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Particular issues from the modern world, which relate to or affect the practice of Buddhism. These topics include but are not limited to technological, political and consumer issues that impact on Buddhist thought and practice.

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How is Buddhism structured (in Japan)?

How is Buddhism structured? All I really know if you have lay people, priests, monks, and in some places masters or grand masters (I don't know if these are the same), and there are various different ...
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Complex lifestyle and leads us to get on the correct path

Today, we are living in very complex world. Various lifestyles inspire us greatly. So as being a modern layperson, it is difficult to know good karma and bad one. How would I will be on good path and ...
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Non-striving and happiness

I have only an informal understanding of Buddhism, so please excuse the informal language used in this question. My intent is to understand Buddhism better, and I welcome any answers or resources that ...
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When it comes to commercial products, is there harm to choosing a more beautiful and well-designed option?

I am new to buddhism and this is my first question here. I hope I can provide something of value and that I am clear in my phrasing. So I have recently started learning about the teachings of the ...
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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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Can the pursuit of Buddhism be real and fake? [closed]

I am not referring to monks, or to piety, or to hypocrites per se. Is there a need to appear authoritative when you are not, and if this manifests in Buddhism in any way peculiar to it?
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Is even Buddhahood itself a short straw next to material wealth and pleasure and fame?

Is even Buddhahood itself a short straw next to material wealth and pleasure and fame? The Buddha could have been a wheel turning monarch, and was in deed born a prince. So perhaps his decision isn't ...
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Ghost or horror stories/videos are appropriate during Pandemic moment?

There are more and more horror movie during pandemic and tension moment. Hong Kong is one of the example before riots recently. Pretty much of productions of horror or ghost movie produced because the ...
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Has the Buddha taught anything about how one should approach fixing society?

Has the Buddha taught anything about how one should approach fixing society? Does the Buddha advocate for striving to make society better? Does the Buddha have any practices for groups and societies ...
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Father-Son relationship

I have a father who left me when I was 5. He moved out of state when I was 7. We saw each other once every year or two. He returned to my area when I was 13. By the time I was 21, we still had a very ...
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Is it conventional to use third-person speech when conversing with a monk?

In this comment, Samana Johann wrote, worthy to raise a question on it and it's perfect training to use only 3-person and no calling of names, adressing just proper positions The topic is, using &...
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Buddhism and racism

How does the problem of racism relate to Buddha-Dharma? Can Buddhism teach us something about racism? Is there something in the teachings or texts addressing the topic, directly or indirectly?
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How do I develop a healthier relationship with images?

I doubt that anybody has asked this question before, which is why I thought to write it down. Since I was thirteen-years-old, I have saved a lot of photographs from the internet on the cloud (i.e., ...
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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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Do any modern ("free-thinking") monks or monastic orders discard elements of the Vinaya?

Yesterday I spent some time studying one of the Vinayas and, completely honestly, I couldn't help but think that some of the rules were shockingly superstitious even by the standards of most of the ...
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How are expectations and responsibilities seen in Buddhism?

These two things seem to be closely knitted together, sometimes contradictory and can be found especially in a professional setting. For example when a group of people work in a project, They have ...
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Does Dhp 256-257 condone judging others?

In several answers on this site, judging others as judge or jury is looked upon unfavourably, for both lay people and monks. It is often said that the one who passes a guilty or innocent verdict, ...
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Meditating on Public Transport

I saw there was one post about mindfulness on public transport. However, I felt these posts dealt with being mindful on public transport rather than meditation. I wonder: Is meditation itself ...
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Audio guided meditation recommendations?

I know how many of you feel about guided meditations, but I am introducing meditation to some fellow university friends, and one of them is telling me he is having an incredibly hard time while ...
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How do you pray correctly in Buddhism?

I have been calling myself a Buddhist for as long as I can remember, but I have never done it right. I notice that my mom would chant the mantras from the book, while usually I would just say anything ...
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Is it a sin to organize liqour & meat on cutomer request as a prt of my job?

I'm interested in Event planning & if I take up that job I'll have to make necessary arrangements for liqour & meat to be served at events upon client request. I'd like to know if that is ...
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A noobs balance. Where to go on my journey?

I’ll keep this short and sweet. Recently I’ve been pondering the idea of becoming a professor of Eastern Religions, particularly Buddhism. I can’t put my finger on it exactly, but something about ...
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How to reconcile non-attachment in a Type-A, North American culture where work is life?

I've been meditating on-and-off for years. However, the non-attachment preached by the Buddha conflicts with the environment around me. I'm in a large urban center in North America. Achievement is ...
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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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Spiritualism VS layman's path

I have followed the Dharma for the last ten+ years, and have been married for thirty. l have reached a stage where my progression is noticeably obstructed by the Layman's world. I've talked to my ...
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Ambitions - Are they Real or just an Illusion

Do our passions and ambitions need to be fulfilled or is it just an illusion created by our mind? According to the dhamma, is it considered to be helpful or unhelpful to fulfill goals?
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Are Buddhists hypnotists?

