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Relationships with fools: Interpreting the Dhammapada
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The verse speaks from the point of view of the bhikku. The verse should be understood properly: The bad and good bhikkhus were searching for companionship. They found companionship with Thera. The ...

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How did this material world come into existence if the ultimate reality is voidness?
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Friend, you are asking the question of all questions. Even if I would be explaining to you in eternity how this material world came into existence, you would not know how this material world came ...

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Is there an end to the suffering in general?
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The ultimate truth is that there is no suffering, absolutely for all, for ever. Everything is already Nibanna. However, the mundane truth is that there is suffering, absolutely for all, for ever. ...

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Why is "I have no self" a wrong view?
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"1. Why is "I have no self" a wrong view?" If the view "I have no self" arises as true & established, this view comes from the view "I have a self". Why is that so? In order for the view "I ...

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Celibacy - why not?
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From non-celibacy arises suffering. How could that be? From non-celibacy arises jealousy, fear, hatred, tension and all the worries and consequences that arise from lust. I would like to hear the ...

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Why does insight lead to to compassion?
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1 When our ignorance is removed, our suffering ends. 2 When our suffering ends, the true nature of things is known. 3 When the true nature of things is known, the true nature of beings is known. 4 ...

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Loneliness in Buddhism
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"What are the things that cause loneliness and exacerbate it?" The cause are mental fabrications that fabricate loneliness. "What are the non-social antidotes to loneliness?" Stop fabricating ...

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Can Nibbana be experienced by believers in 'rebirth-reincarnation'?
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"Therefore, can the thought of or belief in 'rebirth' in the mind result in Nibbana?" No, it can't. In the same way, the thought of or belief in "non existence of rebirth" in the mind, can't ...

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Choosing between wrong actions
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You are stuck in a dilemma which is caused by your own suffering. If you lie to the hunter, you suffer. If you tell the truth to the hunter, you suffer. It's because of your suffering that you have ...

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What is the nature of impermanence, desire and anatman?
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Living is a consequence of birth. Everything is unstable, unsatisfying and out of control because of birth. Birth is a consequence of not knowing what is suffering, what is the cause of suffering, ...

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Does being in a commited married life make it impossible to attain Nirvana? If not, how can one progress towards Nirvana?
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No, being in a commited married life does not make it impossible to attain Nirvana. Being in a commited married life helps you towards reaching Nirvana. Suffering always helps you reach Nirvana. ...

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How do animals attain enlightenment?
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Ignorance is the cause of birth and death. Birth and death comes from craving. Craving comes from desire. Desire comes from wanting pleasure. Pleasure comes from avoiding suffering. When a being ...

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Can meditation strengthen the sense of self?
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Just do what you're doing. When you notice your self, don't fight it. Your sense of self is there for a purpose. The purpose is to find out the cause. Once the cause of self is found, the cause is ...

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How to function properly in society after getting enlightenment?
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I think one common consequence of "walking the path" is that one needs less things from the outside world. Since you said in your question that you don't talk much, I'll talk about talking. A common ...

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How accurate is AN 9.20 – Velāma Sutta?
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Firstly, when reading this sutta you should understand what the writer of the sutta had in mind while writing it. Read it again and notice the bolded text that I added so you can understand what the ...

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Sensations in practice
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When your thought arises, it is thought entering your mind's sense door. This is then followed by sensations and/or feelings arising. Because you can't see the subtleties why this thought of yours is ...

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Mental illness: can Dhamma, meditation help?
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"Can people with poor mental health not just benefit from meditation, but realize its goals?" Yes, if their poor mental health is not an obstacle to calming the mind. Otherwise, the more the poor ...

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Do you experience presence of self now?
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"Do you experience presence of self now?" While thinking how to answer your question, I experience presence of self, which I know is no self ... a fabrication ... not truth. When I completely ...

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Can anyone briefly explain what is Dhamma?
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Dhamma is truth. Dhamma is wisdom. Dhamma is the path to liberation of suffering. Dhamma is the teaching about truth to attain wisdom.

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How to change myself?
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In order to realize complete liberation from suffering, one needs to calm his mind. Only when the mind is completely calmed, meditation becomes effective to realize complete liberation from suffering....

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Can I say that this question exists but no questioner is found?
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"Extending the above analogy, can I say that,this question exists but no questioner is found?" Yes. "Can I also say that, choice to answer this question exists but no choice maker will be ...

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Will I be reindividualised after death?
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"Will I be reindividualised after death?" If craving is present, you will. If craving is not present, you will not. "Should I give up the desire for food and water in order to stop my rebirth?"...

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I was wondering about deep meditation and out of body experiences
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What you're describing is one of the many superpowers you can develop when practicing meditation. In the Kevatta sutta http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/dn/dn.11.0.than.html the Buddha ...

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How would the END look like?
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There is no known beginning nor end of times.

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Is the sound an object or an experience?
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Sound is an object. When the mind directs itself towards an object, that is the experience. What is the experience? Whatever arises when the mind directs itself towards an object. What arises? Senses ...

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Should I always put another person's interest before mine?
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Should I always put another person's interest before mine? Firstly, what's the person's interest? It's happiness. No matter what a person does, a person is always searching for happiness, even though ...

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The buddhist dillema on lesser evil
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The arahant would not kill the killer. A Buddha would not kill the killer. Even if by killing the killer, lives would be saved in thousands, the arahant or a Buddha would not kill the killer. Even ...

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Is it possible to have a romantic relationship without attachment?
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There is no love in attachment. Whenever attachment is present in the mind, there is no love in that mind. Why is that so? Attachment comes from clinging. Clinging comes from craving. Craving comes ...

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Electric blood, electric breathe, electric ball and one beam
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You started meditating. If you're having strange experiences, you're doing it right. The "truth" is coming into view and your ego is dying. When your ego is loosing control, he will do everything to ...

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Where does a person go after attaining Nirvana?
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After attaining Nirvana, what happens to the person(conscious) after death? After attaining Nirvana, the person is and is not after death. Does the person cease to exist? The person does not ...

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