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Why does the Buddha, in the Pali Canon, periodically engage in harsh speech?

The answer to this comes in the Kesi Sutta: As he was sitting there, the Blessed One said to him: "You, Kesi, are a trained man, a trainer of tamable horses. And how do you train a tamable ...
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Marriage and porn

Some socially 'Islamic' people (as distinct from Muslim practitioners) get married on a Friday and divorce on the Monday just so they can have sex on the weekend & not break the rules. Obviously, ...
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Are the movie Fight Club, and Project Mayhem in it, buddhist?

I don't think so. it predicates detachment from material possessions That's not enough to call it Buddhist. Buddhism might be known for what it is, rather than for what it isn't. Maybe Buddhism isn'...
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Unknowingly Drinking Alcohol

Your 5th precept has not broken because the alcohol has not enough to make your unwholesome consciousness arise after drink. This precept have 4 elements to done. You already done the last 3 elements,...
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Is Buddhism in conflict with manliness?

OP: To be man we have to compete, obtain resources and protect our families. Could it be all achieved reasonably and with compassion? Could a man following Dhamma be a real, good man? What you ...
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Question on sexual immorality and a family situation

It is not officially a breach of the 3rd precept, which, per definition, relates to actual sexual activity with specifically defined people (such as another person's husband or wife or children/...
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Sexual misconduct, what is it

Sexual misconduct is defined in the Pali scriptures as having sex with someone else's partner or fiancee and with those living under the protection of their parents or an institution (in the case ...
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If we tell lies to save lives, will that be a sin?

There are no sins in Buddhism, only skillful and unskillful behaviors. You have to ask yourself whether the behavior causes suffering. If it causes suffering you shouldn't do it. Not because it is a ...
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Killing a mouse in the house with a third party

The Buddha did not actually arise for the purpose of teaching about good & bad kamma. The teaching about good & bad kamma is merely a 'secondary' teaching in Buddhism. These kinds of questions ...
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If Kombucha Tea (trace amounts of alcohol) is used as medicine, is it considered a breach of conduct?

The purpose of that precept is to prevent loss of heedfulness through intoxication. If your reason to drink tea of some kind with very little alcohol in it, is for medicinal purposes, and if it does ...
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Should Buddhists drive a car or a motorcycle?

Please also see this answer. When you walk you might accidentally step on ants or other small insects. Does that mean you should stop walking? From Dhammapada 1: On one occasion, blind Thera ...
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Husband has sexual activity with other woman with the consent of wife

It does not break the third precept if the husband has the wife's willful(not forced) consent. It's somewhat similar to kings having more than one queen. Having said that, there is no such thing as ...
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the five precepts and marijuana - does marijuana count as an intoxicant?

Yes. Marijuana is an intoxicating substance. From AccessToInsight.org's The Five Precepts: pañca-sila: Suramerayamajja pamadatthana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami I undertake the precept to refrain ...
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If we tell lies to save lives, will that be a sin?

I think this question is a duplicate of: Enlightened Lies - Can lying be the correct action in certain situations? Should a person never lie? "Duplicate" means that the answers to those questions ...
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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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Does any/every form of lying violate the precept of "not-lying"?

The motivation DOES make a difference to the karma of an action. The classic discussion about karma stresses motivation. Karma as action denotes an act of mental volition (cetanā), and the bodily ...
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Does perspective to someone else break first precept?

It certainly doesn't break the Vinaya rule against killing (which says it doesn't count as "killing" unless somebody dies, plus other conditions). I expect your uncle is right to say that he ...
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Unknowingly Drinking Alcohol

I would say that if you stop drinking something the moment you realize it contains alcohol then you are following the fifth precept, as the point of the precept is to keep you out of the troubles ...
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Should Buddhists drive a car or a motorcycle?

Driving a car does not break the first precept unless you intentionally run over someone.
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How to mitigate the negative karmic effect of killing

Wanting to become a degree holder is Bhava-tanha or craving to become. That craving is causing you to break the first precept. See how dependant origination is at play here. You can either look for ...
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Why does the Buddha, in the Pali Canon, periodically engage in harsh speech?

The Pali word for "harsh" may be pharusa. According to the dictionary it's used figuratively, and its meanings include "cruel". As pointed out in a comment the most important question maybe isn't ...
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Suttas on the 5 Precepts

The sutta below lists out the criteria for stream entry: Five forms of fear and animosity are stilled (basically the five precepts) Four factors of stream entry Rightly seen and rightly ferreted out ...
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How did Sarakani become a stream enterer despite having an alcohol drinking habit?

Does it meant that he gave up alcohol and undertook the training, and became a stream enterer? That's not how I read the translation, i.e. I'm not sure that is what's implied. Perhaps I should start ...
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Why has the "3rd precept" of the 5 precepts been interpreted as being so permissive?

The third of the five precepts: Kamesu micchacara veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami I undertake the precept to refrain from sexual misconduct. The third of the eight precepts: ...
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Does the first precept require me to check the shower for bugs and make sure to remove all of the bugs before using it?

I recently noticed that perhaps fewer than 10 bugs seem to be in my shower. The reason many bugs show up in one place is usually due to that place having "things" that attract them, whether it's ...
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How worried should one be about the lay precepts?

Precept is a promise or pledge or vow to abstain from certain actions. When you break a precept you break the promise, i.e., you pledged you will abstain but you have done what you promised not to do. ...
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The Third Precept and Prostitution

Third precept about sexual misconduct, which explicitly mentions adultery. because other partners do not like it. Men should not go to women who are protected by their guardians (parents or relatives,...
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