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Human society as a whole has a deep and abiding attachment to the concepts of masculinity and femininity. We see it in every culture, every time period, every place and nation. Nothing creates tanhā and dukkha as quickly or effectively as thoughts about one's place in the sexual pecking order. If we rid ourselves of those attachments, then the world is no ...


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Not all gay people are alike and there is no definitive designation for gayness. In a qualified sense, id say there can be many causes for with or without difficulty developing same sex attraction or having a strong inclination; like being another sex not too long ago, developing an unbalanced fascination with masculine or feminine faculties, perhaps looking ...


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Association is the first outwardly condition to tend toward something and it's by not associating that one does not cling toward something. With who or what one goes into relation, tends toward it, there one arrives and it might also explain why more global trends work like-a-like. The more touched by pattern and possible not knowing backwards, the more ...


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Let's see what the Buddha has to say : Now at that moment this line of thinking appeared in the awareness of a certain monk: "So — form is not-self, feeling is not-self, perception is not-self, fabrications are not-self, consciousness is not-self. Then what self will be touched by the actions done by what is not-self?" Then the Blessed One, ...


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Since there was an “update” to this question, I am providing a second answer, one that specifically responds to the OP’s update. There are two parts to this answer, the first is to the suggestion that her teacher’s instruction to her conflict should be applied generally to others. In Buddhism, it is not the case that all teachings are universal one-size-fits-...


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Kamma is intention in Buddhism. A person who kills an animal or instructs another (like a butcher or hunter or chef) to kill an animal, clearly has the intention to cause the death of that animal. That's the kamma of killing imbued with aversion (dosa) and delusion (moha). However, a person who eats a meat dish (made from an animal that was long dead) only ...


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If it is connected with delusion then it will more or less be detrimental and these thoughts should be obliterated. The Blessed One said, "Monks, before my self-awakening, when I was still just an unawakened Bodhisatta, the thought occurred to me: 'Why don't I keep dividing my thinking into two sorts?' So I made thinking imbued with sensuality, ...


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Starting from having thoughts imbued with the three poisons, one would have intentions and intentions lead to kamma by way of actions, speech and thoughts. All mental phenomena have mind as their forerunner; they have mind as their chief; they are mind-made. If one speaks or acts with an evil mind, 'dukkha' follows him just as the wheel follows the ...


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You want to go to X country for your next vacation, then you might lie to your boss because you want to stay longer vacation. But lie is impossible for the noble one. In Abhi.Patthana, the great explanation of the dependent origination, there are "PakatUpanissayaPaccaya- strong birthplace for daily, habitually performed or accumulated realities". ...


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creates karma and samsaric existence ie. the truth of suffering but not necessarily bad karma


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Yes. Dalai Lama developed a health condition after a period of adhering to a vegetarian diet, so he ceased it upon his doctor's advice. The Buddha himself allegedly wasn't vegetarian either. Vegetarianism wasn't really a huge part of Buddhism; it's more of a Mahayana thing & typically a strict vegetarian Buddhist is keeping to the diet so as to not break ...


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The reason (and ethics) for this is found in the meditation practice regarding states of mind and their underlying intentions (cetana). There's no unwholesome intentions present when accepting and eating meat unless one intentionally accepts and eats meat with the purpose of killing animals. I can't imagine any monk doing that. When killing another living ...


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I think being a vegetarian for the wrong reasons is definitely a problem. Doing the right thing for the wrong reason is always a problem because conditions change and the behavior is not adjusted properly. eg A protection dog can be trained with underground fencing and it will stop wandering. The dog will display the desired behavior. However that dog is now ...


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If someone hires a person to kill another and the plot is discovered, both the hired killer and the one who hired him will be arrested and imprisoned. Hiring occurs before the event of taking life. Eating occurs later, i will try to explain why it matters. Yet, somehow, if a monk eats food given by others, no negative kamma is created, even though the monk ...


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I don't think theravada monks are allowed to pick up fruit fallen to the ground or catching it mid air let alone plucking it off lest there is a famine and in that circumstance he may pick fruit and take it to a family that has children and if offered some the food becomes allowable. As to hinting at one food one wants. If a monk even in need of medicine ...


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This answer is based on the Theravada tradition. Please read The Bhikkhus' Rules: A Guide for Laypeople by Ven. Ariyesako, Bhikkhu Patimokkha by Ven. Thanissaro and DN 2 for details. A bhikkhu is a fully ordained monk who is required to strictly follow the rules of the Vinaya. All rules come with exceptions. A monk cannot scavenge for his own food or engage ...


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Question: Can a monk choose to eat only an animal or plant that had died naturally? This either by scavenging on his own or by waiting for others to offer this to him? Yes, they could chose to only eat an animal or plant that had died naturally. The monastic could do this either by scavenging on his own or by waiting for others to offer him food that did ...


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OP: "Can a monk choose to eat only an animal or plant that had died naturally?" Yes. (The monk could make that choice, but as was pointed out by others the monk's should not be picky or fussy or instruct/command lay folks in what they should give them.) "This either by scavenging on his own or by waiting for others to offer this to him?"...


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theyre not complicit in the negativity of murdering or trading of murdered animals because they are begging for any type of food. it is only up to others to associate with murdering or trading of murdered animals. if a monk notices a habit in others developing of associating with those things the monk may request they cease associating with those ...


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