Ted Wrigley
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How can I respond to Christians' unpleasant feedback on Buddhism?
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Well, the properly Buddhist response to this kind of assault is to nod somberly and say "I see...". We have to keep in mind that the Christians who make statements like this are acting out ...

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Is upaya a lie?
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The starting point of Buddhism is the idea that everyone begins in a state of ignorance. It is our ignorance that creates tanhā and dukkha, and it is the cessation of tanhā and dukkha that brings ...

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Why did the Buddha contradict about His teachings in these two different suttas?
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The key phrase, I think, is: "those things that I have known with direct knowledge..." (emphasis mine). Some things must be experienced as direct knowledge. Teaching or discussing them with ...

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Is masturbation a sin when we do it to avoid intercourses with other people?
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First off, Buddhism and karmic faiths generally don't really have a concept of 'sin'. 'Sin' is a Western conception — a feature of Abrahamic (Jewish, Christian, Muslim) faiths — that points at ...

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Non-Self vs. depersonalization disorder
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In depersonalization and derealization disorders one recognizes a self that one is not, and that one believes one should be. This creates stress and anxiety, along with distortions of one's perception ...

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Why does the mind always want to 'do something' and how to cultivate 'non-doing'?
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Imagine for a moment that you picked up a hammer from your toolbox, and then forgot that you were holding it. You'd walk around all day with the hammer in your hand: You'd open doors with it, use it ...

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Buddhism broke up my marriage
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Buddhism does not contradict romantic love; Buddhism contradicts romantic obsession. Granting that this is a terribly difficult discrimination for most people to make — confusing love with obsession ...

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Is there a future Buddha?
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The honorific 'Buddha' means 'awakened one'. Since the intent of Buddhist philosophy and practice is to lead people to awakening, then there must ipso facto be future Buddhas, or else the entire ...

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Why is there even a way to the end of suffering?
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There's a confusion here between pain (or pleasure) and suffering that goes to the heart of Buddhist teachings. Yes, if I hit my thumb with a hammer I will feel pain, and that has value in teaching me ...

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Are Buddhists supposed to feel superior compared to other people, and to brag about it?
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This is a typical (and common) stage in spiritual development. In my country, I mainly see it in a wide variety of Christians; it's common enough in Buddhist circles as well, but the Buddhist ...

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God in Buddhism
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Buddhism is agnostic: it makes no claims about the existence (or non-existence) of any god. The Buddhas (for there were several aside from the eponymous Gautama) were merely those who are sufficiently ...

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What is the Buddhist attitude towards cosmology?
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A general rule for the modern era — observed by far too few, unfortunately — is that science and religion should not pick fights with each other. There's no value to it, and the tiffs tend to spoil ...

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How is it that everyone's cocksure of their own religion or spiritual path?
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Sine you've asked a not-exactly-Buddhist question, I'm going to begin with a daoist observation and work my way back to Buddhism. Chapter 38 of the daodejing contains the following passage (variably ...

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Seeking a specific book on Buddhism
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My best guess: What the Buddha Taught, by Walpola Rahula. It's early enough (published in '59, and revised in '74), and is widely respected as an introductory text. If I were going to put something in ...

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Parinibbāna in secular Buddhism
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A lot of people conflate the concept of 'rebirth' with the concept of 'reincarnation,' but philosophically speaking they are subtly different. Reincarnation implies an eternal essence or being that ...

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Modern Narcissism and Buddhism
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There's a passage from the daodejing that I always find appropriate on questions like this. It goes, roughly: When one man hears of the dao, he sets out to embrace it. When another hears of the dao, ...

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Opposite of buddhism
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Well, first point... Things do not have opposites. Things simply are. Qualities have opposites, and to the extent that a 'thing' is seen as an epitome of certain qualities, we can point at other '...

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Is Buddhist practice a form of suicide?
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You have this turned around in your head (which is common enough), so let's go back to first principles. Buddhism does not suggest that: [...] all interest in life, the world, family, friends, ...

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Is the emptiness of final nirvana an illusion?
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This perspective on emptiness is a bit turned around. Instead of standing as an outsider looking at a supposedly empty box, imagine being inside that box. It's (perhaps) a somewhat claustrophobic ...

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Where exactely is the 'source of thoughts' and the 'feeling of self' located?
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This is like asking where the source of the wind lies. Winds don't have a 'source'; they are mere movements of the air that come from everywhere and nowhere. A thought is a movement of attention, an ...

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Should dukkha be translated as `being unexpected`?
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I generally translate dukkha as 'discontentment' which captures the dual ideas that: something is not as the self expects, and... the self is not happy with that unwanted circumstance. 'Being ...

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What are some of the ways to practice confidence/ self-confidence?
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Confidence arises naturally when we know we are on the right path. Uncertainty and insecurity arise when we have conflicting desires: when we feel we might do this or do that, and worry that choosing ...

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How do we break an attachment with the Buddha Himself?
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This is (again) the old allegory of the finger pointing at the moon. When we are far away from the Buddha (at the beginning of the path) we just see the Buddha with his arm upraised When we get ...

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Is this forum a place for Buddhist Hermeneutics?
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You're going to find two schools of thought on this: Fundamentalist sects will hold that the original teachings of Gautama Buddha are 'perfect', and that anything which appears to be revisionism is ...

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Vaccination, Ethics and Morals
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Let's think for a moment about the choice this question (apparently) leaves us with. Do we: align ourselves with the set of anxieties and angers that coalesce around conceptions of highly ...

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Ghost or horror stories/videos are appropriate during Pandemic moment?
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Ghost and horror stories are thrill-seeking venues, not much different from a roller-coaster or bungie-jump. The egoic mind seeks them out because it suffers from an existential fear of extinction. ...

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What is the most accurate translation of the word 'dukkha'?
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I think the closest fit to dukkha in English is the word 'discontent'. The essential idea behind dukkha is a mismatch between what is and what ought to be. To use the classic examples, we think we ...

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Is the Noble Eightfold Path a path of celibacy?
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Gautama Buddha explicitly called his teachings 'The Middle Path,' in the Dhamacakkappavattana Sutta: Monks, these two extremes ought not to be practiced by one who has gone forth from the ...

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Secular, Tradition or the pathway of the branches
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You know, speaking personally, I've never been able to make hats work. I've tried on a lot of different hats, but no matter what, when I put on a hat I end up looking like the world's biggest doof. ...

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How a sotapanna person experiences the mind?
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Maybe the simplest answer to this question is that a sotāpanna does experience the mind, whereas most people identify with the mind so strongly that they cannot experience it at all. They are immersed ...

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