It is my personal experience that frequent games, movies, TV, YouTube, smart phone use and browsing definitely reduce one's mindfulness.
This is a fundamental question about all entertainment - why must entertainment be eschewed? The nature of boredom is that it arises out of a mind that isn't at ease with itself. The nature of thought at the moment a ...
It's an interesting question; for lay people, I've never been able to well-define this one. I usually translate it as "don't get attached to the pleasure of lying down or sleeping." But, we should probably go with the Buddha's words for monastics in the Brahmajala Sutta:
"Or he might say: 'Whereas some recluses and brahmins, while living on food offered ...
But at the time when someone insulting Buddhism what to do ?
I think you're supposed to remember that people are heir to their own karma.
If people insult Buddhism instead of respecting and learning from it, instead of benefiting from it, then you might feel pity for them (or preferably compassion).
I'm not sure you or I should see a need for forgiveness (...
Simply being in the presence of music or entertainment or sitting in a comfortable chair doesn't break the 8 precepts. Here are the relavent descriptions from the Uposatha Sutta in which the Buddha describes the 8 precepts:
All of you have given up singing and dancing, the playing of musical
instruments and the watching of entertainments, which are ...
In order to understand the precept for lay people, it is useful to look at the rules for monks. For monks, there are four types of edible requisites, according to their lifetime:
Solid food; including milk, soya milk, rice milk, etc.
This type can only be taken during the morning hours and may not be stored beyond noon of the day it was ...
I think the formula is actually I will restrain from the killing of sentient beeings. Keep in mind that the 5 precepts are not obligations, but rather rules you take up voluntarily. Nobody forces you to keep them, but they are an absolute minimum of Buddhist morality. The mind that has the intention of killing, stealing... is not able to have a clear ...
if you are offered a seat that seems luxurious, and simply using the seat available, as opposed to seeking out "the best seat" your intention is appropriate.
if you hear music someone else is playing, its very different from intentionally seeking out music to listen to.
these are very useful opportunities to meditate on the nature of such phenomina and ...
Is it ok to use music to induce positive states of mind, especially to
uplift one's mood and alleviate depression?
Yes, if you are a layman and if you are not observing the 8 precepts.
If music can be used to uplift one's mood, then why is it considered
unwholesome and against the seventh precept?
'Uplifting' here means inducing pleasurable thoughts/...
..."I never understand why physical contact is automatically associated with erotic practices"... We are not in control of how sensual desires arise. The only thing we can do to control erotic desire is to cut out what has been known to make the erotic desire arise and that means abstaining from physical contact. Doesn't it help meditation practice when we ...
Actually, high beds and seats are not disallowed; making them is. It's not really so cut and dried, and the Buddha seems to have allowed for the fact that (some) luxury is not the problem; attachment is.
throwing a feast or banquet is actually encouraged as a means of merit making for the lay follower?
Not in the texts, it isn't. It is actually stated ...
Not providing all information, changing the subject or staying silent does not break the precept. But, marketing harmful food as healthy food or selling counterfeits as originals does break the precept.
Understanding the importance of honesty and knowing when to speak,what to speak and whom to speak are all instances of wisdom.
I think that part of the reason for this precept was that high and luxurious seating has pretty much always existed for the sole purpose of setting the seated personage above those around them (often literally as well as figuratively), and that there is attachment in this kind of luxury.
If you examine our most ancient notions about royalty and power, you ...
Just don't get attached to Buddhism
In school , if a teacher scolded you , you get really upset and humiliated, but that does not happen if your teacher scolded someone you don't know . Let's ask why , because you are attached to yourself and not to a some person who you don't know.
This applies to everything. If you take something as yours , ...
There are some people who say, even in the Commentary, that one would not break the precepts by listening to music which tells about the suffering in the world and causes samvega. But (if you are) being honest: isn't most music is not about lamenting (and so is certainly against the precept)? Stay with this answer.
Actually it's about ...
You might not be able to do this the traditional way.
But Sila is a promise to abstain. The promise can be to the Triple Gem of another person. Best is to make the promise to the Triple Gem.
Throughout the day recall the promise and see if you have broken it. If so take it again. If not make a determination to keep the posimie recollecting which precepts ...
"Should any bhikkhu chew or consume staple or non- staple food at the wrong time, it is [an offence of Confession.]" (Paac. 37; BMC p.362).
Here the 'wrong time' is defined to be from noon until dawn the following day.
So regardless of which timezone a monk is in, he can consume food between dawn and noon. All you need to check is where the sun is.
In fact, an anagarika (literally a homeless one) would observe the Eight Precepts on a full time basis, but in addition, would not maintain a lay household i.e. they would live a nomadic lifestyle or live in a monastery.
An anagarika is neither a novice monk (samanera) or a fully ordained monk (bhikkhu), but is a kind of informal state between lay life ...
Lay people used to do that once a week in the time of the Buddha, as you are not a monk, you can keep only the 5 precepts on week days and select one day of the weekend to keep the 8 precepts.
One of the teachers I like (Banthe Dhammavudo Thero) from theravada tradition recommends that practice.
If you try to live a monk's life as a lay person, having to ...
I have seen many references to this such as
The seventh precept speaks of refraining from dancing, singing and the
playing of musical instruments. Is it not proper for one to ask
another to perform so that one may watch? It is not proper.
I guess that in a strict order of Buddhism, ...
The following is extracted from "One Life Five Precepts" by Venerable Faxun:
Conditions Under Which A Violation Is Considered to Have Occurred
Object: A human being other than oneself
Intention: The intent to misrepresent the truth and to deceive
The Act: The act of communicating the untruth through words or gestures or by being silent
As long as it is for true medical purpose as a treatment when there are no other similarly effective alternatives, and one is not using possible medical benefits as an justification but consuming it for toxication, then it is fine.
General sprescribed medication as a treatment and given but a doctor is fine.
If one seeks toxicating meditations of the ...