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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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 ...
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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 ...
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How observance of the 5 Precepts is done?

As I know one says the 5 propositions and then goes about his day. Or are the precepts also pegs for mindfulness? Keeping them constantly in mind?
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Unknowingly Drinking Alcohol

Me and my brother visited this pizzeria recently and he ordered two apple juices. Ryder's Wild Apple to be exact. I drank a sip of it and it tasted and smelled a bit like alcohol and obviously had the ...
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Are there any exceptions to the first precept?

I recently accidentally injured a bee, I did all I could to help it, but its wing was broken and so was its leg, it could not walk nor fly, it was clearly in a great amount of pain and distress. I ...
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Changing parts of circumstances and the precept of not speaking what is not true

In how far might it count as a break of the precept, abstaining from telling what is not true, if one changes the circumstances? For example here: There might be a question, receiving answers. ...
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Changing of questions and the precept of not speaking what is not true

Venerables, Upasaka, Upasika Valued readers and engaged Buddhabodhisattas here, In how far might it count as a break of the precept, abstaining from telling what is not true, if one changes the ...
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Does perspective to someone else break first precept?

Recently I meet a monk, I noticed that he has perspective to politicians that what they doing wrong, they are wrong, but I seem he speak a lot about politics, OK. But he also being little rude even ...
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Does any/every form of lying violate the precept of “not-lying”?

What if one thought it wiser to tell a lie, because the truth could potentially endanger one's own life? For instance, someone might lie that they believe in a supreme being, in reply to a question ...
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What is the real meaning of the third precept? [duplicate]

Can someone explain the third precept? Because most are translating this as "sexual misconduct"; but that it so narrow, and distorts Buddhism.
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I'm interested in precise piece-by-piece translations of the 5 precepts

I recently saw a post on this website by Andrei Volkov that discussed the term Kāmesumicchācāra, breaking it down into it's constituent parts and discussing the full meaning of the word. It led to me ...
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Breach of second precept

Is copying a Dhamma book in hard copy and converting it into a pdf to read on my kindle a breach of the second precept? I am planning only to read it myself and not give it to anyone. I also thought ...
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Why is it that Buddhist monks are strongly associated with beggars?

It seems to be a strong affinity in media for monks to be beggars. There doesn't seem to be anything in Buddhism that effectively correlates to being poor, or even using begging for livelihood. The ...
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Killing a mouse in the house with a third party

I have read the question How not to kill the mouse in my house? and this got me thinking. Would it be wrong to own a cat that would then kill the mouse? I'm not referring to buying a cat strictly to ...
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Did the Buddha talk about karma and sexual misconduct independent of the lay precepts

Did the Buddha talk about karma and sexual misconduct independent of the lay precepts? Killing a Buddha results in (immediate) rebirth in avici; what is the karma for cheating on your spouse? Karma ...
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If we tell lies to save lives, will that be a sin?

This page, Lay Buddhist Vows, says, Do not distort fact This one is usually translated as: don't lie. Again: it wider than that. Sometimes the use of words can make something seem ...
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Sexual misconduct, what is it

What is it? Is sex just for pleasure with your partner breaking a precept? Eg with a condom. And is being circumcised bad over personal preferences/ (hygiene,aesthetic)? is oral and anal sex bad? Is ...
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Question on sexual immorality and a family situation

I recently, and accidentally, found out one of my very close family members has been watching pornography on my computer. He had borrowed it and had used it apparently for his own purposes one night. ...
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Are the movie Fight Club, and Project Mayhem in it, buddhist?

Is the movie Fight Club, and the Project Mayhem idea at all buddhist? Since it predicates detachment from material possesions there's a neat point. I believe in the end it's not, but wanted to ask ...
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Alternative to lying?

This looks like a bunch of riddles, for that pardon me.... If someone run past you and some chasing him with weapons ask you if you saw him or not, seeing the danger that he is in you might want to ...
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Are the Sins in dreams, sins?

Background: Recently when I was in the deep sleep I saw some dreams, which showed that I am going against the five precepts. For Instance, I lied somebody. I felt that as I lie in real life; I ...