Questions tagged [five-precepts]

The Five Precepts constitute the basic Buddhist code of ethics, undertaken by lay followers of the Buddha Gautama in the Theravadan as well as in Mahayanan traditions.

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Does feeding animals with dead chicks and live worms break precepts?

As part of a volunteering job where endangered animals are taken care of they have to feed them with dead chicks recuperated from the agro industry, which is blameless and doesn't break precepts, ...
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the five precepts and marijuana - does marijuana count as an intoxicant?

The fifth of the precepts is "I undertake the training to refrain from intoxicants." does smoking marijuana count as an intoxicant ?
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Buddhist ethics & hydroponics: ethical issues?

AFAIK, in Theravada, ordained monastics are prohibited from growing their own food. Even hydroponics would likely be prohibited by vināya due to probability of harming small unseen life (algae, etc) ...
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Does the first precept require me to check the shower for bugs and make sure to remove all of the bugs before using it?

I recently noticed that perhaps fewer than 10 bugs seem to be in my shower. I can try to remove all of the bugs from the shower before using it so that they don’t get washed away and killed. However,...
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Unintentionally killing insects when playing sports and running

I jog everyday and teach children how to play basketball. There are some insects on the path where I jog and on the basketball court, and I’m sure we unintentionally kill a few of them. We live in a ...
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How bad is the karma of feeding meat to your children?

I have a girlfriend who has a daughter from another man. If I raise this kid not vegetarian, will that be bad karma? Her mother is an omnivore and the kid is being raised in an omnivore household. It ...
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Things that I have pirated in the past

Ever since I was a kid I have pirated and bought illegal copies of many different kind of media such as music, movies, video games and softwares. Now as an adult do I have to pay for all these ...
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Are there any sila / vinaya for mind?

There are five precepts. I don't kill living species. I don't do sexual miaconduct. ........ Similary, Are there any for mind ? Like, I don't think ...... .... We can think according to the five ...
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Is there something specifically wrong with keeping the 8 precepts as a lay person?

I know that the 5 precepts were intended for lay people. I know that in lay life, most people choose to only keep the 5 precepts, and there is no requirement to keep any more. I know that sometimes ...
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Not doing anything

q: Is not doing anything in a situation and just being mindful breaking any of the precepts?
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Different lyings

Here are my questions: Can lying be nonverbal? like in action? Is cheating lying? Is writing the wrong answer when you know the correct answer lying? Is skipping the line cheating, ...
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irrational fear of hell and damnation and spiralling, please help me?

I've posted on this Q&A site before when my grandmother just passed away, and some of the answers here really helped me feel a lot better and eased my fear enough for me to go back to my normal ...
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Responding to Worldly Questions

Namo Buddhaya! People always ask "How are you?", "Isn't that beautiful/horrible", "You are so lucky/unlucky!", "Did you enjoy/like that", and so on. How do I respond to these things in a way that ...
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Why has the “3rd precept” of the 5 precepts been interpreted as being so permissive?

It seems to me that according to one interpretation of the "3rd precept" of the 5 precepts one could even engage in various sexual acts with a vast number of prostitutes nonstop and that still wouldn'...
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Possible to intentionally kill without “intention”?

The 5 criteria of killing 1) There is life present 2) The person knows "there is life present" 3) Intention to take away the life 4) Action or speech that causes "life is taken away" 5) Life is taken ...
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Is it possible to attain stream-entry if one is only following “the 5 precepts”?

Is it possible to attain stream-entry if one is only following "the 5 precepts"? Are there any suttas that seem to address this question?
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How did Sarakani become a stream enterer despite having an alcohol drinking habit?

I read SN 55.24 (quoted below) and it says Sarakani became a stream enterer despite having an alcohol drinking habit, because he undertook the training before he died. What does the sutta really mean?...
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5th precept missing from 8fold Path?

I can find the first 4 precepts explicitly listed in the 8fold Path- but not the 5th precept regarding intoxicants. Am I missing it in there somewhere? I am wondering if it was a later addition to the ...
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5 precepts and the mental factor of sila

Once the 5 precepts is observed from a monk, is there any rupa of sila being formed as a kind of mental factor in the observer? And this rupa of sila (like a vase?) if thus polluted,it can be cleansed,...
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Breaking of five precept

Breaking of five precept would generate bad consequences from the evil deeds or from being not able to keep the precepts itself? The so called breaking of the body of precepts? some traditions say ...
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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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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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I'm confused about the seemingly irrational prioritization or vagueness (?) relating to the “3rd precept” compared to 5th precept of the 5 precepts

I am confused why in many versions of the 5 precepts I have encountered that the 5th precept is seemingly beneficial about "refraining from intoxicating drinks and drugs which lead to carelessness." ...
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Judges passing the death sentence

The Yodhajiva Sutta tells the story of a warrior who thought that brave warriors who fought valiantly and died heroically on the battlefield, would go to warrior heavan. The Buddha disappointed him by ...
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Is there any benefit to, as far as is humanly possible, total dedication to the precepts, in zen?

