meditations for forgiveness?
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[Basing this answer in part on a comment by the OP on one of the answers] This is not just about forgiveness: this is about dealing with suicide. Which is huge. I think you are being too hard on ...

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