Questions tagged [ethics]

Skillful and unskillful thought, speech and action. These questions include but are not limited to questions on the vinaya and precepts.

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Principles of moral conduct

For denourishing restlessness and remorse, code of discipline and principles of moral conduct are useful. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/nyanaponika/wheel026.html#rest But what are ...
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Is it sinful to masturbate in Bhutanese variety of Vajrayana?

Is masturbation a sin in Vajrayana variety practiced in Bhutan as official state religion? When performed by non-monk, for example, adolescent boy, divorced man, as part of wider sexual practices used ...
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Consider then the magician and the philosopher

Introduction Earlier I asked this question. I think that was too broad, and I hope this question is more answerable. In Buddhism there exists two truths, often called the Conventional and Ultimate ...
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What are the benefits of practicing Sila?

I need incentive; what's in it for me? Also please don't answer with there's no self or I or me to get incentive, its just that I'm not enlightened yet. This is a selfish question but I need to know ...
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According to “proper speech” in Buddhism's eight-fold path, is cursing allowed if it's necessary to get the point across?

One of the points of Buddhism the eight fold lists "proper speech," but does this propriety in speech include the ability to insult others or express yourself strongly through the use of curse words/ ...
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The Third Precept and Prostitution

For a Buddhist who is single, do occasional "visits" to the brothel break the observing of the Third Precept? In other words, the Third Precept is perfectly "intact" when one engages in such activity (...
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Is this desire, to not be friendless anymore, healthy?

I have been friendless for around 5 years. The reason I'm in this situation is due to my bad traits alone. I have actually grown accustomed to this till recently, when I became increasingly unsettled ...
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Good method to start finding the core values of Buddhism?

I've recently joined a meditation center that is very welcoming. I have went to a few meditation sessions, and so far I have felt focus on a deeper level. The community is small, though so they don't ...
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Is shellfish aquaculture considered a wrong livelihood?

I am currently employed on an aquaculture farm that specializes in clams and oysters. According to our modern system of taxonomy, both of these organisms are considered animals. I also know that a ...
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What is the purpose of the 5th precept?

“Furthermore, abandoning the use of intoxicants, the disciple of the noble ones abstains from taking intoxicants. In doing so, he gives freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from ...
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A pigeon settled on my balcony. What should I do?

A pigeon is going to build a nest on my balcony. I tried to make it fly away but it comes back. I rent this flat and not sure if I'll stay there till winter. I mean if another person rents the flat he'...
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Right view of the external modern world

Did Gautama Buddha make any statements about the justices or injustices of the world? I would like to elucidate the right view to a person who has undergone a certain injustice. The person in ...
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Insights of the Middle Path

Everything in moderation is the key to the Middle Path. There are times when one can clearly see the outcome (insight or out of experience) and actions of other person and their way of thinking. ...
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Doctor assisted suicide - does doctor break the first precept?

Doctor assisted suicide - a hot potato in the western countries these days. Although this is a kind of suicide, the patient is fully awake and living human being in contrast to a patient in life ...
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How can we view the statement that “life must be understood backwards but must be lived forwards" from a Buddhist perspective?

Soren Kierkegaard once wrote, Det er ganske sandt, hvad Philosophien siger, at Livet maa forstaaes baglænds. Men derover glemmer man den anden Sætning, at det maa leves forlænds. It is ...
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Keeping rooted in the present in the face of past realities

I have remembered at least 4 past incarnations, two being particularly influential throughout my current life before the memory of them. I had been cleaning my psyche and spirit during this time, but ...
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If a Buddhists was trapped with a predator animal in a cage, would they kill it? [closed]

Since Buddhists believe that we shouldn't hurt animals, then would they kill one for survival?
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How does the Dhamma reconcile slavery?

Since one of the aspects of wrong livelihood is human trafficking, why do we frequently read in the Canon instances where a slave should be good to his master, a master should be good to his slaves.
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Infidelity in marriage

If you are in a sexless marriage where your wife absolutely denys you any sex or intimacy no matter what, is it OK to cheat? What is the Buddhist rules on that? I understand that my wife's behavior ...
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Eating meat and buying meat

Buddha said to his disciples (monks), meat can be eaten if they are not seen, heard or suspected to have been killed on purpose for a monk. Eating meat is different from killing animal, it's clear. ...
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I saw a cat killing a mouse. Could have stopped it, but didn't

I saw a cat chasing a mouse outside of my house and kill it. I could have chased the cat away and saved the mouse's life but I just watched and didn't do anything. Not that I was enjoying what I saw ...
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Does the Buddha specifically said about saving environment? [duplicate]

Does the Buddha specifically mentioned anything about saving environment or planet in His teachings? If yes, what He said? If no, then Buddhist organizations need not to concern about environment?
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If I download illegal material for my education and if the material is not in my reach in my country, is it still bad karma?

I downloaded a lot of things for 16 years I guess.I now understood this is a form of stealing.And i decided to delete my downloaded content.But some material is not found in my country,or if i order ...
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Notion of good and bad in Buddhism

if I understand correctly, Buddhism is opposed to dualistic concepts: Us vs. them, beautiful vs. ugly, pain vs. pleasure. We should rather realise the emptiness of those constructs in order to see the ...
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Investing in poultry stocks and Buddhism

Peace !! I am planning to invest some of my money in poultry stocks in the stock market and having second thoughts. As I understand Buddhism teaches not to kill any living beings although it does ...
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I enjoy sex just like I enjoy good movie. What is wrong about it?