Is there any benefit to, as far as is humanly possible, total dedication to the precepts, in zen? So total celibacy, vegetarianism and non violence to any life form, complete abstinence form alcohol, ...
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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 trading ...
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Benefits of five precepts

I believe in karma and rebirth but I don’t understand one thing. How does five precepts give you merits? Isn’t it only preventing bad karma? If you don’t kill any living beings or don’t steal anything ...
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Source on the 4 types of ways to protect the 5 precepts

Recently I got to know that there are 4 types of ways to protect the 5 precepts. Such as You don't do it You don't make others do it You don't support others to do it You don't praise and talk ...
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Suttas on the 5 Precepts

I am looking for the suttas where the Buddha has preached about the 5 precepts. Also how it can lead you to Samadhi, Niravana and etc. -Metta
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Lying In Expression

I had previously asked a question about lying in fiction, but I feel I had omitted some important elements which I recently realized. I often write theoretical statements I am unsure of. Does writing ...
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Why does the Buddha, in the Pali Canon, periodically engage in harsh speech?

Throughout the Pali Canon you can find instances where the Buddha appears to engage in harsh speech that seems to be contrary to the noble eighfold path. There are several important points/...
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How to mitigate the negative karmic effect of killing

I'm a graduate student studying plant-insect interactions. My research, necessary for my degree, requires me to collect (kill) a few hundred insects. Are there any suttas, or general Buddhist ...
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What is meant by “those crowned with flowers by another man”? [duplicate]

In the Cunda Kammaraputta Sutta (translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu): He engages in sensual misconduct. He gets sexually involved with those who are protected by their mothers, their fathers, their ...
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Husband has sexual activity with other woman with the consent of wife

There is a true story where a couple just got married. Soon after marriage, the wife is diagnosed with certain illness by the doctor. To make it short, because of the illness, the wife is not allowed ...
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Is eating fish eggs the same as killing?

Is eating fish eggs that we normally find in sushi dishes the same as kiling? Is there any life terminated when we eat them?
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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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Is Buddhism in conflict with manliness?

Is Buddhism in conflict with manliness? I don't mean macho manliness but being a real man. To be man we have to compete, obtain resources and protect our families. Could it be all achieved reasonably ...
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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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Should Buddhists drive a car or a motorcycle?

Buddhist first precept is abstain from killing animals. Could this also imply that driving a car is unwholesome and not good for a practitioner. Would not one agree that by choosing to walk is ...
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Maintaining the stealing precept and my morality regarding free, open and equal accesibiity to knowledge [duplicate]

One of the five precepts is "Abstain from taking that which is not given". I am confused by this right now. Since this does talk about maintaining your sila. I believe that all knowledge should be ...
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If Kombucha Tea (trace amounts of alcohol) is used as medicine, is it considered a breach of conduct?

I drink kombucha, a fermented and very slightly alcoholic tea, in order to ease recurring gastrointestinal distress. Although I use this drink as a tool, is it considered a breach of the fifth precept?...
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Does “married adults living with parents in parents' house” count as breaching the third precept?

It's very common for unmarried adult Asians in Asia to continue to live with their parents. Some choose to move out once they're married, some people for some reasons choose to stay even after they're ...
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How did Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche justify drinking alcohol?

How did Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche justify drinking alcohol? How did his students justify his drinking? Is it possible an enlightened being could or would drink alcohol if they had been physically ...
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Third precept and parents approval

If one is having sexual relationship with minor (protected by parents) and parents disapprove the relationship, that is breaching of the third precept. What if an adult child having a (sexual) ...
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What would a sotapanna do? [duplicate]

There are many arguments whether a sotapanna has a perfect morality/sila or not. But let's base this topic on this Sutta: With what four factors of a stream enterer is he endowed? ...Is ...
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Leave pain while enjoying life?

I'm really interested in Buddhism, but I have a hard time motivating myself to follow the five precepts. I don't particularly want to stop eating meat, let alone stop drinking and/or smoking. Can I ...
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Jobs indirectly related to the meat business

According to the Vanijja Sutta on Right Livelihood: "Monks, a lay follower should not engage in five types of business. Which five? Business in weapons, business in human beings, business in ...
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Helpful: Is an idea of being helpful, such an intent, a secure attribut of skilful action?

Helpful: Is an idea of being helpful, such an intent, a secure attribut of skilful action? Can intention of being helpful be very unskilful? Thinking on mercy-killing, or taking away dirt, which in ...
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Pitfalls of answers: what are effects of answers having be received, yet knowing they where wrong?

(A nother possible pitfall for defilement. Take care that they do not rebell and cick you instead of them into it.) Supposed someone asks you something. Given that you have the feeling to know for ...
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How do you properly practice the more abstract precepts?

The precept of killing is a great baseline. Very clear: if you kill something with intention, you break the precept. The factors I can remember in the kammic disecction of the matter are: the kammic ...