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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Role of suicide in the context of Dalai Lama's birthday and inevitable deathday

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama recently celebrated his 80th birthday! I've read that he is very conscious of the fact that after his death, there will be much turmoil, and it's something he thinks ...
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What would Buddhists do to get rid of the feeling of insecurity in relationships?

Sometimes I feel insecure and worry about my current relationship. I try to live with mindfulness each day, but it seems very hard because I still cannot forget my bad past experience. What should I ...
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What is the attitude of Buddhists to “repulsive animals”?

I recently started watching a documentary about Buddhism and animals and am curious to understand how the relationship extends to often what we as humans consider "repulsive" e.g. rodents, cockroaches,...
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What are the “Five Daily Recollections” and their benefits?

Question is in the title. What are these daily recollections and how can they be used in ones practice?
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Is moderate drinking acceptable in Buddhism?

I have heard a certain interpretation of the 5th precept and I'm curious about it, the person said that for lay people the 5th precept means "not drinking alcohol to the point you get intoxicated or ...
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Pride and Shame in Buddhism

Lately I've been noticing how often people in my everyday life mention being proud of themselves or their loved ones for some good effort or action or being ashamed of themselves (or decrying others ...
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How was Chögyam Trungpa's behaviour justified by his lineage?

As well as being a preeminent teacher of Tibetan Buddhist, Chögyam Trungpa was notorious for his more extreme behaviour such as drinking, smoking, sleeping with students, crashing cars and so forth. ...
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Theravada perspective on transgender people

What would be the Theravada approach to people who have a transgender experience? As far as I understand it, the mind does not have a gender. So should a Buddhist, out of compassion alone, indulge a ...
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Is it useful to practice intoxicated?

I am aware that drinking is against the fifth precept, but there are certain occasions where I can enjoy a few drinks (few times a month). I read a lot that it is not recommended to meditate purposely ...
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Prostration and attachment to rites and rituals

Why isn't prostration considered as a rite or a ritual in the sense of silabbata paramasa (one of the fetters that had to be abandoned to become a stream-enterer)? I wonder how this practice can ...
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What is the buddhist way of responding to compliments?

"Hey David you're a genius!" "Hey David you look so fine!" I think blushing and feeling a little nervous isn't really buddhist... But sometimes if you don't react this way you might look as if youre ...
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Is the attempt to understand others a form of value judgement?

In a recent conversation and in an attempt to understand others, i found myself not able often understand the actions or behaviors of others to leading to a sense of mind numbness. If i am not able ...
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What do Buddhists religious texts say about the environment?

My name is John and I am a grade 12 student living in Australia. I am currently in the process of doing research for a religion assignment.
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What is Buddhism’s beliefs on humans living with the environment ?

was just wondering really how buddhists engage and see the environment around them and whether or not there are consequences if one does shows a disregard for the environment
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Buddhism's views on environmental stewardship questions [closed]

1) What does Buddhism’s religious texts say about the environment 2) How much importance is placed environmental stewardship in Buddhism 3) What is Buddhism’s beliefs on humans living with the ...
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Are ecological concerns supported explicitly in Buddhism?

Many practising Buddhists that I know also have strong ecological concerns. Is this concern for 'green' issues part of Buddhism or do the two things just attract the same kind of people i.e. people ...
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Is it okay to have addictions and still call yourself a Buddhist master? [closed]

Some 'Buddhists' believe that it is okay for one to be addicted to smoking and drinking. They give examples of Chogyam Trungpa and the like who were known to indulge in these and other addictions. It ...
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Would making a video game be considered “business in intoxicants” or “business in poisons”?

Right Livelihood, as stated in the :Vanijja Sutta "Monks, a lay follower should not engage in five types of business. Which five? Business in weapons, business in human beings, business in meat, ...
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What do buddhists do in a situation of war where all able-bodied men must become soldiers?

I was reading a chapter called "The Buddhist Stand on the Death Sentence" on p. 390-393 in the book "What Buddhists Believe" by Ven. K. Sri Dhammananda. In here it is written that the law is supreme ...
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Does consensual sex break the five precepts?

Is it considered breaking the five precepts under these circumstances: Both are in a relationship, unmarried and it's purely consensual. Both are single and it's purely consensual.
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How does one Practice Sila?

There are many techniques to practice meditation but how exactly do you practice Sila? Are there any methods or techniques mentioned in the Suttas or by Buddhist Teachers to practice Sila. Exactly ...
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Is there a Connection between Sila and Fear?

Is there a connection between Sila and fear? I find fear to be the main reason I practice sila. I would like to practice Sila out of loving kindness and a compassionate heart but I'm more worried ...
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How to make a decision based on Buddhist principles?

I have been practicing Buddhism since a child, about twenty years. Throughout my adult life I have been trying to combine my practical life with my Buddhist beliefs. In some situations, however, I ...
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Is working for a big corporation invariably wrong livelihood?

That can be a very complicated point. Almost every work for a big corporation could be (potentially) seen as wrong livelihood! Hard to find a big corporation that works with good products, ethical ...
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Buddhist Monk - Travel by air

Happened to watch Yuttadhammo's video on Life in a day project and also understood that Monks are not allowed to stay in a place with a woman. Was wondering how do they actually travel by air in a ...
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Is it OK to purchase cat food?

Forgive a (possibly) silly question - but I have a cat as a pet, and of course I purchase cat food for him and feed it to him. Being a pretty recent participant of Buddhist thought and practice, I ...
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Are all non-monastic ways of life wrong livelihood?

Leading on from this answer - is it true that ultimately most or even all non-monastic lifestyles are wrong livelihood. Not being a monk I find this point of view quite challenging but just because I ...
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How does Buddhism define abortion? [duplicate]

Abortion is a much-debated topic, and religion frequently plays a role in any such discussion. How does abortion fit into Buddhist faith? Is it considered negative karma by definition, or perhaps ...
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Euthanasia for animals

Killing and harming are against the first precept. I understand that an important part of the practice is being mindful at the time of death, but do animals have this capacity? Would it be better to ...
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Life testament, illness and Buddhism

I would like to ask a question about ones last will and how buddhism views that. In Denmark where i live we have an option called a "life testament". In here there are 2 options that will be taken ...
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What are some examples of Buddhist rulers?

I've been searching about this for a while, I have been looking for historical rulers who based their way of governing off Buddhist principles. But haven't been able to find a lot.
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Does the second precept only apply to theft?

Considering the second precept Adinnādānā veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi. which I am most familiar with its translation as I undertake the training rule to abstain from taking what is not ...
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The danger in lying

"For the person who transgresses in one thing, I tell you, there is no evil deed that is not to be done. Which one thing? This: telling a deliberate lie." Also The person who lies, who ...
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Buddhist “code of ethics” on talking about other religions

I took a friend interested in Buddhism to a centre. This person is Catholic and doesn't want to change that; she is very satisfied with her religion. However she was curious about Buddhism and ...
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What is the appropriate course of action for disagreeing with an authority figure?

For example... If a senior monk is basing his judgement on personal opinion and not the vinaya, creating dukkha in the community and sowing discord... how would another person (monk or lay) go about ...
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What is the motivation for the list of 5 deadly sins?

I'm particularly interested in if there is any evidence in the sutras (or commentaries or anything old) that explains this peculiar list of transgressions (the Ānantarika-karma): patricide matricide ...
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Does avoiding a person mean I have not truly forgiven them?

This individual has been belligerent in the past causing a lot of grief to myself. I've felt a great deal of animosity towards this individual in the past but after some time forgave them. The ...