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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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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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Hatred arising after a friend tried to make my fiancé cheat on me

The issue is mostly between you & your fiancé (rather than the guy) since it is your fiancé that must establish appropriate boundaries with the guy. If he is to remain your friend, naturally he ...
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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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What is the Buddhist perspective on child abuse?

The Pali scriptures (SN 12.17) state, from the perspective of ultimate truth, that the cause of suffering is 'ignorance' (rather than 'one-self' or 'another'). However, in the conventional scenario ...
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Did the Buddha have special instructions to deal with masturbation?

he didn't prohibit it for secular people, it's not even subsumed under sexual misconduct but since it's a lustful urge and act it is unwholesome and unskillful, and those need to be handled using the ...
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Personal Relationships while on the path?

About 20 years ago I felt the same. People were talking about something pretty meaningless. It was not interesting. Also, according to the Buddhist precept of Mindful Speech, idle chatter should be ...
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Is Karma different for accidental killing than intentional killing?

The background story to the first verse of the Dhammapada is of an arhat killing insects accidentally, because he's blind. The verse says, All mental phenomena have mind as their forerunner; they ...
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Is it true that Lord Buddha was born in Sri Lanka?

Lumbini, Nepal has been recognized as the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama since a stone pillar was placed at the site by the emperor Ashoka circa 245 BCE. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Is it true that Lord Buddha was born in Sri Lanka?

Prince Siddhartha was raised, according to Buddhist texts, in Kapilawastu (I will not present sources for this as I think this would be undisputed). The modern name for Kapilawastu is unknown: I will ...
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How/Why to be moral without believing God or any supernatural entity?

Fire In Buddhism, fire is used to describe the destructive & harmful mental defilements of greed/lust, hatred/anger & delusion/ignorance, such as in the Fire Sermon. Being believer or ...
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What are do's & dont's which should be followed for serene & calm life?

The don'ts: Buddhism teaches ten kinds of unskilful action the serious lay Buddhist to refrain from, namely: Killing. Stealing Unwholesome (uncaring) sex Dishonest speech Harsh speech Divisive ...
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If there is no self, why do anything?

It essentially doesn't change anything. If you look hard, that "I" was always an illusion. No matter where you try to draw a boundary - it is artificial: Does the body belong to the self or not? How ...
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Is upaya a lie?

The starting point of Buddhism is the idea that everyone begins in a state of ignorance. It is our ignorance that creates tanhā and dukkha, and it is the cessation of tanhā and dukkha that brings ...
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Can bad kammas be eased by apologizing?

Apologizing is good Karma that has a mitigating(not delete) effect on the bad Karma you had committed: ex: The story of Soreyya. Devadatta taking refuge of the Buddha just before being swallowed by ...
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Can bad kammas be eased by apologizing?

For example if i have lied to my parents and can the bad kamma be deleted when i apologize to them? You can neutralise Karma when the result is felt [Sañcetanika Sutta] or by diluting the result of ...
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Infidelity in marriage

You don't need to have sex to be healthy and well. Otherwise, most Buddhist monks should be sick. Cheating breaks the 3rd precept. That is bad Karma for you. Whether your wife agrees or not, ...
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Hatred arising after a friend tried to make my fiancé cheat on me

If you are looking for a Buddhist answer you will have to accept that the Buddhist approach largely involves changing how you view the situation rather than changing what the situation is. You haven'...
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Good is not different from Bad?

From a Theravada perspective, there is absolute good and absolute bad. The 2 can exist mutually exclusively. Suffering is absolutely bad and the mind states that lead to suffering are absolutely bad. ...
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Sexual Coersion within a Sangha

There is no way around it. Sexual coercion and abuses (minor or otherwise) are reprehensible and they should be addressed. For you to have compassion is wholesome, but it should not prevent you from ...
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Are there Bad teachers? Is Mara in the Sanga?

There have always been bad men robed as monks. If we have clear moral discernment, we will avoid them. There are many evil characters and uncontrolled men wearing the saffron robe. These wicked ...
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Is masturbation a sin when we do it to avoid intercourse with other people?

First off, Buddhism and karmic faiths generally don't really have a concept of 'sin'. 'Sin' is a Western conception — a feature of Abrahamic (Jewish, Christian, Muslim) faiths — that points at ...
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Will working for a company that engages in animal experimentation to alleviate suffering of humans be wrong livelihood?

I think wrong livelihood for lay-people is narrowly defined in the suttas -- in AN 5.177: Monks, a lay follower should not engage in five types of business. Which five? Business in weapons, business ...
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Will working for a company that engages in animal experimentation to alleviate suffering of humans be wrong livelihood?

The commentary to Dhammapada 124 reads: Then the Buddha returned to the monastery and told Thera Ananda and other bhikkhus about the hunter Kukkutamitta and his family attaining Sotapatti Fruition in ...
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How does the Dhamma reconcile slavery?

I think you are mistaking servant for slave. In five ways should a master minister to his servants and employees (i) by assigning them work according to their ability, (ii) by supplying ...
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How do Buddhists justify or explain that monks and/or temples amass and use wealth?

One should feel pity for those ignorant monks for they're sowing some very bad seeds for their future's well-being: Bhikkhus, there are these five themes that should often be reflected upon by a ...
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Ethics regarding the sharing of paid Dhamma material

I doubt sharing things is a transgression of the 2nd precept; otherwise how could we practise generosity? I would be more concerned about the kamma of selling the Dhamma for money since the Pali ...
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Ethics regarding the sharing of paid Dhamma material

As you know this is a controversial topic which has been discussed before, e.g. here: Does illegal downloading or viewing of copyright material violate the second precept? One answer (the accepted ...
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