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How to fix a broken vow?

I recently broke my vow (do not harm). I purchased a pack of cigarettes for a homeless guy. What should I do to fix this? is there a ritual to do or can i make an offering? Thanks in Advance...
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What does Buddhism teach regarding Cyber-Bullying? [duplicate]

Refer to this chart about the Cyber Bully, it causes a huge spike of cyber bully over a recent decade due to social media. It's seem getting more and more serious. source about cyberbully What does ...
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Why Moggallana suffered from past karma effects, but Angulimala did not?

Aṅgulimāla and Moggallāna both were Arhants. Aṅgulimāla killed 999. Moggallāna killed his parents in a past life. Only Moggallāna had to face karma? Moggallāna was killed by being cut into pieces, ...
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Why do many Buddhists hold on to views?

I am not very experienced with Buddhism, but I do think I have read several suttas teaching that it is not good to hold on to views, and that the Buddha doesn't teach what the universe is like, but ...
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How to deal with immense guilt over past acts of cruelty? Is sincere repentance and striving really enough?

I won't go into details, but I am dealing with horrible guilt and shame over cruel acts I have committed in the past. It feels like I am now come to terms with the significance of these actions, and ...
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Is belief in eternalism completely useless?

Is belief in karma due to eternalism completely useless? I do not know why those without self view believe in karma, but belief in karma is said to be useful, so does it matter if your metaphysics ...
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How do Buddhists who believe in a non momentary conventional self during life account for karma without enlightenment?

How do Buddhists who believe in a non momentary conventional self during life account for karma without enlightenment? Specifically, what happens to "my" karma when I die, if I am not ...
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Did I disrespect the Buddha on the altar?

Why do we close a question about trying to find out if I’m disrespecting The Buddha, I learned I should not look at my altar when I’m angry or disappointed. see I’m so angry right now I don’t think I ...
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What is the difference between sin and karma in Buddhism?

Christianity says sin is when someone does something bad. In Buddhism, people are reincarnated for karmic reasons, but they say this without reference to sin causing bad karma. Does sin preclude karma?...
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Can i be reborn having my father again?

I lost my father when I was a kid. Can I be reborn with the same father? I didn't know him well, as I was very young, but from people's words, he was a great man, and I'm dying to know him, to love ...
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Intent and Karmic benefit

With intent being so important, would the karmic benefit of saving someone's life because they were in danger be the same as doing it because you thought you would be rewarded for it?
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Happiness and Karma

I suddenly thought of a question... If one often feels unhappy, stress, uncontented, negativity, does it mean this person has bad karma? Is there a way to improve the situation so that the person can ...
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How should a bodhisattva respond to evil?

Not saying I have bodhicitta, one assumes I would know the answer if I did, but we can all emulate enlightening beings. What is the best way to respond to an nominally (nothing like that is innate) ...
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Does anyone interpret 'karma' this way?

Does anyone interpret karma to mean that the future itself arrives twice, "now" and again in the future? Is there any reason to think that karma itself is that movement of impermanence, so ...
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When does right or wrong view at death over ride the karma one has accumulated in life?

When does right or wrong view at death over ride the karma one has accumulated in life? I was just reading (googling) how right and wrong view when we be die can determine our next birth, rather than ...
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Causing lose of property, wealth, access in modern times: downfall transgression or just a 'virtual gaming'?

What does one think, to reflect and investigate: If a Bhikkhu would do efforts that finally lead to lose for at least a non-Bhikkhu (lay man, novice...), such would be easy a downfall transgression (...
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Will working for a company that engages in animal experimentation to alleviate suffering of humans be wrong livelihood?

I have been lurking here for a long time, but I made an account just to ask this because I am very conflicted, and I think some of you here maybe able to help me like you have many times before ...
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The Super Fast Karma - Covid 19

Recently i have visited various charities clubs/monastery backup by quite a huge religion community to help out my dad due to covid infection. They are doing well in many areas in term of good deed ...
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Karma is impression?

I have read in various sources that karma is impression (when we grasp to something, it creates karma/impression), is this true? So what if, for example, a girl is sitting in a place then then they ...
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Do all good and/or all pleasant intentions have pleasant outcomes for one/or another?

This was a question here: Do all good and/or all pleasant intentions have pleasant outcomes for one/or another? It may be good to investigate in frames of the Buddha-Dhamma. And could that be always ...
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Kamma vs. kiriya / kriya

What is the difference between the terms kamma and kiriya / kriya? What is the difference between kiriya and kriya? Please provide references to kiriya / kriya from the Pali suttas.
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Unintentional karma and its effect

Does Buddhism believe that karma (action) without intention is forming merit/demerit? Doesn't the term "karma" have merit/demerit built in as an intrinsic quality?
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Isn't giving to attain good Kamma "greedy" and therefore Unwholesome (akusala)?

I'm currently reading In the Buddha's Words by Ven. Bikkhu Bodhi. In the introduction to The Way to a Fortunate Rebirth he states that the roots of what make an action unwholesome (akusala) are: &...
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Input and output mental phenomenas?

coming across such an distinction here: how, if, should such be understood in Dynamic context? Can deeds ever be an input phenomena?
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Can someone be literally reborn in lower realms due to unskillful thoughts and emotions?

I often wonder myself if the buddhist teachings says that realms are mental states, realities based on external conditions or a combination of the two. Why is that? For example: "There's the ...
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How should a buddhist behave when he&she is treated unfairly?

OK, religions just say: "be patient, trust god and never think revenge!" god takes your revenge or better you will see prize here or you will reach nirvana I mean big paradise prize in other ...
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How to escape Karma fight

I think the co-worker fighting is normal here: (YouTube) Horrifying office fight (Leaked video). It happened to me as well quite a few times with different bosses. How to handle in this scenario in ...
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Question about akusala garuka kamma [duplicate]

Is it called akusala garuka kamma only if the action is completed? For example, Angulimala once tried to harm The Buddha (but did not succeed), and Nandopananda once tried to harm Moggallana Thera (...
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Are lives of people who have, by birth or design, large amounts of money, worth more to the Buddha, than the poor?

Are lives of people who have, by birth or design, large amounts of money, worth more to the Buddha, than the poor? I don't actually know enough about the history of Buddhism to answer that question!
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Is the human realm the only one where conscious moral choice is possible?

In this page's explanation of the six realms of existence the human realm is presented as below, it reads a bit off. Is it not possible, for example in the heavenly realm, to make a good choice and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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, 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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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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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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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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