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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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This question refers to "Buddhist Modernism" however I'm not sure what it is. It is a term that I have heard crop up in a few other places. Is it a reformation movement within Buddhism? If so what is …
asked Oct 4 '14 by Crab Bucket
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As Andrei says in the comments talking about achievements are taboo so it's difficult to know. However Daniel Ingram (Theravada practitioner) is a taboo buster about this and openly claims in his book …
answered Aug 30 '14 by Crab Bucket
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In the Dhammapada in the chapter 20 - The Path it says "I will make this my winter home have another house for the monsoon and dwell in a third for during the summer". Lost in such fancies, one …
asked Apr 25 '15 by Crab Bucket
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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 b …
asked Feb 9 '15 by Crab Bucket
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In his book The World Until Yesterday Jared Diamond compares traditional societies (i.e. tribal societies in places such as the highlands of Papua New Guinea) with our Western capitalist society. One …
answered Sep 12 '14 by Crab Bucket
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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 pl …
asked Feb 5 '17 by Crab Bucket
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I think this is already happening but we perhaps don't recognise it. While I've not heard of any move to completely rewrite a Buddhist canon, it is easy to find examples of books that help the reader …
answered Jul 15 '15 by Crab Bucket
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I was listening to a podcast a while ago and it stated that Buddhism worldwide is in decline. I found that surprising. Is that true? Does anyone have any references or better still statistics to prove …
asked Jul 1 '14 by Crab Bucket
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I woud say Theravadan Buddhism is compatible with the West because it is already happening. Jack Kornfield studied with Ajahn Chah and then went on to found the Insight Meditation Centre which is part …
answered Aug 28 '14 by Crab Bucket
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I've heard Steve Jobs described as a Buddhist but is that actually true? I know that he was married by Zen monks but did he actually have a Buddhist practice, meditate or was associated with a particu …
asked Sep 8 '15 by Crab Bucket
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Is there any evidence for Buddhist meditation practices increasing productivity for software developers? Just from my own experience it seems like it does but I'm just interested into other experience …
asked Nov 22 '14 by Crab Bucket
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Unless someone is giving away their work then to take it without paying for it does break the precepts. It doesn't matter whether the goods you are acquiring is tangible or intangible. I would also …
answered Aug 22 '14 by Crab Bucket
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Honestly I would say that it's not even a grey area. For me, investing in stocks in the meat industry is not in keeping with right livelihood. To quote the Vanijja Sutta in full "Monks, a lay foll …
answered May 11 '16 by Crab Bucket
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I have a slightly less orthodox view on right livelihood than others might. I think for practical purposes right livelihood is Your means of living doesn't harm others and accords with Buddhist ethi …
answered Jan 31 '15 by Crab Bucket
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I think there are a couple of assumptions implicit in this question that I would like to respectfully challenge as I answer it Buddhists are 'nice' This is a live issue in the sangha where I practic …
answered Aug 22 '14 by Crab Bucket

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