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Apr 19, 2022 Dipobhasdhamma
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To say that the topic of whether the teachings of the Buddha constitute what the World considers to be religion, is a hotly debated one, but it shouldn’t be. This paper seeks to reveal that the actual teachings of the Buddha are the very antithesis of the worldview concept of religion. To pair Buddhism with religion is anathema. This paper examines whether or not the claim that Buddha’s teachings and Buddhism is in fact a “religion.” Rather than use the word “Buddhism,” a word that...
Topics: Buddhism, Religious dogma, Theravada School, Buddha, Christianity, Judeo-Christianity, Religion,...
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Mar 4, 2022 Depabhasadhamma
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This paper examines the nuances of kamma and how it relates to the life we now experience. With regard to the question: "Why Am I Who I Am? we seldom, if ever, ask this question. In large part, we rarely contemplate the reasons behind why we have the life that we do. How we come to believe who it is that we think we are, is at the root of why the perception of ourselves is what it is. What are the mechanisms…the causes, underlying the kind of life that we live? There is great benefit to...
Topics: Kamma, Cause & Effect, Hetu, Paccaya, Abhidhamma, Vapillasa, Kamma-vipaka, vipaka, marijuana,...
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Jan 30, 2022 Dipobhasadhamma
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“You shouldn't chase (anudhāvati)  after the past or place expectations on the future. What is past is left behind. The future is as yet unreached. Whatever quality is present you clearly see right there, right there. Not taken in, unshaken, that's how you develop the heart. Ardently doing what should be done today, for who knows? Tomorrow death? There is no bargaining with mortality. Whoever lives thus ardently, relentlessly both day and night, has truly had an auspicious day.”     At...
Topics: Psychology, Abhidhamma, Theravada, Buddha, Illusory Truth Effect, Truthiness, Perception,...
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Jan 5, 2022 Dipobhasadhamma
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An extensive examination of the issues surrounding the environment and ecology with an emphasis on a Buddhist solution.
Topics: Environment, Ecology, Buddhism, Buddha, Sila, Ahimsa, Environmental Awareness, Consumerism,...
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Nov 6, 2021 Depabhasadhamma
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Discovering the Middle Way, taught by the Buddha, requires first a willingness to want a better life right now. This Middle Way is a working model outlining a specific method for how life ought to be lived in order to achieve actual happiness. The "Middle Way," is not about improvement. It is about changing how we think, but also understanding why we think what we do think. The Middle Way requires an examination of our cyclical and habitual ways of thinking, which is the source of...
Topics: Buddhism, Philosophy Of Religion, Etymology, Pragmatism (Philosophy), Theravada Buddhism, Happiness...
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Oct 15, 2021 Depabhasadhamma
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The truth is out there, or is it?  What is Truth? As you might imagine, if I had the answer to  this question, many people would be knocking on my door. Putting witticisms aside, contemplation of this question has been the focus of philosophy, law, science, theology, and many more areas of study, for  thousands of years.   Beginning with the World’s earliest known philosophers such as Aristotle, right up to this moment in history, there exist volumes of philosophical contemplation on the...
Topics: Philosophy, Truth, Theravada Buddhism, Buddha, Reality, Coronavirus, Misinformation, Craving,...
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Sep 12, 2021 Depabhasadhamma
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Considering becoming a monk? So, let’s chat a bit. Becoming a monk means that you will enter what is known in the Pali texts as becoming an anagarika . This means that you are willingly asking to become a homeless one. This does not mean that you will live on the street. You will likely reside in a monastery or a temple residence for monks. Before getting into the nitty-gritty of becoming a monk, let’s visit some other, equally important aspects. [1] Anagarika: homeless |...
Topics: Theravada monks, Theravada ordination, Pabbaja, Pātimokkha, Buddhist monk
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Aug 31, 2021 Depabhasadhamma
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"Lots of people are attracted to the teachings of the Buddha because the teachings are simple,  direct and truthful. However, to claim that one is a student of the Buddha without the practice, is  non-productive for the purpose of affectively changing one's behavior and actions. Buddha's teachings are direct and hold no mysteries. It is a psychological, social and moral set of guidelines of how life ought to be lived in order to understand the difference between happiness and joy, and to...
Topics: Buddhist Psychology, Theravada Buddhism, Buddhism & Quantum Physics, Rebirth, Buddha
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Aug 5, 2021 Depabhasadhamma
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Seems like an odd thing to consider; that someone could be addicted to suffering. We all have to endure suffering of one sort or another, but there are some people who are literally addicted to distress. Now wait a minute, who would want such a thing? First of all, is such a thing actually possible? Lifelong struggles with trauma or other negative experiences may fuel an unconscious desire to continually return to the status quo of unhappiness. Some people who seem comfortable in their misery...
Topics: Depression, Dopamine, Hypothalamus, Cortical Steroids, Neurotransmitters, Four Noble Truths,...
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Aug 5, 2021 Depabhasadhamma
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There is, at present, no proof of life after death. If the concept of rebirth, life that follows death, is a myth, then what reason would we have for not simply devoting our lives to the present life we now have? Regardless of how much we may enjoy the pleasant aspects of our present life, there is one thing that is inescapable, and this is suffering, displeasure, disappointment, sickness, death and hardship. What can we do now, in this present life, to make our lives happier and easier to live...
Topics: Kamma, Karma, Theravada, Citta, Rebirth, Meditation, Four Noble Truths, Eightfold Noble Path,...
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Jun 13, 2021 Depabhasadhamma Anacaryiako
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     Recognition of the Three Marks of Existence is essential for understanding the nature of dukkha or suffering. Identifying and understanding these marks causes wisdom and clear insight into the nature of, not just the nature of our own reality, but the truth about the nature of reality in general.      Annica :  The first mark is   anicca , or Impermanence. All things are subject to change and change is constant. Because all things are dependent on other impermanent factors, there...
Topics: Annica, Anatta, Dukkha, Theravada Buddhism, Depabhasadhamma, Dukkha, Impermanence
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Jun 13, 2021 Depabhasadhamma Anacaryiako
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Examination of the concepts of reincarnation and rebirth in relation to the teachings of the Buddha. Reincarnation is not a concept that the Buddha taught. This essay focuses on the teachings of rebirth as presented by the Buddha. Therefore, the following brief discussion of reincarnation clarifies the difference between the two concepts. Therefore, the content of this section marks the final mention of reincarnation, the idea of which is both ancient and relatively new. Reincarnation...
Topics: Rebirth, Buddhism, Buddha, Reincarnation, Theravada, Buddhist History, Vedas, Religion,...
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Jun 13, 2021 Depabhasadhamma Anacaryiako
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Examination and exploration of the development of god concepts throughout history in relation to theism compared with the Buddha's teachings.
Topics: Theism, Religion, Buddha, Buddhism, Thereavada
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Jun 13, 2021 Depabhasadhamma Anacaryiako
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Examination of the core tenets of Buddhism in relation to religiosity, exploring the probability that Buddhism is not a religion in the strictest sense.
Topics: Buddhism, Theravada, Religion, Philosophy, Buddha, Four Noble Truths, Secularism, Theravada,...