konrad01
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Why is meditation making me more angry?
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Meditation is not something made to clear our thoughts, it is impossible to do so, thoughts come and go, they will never stop, maybe you can increase the gap between thoughts, that is possible, ...

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Does avoiding a person mean I have not truly forgiven them?
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I believe forgiving and avoiding are two different things. It is important to forgive people for your own peace of mind. Let go of anger and resentment, this will be good for both you and the other ...

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Is the only way to deal with the effects of your bad karma endurance?
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Try to make good Karma - it will help you for sure. The Buddha once gave a simile. He said that bad karma was like salt and good karma like water. If you put some salt in a glass of water it will ...

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Why is Buddhism not Nihilism?
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I believe it all comes down to the way one sees reality. One could argue that as everything has been changing since the beginninless time, everything is "Eternal", it is just changing shapes. I ...

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Plants may be sentient beings like animals so how do you decide what to eat?
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Buddha said that we could eat meat under a few conditions: You cannot kill the animal You cannot ask for someone to kill a specific animal for you to eat, or suspect the animal was killed for you You ...

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What is New Age Buddhism?
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I think we should differentiate Buddhism from New Age movements, they may share some goals (happiness), some tools (meditation) and some teachings, however they are very different in some key aspects, ...

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How can one overcome agitation developed by not sitting regularly?
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The effects of meditation are similar to the effects of brushing your teeth: If you don't brush your teeth for one day nothing will happen but if you do for one week... you will suffer the ...

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Is it useful to practice intoxicated?
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I would skip it, allow me to explain why. Just a little bit of context: Your question touches on a very important point about meditation currently many people see meditation as a simple tool for ...

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Is there any significance to shaving the head?
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I believe they shave their heads because they don't want to have attachments to the body or self image. They also don't use cosmetics, perfumes and so on... This is a very old practice, including the ...

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Meditating and including buddhist philosophy in your life without abandoning previous religious beliefs?
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I think we can split Buddhism in 3 different levels of commitment: Meditation, Dana (charity) and basic Sila (precepts). In this level, you can easily keep any peaceful religion, you will benefit ...

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What is the sutra where the Buddha emits fire and water from his body?
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After the Buddha returned to his father's kingdom, uncertainty still existed about whether Gautama Buddha was really enlightened or not. In response, the Buddha allegedly displayed the Yamaka-...

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Is Siddhartha Gautama the last recognized Buddha?
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Yes, if you think in terms of a fully enlightened Buddhas. Maytrea Buddha will be the next. However, there are also private Buddhas. Most of Buddhas are private Buddhas. They are enlightened, but they ...

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Does illegal downloading or viewing of copyright material violate the second precept?
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We should not take what has not been given, how does it apply to downloads? If you have the TV channel in your house (when you download a tv show) or if you have the CD (when you download a song from ...

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Is there a historical connection between Buddhism and martial arts?
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This is just one more good example on how Buddhism mixed with local culture, Buddhism began in India and spread through Asia, in many countries it incorporated local practices and believes just like ...

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Should a Buddhist have Children?
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From the child standpoint: A human life is considered very precious in Buddhism as it provides a great opportunity for liberation, the human realm is the best of all realms to practice Dhamma, the ...

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Why is it hard to breathe naturally when meditating?
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Yes it is very normal, just try to remember that we meditate to let things go... let go of control, let go of stress, just be there concentrated in one single point If you see yourself thinking too ...

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Can I practice Buddhism without meditating?
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Meditation is a key practice in Buddhism, however some Buddhists say you can reach enlightment by reasoning, using your intelect and contemplating things. In many Buddhist stories people achieve ...

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When meditation goes wrong
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As this is a science driven question I will try to give a science driven answer first and then an additional comment. People can have a nervous breakdown anywhere, watching TV, in a elevator, working ...

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What dietary practices are most helpful for reaching enlightenment?
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Of course it is not healthy to eat very fat meats, candies or deep fried food, but it has nothing to do with Buddhism, I am not sure about Gandhi but maybe he was refering to the amount of food (monks ...

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Should one call oneself a Buddhist?
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This is not really important, Buddha was not a Buddhist, so if you believe in Kamma-Vipaka, if you understand the 4 noble truths, if you follow the noble eightfold path and if you try hard to tame ...

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What are the physiological effects of mindfulness based meditation?
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This is a bit technical, but shows the positive effects from meditating in some key hormones we produce related to health and stress. I was discussing it with my girlfriend (she is endocrinologist and ...

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Does (bad) karma have to be depleted to be able to attain enlightenment?
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No, you don't need to deplete all your good or bad kamma to become enlightened, it does happen with "remaining" kamma. Regarding Angulimala, there is a beautiful simile the Buddha gave that might ...

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I have some people coming over who practice Buddhism, what should I know?
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I have been to Nepal on a retreat, it is a Hindu country, but there are many Buddhists. The main Buddhism there is Mahayana by far, with a large influence from Tibet (monks who escaped after the ...

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Secular Buddhism and Suicide
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There are excellent answers here, full of details, so I will just add a short one: Killing yourself is a selfish thing, the opposite of Buddha's teachings! You have a precious human life, you can use ...

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Should Buddhists avoid Amazon and Starbucks out of concerns about tax avoidance?
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I think the answer is No. You can, but due to your personal views and believes, it has nothing to do with Buddhism, from a Buddhist's perspective you should take care of your actions, they will ...

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Is there any truth in the legend about the birth of Siddhartha?
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There are a lot of different stories regarding the Buddha, some of them became popular, but we know are not true, for example: He escaped in the middle of the night while no one was watching. We know ...

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Are any of the three poisons considered stronger or more difficult to break than the others?
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Usually in Tibetan Buddhism, in the centre of the wheel of life, they teach that ignorance creates attachment that creates anger, that is why they put so much effort in realizing emptiness, because ...

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What is the Buddhist point of view of the Law of Attraction?
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Law of attraction seems to create and stimulate attachments, people crave for things and think about them constantly, concentrating the mind on different desires, in that sense I think it is hard to ...

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Right understanding of Dāna
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In Buddhism the merit created is greater if you give food to a monk when compared with giving to a prisoner for example, it doesn't mean you should not help the prisoner, it means that you create more ...

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Is there a tradition or practice involving fasting in Buddhism or Buddhist countries?
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As you said, the monks should not eat outside the morning hours, lay people should also not eat outside the morning hours when they are keeping the eight precepts. I would say you should also ...

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