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If a buddhist should not kill a mouse living in their home, what justification do they have to rid themselves of a parasite such tapeworms

The Mahayana perspective on social and ecological ethics is based on the high ideals of symbiosis, harmony, and cooperation. In the old times there were wandering monks who did not work and lived on ...
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Does illegal downloading or viewing of copyright material violate the second precept?

No, it does not. In order to steal, something has to be misappropriated from the original owner. Copying is not theft, even according to modern jurisprudence; copyright is an artificial "right&...
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Should one give to beggars?

I have worked with homeless persons through non-profit agencies for over twenty years, therefore my answer is based on much experience. You are wise to seek the compassionate response. There is ...
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Is killing vermin and insects justifiable?

In order to understand this issue, we have to understand morality according to Buddhism. In Theravada Buddhism, morality is completely based on the effect that an act has on the mind of the actor. ...
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Can Buddhism give any justification for military violence?

In the Theravada tradition, there's no justification for killing. But justification is a personal thing. Buddhism tells you about the consequences of an action. Not whether it is justified or not. ...
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Should one give to beggars?

Dakkhina Vibhanga Sutta is the one you want to have a look at. Ananda, there are these fourteen individual gifts (cuddasa pāṭipuggalikā dakkhi). What are the fourteen? One gives a gift to ...
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Is lying at a job interview breaking a precept?

Causes of False Speech The root causes of false speech are greed, hatred and delusion. Greed is the root cause when false speech is used to obtain material gain or status for oneself or someone ...
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How not to kill the mouse in my house?

"Without wisdom, effort, restraint of the senses, without giving up everything, I see no well-being for beings." -- The Buddha (SN 2.17) You can't have your cake and eat it too, unfortunately. ...
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Does illegal downloading or viewing of copyright material violate the second precept?

From Mahayana perspective, illegally downloading e.g. a movie is definitely a breach of precepts, for three reasons: because this entails acting out of desire for pleasure, because this upsets, not ...
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Is killing vermin and insects justifiable?

The five precepts are an absolute entry-level teaching that is designed to help the practitioner master basic discipline of self-control and self-reflection. Abstaining from killing, stealing etc. ...
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Investing in poultry stocks and Buddhism

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 ...
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Can or should a Buddhist defend themselves physically?

If someone is attacking you to kill you should you defend yourself? ... I think yes, you may. Our religion has never stopped us from doing that. Would it be ethical to kill an intruder coming ...
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Plants may be sentient beings like animals so how do you decide what to eat?

Theravada and Vajrayana Buddhists (Tibetan, SE Asian) and Japanese Mahayana Buddhists are not vegetarian. So if you don't want to be a vegetarian, there are plenty of traditions that don't bother with ...
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If a buddhist should not kill a mouse living in their home, what justification do they have to rid themselves of a parasite such tapeworms

Where does one draw the line for which forms of life are ok to destroy, and which ones are not? That (i.e. "which forms of life?") might be not the right question. If you're describing the ...
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Can a Buddhist own and run a billion dollar business?

Sure! It is allowed for lay people, as long as they observe the five precepts and virtue (sila), which includes Right Livelihood (samma ajivo). Please also see this answer. The Vanijja Sutta states: &...
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Is making art bad or sinful?

Art can be a continuation of samsaric inertia, or it can be an expression of the enlightened mind. What message are you sending with your art? What impulse does it carry forward into the future?
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Is killing vermin and insects justifiable?

It's not justifiable even if the killing is for self or others protection. If killing of an animal fulfills below five conditions it will give bad results (akusla karma vipaka) There should be a ...
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Is moderate drinking acceptable in Buddhism?

There are many different views on the 5th precept. I'll sum up the 3 main views that I've encountered most: 1. Theravada In this article Bikkhu Bodhi explains that The taking of intoxicants is ...
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Why is contributing to the market demand for meat not wrong?

Because buddhist morality is not about regulations and punishments for bad deeds. It's about the effect actions have on your well being, and others' well being. It's "medicinal morality", rather than "...
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Can Buddhism give any justification for military violence?

There are places in the older texts that one can find passages advocating violence. For example the Tibetan Kalachakra Tantra has got anti-Islamic passages in it which can be used as a justification ...
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As per buddism, how is it possible to leave behind my obsession with drugs?

I would like to answer this not from the perspective of a knowledgeable Buddhist, but from the perspective of someone who has been clean and sober for over 9 years. Disclaimer: I am a recent Buddhist ...
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How not to kill the mouse in my house?

In the past, I had some success with a no kill mouse trap like this one. It allows you to catch the mouse and release it in an appropriate area outside. Now we share our home with 2 dogs and a cat. ...
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Is a starving person justified in stealing food?

In general, in Buddhism taking without asking would still be considered unskilful. The relevant precept is adinnādānā veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi "I undertake the training principle of not taking ...
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