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Unconditional access to knowledge supported, benefical?

Is the modern idea of unconditional access to knowledge, teachings, supported by the Noble Ones, or maybe even seen as cause of decay and not benefical for many as well as the tradition? What are then ...
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What's the different between kusala (good) and akusala (bad)? [duplicate]

What's the different between ku-sala (good) and a-ku-sala (bad), in regard of what the Buddha taught? (ku - bad, sala - cutting away, a - not) What are good and bad actions by deeds, speech and mind,...
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Any praise of shred-paramis by the Sublime Budddha?

What does one know or think: Is there any praise of shred-parami (perfections in appearing modest) by the Sublime Buddha, such as in out-fit, outwardly appearing, using of such stuff, and if why? If ...
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What are the benefits of Dhamma in this very life that could be understood by a beginner?

Please limit the benefits to the here and now, because an ingenious youth hearing the benefit of future rebirths and also hearing hard to grasp concepts of karma might surely say “what’s in it for me ...
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What to do that wise would not disappear again?

My person, just seeing that you are certain gifted to be, possible not so aware, gifted to have another Noble one around here thought it would be good to be asked an importand question: What needs to ...
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When was *sila* first interpreted/translated as ethics?

I am curious about the idea of calling sila (all precepts and vows) as ethics. When did this translation appeared? Or who interpreted sila as ethics or something similar to ethics? This is not to say ...
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Sunday-question: Learning Dhamma at working time, on other recource

It might be the case that someone uses to engage into entertaining with Dhamma reads and talks in his working time, or uses resources of other for such, yet not really given, just like one may chat or ...
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Sila before samatha, samatha before vipassana according to AN 11.1-3?

In discourses given to monks in AN11.1, AN11.2 and AN11.3, the Buddha gave very similar messages on the purpose and benefit of virtue (sila) and how it leads to knowledge and vision of release. I ...
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How to explain that relationship with someone worthy of respect is more than just a friendship?

If someone asked, "What? My father, teacher, ... are not just friends?" -- how would one explain significant differences between "tolerance" and "deep respect and regard", of people being in front and ...
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Keeping a pet cat, without training or encouraging it to kill rats

Let's say a lay Buddhist has a rat infestation problem in his or her house. Catching rats using traps and killing them is clearly breaking the first precept of not taking a life. What about keeping a ...
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The "cow-keeper"-story?

My person remembers a possible common know story about a Brahman collecting as much as possible cow's leading to sorrows for poor. The Sublime Buddha approached him one day, gave a talk and later he ...
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Why should I give a bowl full of rice to a monk if there is no rebirth?

If there is no rebirth, what is the response for a layman asking as below? Oh, monk, I have been feeding you for ten years and I was told that my good deeds could secure me a better fortune on my re-...
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Giving not outside in relation to merits, how should this proper perceived?

"Endowed with these five qualities, a lay follower is a jewel of a lay follower, a lotus of a lay follower, a fine flower of a lay follower. Which five?...He/she has conviction; is virtuous; is not ...
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The kamma of silence and/or "not acting"?

Aside of Silas there is the matter of kamma which includes always the mind. What's the impact of acting "political correct" or "according to laws", Sila, while having unskilful intentions? Whould ...
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Does anybody knows origin and reference Buddha teaches a bossy & angry the seven kinds of wifes

... in letting her chose which kind she would like to be? Valued Upasaka, Upasika, Dear seekers for the way to Awakening and Readers, Atma (polite addressing of the own person toward householders, ...
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Reflecting duties of good friends near conflicts

My person thought it's possible good to count and remember the reaction of Dhammikas when "fellows" get in conflict. Not taking side, what are the useful supports in regard of conflicts in ...
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What is Buddhist doctrine about debt, debtlessness, duty?

When I search for the word "debt" on this site -- https://buddhism.stackexchange.com/search?q=debt -- many of the posts are from the same author -- including two recent ones: https://...
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Is understanding a "bring-debt" or "gain-debt"?

Having read "...is an ethical duty to acquire knowledge in order to improve our understanding", my person thought to investigate the matter in frame of the Dhamma. Against this sentence stands the ...
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How much worthy to pay for one who keeps precepts, metta?

Say a soldier can be hired for maybe $100 a day: What would be a suitable price to offer that one would live in accordance with the Dhamma, keeping precepts based on metta for all beings, a day?
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Planting without soil & harm ideas: giving inspiration, motivation

My person thought of motivating, encouraging each other in supporting the foundation for meditation, complete Sila incl. right livelihood, if bound to house-life, viewing on the aspects of, planting ...
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Time, space: real, lasting, own-able?

or uncertain, subject of change, a burden and not own- or control-able, not worthy to fall for? Time to answer and give it up?
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Is hidding or cheating about ones identity unskilful and probably harmful for others as well?

Is hidding or cheating about ones identity unskilful and probably harmful for others as well? Food for consideration to answer: A, in many ways, related topic. A Sutta A clear warning if detected as ...
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Does one usually "need" to earn a living, or does on usually "want" to earn a living?

...and why? Is the a case where one would neither need nor want? What's (or would be) a "trade" purified on one or both sides and it's quality, effect, if given into? That of one pulling one ...
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How are Noble Ones harmed?

I read the following on the internet: It all started by harming the Noble ones. How can Noble Ones be harmed? Does the Buddha's Noble Path lead to increased susceptibility to being harmed?
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Is inventing "defensive" biological weapons right livelihood?

I read the following on the internet: Working for DoD contractors could give a very fat paycheck. However, there're ethical issues involved. If you decide to work for them, make sure to make it clear ...
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Justify immoral deeds with one incapacitties

Some suggested to take precepts not so serious, saying "The Buddhist teachings do not exist for you to create suffering for yourself." and approved kill by putting his happiness as more worthy then ...
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Does the Buddha have any practices for groups and societies that would lead society to less suffering, prosperity, not decay?

Actually from another question before, but since all are part of certain communities here, good to work out seperate: "Does the Buddha have any practices for groups and societies that would lead ...
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Proper to let trade carry liberation, even possible?

No question that it isn't proper to let trades for world carry Dhamma, share Dhamma via market places, but what does one think in regard of receiving? Would Dhamma made avaliable by commerce take one ...
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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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