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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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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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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 ...
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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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The blind leading the blind

Stack Exchange is undeniably an authority on coding and other technical things, but Buddhism isn't like intellectual disciplines where knowledge makes you an authority. Buddhist teachings are an ...
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Should duplicate questions be deleted by the asker?

Should duplicate questions be deleted by the asker? It was politely pointed out my question was a duplicate, so I deleted it, then it was I think undeleted, then I edited the question to make it a ...
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Can I post like this topic?

See in this topic: What are timeframe were pali canons, included commentaries done, especially Mahavihara-Theravada?
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How can I know and contact pa auk's people who living inside this site?

I want to contact them about tipitaka-translation, meditation, asking, and answering. How can I do?
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Advocation: all Theravada answers use Pali whilst Mahayana use Sanskrit Terminologies

In order to give the un-bias, un-misleading answers to the questioners in this forum, I advocate the captioned. For example, this questioner asked "nirvana", but the 1st answerer gives his version ...
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Less goals “maybe equals” more results

I'd like to propose to undelete this answer as I think it's a reasonable, on-topic, answer. The reason being that there are many teachers that teach meditation without having goals, that having these ...
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Respectful inter-school dialogue

I flagged the answer by Dhammadhatu to the linked question because it contains the phrase "later day corruptions". However, the answer and the offending phrase remain. Is there any proof of Karma ...
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Should we edit answers to make it clear which Buddhist school/perspective the answer comes from?

Recently I've been (rightly) picked up on answering a question from a particualrly perspective and not flagging this up in the answer (here and here) I think in both cases I would have been very ...
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Is this question unanswerable, and why?

Two comments under this question include: This might be a rhetorical question and unanswerable in its current form. It might be better to ask "why is this understood to mean 'seven lifetimes'?&...
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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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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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