Alessandro Macilenti
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If I start doing Vipassana now, how long will it take me to achieve Nirvana?
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You have planted your mango tree, and you keep it well nourished and watered, protect it from harm and from parasites. That's excellent, but you cannot wish it for it to grow in one day, no matter the ...

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If anatta is a reality, then how do you explain Volition or Will?
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Anatta means that there is no permanent self, not that there is no self at all. That would be just silly and contradict observation. Imagine the self as a car. Every day one part of the car is ...

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Is the reputation system counterproductive to Buddhist practice?
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I think the credit and approval system does what it's supposed to do: highlight the best answers to a question. The fact that it inflates the ego of some vain people is not the problem of the ...

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Is Enlightenment a misleading ideal?
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All excellent answers to an excellent question. I wish to add my two cents. The literal meaning of nibbana is "quenching", or "blowing out" like a candle that has been snuffed out. Since it is ...

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Is it possible to become a buddhist without a formal teacher?
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Pretty much so. Buddhism is a path of personal growth, so you do what you feel it's best for your own development. It's not something that I recommend, but you can even be a Buddhist and break all ...

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buddha and the fear?
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Fear is a primal instinct which has its function as it enables us to avoid dangerous situations, thus fearlessness is in itself dangerous and there is such a thing as pathological fearlessness. ...

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Buddhist (Theravada) cure for "Insecurity"?
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I agree with the commenters above and I want to add that insecurity is a state of mind and thus it has the properties of anicca (impermanence), anatta (insubstantiality) and dukkha (causing suffering)....

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In Buddhism Can Devas do Something For Us?
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In Buddhist scriptures, devas are described as powerful beings who often interact with humans. So assuming devas are real, they can surely hinder or help humans in a material way. What no being can ...

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