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Things that I have pirated in the past

Ever since I was a kid I have pirated and bought illegal copies of many different kind of media such as music, movies, video games and softwares. Now as an adult do I have to pay for all these ...
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Sacrificing myself…or not?

If someone was holding many hostages and I came along and offered to trade myself for the hostages place so they can be let free, would this be right to do or wrong to do and would be detrimental to ...
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Selling an animal to butcher will break first precept?

Farmers who breed animals and sale to butcher or for food concern is considered as intentional killing and break first precept?
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Arahants, Precepts, Monasticism, & Worldly Things [closed]

Namo Buddhaya! I had four questions pertaining to conduct & the Buddha: (I am Theravāda Buddhist) How could the Buddha have been on this Earth as an Arahant if Arahants can only be reborn in a ...
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Is it possible to attain stream-entry if one is only following “the 5 precepts”?

Is it possible to attain stream-entry if one is only following "the 5 precepts"? Are there any suttas that seem to address this question?
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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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Monday question: Letting go of duties for a higher sake right?

Supposed one has to work, yet comes across the Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha, stops suddenly to follow his duties, and scarifies all (possible his job) to give into the Jewels, what does one think, bad Kamma ...
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Breach of precept term

What is the Pali or Sanskrit term for a breach of a precept? I have checked http://dictionary.tamilcube.com/pali-dictionary.aspx and found breach of morality defined as sīlabheda . Is there a broader ...
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Clothes and appearance: How does it matter in daily practice?

Just yesterday my person met 'his' son, now a young man after not having seen his face for good 10 years, involved in a gender-emancipation and pseudo-liberal discussion on a social media. Now here ...
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Why is sniffing a flower considered to be stealing?

According to the Gandhatthena Sutta (SN 9.14), a monk sniffing a flower in the wilderness, that was not given to him, is considered stealing, even if it's only a hair-tip's worth of evil. Why is ...
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How to manage insects in the house while adhering to the First Precept?

I have a precept tracker app that is used daily to see how well I am measuring up to keeping the precepts. One question that sometimes appears has to do with insecticide and essentially asks if it was ...
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Principles of moral conduct

For denourishing restlessness and remorse, code of discipline and principles of moral conduct are useful. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/nyanaponika/wheel026.html#rest But what are ...
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Can't I listen any kind of music by 7th percept?

Nacca gīta vādita visukadassanā mālā gandha vilepana dhārana mandana vibhūsanaṭṭhānā veramaṇi sikkhāpadaṃ samādhiyāmi. I undertake the precept to refrain from dancing, singing, music, going to see ...
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Enlightened Lies - Can lying be the correct action in certain situations?

Can lying be the correct action in certain situations? Bhikkhu Bodhi gave an example of a situation where lying might be appropriate: In World War II some nice people would hide those oppressed by ...
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Is there a Connection between Sila and Fear?

Is there a connection between Sila and fear? I find fear to be the main reason I practice sila. I would like to practice Sila out of loving kindness and a compassionate heart but I'm more worried ...
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How is His Holiness the Dalai Lama able to watch TV?

I watched a documentary of his life and he was using the remote to change the channels on his TV. Does this not break any of the rules? (227 bhikkhu precepts) Thanks.
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Monks precepts - Not to teach dhamma to women and not to recite dhamma in pali with laymen?

Two of the Pacittiyas (monks precepts according to Vinaya) implies that 1-Bhikkhus should not teach more than 6 words of Dhamma to women and also 2-Should not recite texts of dhamma in pali with ...
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What was the motivation for the prohibition on eating onions and garlic?

I've heard two speculations: 1) Onions & garlic are used to flavor meat, so they are guilty by association. I've heard the Jains have a similar prohibition for this reason. 2) Onions & ...
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Does pasteurization count as cooking in prep of juices for after noon?

If I were to have, lets say, a V8 after noon, and it was not cooked... but was pasteurized (heated at a high temp which is considered by the food industry to not be a temperature sufficient to cause ...
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What are any and all of the exceptions to eating after noon if you've taken 8 precepts?

Is broth and vegetable juice allowable? I am preferably looking for an answer by an experienced monk.
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How much should one eat when following the not-eating-after-noon precept?

In my understanding, there are a few ways to follow the not-eating-after-noon precept. Here are what I know of: Two meals per day + juice/sugar water: breakfast and lunch, juice or sugar water for ...