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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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FAQ index (summary of site policies)

The community of users discussed and agreed various conventions, behaviours, policies for this site.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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Moderators Promoting One's Own Ego / Agenda than the Benefit of the Site at Large

Moderator ChirsW is exhibiting following behaviors which might be detrimental to the site: Always has my way or no other way attitude (Most content on Meta is evident of this) Pays little attention ...
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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 ...