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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If a buddhist should not kill a mouse living in their home, what justification do they have to rid themselves of a parasite such tapeworms

An extension of this question posted earlier: How not to kill the mouse in my house? Where does one draw the line for which forms of life are ok to destroy, and which ones are not? Is it just a ...
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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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Does using a pdf for sale for free violate the 2nd precept?

So I enjoy Dungeons and Dragons a bunch, and have recently begun trying to follow the first 5 precepts of Buddhism. I'm not a practicing Buddhist, but I think they are a good way to live my life. So I ...
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A question on morality

As I understand it, we carry out generous and selfless deeds for the purpose of acquiring positive kamma and/or promoting our spiritual quest. However, this seems like a form of greed, one of the ...
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How to talk to a friend about “lack of control” in what happens to her son?

I know a friend, who doesn't practice buddhism, and who is always worried about her young son. She is always concerned about everything that could go wrong, or things which could happen out of her ...
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What is struggle?

I am in sales line profession. Try believe that sales, here in India is at its worst now. Being a medical representative i know how much medicines mean to those who are in need of them. But this ...
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How not to kill the mouse in my house?

I live with my mother in her house. There have been a mouse for a few months, living in the ceiling of my bedroom, and since a few weeks, it has been a nuisance for it scratches something, day and ...
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Can anything in Buddhist theory explain phenomena like Buck Fever?

A surprising number of people whom I know, who are generally kind and compassionate, are also avid hunters or at least enthusiastically support hunting by others. They feel hunting is a healthy ...
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A Good Career for a Buddhist?

I am a business woman and my job is stressful. It is entirely motivated by greed. I want to leave my career but I have a dream to help poor people in my country and also to make my parents proud of me....
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Found items and the Second Precept

There was a crumbled up dollar bill on the stairs when I was coming out of work today. I looked around and didn't see anyone who might have dropped it. I picked it up and walked away. Pretty soon I ...
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Right speech in social situations

My boss has a tendency to gossip and speak negatively about his clients when they are not present. Sometimes he speaks to me about these people, and I am unsure of how to respond with regard to right ...
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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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Are some forms of employment less just to workers, according to Buddhism?

I live in a pleasant apartment complex and work as an Instructor. My job is cushy, which is good because I have health issues (and teach adults with health issues). But I watch workers mow the lawn at ...
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Reconciliation of Past Sins

If a person has murdered someone: ie. A fellow human being (eg. By directly attacking someone; or by indirect attack- by speech/action ; or by other means such as abortion) , what methods are ...
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What must be done before rebirth in the hell realms becomes inevitable?

I once read a commentary by a Rinpoche talking about how the karma of killing a single fly grew at an exponential rate. Since negative karma grows so quickly, what actions, and what amount of those ...
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Is it right to teach other people?

Everyone of us is unique, with different percepts, respective back ground & nature. although Way of living can be equally beneficial to everyone, inhaling & exhaling peace of mind, together. ...
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What are the teachings in Buddhism for good social Social Health?

Lord Buddha preached about the importance of physical, social, mental and spiritual health. Lord Buddha has taught about the characteristics of the four Good friends and the four evil friends. Apart ...
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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 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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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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Choosing between wrong actions

Recently I found myself having a conversation about having to choose between wrong actions. It begun with the following scenario: While walking through the forest a rabbit passes by your side, and ...
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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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The process of reintegration back into society after a retreat

I'm in a period of my practice where i feel ready for a retreat. I have been looking into different types of retreats and have found the Goenka 10-day retreat the most suitable one for me as a first-...
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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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What is idle chatter?

In AN 10.176 idle chatter is defined as He speaks in season, speaks what is factual, what is in accordance with the goal, the Dhamma, & the Vinaya. He speaks words worth treasuring, ...
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What is the Buddhist perspective on child abuse?

Suppose a father is abusing his 3 year old child. As a consequence, the child is suffering. Who is the cause of the child's suffering?
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If I can't tell if I'm lying to myself because I am yet to gain insight or clarity, am I truly lying?

There are moments of clarity that I have experienced in which I finally but truly gain a sense of knowledge and comprehension about ...something.... In those moments it is like I have changed at a ...
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Should a Buddhist advocate the learning of a martial art?

I'm listening to a lecture series about child development and in the first lecture it advocates teaching children martial arts as an aid to enhancing their self-control. I would quite like my daughter ...
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Enlightened Lies - Can lying be the correct action in certain situations?

Can lying be the correct action in certain situations? Bhikkhu Bodhi gave an example of a situation where lying might be appropriate: In World War II some nice people would hide those oppressed by ...
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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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Did the Buddha try to effect social change?

This month is Buddhist Action Month in the UK when we try to be a bit more socially engaged. To quote from the website Despite Buddhism's reputation for stillness and withdrawal from the world, ...
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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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Buddhist attitude towards prostitution and non-procreative sexual activity

I would like to ask a question from a Theravada Buddhism perspective. In the Sutta it's said having sex with particular people is considered as sexual misconduct: He has no intercourse with girls ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 does Buddhism say about the consequences of good and bad behaviour?

Please someone clarify: Does Buddhism believe in rebirth? There is an general belief in almost all religions that our good and bad will be carry forwarded to next and next to next generation and all, ...
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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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If the literal truth causes confusion, but a lie portrays the truth via a careful misunderstanding, is it really a lie?

Sometimes during everyday conversation, you can notice based on someone's subtle feedback, that they may be misinterpreting something you are telling them. For the sake of the question, please suspend ...
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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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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 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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Does Theravada Buddhism encourages animal release?

Does Theravada Buddhism encourages animal release? Would it be conflicting if one is under the branch Theravada Buddhism but perform animal release?
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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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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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