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Will I break the eight precepts if I listen to nature sounds considered as music?

During uposatha days, I'm getting a little confused with the interpretation of the seventh precept of eight precepts. Is it possible for me to listen to nature sounds without any musical instruments' ...
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What is appropriate usage of medicines that are intoxicating?

What is appropriate usage of medicines that are intoxicating? I know that cannabis has been used for pain relief but if the use of the cannabis is intoxicating then what is the right view of what is ...
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Meals in the afternoon and different time zones

How do Buddhist monks deal with meals while traveling across different time zones?
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Posadha 8th precept

The eighth precept refers to using high and luxorious beds and seats. Suppose one was at a café or other public place using a laptop to study Dharma. Would it be a violation of the precept to use a ...
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Is insecticide treated mosquito nets against 1st precept?

As part of my charity action I was going to donate to Against Malaria Foundation. But after reading that 100% of the money is going to buy long-lasting insecticidal nets for the prevention of malaria, ...
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Using music to uplift mood and alleviate depression

Music can be used to uplift one's mood and alleviate depression, as depicted in this article: In Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness American author William Styron's autobiographical account of ...
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8 Precept Commentaries?

Would like some suggestions on books/authors/resources for commentaries on keeping and maintaining the 8 and 10 precepts. Haven't found this question answered elsewhere. Am already aware of what the ...
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Upostha Sila in normal daily life

I'm thinking of taking the upostha sila for 7 days targeting for a Pooja. And I am employed in a software engineering company so I'll be working for 5 days out of 7. Can you give me any advices on ...
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How to tolerate if someone insulting Buddhism?

I first apologize to ask like this, I'm so sorry but I found people who don't respect other religions by my one older question I had to ask almost like this one that one I'm asking. As this religion ...
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Shouldn't I kill even mosquitoes that bite me by first precept?

By first precept I shouldn't kill even a mosquito it bite me but when as by 7th precept I can listen music for therapy If things fall into such circumstances like this mosquito biting can lead me to ...
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Can one alter the 6th precept to accommodate one's family or daily routines?

My understanding of the 6th precept is that one should only eat between sunrise and noon. There's another question (What is the purpose of not eating after noon? ) about the purpose of it from monks'...
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Can't I listen any kind of music by 7th percept?

Nacca gīta vādita visukadassanā mālā gandha vilepana dhārana mandana vibhūsanaṭṭhānā veramaṇi sikkhāpadaṃ samādhiyāmi. I undertake the precept to refrain from dancing, singing, music, going to see ...
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What is considered lying in Buddhist (five) precepts?

This precept is often translated as harsh speech or false speech. The meaning of this precept is often understood as not to tell lie. But how are we supposed to define "lie" in Buddhist context ...
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Role of food as an allowed monastic luxury

Whenever the Buddha and his retinue were invited to the palace of a great King or a big merchant, the suttas don't forget to mention the feast was delicious and rich. Then King Prasenajit, for the ...
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What is special about physical contact in the context of erotic/sexual behaviour?

When staying at buddhist monasteries (Theravada for me so far) there are the Eight Precepts to be followed. I am familiar with the eight precepts. Regarding the precepts " This bothers me already for ...
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How important is the Sixth Precept to monks and nuns?

I can only speak from the Mahayana world but I'd be very interested in the Theravada side. I'm suspect it will be enlightening. How important is the Sixth Precept to monks and nuns? In my experience ...
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Does using or watching YouTube break a bhikkhu's rules?

Would using YouTube or other social media, where one is exposed to music or forced advertising/entertainment, be breaking the rules for monks? "the watching of entertainments are stumbling blocks" ...
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Observing eight precepts in regular life

I've seen some people do this. But how practical is this with the modern lifestyle? As an example the place where I sit in the office is a bit too comfortable. Sometimes there's music in public ...
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How can one define luxurious beds and seats in the eighth precept?

The precept, Uccasayana mahasayana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami in eight precepts suggests that one should abstain from high and luxurious beds and seats. How should one define which bed or ...
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What are any and all of the exceptions to eating after noon if you've taken 8 precepts?

Is broth and vegetable juice allowable? I am preferably looking for an answer by an experienced monk.