Ted Wrigley
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Should we believe we have no enlightenment whatsoever?
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Let me first say that the problem doesn't exactly lie in the belief that one is a sage or a buddha. The problem arises when one expects to be treated as a sage or buddha by the rest of the world. I ...

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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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Is the whole of reality what is being denied by some Buddhists?
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If you pick up a bowl of water and carry it across the room to a table, the water will splash against the sides of the bowl and develop eddies and waves as you move. If you come back an hour later, ...

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Should a Buddhist be afraid of death?
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I think you've probably misunderstood your friend's actions. I mean, I myself have no real fear of death, but I would certainly prefer not to get smacked by a speeding car. It's not that it would kill ...

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Will working for a company that engages in animal experimentation to alleviate suffering of humans be wrong livelihood?
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I will give you the pure, uncomplicated answer to this question, with the observation that the business world (which I have very little experience with, but understand in a deeply philosophical way) ...

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Disconnected instead of detached
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Disconnection is a kind of aversion; it's the egoic self protecting itself through avoidance. Detachment doesn't deny, diminish, or avoid the experience. If mental phenomena are arising they are ...

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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 aren't there omnicidal Buddhists?
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Well, I suppose the initial problem (from a reincarnationist perspective) is that once one is on the karmic wheel the only way off is live and attain nirvana. If all living beings were killed, then we ...

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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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Why is that the pleasent feelings last for small time while unplesent feelings seem to last forever?
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Pleasant sensations are what the egoic mind expects. They do not present themselves as problems (they only become problems when they are absent), so the thinking mind does not focus on them or track ...

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What is the cause of suffering in Buddhism, is it wanting, craving, attachment, or something else?
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If we get down to brass tacks, the root of the Buddhist problematic is the human ability to 'imagine otherwise'. Say (for a dumb example) that you're out on a date and you see someone and think: "...

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Is "no arising" a thing?
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Consider a pool of water. If there is an 'arising' — something bubbling up from the depths — the surface of the pool ripples and glimmers in the light. If there is no 'arising' the surface of the ...

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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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How to politely pursuade a lay person/Bhante to wear a mask?
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Well, all you can do, really, is remind the person in question that it is against Buddhist precepts to take a life, and that this is as true of acts of omission as it is of acts of violence. At the ...

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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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Did Buddha die of Bloody diarrhea?
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Why does this matter to you? If this question is based in some attraction to lurid information, it's not really consistent with Buddhist practice. Would Buddhist teachings be 'better' if we discovered ...

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Xin Ling Fa Men 心灵法门 - New "Buddhism"?
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There are a lot of people like this 'Master Lu' in the world, in every faith and religion, with small groups of followers or large. Most are honest, many are indifferent, some are charlatans, a few ...

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Isn't giving to attain good Kamma "greedy" and therefore Unwholesome (akusala)?
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A bit of a riddle first... Did the Buddha give the dharma to the world because he was trying to create good karma for himself? Hmph. The question as asked is rooted in an egoic understanding of karma: ...

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The Impact of Violence on Our Concentration
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Well, first... I've meditated in a lot of different places in my life, and I have yet to experience any sort of violence while sitting. Worst case I can think of was once when a bunch of hyped-up kids ...

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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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Most efficient practices you will quickly do to recover/re-generate Bodhicitta and/or right view of Śūnyatā if realizing losing mindfulness of?
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If I understand your question correctly, you don't need a new or special practice for this; just take a moment and do a light version of regular practice. For instance, you might stop and focus your ...

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Confusion about Stream Entry
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'Identity-view' means immersion in an identity such that one takes the identity to be the 'real' self. An identity-view can be an identification with practically anything, positive or negative: a ...

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What is life like after having achieved nirvana?
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The only answers you'll get to this are answers-by-analogy, because realization is experiential. I mean, if I asked you questions like: What's it like to throw a baseball? What's it like to eat ...

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Does the dependent origination leads to becoming? If so, will then the reversal of the same i.e Dependent cessation brings the cessation of becoming?
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We should be careful with this line of reasoning (as with all lines of reasoning). One doesn't eliminate a shadow by moving the light; moving the light casts a shadow in a different direction. '...

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Ultimate reality: How does one practically disidentify with one's mentally labeled world?
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When we talk about meditation as a practice, we mean that when we sit down to meditate we are practicing the skill of putting down the thinking mind. A meditation period is chosen as a stretch of time ...

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How does one effectively understand & navigate through the suicide cases found in the canon?
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Liberation means that we have freed ourselves, but freedom (in the sense used here) is a subtle and difficult concept. Suicide is vexing because those who attempt suicide (generally speaking) are ...

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Annoyed when talking about generosity, stingy -- would one ever be able to grow in Dhamma?
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Nothing is fixed and unchangeable, so we hold that everyone has the ability to progress in understanding. To believe otherwise is, you know... ungenerous.

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anapanasati: nimitta or ambient light?
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The key phrase in your question is "I sometimes doubt [...]". The "I" in this phrase is your mind entering to question your meditation practice, because that's what the thinking ...

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Should I practice a single mantra or multiple?
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If your goal is stream entry, then you need to break the first three fetters. These fetters are (in no particular order): Self-view: the state in which clinging to the five aggregates creates a sense ...

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How to reconcile 'You are already enlightened. There's no need to strive!' with 'You should strive for enlightenment. Purify your mind!'
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Just to use the natural, parallel analogy: we know how to breathe without thinking about it, but we still spend a lot of time in meditation focusing on our breath. That's because we've learned to ...

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