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Introductory books to Buddhism
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Quick First Read What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula (Recommended) Good Question, Good Answer by S. Dhammika Introductions to the Early Texts In the Buddha's Words by Bhikkhu Bodhi The Life ...

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Isnt the desire for giving up the desires, a desire?
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Isnt the desire for giving up the desires, a desire? Yes, it is. A wholesome one that ends when you reach the 'park': ... "If that's so, Master Ananda, then it's an endless path, and not one ...

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Can the Buddha ever be a woman?
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Can the Buddha never be a woman? If it is true, why can't they? According to MN 115, a woman cannot be a Buddha and, as far as I know, the reason is not explained anywhere in the canon. He ...

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Chronological or other sequence for beginners
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Am I right in thinking that the Dhammacakkappavattana is the first and most important sutta? I wouldn't say most important but, taking into account other discourses, it seems it was the first ...

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What teachings do all schools of Buddhism share?
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There is an existent reference to the similarities between Theravāda & Mahāyāna which I will cite: (I think it also applies to Vajrayāna although I may be wrong in this regard.) Whatever our ...

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Is celibacy intrinsic to Buddhism?
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Is celibacy intrinsic to Buddhism? The answer depends as follows: As a householder, no, celibacy is not required. It is only required to abstain from improper sexual conduct. And what is improper ...

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What is the Interpretation of Parimukham in the context of Buddhist Meditation?
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What are the different interpretations and translations and what might be the most correct interpretation according to the different lines of practice? How are they rationalized? Here are some: ...

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What is Nirodha?
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Nirodha is a term that is normally translated as 'cessation' or 'stopping'. It's what happens to suffering in the 3rd noble truth, dukkhanirodha (cessation of suffering) and to all of the other ...

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How to deal with criticism?
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How should one properly handle cases of insults, criticism and discrimination, according to the Buddhist teachings? Here's what the Buddha had to say to the monks: For even this external earth ...

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Is "the blind men and the elephant" a true Buddhist story?
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Is “the blind men and the elephant” a true Buddhist story? I would like to know if it is present somewhere in the Pali Canon. Yes, the story is present in the canon: "Once, monks, in this same ...

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Is austerity necessary in Buddhism?
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Is austerity [as defined above] necessary in Buddhism? The answer depends as follows: As a householder, austerity, as you defined above, is not required since it's not part of the five essential ...

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What's the origin of 108 being a sacred number?
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The origin of 108 in the ancient buddhist scriptures seems to be from the total number of feelings classified in different ways by the Buddha: "Monks, I will teach you a one-hundred-and-eight ...

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What is the origin and purpose of the alms bowl used by monastics?
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(Disclaimer: I'm going to answer this pragmatically and straightforwardly without any reference since I think it doesn't require any. There may be memorable stories about the bowl but I don't think ...

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What are the requirements or preconditions for someone to ordain?
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Disclaimer: This is the current knowledge I have on the Theravadin tradition. Here is a summary that answers your question: Becoming a Novice The first part of the ordination procedure for ...

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Which early canonical references help one find a skillful teacher?
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(Disclaimer: Bear in mind that this answer is structured for the purpose of providing references. This structure is entirely my own way of putting the answer together. I'd emphasize taking the ...

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What is the antidote for conceit (mana)?
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What should one contemplate for mana? Here's what the early texts say: He should develop the perception of inconstancy so as to uproot the conceit, 'I am.' For a monk perceiving inconstancy, the ...

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Would an advanced practitioner ever stop meditating?
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Would an advanced practitioner ever stop meditating? If we take the Buddha & his disciples as an example, I would say, no. I would also not see a reason why. In the texts, the jhānas are ...

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Is assault against the first precept?
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The Pāḷi word for "killing living beings" is usually pāṇātipātā. It is composed by pāṇa + atipātā: pāṇa, in this context, is normally translated as "living being". atipātā is the useful word for ...

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What is the exact number of jataka tales?
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What is the exact number of jātaka tales? The Khuddaka Nikāya counts 547 Jātaka Tales. Where can I read original Jātaka tales online? At Sacred Texts there are 6 translated volumes that contain all ...

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Is the Pali Canon the only canon in modern Buddhism?
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1. Is the Pali Canon the only canon in modern Buddhism? No. Additionally, as far as I know, there are also many versions of the Chinese Canon which contain the Āgamas (parallels of the Nikāyas from ...

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A good source to learn the Pali language?
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(Bear in mind, I don't have mastery over the language but I've been swimming in it continuously for the last two years. The following advice is based on this experience.) There is a whole list of ...

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Why does the Buddha call himself the Tathāgata?
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1. Why does the Buddha call him self Tathāgata? What would be better than showing the man's own words? "Whatever in this world — with its devas, Maras, & Brahmas, its generations complete ...

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How much should one eat when following the not-eating-after-noon precept?
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It will depend on the amount of physical work one does, but since you've said you work in an office, I would say one meal a day is enough for maintaining the body healthy if you have no digestive ...

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What are the ten courses of action (kamma)?
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1. What are the ten courses of action & their significance? They are unwholesome and wholesome behaviors that lead people to live unhappily or happily now & in the future. Unwholesome ...

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Is there a compassion only Buddhist path?
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Has anyone heard anything of this research or more broadly has anyone got any references where the Buddha really emphasizes compassion and indicates that compassion alone is enough? I have no ...

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What, besides karma, determines the future?
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Since karma isn't the only thing that determines what happens to you what are the other aspects? Is there a sutta referencing this? Yes, the following discourse is what you are looking for: On one ...

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Can a lay person become an Arahant according to the Suttas?
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This is what one of the suttas says: When this was said, the wanderer Vacchagotta asked the Blessed One: “Master Gotama, is there any householder who, without abandoning the fetter of householdership,...

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Does 'kusala' (skillful) also mean 'wholesome' and 'morally good'?
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Normally, the word does not have any moral sense as some suttas indicate: The Blessed One said: "Suppose an elephant hunter were to enter an elephant forest and were to see there a large ...

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Sense of calmness in meditation, what is it?
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(Disclaimer: Take this answer as a -means- to explore further and -not- as a definitive answer since the range of descriptions of meditative experiences varies quite a bit from person to person.) 1. ...

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Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy?
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(Disclaimer: Bear in mind this is just a way of seeing things, I have no interest in discussion since it belongs in the chat & this question is very much opinion based. Anyone can argue in which ...

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