konrad01
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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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If there is no self what or who is it that gets enlightened?
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To answer your question we just need to explore the concept of Anatta. Anatta doesn't mean that there is nothing within us, there is a mind. All sentient beings have a mind, eventhough they have ...

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Is there any Proof of No-Rebirth?
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Scientifically speaking no. As you mentioned "proof" I assume you want a sort of scientific answer. Science works with what can be proved either by experience or by mathematics, there is no way ...

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Did the Buddha teach the Mahayana
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At the time of the Buddha there were no schools, only one "type" of Buddhism was known: The teachings of the Buddha, the discourses and verses spoken by him. Buddha taught the Dhamma-Vinaya, he did ...

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Is a belief in rebirth a necessity for Buddhist practice?
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Most of the answers say "No" but I would like to offer a different point of view eventhough it will not be popular, sorry! The key concept of Buddhism are the 4 Noble truths. They are shared by all ...

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Can you be a Buddhist if you don't believe in reincarnation?
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Rebirth is one of the key concepts in Buddhism. If you don't believe in Rebirth you don't believe in Samsara (ciclic existence) and probably don't believe in PariNibbana as well. My answer would be: ...

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What is the relationship between the New Kadampa Tradition and Tibetan Buddhism?
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Currently I follow Theravada tradition, however I have been many times to NKT temples/meditation sessions and I also did a retreat with FPMT in Nepal (traditional Tibetan Buddhism that follows HH ...

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Strengthening dis-identification in normal life
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We should try to see everything as "impermanent, unsatisfactory and uncontrollable" When you see and contemplate that you can not control anything, not even your body, then you will understand that ...

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How are bhikkhus using social networking sites?
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Youtube/Facebook etc. are just tools... one doesn't watch "youtube", one watches a movie, a vídeoclip or a Dhamma talk for example. Think in youtube as a simple channel of communication, if you use ...

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Does using or watching YouTube break a bhikkhu's rules?
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Youtube is just a tool... one doesn't watch youtube, one watches a movie, a vídeoclip or a Dhamma talk. Think in youtube as a simple channel of communication, if you use it right, watching, let's say,...

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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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How does one become victim of one's own Karma?
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Karma is a concept older than Buddhism, however Buddha changed it a little bit. In Hinduism for example, Karma is the action and you will suffer the consequences of your actions, the change Buddha ...

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What does "heard" mean in "I allow fish and meat that is pure in three respects: One has not seen, heard, or suspected..."
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I would say hear = hear the sound of the animal being killed/ screaming (not for fish or course) This is based on the interpretation of Dhammavvuddho Thero, he has written a book that contains this ...

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Compassion to friends: stepping in vs. letting them learn on their own
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You have all this compassionate feeling in Buddhism, as you have seen from other people's (good) answers, helping others is part of all major religions and Buddhism is no different. On the other hand ...

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What's the difference between Samma Sambuddho and Buddho
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According to Theravada tradition, there are 2 types of Buddhas. 1- Samma Sambuddha (full enlighted Buddha), is the type of Buddha that teaches the Dhamma, they are very rare, previous one was the ...

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Which buddhist traditions are typically viewed as most liberal?
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I have been to 3 Buddhist centres/traditions: Theravada, Tibetan Buddhist and New Kadampa Tradition. Based on what I have seen I would say New Kadampa was the most liberal as they claim to have "a ...

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Observing eight precepts in regular life
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Lay people used to do that once a week in the time of the Buddha, as you are not a monk, you can keep only the 5 precepts on week days and select one day of the weekend to keep the 8 precepts. One of ...

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Is going for refuge central to all Buddhist traditions?
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I think going for refuge works like a commitment and also as a devotion act, it is a way to reinforce what you believe in and what you are going to pursuit, but it is not like the Christian Baptism ...

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Am I condemned for an extramarital affair?
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I would like to touch an important point: It is not because there was no explicit harm (being caught or maybe a divorce) that no harm was made at all, this is not how karma works, at least in most ...

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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How can merit be transferred?
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What I have learned from Theravada tradition (based on a Buddha's discourse) is that you can only transfer merits to beings in the hungry ghost realm, if a relative of yours has passed away and you ...

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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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Mixing Buddhism with other religions
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If you want to reconcile the Buddha's teachings with the Bible, it will be impossible as the key pillar in Christianity is the creator almight God and He is just not present in Buddhism. For me, the ...

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