Ahmed
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As a Buddhist with a Muslim family, community, and background... how do you integrate/cope?
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I'm 26 and I considered myself becoming Buddhist when I was 14. I come from a very loyal Islamic family and I totally think that Islam is a beneficial religion... containing within it the simplest and ...

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Lust - How Can it be Overcome?
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Lust is a biological impulse without which you would not have been born in the first place. So honor it and respect it as nature's method to keep our race going. Thus, realize it a powerful force and ...

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How much is the minimal time for practicing Vipassana in daily life for achieving better mindfulness?
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Geez, ya'll are crazy. 30 minutes? I'd say WORK up to that maybe after a few months of practice but in the beginning it is best to LIKE MEDITATION and do PRACTICE PROPERLY rather than just loiter ...

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How can I remove my desire for a relationship/girlfriend?
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What helped me tremendously distance myself is this: Contemplate the various advantages and disadvantages of having a girlfriend--particularly the one that you think you would get--not the dream-woman-...

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Is it okay to seek financial gains as a layman?
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Nope: with lots of money (or lots of anything valuable), you can influence/help people and have time to cultivate. Thus, the Buddha would encourage making money--but not at the behest of ignoring the ...

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How is Qi Energy used in Buddhist practice?
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"How is chi used in Buddhist practice?" Buddha ignored the fascination people had with all this and classified it as "the five elements" knowing that even the slightest attraction to these low ...

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Is mindfulness the path or the goal?
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Mindfulness (read: paying attention) is a vehicle to True Reality (seeing without the influence of kleshas). After this permanent consciousness transformation has occured, the struggle at mindfulness ...

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With my interpretation of 'rebirth', can I become a Buddhist and become accepted within a Buddhist community?
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You don't have to believe in rebirth. Rebirth concept in Buddhism is not as simple as simple as reincarnation anyway. It's actually better if you don't hold any blind beliefs in Buddhism since it is ...

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Should I always put another person's interest before mine?
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In Buddhism, there are fundamental realizations that help you answer these kinds of questions via direct experience, especially the realization of non-self. There is in fact no "other" that does ...

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Developing mindfulness doing complex activities like learning or programming?
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With a simple action we layman do vipassana like this: feeling hunger decided to eat getting up (can be broken up into putting hands on desk, lifting butt, turning body, raising body, letting go of ...

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What are the common buddhist practices to eliminate sleepiness?
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Great tips by the Buddha. To supplemement this I offer a esoteric Buddhist technique taught by Master Huai-Chin Nan: focus at your navel point and imagine a fine bright red point as bright as you can. ...

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I want to leave my mother
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Right Effort is something we should apply to everything. We should always think of what is best for ourselves and others. And what is right effort? Here the monk arouses his will, puts forth ...

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Is detachment all about not giving damn to peoples/things?
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Life has no requirements, including loving and caring. This is social programming talking. Life just is. Furthermore, in Buddhism life is originated from ignorant perception ( see 12 nidanas) so on ...

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gradual versus sudden enlightenment
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There is no set, predictable pattern. Yes, some attain gradually. Don't worry about gradualism too much though, just figure out how to Practice better and better, keep improving your Dharma ...

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Can the noble eightfold path be followed in its entirety by a lay follower?
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A simple question. A simple answer: Of course it can! It's as simple as this: Right view: see the 3 characteristics and 6 realms Right intention: take the 4 vows of universal salvation as a Buddha ...

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What difference is there in reciting and listening to mantras?
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The esoteric vibrations are what its all about. This is why the best mantras are in their original language (usually Sanskirt) not the transliterated and especially not the translated versions. To ...

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Was The Buddha only human, or was he super-human?
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Yes, Gautama Buddha had 32 major qualities, as do all Buddhas a.k.a. one who has attained the dharmakaya, sambhogakaya, as well as the nirmanakaya--the latter two of which correspond to the physical ...

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Do buddhists fall in love?
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Above all, Buddhists teach not to obstruct one's own emotion... rather to accept and observe it. So don't let the idea of what an Arhat (a real Buddhist) would do to obstruct your own heart because ...

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Supernatural beings and the 31 planes of existence
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Did the Buddha have any personal experience with maras and devas and supernatural beings in general? Yes, throughout the suttas and many of the Mahayana sutras, like the Lotus Sutra, it is ...

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A Good Career for a Buddhist?
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Potentially, any job that doesn't violate the precepts is Right Livelihood. The actuality of it though is that if you want to practice vipassana, the heart of the Buddhist practices, it is better to ...

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Emotional Support without God in Theravada
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Usually a Buddhist isn't completely only a Theravadin and does use mantrayana methods to generate merit and ask for assistance from various deities which exist only to serve. There is no one to turn ...

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What is the difference between Satipatthana and Vipassana?
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Vipassana itself is True Awareness, clear-seeing presence in the moment absent of wandering thoughts. There is no Awakening without some success in Vipassana practice. Continued Vipassana practice aka ...

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How can I forget my old girlfriend?
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Did the relationship fall apart because there was something lacking within yourself? If so you can cultivate that piece and try to win her back (lots of guides on the internet for techniques on this ...

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Are there other people, according to Buddhism?
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There is no not-others and there is no others. Buddhism teaches a nondual perspective beyond either extreme, beyond the dichotimization that is the habit of the intellect. There is not even that One ...

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Were there 27 more Buddhas before Siddhartha Gautam Buddha?
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Were there 27 more Buddhas before Siddhartha Gautam Buddha? Yes, the Buddha speaks of them in his suttas, many of them from different times/planets throughout the universe(s). If so, are there any ...

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Why have a legal/ justice system? Let karma take care of things?
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Think of the legal system formed as a natural part of the cause-and-effect. If your family and friends were tortured you would quickly become a part of this web of cause-and-effect and fight for ...

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Is practising mindfulness ever a bad idea?
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Mindfulness isn't about self-diagnosis but it can easily lead to self-criticism if one isn't careful. It is about being present and objectively being aware of what it is without judgment. This is ...

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What is the recommended time of day for meditation?
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Any time that you actually will do it is the best time! Enough said. ...Here's a list of conditions that make my meditation effortlessly take off into concentration/wisdom: physical needs satiated (...

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How do you decide when to stick up for yourself and when to let things go?
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Right Speech and Right Effort. Those are the two pieces of the Eightfold Path that will answer your question in regards to decisive action. What is Right Speech? What is Right Effort? Right Speech ...

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Possible to get stomach discomfort because of meditation?
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Possible Causes: You are eating too much and too soon to doing sitting meditation. While meditating or doing any relaxing activity, your digestive system functions much better thus producing more gas ...

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