Until and unless I become enlightened I will be driven by my needs. At times I am aware and these urges do not overpower me but not always. What is wrong here according to Buddhism? Enjoyment? If yes ...
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How is the faculty of persistence developed?

I see a lot of texts hailing this quality, but I have not seen any practical advice on how to actually cultivate the quality. In a similar vein, how do you banish laziness? For example, I have ...
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How to avoid Tattling

Hurting someone physically, Mentally, Verbally is a sin according to Buddhism. As I believe no matter we love or hate each other, anyhow we don't have any ownership of any others lives. So how about ...
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How does the story of General Siha's Meal for the Buddha at Vaisali vindicate the Buddha?

I'm working on a radio history of vegetarianism and featuring a dramatisation of the story of General Siha in the Mahavagga of the Vinaya Pitaka because it shows the difference between Jain (there ...
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Is it ethical to kill plant life while gardening?

I live in Denmark and here we have gotten an amazing concept called "City Gardens". Its basically a 3 x 3 meter garden in the middle of the city granting city dwellers acces to grow their own ...
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What are the issues related to medical treatment that prolongs life of questionable quality?

While reading an answer to How to overcome the suffering of attachement to the body's continued existence (in Western modernity)?, I began to wonder about a related matter. In the answer: In ...
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Is lying at a job interview breaking a precept?

Since lying is not really directed at a person, can it still be harmful? I have had multiple jobs before when the companies I worked for had no issues lying to me(on a organizational level) I can ...
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How to address wrong view

Did the Buddha give any teachings on how to deal with individuals spreading wrong view? If someone is expounding their beliefs in a public forum under the guise of the Buddha's teaching, given the ...
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Reducing the power of a bad karma

As we all agree none of us have a white past, we've all have done some bad thing in our past before coming to the path and in previous lives. So how should we use the good karma we generate today to ...
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Is there a moral aspect to financial debt in Buddhism?

If I recall correctly I've heard that one can not be ordained if one has debts. Is this just a practical rule to avoid ordaining people that run away from financial problems or does it also have moral ...
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Should a Monk speak out in favor of doing good?

If a monk is given the opportunity to speak in favor of doing a good deed that a supporter of his wants to do, even if that good deed directly benefits him, is it proper to do so? Is there any ...
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What does merit (puṇya/puñña) actually mean?

There is a lot of talk in Buddhism about merit. I think the word merit sounds a bit like a good grade in school or some star the teacher puts in the book. Is merit something that follows my thoughts ...
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What does a monk think on a day to day basis?

I go through my daily chores and it has become habituated to the extent that i do not need to concentrate on the action and my mind has some time to do thinking or just wander. Now monks life is also ...
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Where in the Tripitaka completion of the formation of Karmic result is mentioned?

For Karma to be complete a certain set of conditions need to be present. What are the Suttas / Abhi Dhamma in this these sets of conditions presented in? Do Suttas / Abhi Dhamma mention what happens ...
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Celebrate Christmas

Is it wrong when Buddhist celebrate Christmas? I definitely shocked when I saw a monk facebook's status then he wrote that we do the wrong thing when we celebrate Christmas. Is that true?
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Is the only way to deal with the effects of your bad karma endurance?

Do you just have to endure these bad effects no matter how long they may last? I feel like I'm dealing with some bad karma.
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Feeling guilty of something I did

First of all, I am not sure whether I am posting in the right forum. My apologies if this is not the right place. I recently went to a restaurant and when I ordered dessert, I found a mosquito inside ...
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Between death and offence what is the choice?

One day here on this SE i had an comment to one of my answers suggesting that it is rather discomforting or hard to accept that Buddhists have chosen death as their choice in difficult situations like ...
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Unconscious intention?

Sometimes we do thing intentionally sometimes unintentionally. But is there such thing such as unconscious intention in Buddhism (Theravada)?
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Training with both Zen and Rimé

I am very fond of the Prasangika Madhyamaka following Candrakirtis interpretation of Nagarjuna. This is what I read and study most. But I am also attracted to Zen. Does anyone have any thoughts, ...
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What are the criteria for calling someone a high or low capacity?

Some Buddhist teachers and writings I have seen differentiate between (students of) “high capacity” and “low(er) capacity”. As far as I’ve understood, some of the criteria for saying that some people ...
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Cultivate wisdom or work on compassion?

People are different and have different skills and personalities. My partner is for example very good at visualization, she is very patient and also a fabulous cook! But she’s also a bit lazy (her ...
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Do thoughts create karma?

This question is about a very specific situation, but there might hopefully be a more general answer. We've had conflicts at work, to the extent that we had to get a psychologist help us! There are ...
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Does Buddhism have a model of practical rationality?

A standard model of human practical reasoning is the belief-desire-intention model of action. Very simply put: The agent has a desire (“I want to be a doctor”) and a set of beliefs (“Studying ...
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Should Buddhists only cultivate native plants?

Reading various threads here, I know that plants are not considered to be sentient beings in Buddhism. But I still can't help wondering whether Buddhists create bad karma if they cultivate non-native ...