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Theravada and Mahayana

I just need you to make your attention regarding these two concepts in Buddhism. I think there maybe risk to have a conflict when someone asking a question regarding Thervada and what if someone ...
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How should we handle the different traditions of Buddhism in our answers?

Theravada Mahayana (Zen, Tibetan, Pure Land... all three very different from each other!) Vajrayana Since Shakyamuni's awakening, buddhism has evolved in many different ways throughout Asia. Each of ...
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Questions asking for an answer to a controversy

In this question: Is Jhana Required For Awakening? the asker specifically states that they know it is a controversial topic (an understatement in this instance!). I assume we're going to get many ...
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Sectarian shout downs should be dealt with

(Finally came up with a better title.) So if one asks a question about, say, mudras and the answer is "That's superstition, you should read the earlist pali texts" Or if I ask a question about, say, ...
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How do you vote?

One way to improve this site might be if people voted more; for example: Last night, in a chat, Lanka wrote, I remember when i just created this profile i could not find out whether a question/...
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When my answer is short, shall I post it as a comment instead?

I just have a short answer, to a question. Shall I post it as a comment then instead, because it's short?
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Are we here to preach and make converts?

Are we here to preach and make converts? For me, the answer is no. We shouldn't be a site for people with out a religious inclination or with doubt yearning for a change to a whole new system. (...
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May I share my research, by posting questions on this site and self-answering them?

There are some interesting new discoveries that happened in last few years in science that cemented our religion's teachings. I did many years of research on things like: Four Great elements ...
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What about providing sources?

What is buddhism.stackexchange.com 's policy on providing sources. Should it be mandatory or voluntary.? If we make it a requirement to provide the source we can clear this website from personal ...
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Buddhism SE's policy on inter-school communication

I would like to remind all users on Buddhism SE that this site is about Buddhism meaning that all affiliations are welcome. When commenting on other affiliations than your own please speak lightly, ...
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How can I be a good critic?

How can I be good critic.Sometimes I get little afraid to answered after some question because I can't know about owners attitude towards my answer.
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How can the Dhamma help internet admins be fair?

Admins behave inappropriately at times. This leads to suffering for the admins and everyone. They make mistakes because they are human. It's hard to turn anger into compassion and admins can make a ...
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Why censor when we can filter to our liking?

Why not let the user decide if they want a question or answer that the admins censor to be seen or not with content filtering? As it is it is just certain people who apparently decide for everyone. ...
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Assuming that discussions are not from interest - practical and Buddhas response [meta]

Valued Bu-SE team and members, Recently Atma again came accross this assuming: I assume that people in the future (e.g. a year from now), who may read these Q+A pages, will not be interested in ...
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Reopen question on Anapanasati

Following question is marked as too broad but it is not. It asks for additional instructions on Anapana if it is covered else where which is specific and limited to the one question. Please edit ...
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Post comments to help improve answers?

We have liberal policies about accepting questions (of any quality) ... but what about answers? I noticed that Hugh was posting comments in this topic -- and I was wondering whether I can recommend ...
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'Comparative religion' questions

There have been a couple of "comparative" questions recently: Is it possible to be both Buddhist and Christian? What is the basis of Lotus Sutta with respect to original Tipitaka? In the past the ...
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The Book of the Month is: “Good Question Good Answer”

Someone suggested that one good way to use this site can be to study books together, and post any questions from those books that we may have. Bhante Yuttadhammo suggested here that, this month, we ...
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Answers with over-long quotes

Some questions and answers are very long an most of the time just quotations from other sources. With discussions happening in between. Perhaps it would be better to give the link, citations and ...
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What should our Policy be on Link only Answers

What should our Policy be on Link only Answers? How descriptive should the answer be to consider as not Link Only Answer? E.g. is this one: https://buddhism.stackexchange.com/a/14863/295? How do we ...
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What is the FAQ for this site and most important of the Meta Discussions regarding defining this site for Relevant New Users

What is the FAQ for this site and most important of the Meta discussions regarding defining this site relevant for new users?
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Should we have a tag for sceptical questions?

As per google's dictionary: Skeptic: 1) a person inclined to question or doubt all accepted opinions. 2) a person who doubts the truth of Christianity and other religions; an atheist or agnostic .....
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Should moderators refrain from closing any questions?

Perhaps it would be agreeable to give questions something of a grace period after they are asked, to see what sort of response they garner. So for instance, no moderation intervention, except in ...
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Is answering your own question “Best Practice”?

Specifically this question "What is a Sangha? Do you have to be a Buddhist to join a Sangha?" The Questioner seems to answer himself a few minutes after asking the question. I feel that this could ...
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Let's reconsider the 'Moderation policies for Questions'

Based on the input from a discussion with several users on meta, we defined this Moderation policy for Questions. It's a very liberal policy: i.e. almost all questions are permitted. Is that policy ...
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What are relevant Posts from other SE sites or SO or other resource which we can use as a resource to improve this site

There would be a wealth of information in other sites in the network which might be of interest to users of Bu.SE wirht regard to: policies resources / tips to improve the content ways to improve ...
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What are the Moderation Policies for Answers?