Are Buddhists hypnotists? I'm being a little facetious, but not entirely. Hypnotism is a strange mental phenomena, and I wondered how much interaction, in any tradition, is based in similar mental ...
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Is it disrespectful or unlawful to have dharma tattoo in Sri Lanka?

I read sometime ago that a woman with a Buddha tattoo was deported from Sri Lanka. Is it illegal because it's a Buddha image? Or other symbols like the dharma wheel are not allowed as tattoo as well? ...
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Why should one not address a venerable as friend?

Here is a quote from MN 26: One, standing up to greet me, received my robe & bowl. Another spread out a seat. Another set out water for washing my feet. However, they addressed me by name and as '...
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Duty to parents?

There are maybe 80 questions about 'parents' already but perhaps this one hasn't been asked. What are a Buddhist's responsibilities or duties towards their parents? Listen to advice? Do what they ...
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Importance of good moral conduct

What is the importance of this concept compared to other practices, such as meditation in the Buddhist way of life?
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How is dharma formed?

I believe that the word 'dharma' (among other things) refers to the constituent elements of a body and mind, and that the Buddhist should find those dharmas void of a person, and perhaps any ...
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Does Buddhism have an answer to disturbing sexual fantasies?

I have extreme sexual fantasies that hurt me (submission, candaulism, etc.). Because of the internet and pornography many young people have increasingly extreme fantasies, and when they are attached ...
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What does 'corrupted' (world or society) mean?

Several people (several questions and answers) in this topic use the word "corrupted", especially applied to "the world" and "society". What does the word "corrupted" mean? Does it have a standard ...
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How does Buddhism see Required Military Service?

I live in the United States, where although unlikely, a draft could happen. There are also many other countries that require military service in some capacity. I know Buddhism generally opposes ...
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Reincarnation and stem cell research

How do we apply reincarnation to phenomena such as reproduction by binary fission (amoeba) and creating animals like Dolly the sheep from a single cell? Also, why the population is rising in the ...
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Is Lineage vital?

Lineage is important to teaching by gurus and the succession of teaching because it helps ensure that the teaching is complete and intact, and that the teachers are sincere. One must be granted ...
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Is it ethical to develop software for financial company?

I'm wondering whether it is ethical to work as software engineer for financial company that develops software for exchanges and banks. When we consider exchange, different things are traded there, i.e....
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Does meditation increase sensitivity to sense perceptions and why?

Each morning, I meditate for 30 minutes. Within 45 minutes to an hour after, I commute to my university. For the first hour or two that I am at university after meditating, I feel almost overwhelmed ...
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Can a Buddhist own and run a billion dollar business?

China, Japan, Korea, etc. have so many companies and Buddhism is widespread in those areas. My question is: can a Buddhist make the aim of his life to run a billion dollar business?
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Can there be another Dalai Lama?

From what I understand, the Panchen Lama is supposed to choose the next Dalai Lama. If he has been captured, is there any hope for another Dalai Lama to be chosen?
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What does a normal person lose by following the path?

I have a person I know who, as far as I can say, has been intermittently long interested in Buddhism, but never made a big leap in her practice to achieve and cultivate bigger achievements. She is ...
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Is there anything I can read about the Buddhist tradition today?

I've read the book Makers of Modern Korean Buddhism, and it was really interesting to read about the recent history of Buddhism, in Korea. And there's quite a few books on how Buddhism came to America ...
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Do Asimov's three laws make a robot a Buddhist?

Would the imposition of Asimov's three laws of robotics make a robot act in a Buddhist manner? A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. ...
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Life With Death

How can we earn money while we don't want to live for anything? P.S.: I'm very wise and smart guy. I have high degrees in academical stuff. And I can say that I had satisfaction most of the emotions ...
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Mendicants in the 21st century

Is a life of begging and poverty well suited to the modern world (21st century capitalism)? Not just the will to give it up, but to not suffer for it. Aren't Buddhist monks traditionally mendicants?
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Is there an API for Buddhist texts?

Does anyone know of an API for Buddhist texts along the same lines as this one for the Bible. I do some spare time software projects and I would like to hook up to Buddhist text API just as part of ...
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Can Cyborg/ Trans-human reach enlightenment? When enlightenment is depended on a Human Body

The world is going to a point of no return, with the thirst for materialistic grandeur and power to rule over nature; after the conquered of Oriental by the Occidental. This article talks about Cyborg....
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significance of buddhism in this age of terrorism tyrannies and insolence

i would like to know the answer to the question from your point of view: what is the significance of buddhism in this age of terrorism, tyrannies and insolence?
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Is Karma different for accidental killing than intentional killing?

Ever since I have started following Buddhism, I have stopped killing any type of insects but during the course of time I have accidentally killed few insects when I had no intentions of harming them ...
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