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Can the noble eightfold path be followed in its entirety by a lay follower?

At a higher level the 8 fold path consists of 3 fold training: Development of morality Development of control or mastery over the mined Development of knowledge of the reality pertaining to one's ...
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Can the noble eightfold path be followed in its entirety by a lay follower?

I started to read a book, The Buddha's Teachings on Prosperity written by Bhikkhu Basnagoda Rahula. This book says: The Buddha recognizes and admires happiness The Buddha wants laypeople (lay society)...
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What is idle chatter?

In a short piece called Right Speech by Thanissaro Bhikkhu he defines idle chatter as that "spoken with no purposeful intent at all". and he stresses the important of intention in speaking. ...
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Is there a ninth fold to the Eightfold path or is it just eight?

There is the: 8 Fold Path is the practice up to Sotapanna, and 10 Fold Path for full enlightenment The Noble 8 Fold Path is the practice up to Sotapanna. Source: Maha Cattarīsaka Sutta intorduction ...
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When it comes to commercial products, is there harm to choosing a more beautiful and well-designed option?

That kettle example tells me you admire a certain attitude to life, an attitude of doing things right, properly, with attention to fulfilling the essential function and not having undesired side-...
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Choosing between wrong actions

Just because someone asks for something, does not mean you're obligated to provide it. The third option is to ask the hunter why, and say "Not telling." if he's set out to kill the rabbit.
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Can someone explain "Noble Eightfold Path" in depth?

The whole of the Noble Path can be summarized as the action, speech, effort, intent etc. coming from the two kinds of thoughts as explained in MN 19: Bhikkhus, before my enlightenment, while I was ...
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What is the difference between right thinking and right view?

Samma Sankappa (right thinking) is the result of right view (Samma Ditthi). If you have the wrong view your thinking will be wrong thinking. (Mittcha Sankappa) Generally, right view is the forerunner ...
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Is it wrong livelihood to pick up cherries?

Picking cherries is not a wrong livelihood as long as you are not the one spraying the pesticides. Spraying pesticides is a wrong livelihood as it harms others (by doing activities which do not fall ...
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When it comes to commercial products, is there harm to choosing a more beautiful and well-designed option?

OP: "This might sound ridiculous as a jumping off point but it made me consider my attraction to certain products rather than others." Actually, it is a remarkably astute jumping off point. ...
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On what basis does the 'right' in Buddhism come from?

The 'Right' in Buddhism (Samma or Samyak, literally "done well" or "properly done") is that which is causally connected with peace (and Peace). It is causally connected with peace ...
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Choosing between wrong actions

The option remains to simply say nothing. I find that to be an often-forgotten option in many, many circumstances.
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What is idle chatter?

This book I quote sometimes for guidance on modern-day lay life, The Buddha's Teachings on Prosperity, says "avoid senseless talk" (the Pali word for which, whose meaning we should try to understand, ...
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Can the noble eightfold path be followed in its entirety by a lay follower?

A simple question. A simple answer: Of course it can! It's as simple as this: Right view: see the 3 characteristics and 6 realms Right intention: take the 4 vows of universal salvation as a Buddha ...
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Everything I do is motivated by greed/aversion. How to react?

It is actually a nice realization, to see oneself like you did. I remember when I got mine, I was about 20 - and I was shocked to realize all my re-actions were motivated by desire to make myself look ...
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Question on Dhammapada 124

It seems this was already answered sufficiently here: https://buddhism.stackexchange.com/a/1421/18 (Posting as an answer just to get this resolved)
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How should i understand "Stored up kamma"?

It's somewhat sloppy language... "stored up potency" doesn't really mean anything; it's a concept, the concept that certain experiences will somehow be related to other experiences. There is nothing ...
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Hosting people who are making me feel angry

This is my personal favorite. I have had this happen so many times although the victim was my mother who had to do a lot of things and I contributed a bit in a constructive fashion. This seems to be a ...
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Why is it that Buddhist monks are strongly associated with beggars?

The monks are trained to be humble to lessen the stranglehold of ego and the defilments. When the Buddha addresses the monks in the suttas he calls them "Bhikkus" in Pali that means "Beggars" in ...
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The Buddha And The Beggar Story

Presumably the "8 requisites" of a monk, i.e. the 8 items that a monk is allowed and needs: 3 robes, an alms bowl, a waistband, a razor, a sewing kit and a water strainer.
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Possible for worldling to practice the Ariyamagga, to walk it?

I think that to ask "Is it possible for a worldling to walk the path?" is similar to asking "Is it possible for a person to become enlightened?" I think the usual answer to the latter question is ...
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