The policy of each SE site is defined by its community, for each specific site like Buddhism.SE. So in the context of this site what are the Moderation Policies for Answers? Should we just have the ...
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Are questions about Sanskrit off-topic?

I think Buddhism involved Sanskrit, but Sanskrit is a language. Are questions about Sanskrit off-topic?
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Few Schools Represented

This is stemming from this question but it is part which has not been addressed in so far. So creating a thread for this specific part. Should a question should be put on hold thus blocking all other ...
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Lock or delete this Question on Miracle Experience

This question perhaps can be locked and / or deleted. Being locked prevents other from answering but if one was early enough on can have a answer. Locking prevent additional editing of the answer also,...
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Should this old question be deleted?

Someone flagged this question as "rude or abusive". It wasn't closed (but it was heavily downvoted) at the time. Should it be closed and/or deleted now? If I am reluctant to delete it, it's mostly ...
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Should content the from a Buddhist POV or Perspective or presented in relation to Buddhism

This answer is more generic advice than Buddhist specific advice, as it was originally written. In the comments the OP ties hard to rationalise by making an analogy (similar to writing an essay about ...
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Moderators following Rules and Setting Good Examples

When a general user posts something off topic a moderator can moderate it simply. In case moderators do it is not that easy as it requires many people to report it. Historically this has not happened ...
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Off Topic Content

There seems to be off topic content appearing in this site. E.g'. Answer to "Lust arises every time I am alone" (the content is not related to Buddhism through the OP fanatically tries to some remote ...
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Downvoting Based on School

In the following answer there were multiple downvotes. One of the explanations given was it was from another school. I do not think voting should be school based. It should be understood there will be ...
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Should this question be reopened and/or edited?

I put this question, Is smoking tobacco acceptable in any school of Buddhism? on hold, because it may conflict two site policies: One was the OP saying, "I will answer my own question" ... however ...
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Is this a Buddhist forum or is this a Theravadin forum?

As an eclectic universalist one of the things that attracted me to this forum is its apparent embrace of all Buddhist schools and all points of view without discrimination. However, after ...
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May people criticize other schools of Buddhism?

Are users allowed to criticize other schools of Buddhism, and/or other views? When they do, are there rules or guidelines? What does it take to make 'right speech': what's OK and what's not OK? For ...
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Can this question (about Shoko Asahara) be reopened?

The OP has edited this question and wants it reopened: About Shoko Asahara: must a Buddhist censor his words in order to avoid people to rebel? Is it on-topic now? Should it be reopened? Does it ...
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Overt Sectarian Affiliations

In looking at answers to some questions I am frequently seeing a overt but unacknowledged sectarian affiliation. For example in the question Desire without attachment, some of the answers are purely ...
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Suggestions for resources section

Leading on from this question we are starting to put together a resources section under the help section. The idea is that we can collect some generally useful resources in this section and redirect ...
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New SE site for vegetarianism and veganism

There's an Area 51 site for Veganism & Vegetarianism. I figured there would be a fair amount of vegetarians and vegans here, so I thought I'd post it here for those who may be interested! It's ...
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What to do when someone doesn't answer your question but only what they think you are asking?

On this thread I tried to go to some lengths to ask a specific question, and it was assumed that I was asking the exact question that appears in a sutta, despite my saying otherwise. I did quote that ...
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Do theravada buddhists not think that the mahayana is buddhism?

It seems like some don't. I do think that those who don't should be made not to post "no Buddhist says" etc., as it is highly misleading for a site which is meant to explore questions and answers on ...
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How should we police the use of the word Hinayana?

Some people hear Hinayana as a slur against Theravada. Modern Mahayana believers may be eager for peace and harmony, but the original Mahayanists were drawing a distinction between two lines of ...
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Do we want community ads for other beta sites?

What do you think about the idea to have Community Promotion Ads on our site, similar to other SE sites like Skeptics have. Here are few advert examples: Mythology Q&A proposal which can gain ...
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Buddha or Buddhism?

In several answers I can see people interpreting Buddha and giving references about masters other than Buddha. Is this forum about Buddha or Buddhism? Buddhism like Hinduism, Christianity and other ...
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What is the level of similarity in a question for it to be a duplicate?

What is the level of similarity for a question to be judged a duplicate? If 2 questions are such that you end up with a similar answer does this mean the questions are duplicates: E.g. Why do ...
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Update to Welcome Message

The main site FAQ (FAQ for Stack Exchange sites) has quite a few good resource perhaps we can link to from our Welcome message. E.g. under "Asking a Good Question" Maybe we can also have master ...