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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Can effective altruism (specifically Earning to Give) and Buddhism co-exist if Earning to Give was done to the extreme?

(This may be more of a philosophy stack exchange question; feel free to move it. Actually, the example I give below is probably off topic or something since it's the real meat and potatoes of the ...
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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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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 ...
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While body is not me or mine what is a wise response to those claiming various degrees of ownerships on body? [closed]

What are some kind, wholesome, skillful, wise and helpful responses and views to the following various claims of body ownership: “The United States government claims 100% ownership over all your DNA ...
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Buddhist origin of tobacco and its relation to Native American use

Can anything wholesome, helpful, wise and skillful be mentioned about the (Chinese and/or nearby regions) origin(s) of tobacco and how it may and/or may not relate to tobacco use among Native American ...
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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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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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How sexual relations with multiple partners affect us? What are after effects of promiscuity?

I want to know how promiscuity affects us? How it binds? What are the after affects of making many sexual partners?
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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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What is the true nature of karma?

The more I study and meditate upon karma the more I am convinced that it is a physical thing and not a moral one. The universe is a massive interweaving assemblage of gears and wheels and shafts and ...
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Would the Buddha have considered engaging in anal sex as breaking the 1st and/or 5th precept?

Would the Buddha have considered engaging in anal sex as breaking the 1st and/or 5th precepts? I would like to know this as I am trying to better understand the 5 precepts.
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Did the Buddha ever teach that we have a special responsibility to those we have injured?

I posted the identikit question to Christianity stackexchange, and was met with dumb silence. Which, really, I was shocked by. E.g. the parable of the good samaratin: Jesus answered, "A certain ...
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Does Western Philosophy Have Conceptual Overlaps with Buddhism?

I think I've noticed some conceptual overlaps between Buddhism and Western Philosophy and Science. What are good sources for comparing and contrasting Western ideas and Buddhism? What are suspected ...
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Lending a friend money,and not getting it back

Last year ,I lent a friend alot of money ,he convinced me that he lost his wallet and needed money for certain payment,promising that he will return it after 3 month,he payed some of it then delayed ...
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What do Buddhists say about illogical self sacrifice?

I don't want to sound Vulcan, but I mean self sacrifice which is out of proportion, what do Buddhists say about it? So as an example, going on a dangerous hunger strike, in order that your well fed ...
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Sexual Ethics in Buddhism

I have a couple of questions regarding the Viewpoints of sexuality in Buddhism for lay people. Why is lust seen as being unskillful? Lay-people are lay-people because they don't want to renounce ...
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Are social interactions always helpful in solving problems?

Whenever there is a problem we socialize. When we are sick we go to a doctor. When we are hungry we go to a cook. When we want to laugh we go to a movie. My question is : are these social ...
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should i consider this as a hindrance in my practice

advice solicitated:i went to a wedding to perfect my mantra recitation and help around in the vedic work say,setting the "havan-kunda" etc.at night on the last day while i was sleeping in the outhouse,...
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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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Is peeking a “blind box” considered as stealing? Or breaking of any precepts?

Blind Box means you don't know which specific design from a series you might be receiving. The boxes and/or bags are sealed and we don't know which toy is inside them. It's kinda like buying ...
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Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights and International Buddhist Ethics Committee

Friends, I was surfing online on buddhist ethics and came across International Buddhist Ethics Committee and Buddhist Tribunal of Human Rights. https://buddhistcourt-gov.net The tribunal is based out ...
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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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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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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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Is upaya a lie?

According to upaya, the doctrine of 'skillful means', as it appears in the Lotus Sutra, was the Buddha lying when he said that there are three vehicles? Presumably he knew there was only one: so why ...
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The kamma of silence and/or “not acting”?

Aside of Silas there is the matter of kamma which includes always the mind. What's the impact of acting "political correct" or "according to laws", Sila, while having unskilful intentions? Whould ...
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New Year to Buddhists on 1st January?

Buddhists have a new year ,But it is not January 1st.What is the reason they celebrate the new year of January 1st.It is based on a religious basis or something else...
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“The knowledge and vision to see things clearly” (yathābhūtañāṇadassanaṃ)

Knowing intellectually the three characteristics is one thing, experiencing them is another. As far as I understood, vipassana happens without will, since it is morality that leads to rapture and ...
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Is Vessantara Jātaka in conflict with morality?

Is there any convincing interpretation of Vessantara Jātaka that isn't in conflict with morality? Vessantara gave away his children to serve as slaves for no particular reason; it is not clear how not ...
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Does the wicked have a better bargain at death in Buddhism?

Does the wicked have a better bargain at death in Buddhism considering that there are no soul to transmigrate? Let's assume there are two persons A and B, born to similar condition. Person A surround ...
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Can good and evil live in harmony?

Presently I found an old steel bangle belonging to the sheik faith ...and I started to think of circle and unity how pleasent it would be to flow freely, and then I had the ephifany that this is ...
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A comparison of two ethical systems (one essential, one relational) [duplicate]

Put this in an answer before, but actually wondering what the texts would say is the correct course. You wake up and find yourself faced with two options (you are placed in this position by a third ...
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Is eating meat compatible with the training rule to abstain from killing? [duplicate]

The first lay precept says “I undertake the training rule to abstain from killing.” (The formulation is from Wikipedia.) As I understand it, this rule pertains to all kinds of sentient beings. Is ...
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If a buddhist had the opportunity to stop the holocaust by killing hitler, should he or she do it? [duplicate]

This is basically a philosophical question, in the light of buddhist ethics. Suppose a buddhist person were in a situation in which he could stop the jewish holocaust, but the ONLY way he or she ...
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Contradictions from Monks regarding Precepts vs Commandments and punishment

Now this is often raised whenever a monk teaches and talks about the five precepts. They often say that these are not, like in the judeo christian faith, commandments and that no higher entity or ...
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Does a sexual union with one's body incarnation of an opposite sex count as a misconduct?

According to Mahayana doctrine (at least within Nyingma linbeage), different incarnations of body, mind and/or speech of a same sentient being are possible. By which I deduce that a sentient being of ...
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Can Generosity be Poison?

I read on the internet Mahasi Sayadaw once said: "For example, if a generous person obtains something precious and valuable, his first thought is to offer it to someone else rather than to use ...
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1. While wearing my new warm jacket, is it okay to kill animals for their fur?

While having a concrete floor, is it okay to chop off trees for a wooden floor? "If [a monk or nun] is ruthless with regard to plants, this is an offence to be atoned." (Patimokkhasutta Pacittiya 11)