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Help me to ask an question I have found source called "How a Mother Would Tell the Buddha’s Birth Story "

I've found this source How a Mother Would Tell the Buddha’s Birth Story. I want to share this with all of you my Buddhist friends. So ask a question relates to this source and use the source ...
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What's (and where) the different between spam and giving?

...from a Dhammic view (one that leads to liberation). To quote an example: I removed my forum as it was just a magnet for spammers, and no one was making use of it. I don’t find it productive to ...
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Should this question (about the historical Buddha living in Sri Lanka) be reopened?

Given all the latest edit[s], should this question be reopened: Why did Marco Polo say the Buddhist religion originated in Sielan? Is it answerable? Does it contradict the way on which this site ...
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Should incorrect information be edited?

Information requested on Buddhist monks self-immolation mental technique This question has an incorrect piece of information: Thích Quảng Đức was a monk who immolated himself to protest against ...
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Should moderators close questions that don't use quotations?

I am outraged that this question was immediately closed Are there any attempts to prove the eternal blissful etc. self? The decision is obviously merely ideologically motivated, and stackexchange is ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Questions regarding mental health

I'd appreciate your thoughts on the answers in certain threads regarding mental health, where a presumed illness of the person asking sometimes is being assessed, diagnosed, and suggested a specific ...
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Should this question be rewritten?

According to comments, this question isn't getting the kind of answer that the OP wants. How about I rewrite it as follows, e.g. is this still the question which the OP wanted to ask, and clearer? ...
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Should this question be reopened?

This question -- What are the historical accounts on Buddhist scriptures that certify the authenticity of the teachings and traditions? -- should it be reopened? I think perhaps not, for these ...
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How can I explain hundreds page in this topic?

How can I explain hundreds page of the path of purification chapter XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, some part of chapter I&III, and Abhidhamma knowledge to @dhammadhatu? I think he asked the reason to number ...
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The ways of leading (community) penalties?

Althought very unpopular in modern world, to speak about and to make penalties puplic has a huge impact and support when based on good rules. As it is usual in this community as well, to set ...
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Using an answer/response re: boredom

I am writing a book, a memoir and a manual. In it a plan to discuss the self-sabatoging strategy/experience of boredom as it pertains to exercise adherence. The first reply here is awesome, was ...
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What is the main chatroom of this site?

It seems that there is no official, permanently open chatroom in the chatroom list?
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Is it just the best thing to not choose the answer?

I am having a feeling that if I choose an answer that may makr other people who have answered feel bad. Also some answers are really close, it is hardly possible to choose without involving ...
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Is “What does this dream or meditation experience mean?” a good question?

Am I right in thinking that a question of the form "I had this dream, what does it mean?" (like this one) can't be answered well and should be closed, e.g. for the "primarily opinion-based" reason? ...
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Absurdity in the SO Buddhist community is dangerous

I want everybody to take time to reflect about their voting and their answers especially high voted users. I want to state since in the beginning that this is not me lamenting about the rules of the ...
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Should the site accept non-constructive criticism of individuals or their works?

Is it useful to remove non-constructive criticism of individuals or their works? Consider someone asks a good question and another responds, but in the course of the response includes non-...
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Are these edits justified?

I made two edits to this answer: What exactly is svabhava?. The OP doesn't like these edits and wants them rolled back. Are the edits justified? I made them because someone complained about the ...
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Can we have a topic to list book recommendations?

Further to these comments ... The book had 5 stars and so many reviews...its a terrible book...some kind of new age art of living...its so difficult to pick up a good book where are the book ...
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Should we roll back the edit to this question?

This question was recently edited. The edit changed the meaning of the question: so, existing answers no longer make sense (they are no longer an answer to the question). Is this a problem, should ...
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Can you keep “you” out of hostile comments?

Here's a transcript of comments under this answer: This answer make sutta conflict themselves although the sutta never conflict in this case. If you use "sakko kāyo sakkāyo" in [Sakkāyasutta][6],...
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What are comments underneath answers for?

This is to try to explain why some comments (posted underneath answers) are permitted, while others are not; and why some "discussions" or "debates" are permitted, and others are not.
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What to do when it seems a useful answer may have nothing to do with Buddhism?

I recently saw a question on the "hot question" list about a dude not wanting to hurt his mother by moving away from her. (So I clicked through, otherwise I wouldn't have ever come to this sub.) I ...
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Is it not possible to split this platform into Theravada Buddhism and Mahayana Buddhism?

I think the question is simple, why is it important to maintain a single platform for clearly distinct sects of Buddhism ( Theravada and Mahayana )? I know there is also Vajrayāna tradition but I ...
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Posting links in answers

What are the rules or guidelines about posting links -- especially in answers?
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Interpersonal problem questions

There are some questions appearing on Buddhism SE, that seem better suited to Interpersonal Skills SE (IPS SE). How should these questions be handled? Leave them as they are, being the compassionate ...
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Should we close this question as 'too broad'?

