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Marriage and porn

Technically, watching porn doesn't break the 3rd precept, but it weakens it. In other words, it weakens the merits you gain by keeping to the precept apart from accumulating bad karma.
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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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The Third Precept and Prostitution

I am a Buddhist, happy, content prostitute. I am not a greedy person, nor am a sex addict (or anything of the like). This is the chapter in which my life is. I have used my current profession to ...
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How do different traditions define "intoxicant"?

Let me first explain the original Pāli version of the fifth precept, according to what I learnt from prof. Richard Gombrich, who knows Pāli well and is a Theravāda scholar, but is not a Buddhist. ...
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Does the fifth precept ban smoking?

I always approached the precepts as very important guidelines rather than rigid rules for banning one's actions. Certainly, while on the eightfold path, if one intakes a substance that even subtlety ...
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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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What is considered lying in Buddhist (five) precepts?

Not providing all information, changing the subject or staying silent does not break the precept. But, marketing harmful food as healthy food or selling counterfeits as originals does break the ...
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Killing and planing to kill

Je Tsongkhapa differentiates between (1) karma that is done (2) and karma that is accumulated. Between the two, there are four possibilities. 1. Done, but not accumulated. Tsongkhapa states: ...
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Is fourth precept personal and depends on the individual?

The precept is very clear: I undertake the training rule to abstain from false speech. Musāvādā veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi. Musāvādā comes from two words: musā, which means neglectfully, ...
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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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