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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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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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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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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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Want a new tag, e.g. for office work and academic work?

I think we could use a new tag, for people who ask on this site about (I'm not sure) the connection between their work and Buddhism -- especially, office-work or mental work. Examples of questions ...
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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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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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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 your question already answered or simply lost in samsara stream here?

It could be easy that your question got lost and your are still not satisfied. Assuming that many questions are not marked as solved because the questioner simply forgot or has lost the interest on ...
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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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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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Can we show both up votes and downvotes by default?

Isn't there a way to see both upvotes and downvotes on a question at the question? Isn't the default to add the thumbs up and minus the thumbs down and then the user has this number that represents ...
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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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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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Right speech and SE customs. Are Buddhists too nice for an SE site?

Some of the best stack exchange sites can be brutal in how they deal with low quality questions and answers. Low quality questions are shut down. Low quality answers are voted down People will either ...
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Is there a better term than Hinayana that we should be using?

I asked this question on the main site a few days ago. I'm concerned that Hinayana isn't the right term to be using with it's negative overtones. THelper has been kind enough to provide some ...
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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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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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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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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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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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My apology to people I offended

I just want to say that I have recently been rude and an ass on this website, anger and ego got the better of me and I said some harsh rude things to people and I'm sorry. I don't want to be like that ...
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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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I am a new user here at Buddhism.SE. What should I know before I post?

We've put together some useful information for getting started below.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Asking fundamental “beginner” questions

It appears that many of the visitors to Buddhism.SE are either non-Buddhist, or fairly new to the religion. Understandable that people are curious, and want to ask about it. My opinion is for Buddhism....
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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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What favicon/icon logo would you like to have for Buddhism SE?

Present you idea and design one, you could use such tools like http://www.favicon.cc/ (no special skills necessary) And! Vote for the best. (it's the makers choice of course, if they wish so, so it ...
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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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If thumbs down the person has to give a reason for it

I am new to the forum and I got a thumbs down (minus) to one of my questions. It is a good idea if the person can give the reason for the thumbs down.
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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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This site is Elitist Not Buddhist

This site is not inclusive. In fact, it is elitist. It is everything Buddism speaks against. When you post a question anyone who has a thought on the subject should be able to post a comment and not ...
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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 ...
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List of proposed FAQs

I added the proposed-faq tag to various topics. I propose that these topics will be retagged with the faq tag. My understanding of how FAQs are created is outlined in this answer. I reviewed the ...

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