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Reference request: Can a king rule justly without killing?
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What you are referring to comes from the Discourses of the Sutta Pitaka, and can be found within the book The Connected Discourses of The Buddha; A New Translation of the Samyutta Nikaya by Bhikku ...

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When is it okay to think?
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"In the original Mindfulness Sutra, The Buddha described what he called the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. These teachings remind us to be aware of our bodies; aware of our feelings and emotions; ...

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What is Lo Jong mind training?
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lo= mind, and jong=learn, train, purify. It is a combination of pithy instructions for training the mind on the Buddhist path, particularly for those who have taken bodhisattva vows, but can be used ...

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What is "thukdam"?
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Tukdam is a state of meditation that is practiced by highly realized masters of Buddhism. They do go into a near death state that is called Ground Luminosity, generally for 3-4 days. They neither eat ...

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Is low self-esteem a Western phenomenon?
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Apparently, the Dalai Lama's original encounter with the concept of low self-esteem occurred at a psychology conference that he attended as related by Sharon Salzberg: “What do you think about self-...

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Is there any meaning, which I am supposed to untangle, to things I saw during meditation?
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In order to possibly determine the meaning of your thoughts, you would need to consult a psychoanalyst. What is important within the reference of a forum answering questions on Buddhism, is that these ...

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Sudden arising of disgust
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The Buddha said that all suffering is caused by craving, which is also interpreted as attachment. Your meditation started out as letting go of these afflictive emotions, which you were clinging to as ...

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Can the dharmakaya buddha be manifest as human?
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I am writing from the point of view of Tibetan Buddhism. Your question actually has two aspects. The only thing that can set humans apart from other sentient beings is realization of "precious human ...

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Why can't the Dalai Lama be a vegetarian?
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Interview with HHDL on July 4, 2010 by New Delhi TV, in which His holiness answers the vegetarian question: Then about taking meat, there are some contradictions but in vinaya no prohibition in ...

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Looking for a clear explanation of "interdependent origination" in English (one that doesn't rely a lot of Buddhist terminology)?
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I too had a problem with this concept when I first began my studies. It was helpful to substitute "fixed" for "inherent" (after consulting the dictionary). If phenomena are fixed, then there can be ...

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When is it okay to think?
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We all know what thinking is. I would like to add this instruction on mindfulness by Bhikkhu Bohdi on an online lecture. Mindfulness "functions in an atmosphere of detachment...[and] aspires toward a ...

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Is it not conceit when you compare yourself to other people?
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From the Buddhist viewpoint, conceit is a delusion that convinces us that we are the sum of our experiences. When we compare ourselves to others, we create a sense of self in our minds. then that ...

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Asking about Parent-Child relationship karma. Is it bad if I don't wanna go visit my dad?
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Your question is very important, but difficult to answer, since within Buddhism answers are not always what we want to hear. Your father and his family members are experiencing there own karma, which ...

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What are good resources to study the historic evolution and comparative studies of Abhidhamma
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Hope this helps. Abhidhamma Studies III: Origins of the Canonical Abhidha(r)mma Literature Abhidhamma Studies: Buddhist Explorations of Consciousness and Time; and Abhidhamma Studdies--Introduction, ...

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Individuality vs rebirth
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You are right about a difference between the secular concept of rebirth and the Buddhist concept. Any secular definition will equate rebirth and reincarnation as the same thing. Within Tibetan ...

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How can we view the statement that “life must be understood backwards but must be lived forwards" from a Buddhist perspective?
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I feel that the answer that is most akin to Buddhism comes from the Buddha's instruction to his son to determine what caused the action by reflecting back, and then take responsibility for the action ...

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Is enlightened cognition more than its parts?
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I am going to break this down for clarity in my own mind, if not in the minds of others. By definition "enlightened cognition" means that one is "freed from ignorance and misinformation" in order to ...

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Is enlightened cognition more than its parts?
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From the flow of your words, I think that you may be confusing enlightenment with emptiness. Both can be confusing, but I will try to clarify each. According to Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen Rinpoche, ...

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What can I do to help avoid laxity while meditating lying down?
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When using a supine position the trick is to be comfortable without being so comfortable that one falls asleep or enters that subconscious state. I would recommend trying two positions and one form of ...

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Can somebody explain me this Kalachakra print?
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This is what I have been able to determine. It does not answer all of the symbolism or identify all objects from this particular image, but it is a good start. "...Shri Kalachakra shining forth ...

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Where is the complete William Hamilton's "Saints and Psychopaths"?
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Although I do not know what you consider to be prohibitively priced, as of today, 6/7/2016, abebooks.com has a used copy for $34.95 plus $4.00 shipping. If the book is as scarce in hard copy as it ...

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Earliest occurrences of meditation?
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According to various internet sources, 5000 years ago, or approximately 3000 BC, references to the form of mediation used at the time is found in Hindu scriptures. According to Lovetoknow.com, A ...

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Should I use autosuggestion to make myself meditate
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Autosuggestion engages the subconscious mind, and or a hypnotic state where one can induce self-oriented behaviors. This is not in keeping with calm abiding meditation, or insight meditation. One ...

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I saw a cat killing a mouse. Could have stopped it, but didn't
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It is the mouse's karma to die, and the cat's karma to kill the mouse. We recognize that animals live in the realm where they cannot comprehend and benefit from the dharma. You could have saved that ...

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Is there a Sanskrit (not Pali) version of the Five Precepts?
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I believe that the link that follows would be your one of your best options for tracking down a Sanskrit version of the Five Precepts. It indicated that this is to be found in the liturgy. Get in ...

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Receiving blessings for a baby at a temple
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Within the Tibetan culture it is normal to keep a newborn child home for a few months so as not to exposed it to disease at such a tender age. However, if the parents decided to bring the child for ...

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Benefits of sleeping in a sitting posture
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There are several online articles that relate to the question of sleeping upright: Why do Buddhist monks sleep upright? Why do Buddhist monks sleep upright? How to Sleep Sitting Up

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Doctor assisted suicide - does doctor break the first precept?
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First among the five precepts, acknowledged by all Buddhist practitioners, is not to take a life, especially a human life. Consequently, from the Buddhist point of view, that the time of death is ...

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If there's no "self" then why should I care about the future lives and nirvana?
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Let's try to keep this simple. Buddhism encourages no-self or no-ego. This does not mean that "I" do not exist, but rather that "selfless" requires that I think of that which benefits all sentient ...

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What is the proper Vajra Guru mantra?
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Alexander is correct on the Tibetan and you are close on the other Sanskrit version, but the words are out of order. OM AH HUNG VAJRA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG is the order of the one you refer to in ...

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