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Does using or watching YouTube break a bhikkhu's rules?

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 ...
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How can one define luxurious beds and seats in the eighth precept?

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 ...
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How to tolerate if someone insulting Buddhism?

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 ...
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Observing eight precepts in regular life

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 ...
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What are any and all of the exceptions to eating after noon if you've taken 8 precepts?

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: 1. Yavakalika Solid ...
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Shouldn't I kill even mosquitoes that bite me by first precept?

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 ...
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Observing eight precepts in regular life

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,...
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How can one define luxurious beds and seats in the eighth precept?

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 ...
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Using music to uplift mood and alleviate depression

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 ...
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What is special about physical contact in the context of erotic/sexual behaviour?

..."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 ...
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Role of food as an allowed monastic luxury

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 ...
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Can't I listen any kind of music by 7th percept?

nacca - plays/dances gīta - song vādita - music visukadassanā - visiting shows So yes, it includes all music. Even if you hear a song by chance and you indulge in it, you break the precept.
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What is considered lying in Buddhist (five) precepts?

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 ...
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How to tolerate if someone insulting Buddhism?

Just don't get attached to Buddhism Example : 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 . ...
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8 Precept Commentaries?

There is a good commentary on the eight precepts here in the Questions and Answers format, originally written in Thai by Ven. Ñanavara Thera and translated into English by Ven. Kantasilo.
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Can't I listen any kind of music by 7th percept?

Mr/mrs user73898 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. ...
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Upostha Sila in normal daily life

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. ...
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Meals in the afternoon and different time zones

"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 ...
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Is there something specifically wrong with keeping the 8 precepts as a lay person?

No. 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 ...
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Observing eight precepts in regular 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 ...
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Does using or watching YouTube break a bhikkhu's rules?

I have seen many references to this such as http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/nanavara/uposatha.html The seventh precept speaks of refraining from dancing, singing and the playing of ...
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What is considered lying in Buddhist (five) precepts?

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 ...
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Shouldn't I kill even mosquitoes that bite me by first precept?

No, you should not even kill mosquitoes that bite you, according to the First Noble Precept.
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What is appropriate usage of medicines that are intoxicating?

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 ...
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