Questions tagged [modern-world]

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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Will actors really go to hell?

In the Talaputta Sutra the Buddha says that actors will either be reborn as an animal or go to hell When an actor on the stage, [he thinks that] after death, he is reborn in the company of the ...
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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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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 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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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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Does illegal downloading or viewing of copyright material violate the second precept?

As a kid I used to download a lot of softwares and movies using torrents. Even if something illegal is done, it doesn't necessarily mean that it violates a precept. But can this be considered as ...
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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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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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Is it ok for a Buddhist to participate in a demonstration?

I'm talking about a peaceful demonstration against a corrupt government. The point is: It can be seen as divisive speech because there will be people against it.
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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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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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How to explain what Buddhism is?

My mother and I come from a non-Buddhist culture/background/society/country/family. At one point when I had an opportunity to explain to her what Buddhism is, I was doing well (i.e. she was listening ...
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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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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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Should one give to beggars?

I'm very fortunate to live in an affluent part of the world. Even so, it is a common site to see people begging for money in the street. In our town there are posters up asking people not to give to ...
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Theravada perspective on transgender people

What would be the Theravada approach to people who have a transgender experience? As far as I understand it, the mind does not have a gender. So should a Buddhist, out of compassion alone, indulge a ...
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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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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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Is it more important not to break precepts through proxy, or to not cause suffering to your family?

An important point I see is how one furthers death and lying. Through working, you are taxed, and taxes fund the breaking of the precepts. Taxes fund war and espionage, so killing and stealing are ...
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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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Buddhism and political correctness

I stumbled upon a question about the danger in lying and Andrei's answer caught my attention. He claims that '...key qualities of good character are: Honesty, Integrity, Responsibility'. Then it made ...
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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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A Buddhist Point of View of Virtual Reality

Buddhism teaches that what is real is experience; seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, feeling, thinking. From this perspective, is virtual reality, (video games, Oculus Rift, and such) objectively ...
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Are some forms of employment less just to workers, according to Buddhism?

I live in a pleasant apartment complex and work as an Instructor. My job is cushy, which is good because I have health issues (and teach adults with health issues). But I watch workers mow the lawn at ...
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What is the right way of living in the Present?

What is the right way of living in the Present? Present day living is full of challenges and with forces in play and to act in certain way. How does one follow the Path in these conditions without ...
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Shouldn't we take Lord Buddha's word above the all others?

I have seen many answers to questions referring teachings of modern teacher in this SE. But as i have learned Lord Buddha's understanding is above any other,even above an arahant. Dhamma/Dharma ...
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Can a Buddhist monk use social media for his teaching?

As far as I understand, there are sets of rules to be observed as a monastic monk and I'm not sure if TV, radio and other source of media is allowed? Just curious to know, no offense.
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Does using or watching YouTube break a bhikkhu's rules?

Would using YouTube or other social media, where one is exposed to music or forced advertising/entertainment, be breaking the rules for monks? "the watching of entertainments are stumbling blocks" ...
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How compatible are (Theravada) Buddhism and the Western life?

There are a lot of people practicing their religion at home (to some extent). But how practical is that for a Buddhist? My question came boiling up when a family-member said that I ultimately have to ...
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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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What happens if a monk is called for jury duty?

Is it possible for a monk to be called for jury duty in the U.S.A.? If so, does the Buddhist religion prevent them from taking part int he judicial process, as it involves passing judgment on others? ...
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Modernity and black magic can coexist?

1. In Buddhism, does black magic, magic spell exist? If it is, what's our belief system should be when we are taught to treat all with loving kindness? Often Black magic is not only concerned with ...
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Investing in Dharma?

In the Diamond Sutra Buddha said: Subhuti, if a person collected treasures as high as 3,000 of the highest mountains, and gave them all to others, their merit would be less than what would accrue ...
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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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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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How did Buddha Explain the Creation Of the World?

I have heard that Buddha explained how the world is recreated after a destruction, in Aggan̄n̄a Sutta. One tale told by the Buddha in the Aggan̄n̄a Sutta describes the process of recreation on this ...
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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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Is austerity necessary in Buddhism?

I have been watching Buddhist followers for sometime now in India and it made me wonder if austerity is necessary in Buddhism ? Like if I wish to become a Buddhist do I need to give up on listening ...
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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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Want a simple explanation that sense restraint is an important aspect of ethical conduct, for a loved one who is not into Dhamma

Could you try to formulate an answer to the above question, in line with the Pali Canon, using simple colloquial language, for someone who doesn't yet know Buddhist terminology? I'm asking because I ...
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English (or other European) translations of Pali Canon

Perhaps this should be closed as a 'shopping' question, but maybe translations take a long time to make and therefore there are not too many of them, and they don't go out of date quickly. The ...
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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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Do monks not have responsibility towards parents and family?

In this age, getting enlightened is not sought after by many as in Buddhas era. So I assume it must be harder for parents to accept such a decision. But monks who decide to ordain also have ...
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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 ...