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What makes someone become a gay?

Is this the result of engaging in particular sexual behavior such as (frequent) casual sex, infidelity, etc? How can someone take rebirth as or become a gay/lesbian when s/he is not in the first place?...
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What's the karmic cause for homosexuality? [duplicate]

Is being homosexual a result of poor karma? Or is it because of the person's habit in his/her past life? Or perhaps it's because the person likes and supports same-sex couple in his/her past life?
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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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Why the view “I am the owner of my karma” not contradict anatta?

Why did the Buddha advise lay people and monks to think, "I am the owner of my kamma, the heir of my kamma; I have kamma as my origin, kamma as my relative, kamma as my resort; I will be the heir of ...
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Can being a vegetarian actually be a temporary hindrance for some?

I am Buddhist, but not a strict vegetarian. When new acquaintances discover this they are often shocked and wonder, "How can this be??!!" I'm going to try and explain my answer and see what ...
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Why does Snp 2.2 not consider eating meat to be killing karma?

The teaching of Buddha Kassapa in Snp 2.2: “Killing living beings, hunting, cutting, binding, theft, lying, fraud, deceptions, useless recitations, associating with the wives of others: This is a raw ...
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Do ALL thoughts with lobha (craving), dosa (aversion) and moha (ignorance) create bad karma?

This answer stated that: Edit: Here is the link to the answer https://buddhism.stackexchange.com/a/2868/20766 Even if you sit in the dark and do nothing, you can still be creating bad Kamma. It ...
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Can a monk choose to eat only an animal or plant that had died naturally?

If someone hires a person to kill another and the plot is discovered, both the hired killer and the one who hired him will be arrested and imprisoned. Yet, somehow, if a monk eats food given by others,...
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Non-vegetarianism

I feel guilty about eating non-vegetarian food (fish, eggs and chicken). I know Buddhist followers, brahmins (Hindus) and Jains follows strict rules for vegetarianism. Does eating any sort of meat ...
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Not wanting to meditate = bad karma?

I know that as long as someone isn't enlightened, thoughts will continue to arise in one's mind, including bad thoughts. And the only way to prevent bad thoughts from arising is through meditation. So ...
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Mahāsamādhi in Buddhism?

Wikipedia defines Mahāsamādhi as follows: Mahāsamādhi (the great and final samādhi) is the act of consciously and intentionally leaving one's body. A realized yogi (male) or yogini (female) who ...
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Would a stream enterer no longer need the “I am the owner and heir of my karma” reflection?

The following sutta quote shows the reflection that would cause the diminishing or abandonment of misconduct. However, this appears to be a method of skillful means for reflection by someone with self-...
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Does “old karma” come from our parents, family, community, surroundings?

In SN 35.145 (below), we see that the body, intellect etc. is "old karma", capable to be felt. But it doesn't say whose "old karma" it is. The sutta also talks about "new ...
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Can everything be explained as the result of Kamma or not?

In his brief introduction to Sivaka Sutta, SN 36:21, Thanissaro Bhikkhu states that the Sutta has been misinterpreted as saying that there are certain things not explainable as the results of Kamma. ...
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Desperate for help about intent and my fears

I am hoping for help as I’m feeling really horrible right now. I’m not a Buddhist but I have OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) that is focussed on religion. I am sorry for such a long post but I don’...
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Can one gloss the doctrine of karma as the claim that we are only really hurting ourselves?

Can one gloss the doctrine of karma as the claim that we are only really hurting ourselves? At least in everyday senses of suffering. Perhaps not including sickness, old age, and death (these seem ...
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How is 'Chanda' (Intention) related to 'Tanha' (Desire)?

How is 'Chanda' (Intention) related to 'Tanha' (Desire)? I often hear that Karma is determined by intention. I want to know how they are all related. What comes first? What gets abandoned in ...
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What is the destination of unenlightened monk reviling Noble Layperson?

I recall reading the Buddhist scriptures say those who revile Noble Ones are reborn in hell. Does this also apply to an unenlightened (puthujjana) monk that reviles a Noble Layperson?
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Does doing an ordinary day-to-day job account for good karma?

If you do an ordinary job, say anything like a software engineer, or a waiter in a hotel or a farmer, anything, like a 9-5 job. Helping society in whichever peaceful means possible. Does it accumulate ...
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Does buying meat equate to approving of killing an animal?

In the Kammapatha sutta AN 3.164(A i 297) a note concerning the meaning of a passage (written by the author of the page dedicated to the sutta it seems) makes me question, the sutta and note are ...
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How do the concepts of anatta, rebirth and karma coexist together?

Although I have read quite a lot of books about Buddhism, almost all of them were meant for the Western layman so I consider myself to be a beginner compared to most of you here. I hope you can ...
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I am a buddhist, and i have a harm OCD

i need guidance for a problem that i have for 5 years. I have a harm ocd, i keep having this extremely bad imaginations about killing family/holy beings and destroying holy stuff. The thing is, i ...
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Intentional or unintentional sexual thoughts

I've been restless for these past few days. Once I have an unappropiate thought about a holy figure, and I think it was unintentional (not sure though). But then I kept thinking about it over and over ...
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Does karma have effects, only if they are done physically? Or also mentally? [duplicate]

I know Theravada Buddhism has 5 precepts: killing other beings stealing, or taking by force what is not given no sexual relations other than your married soulmate lying and incorrect speech consuming ...
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What are the things to do get large amount of merits? [duplicate]

I'm new to this forum. What are the most merit receiving things in Buddhism? I already know donating or charity is a good way to earn much merits. What are the other ways to earn merits? Thank you.
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How, if at all, does karma exist in the form and formless realms?