Should we close this question as 'too broad'? I thought we should not, because: People seem[ed] able and willing to answer it Our Moderation policies for Questions says that 'too broad' isn't a ...
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Why is the site moderated?

Further to this comment: chandāgati? bhayāgati? lophāgati? mohāgati? sugatigamanam? ... read in context, I think Samana Johann is asking why the site is moderated: chandāgati (love or desire, ...
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Is this answer wrong?

I'm wondering whether I ought to complain about this answer ... whether there's anything useful to be learned from a complaint, or harm from not complaining. I'm prompted by the OP's comment here: ...
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Essay requests and sermon invitations disguised as questions

I think the questions that sort of expect answerers to write an essay or give a sermon on a given topic without containing a clearcut question might not be ok for this site. What do you think? ...
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Are “Where can I buy X” questions allowed?

Can we post questions like, "Where can I get X?", where "X" is something like a cushion, a singing bowl, or a statuette?
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Why he can do, but I can not?

I understand that buddha taught: "The Dhamma should be taught with the thought, 'I will speak without hurting myself or others.'", but don't forget that buddha taught "for it is thus that the Blessed ...
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Is it right to close this question?

Is it right to close this question as a duplicate: What's the meaning of life in Buddhism? I can see that its title (i.e. "meaning of life") is similar to some previous titles (i.e. "What is the ...
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“Is Buddhism for me?”

Recently, this question was posted: Possible Potential Buddhist. I guess the poster is asking if he/she should take the Buddhist path or not. If so, it seems too personal to me to be useful for the ...
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What is the most important thing (truth, lesson), you have learned so far in your Buddhist practice? [closed]

Being of a little Zen orientation I believe in a dialectical approach to the Buddhist practice, Having an open conversation about your station on the journey to enlightenment will often correct your ...
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Should this “polling” question be closed?

This topic on the main site, Studying and practicing Buddhism, which asks ... What is the most important thing, truth, lesson, you have learned so far? And what would be the thing you most desire ...
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Why do answers, questions, comments, suddenly disappear (and sometimes reappear)?

It might be regardable as meta-question, but just not finding any access to this area here: It happens that answers, questions, comments, suddenly disappear, mostly at the same time of the day and ...
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Benefit of Applying Emptiness to Answers

I am asking three questions in the same day, if that is excessive then let me know. I meant to ask: I have replied upon this site, to some answers, to the best of my ability. I realized that clearly,...
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Is the disclaimer necessary?

I see that some Answers have a statement at the end to the effect that, "this is a gift and not meant for commercial or personal gain." Since it is not really possible to make money here, and no one ...
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How long will the site be beta for?

Seems busy here. I'm not sure about quality, seems reasonable, though maybe a bit practical and not enough scholarship. How long will the site be beta for?
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Is “Why do secular Buddhists follow the 4NT?” a valid question?

I closed this question, Justifying the Four Noble Truths without rebirth, as a duplicate of an earlier question about suicide -- because it asked why secular Buddhists follow the 4NT instead of ...
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Was my question closed for being too philosophical?

Was my question closed for being philosophical? No extant questions ask about upaya and impermanence. Are we not allowed to ask "philosophical" questions? If that made sense, even, I have no idea why ...
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Can I ask a question about personal opinion?

Such as would you renounce a permanent heaven? I'm just intrigued, not calling it a cornerstone of Buddhism. I'm not well versed enough in Buddhism, to say.
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Proposed FAQ — “seeded questions”

After the previous List of proposed FAQs, I now propose to promote this other topic to faq status: Asking fundamental "beginner" questions There are enough upvotes on Ven Yuttadhammo's ...
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Aren't unfounded attacks on Buddhism unacceptable here?

In civilized discussions, if you disagree, you should provide counter-arguments, not offenses. For example, when Dhammadhatu called Pratityasamutpada explanation "materialistic error" (https://...
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What about the 'rice experiment' question?

Should this 'rice experiment' question be opened or closed? What do you think effects the “rice experiment”? Why? If it were open what sort of answer could you write, how could you answer it? ...
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Is this site Buddhist?

Is this site Buddhist if its users routinely claim that parts of the Buddhist canon are not authentic? It happens, but I think that the answer is clear -- no.
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What is wrong in my answer?

What is wrong in my answer? He ask about "no believing == no kamma". I answer "kamma can give their resultant, although people do kamma without believing" by the example. But why vote down? https:/...
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Are we ethically bound to call out other people's statements as wrong?

In a comment or further question under this answer, [...] One part that I still don't understand, is why there should be no distinction between types of "wrong"? No doubt a persons belief system ...
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Are these comments inappropriate debate or reasonable questions?

I'm new here, and hoping to better understand the cultural and participation norms. In short order, I've managed to make comments that were declared by an experienced user as "debate" inappropriate ...