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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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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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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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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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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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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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Feeling scared/ having aversion to looking at "pretty" women

Ajahn Chan, the famous monk of the forest tradition, once did a practice to avoid looking at any woman. When the practice ended and he took a look at the first woman; he described it as deeply ...
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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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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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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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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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Question on the eighth precept of Vipassana

Normally monks used to have a bed height below the knee and simple one with two inches mattress. Here we need to understand the concept behind the precept. According to buddha one should refrain from ...
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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 considered lying in Buddhist (five) precepts?

The fourth precept in Buddhism pertains to honesty, and breaking it involves lying for personal gain or otherwise. Buddha consistently valued truthfulness as lying can mislead and harm. Occasionally, ...
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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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Buddhist ethics & hydroponics: ethical issues?

There is no prohibition for laypeople to involve farming activities. There are some wrong livelihoods for a layperson, but farming is not one of them. Theravada monks are prohibited from involving in ...
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Is there something specifically wrong with keeping the 8 precepts as a lay person?

If your intent is to live a renunciant's life, then yes. Taking the eight precepts is the best thing you can do to calm the mind. From personal experience, it is much easier to follow the eight at ...
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Buddhist ethics & hydroponics: ethical issues?

As a lay person, I grow food both hydroponically and in the garden. I also study the suttas and have found nothing contrary to these practices. Indeed, I have found quite the opposite. The following ...
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Question on the eighth precept of Vipassana

There's at least one Q&A on that topic at suttacentral: Eighth Precept: What Constitutes “High and Luxurious”? In summary the interpretation of that precept seems to vary: I’ve seen different ...
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Question on the eighth precept of Vipassana

Good sleeping is good for the meditation, but sleeping too much is bad for the meditation. Normal people can't have good sleeping on the cold concrete cement, but better on the hard wooden bed and too ...
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Feeling scared/ having aversion to looking at "pretty" women

SN 35.127 has some advice. It's given to a king and describes monks' behaviour, so maybe it's for everyone. Think of women as your mother, your sister, your daughter -- depending on their age. I don'...
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