How, if at all, does karma exist in the form and formless realms? Obviously, as humans in the desire realm, we can suffer misfortune, etc., due to our karma. But what about events in these other ...
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What is the difference between Karma and Sanskara

Karma and Sanskara seam to be very much related. How are they related and how are they different.
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Anatta and the question of motivation

I am a layperson of protestant Christian background interested in buddhist thought and trying to clarify some of the basic concepts for myself. One of the stumbling blocks is understanding the ...
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Did the Buddha ever mentioned what is the cause for having lovers / marriage?

I know there are clear explanations of cause and effect for things like the 5 precepts whereby; Killing is the cause for short live, stealing is the cause for being poor etc... But did our Lord Buddha ...
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How to deal with bad past karma that makes my current life miserable?

Before I practice Buddhism,I've made mistakes and hurt other. Sometimes I thought what happen to me now is the effect of what I did. I try to keep doing positive things but sometimes I could not ...
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gratitude towards & repaying the debt to one's parents

Consider these two texts: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/iti/iti.4.100-112.than.html the part that contains: Mother & father, compassionate to their family, are called ...
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Must I continue a relationship with my abusive parents?

My parents were physically and mentally abusive to me as a child. As an adult, they have never recognized what they have done to me and even try to guilt me into having a relationship with them that I ...
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Is the Dhamma / morality objective?

Does the Dhamma allow the philosophical establishment of an objective and/or universal morality without God? If yes, how? Do all beings intuitively know what is right and what is wrong deep within ...
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Is it possible to share merit to all beings like Angels, hungry ghosts, animals etc

I read stories in Petavatthu which describe how people offer donations to the sangha and transfer the merit to their deceased relatives who are born as hungry ghosts, so that they can get alleviate ...
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What is called an intentional thought?

I'm a 16 old student and I'm getting weird and intrusive thoughts which are unwanted and unintentional. I got those thoughts about buddha which can be greater insult for Him. But none of them are ...
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Does kamma define the universal law of cause & effect?

I read the following verbal kamma on the internet: Karma can be expressed like the magnetic push or pull that defines the universal law of 'cause and effect'. Karma follows a similar rule as le ...
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How we collect bad karma?

I'm a student, and I'm getting weird instant bad thoughts to hurt my mom without any reason coz of my anxiety. they are not delibarete by any means.but I have never hurt her verbally or physically. ...
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What is the importance of intention in Buddhism?

Do any scriptures discuss the importance of intention? Why is intention rather than action important?
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Can a bad karma happen just only with a thought without any physical or verbal action?

Do we collect bad karma just only with an instant thought without any physical action or verbal action?
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Cetana and Karma

Is cetana AKA intention, another word for "karma" or close to it? If not what is it that makes karma different from cetana?
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Do the enlightened not experience the results of their past karma? [duplicate]

Can buddha attain Nibbana without Devadatta's throwing a rock and hurting Buddha's foot? I read somewhere that buddha redeem his past karma by getting hit from that stone hence my question I am sorry ...
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Do parents' karma affect their children?

In Hinduism, it is generally said that children too have a share of their parent's sins & good deeds. So, according to Buddhism, does the karma of a parent (in a direct or indirect way) affect ...
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Kamma and right livelihood in a modern business environment

It is easier to define "right livelihood" in the time of the Buddha when compared to our modern society. I would like to know if this situation can be considered wrong livelihood and if it creates bad ...
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How should Buddhists handle prayer requests?

Fairly regularly people ask me to pray for them or their family members. In my understanding, Buddhist don't generally pray for things to be different than what they are. But it never seems ...
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Reason of pandemics

According to the theory of karma,an individual receives the punishment for one's past deeds. Now my question is the whole world is going through a massive unprecedented time,not only corona but severe ...
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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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Can bad kamma be overcome in one lifetime

If there is a puthujjana who has led a life full of the major and minor defilements till about 40 years of age, suddenly turns around, starts leading a totally celibate life and also observes the rest ...
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What are the effects of discourageing one from going forth?

Since popular, one thinking compassionate, what might be it's effect, thought that's actually, after assisting ones benefactors, giving, the undertaking most praised by wise? So only foolish, or of ...
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I am seeking advice for blasphemous intrusive thoughts

I suffer with Pure obsessive compulsive disorder. I regularly have intrusive thoughts of all different kinds and I can be pretty anxious sometimes. Although I know that thoughts are only just thoughts,...
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Not listening to parents is bad karma?

This is something that I keep hearing from my grandmother that annoys me so much. Although I am of age (26 to be precise), I am still expected to listen to almost every word that my parents say (at ...

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