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How does one become a lay Buddhist?

For Theravada and some Mahayana traditions becoming a lay Buddhist is as simple as taking refuge in the Triple Gem of the Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha and taking the 5 precepts. This is usually at a ...
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Should Lay Buddhists Teach the Dhamma?

Lay practitioner ==> monk is not a one way street. Some monks renounce their vows for various reasons (not always bad). A famous example in Western Tibetan Buddhism is Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche who ...
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Confession in Buddhism

This is a good question; if the monks can confess their "sins", why can't lay people? On the one hand, monastic confession is a product of the rigidity of monastic practice, which requires some ...
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Should Lay Buddhists Teach the Dhamma?

In countries without a Buddhist background the best way to teach is as a lay person. The issues like conversion, unfamiliar customs and outer look will not hinder people from accepting the practice. ...
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How is a Theravada Buddhist monastery established?

Initially, it is the invitation of the laity to the Sangha, who then satisfy themselves that the support is adequate for their needs. A lay community invites a Bhikkhu that they find particularly ...
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Are all non-monastic ways of life wrong livelihood?

"Is it true that..." is a difficult question to answer. If you mean, according to a certain school, then yes, according to the Theravada, it is true, since an arahant is unable to practice ...
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Can a lay person become an Arahant according to the Suttas?

This is what one of the suttas says: When this was said, the wanderer Vacchagotta asked the Blessed One: “Master Gotama, is there any householder who, without abandoning the fetter of householdership,...
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Can a lay person become an Arahant according to the Suttas?

Thus have I heard: A lay person can become an Arahath, but he will enter the Sangha within a week or he will enter Parinibbana. If it's a Pacceca Buddha, he will leave the lay life to dwell in the ...
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How to make a decision based on Buddhist principles?

A book by Bhikkhu Basnagoda Rahula, Ph.D entitled The Buddha's Teachings on Prosperity At Home, At Work, and in the World devotes a chapter to "The Buddha's View on Decision Making". I have seen no ...
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Should Lay Buddhists Teach the Dhamma?

That presupposes a sharp divide between lay and monastic communities within a sangha which isn't always the case. I practice with the Triratna Buddhist Community and while there are members of the ...
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Confession in Buddhism

The experience I have of confession within Buddhism is mostly within the context of a ritual. I practice with the Triratna Buddhist and in one of our more lengthy rituals we have a section on ...
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Can a lay person become an Arahant according to the Suttas?

The answer is Yes. Please look through this website. "If a layman attains arahant-ship, only two destinations await him; either he must enter the Order that very day or else he must attain ...
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Material wealth and dukkha

1.Are the wealthy experiencing dukkha in a different way to the poor? We all experience dukkha differently depending on our karma.The wealthy can afford to experience happiness born out of sensual ...
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Moderation of sensual pleasures?

If there were such a sutta then maybe AN 8.54 would have been a good place to put it. It begins, As he was sitting there he said to the Blessed One, "We are lay people enjoying sensuality; ...
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Experiencing physical pain

According to my teacher, the enlightened attitude is to see pain is information. (For comparison, the non-enlightened attitude is to block/avoid/suppress pain by all means.) Because pain is ...
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Do lay Buddhists ever wear distinguishing clothing or jewellery?

At least in the Theravada tradition people do not were distinguishing clothes or jewelry. Though not used as a distinctive form, but as more of protection and a good luck charm, some wear a Pirith ...
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Should Lay Buddhists Teach the Dhamma?

The Buddha's opinion: 'I shall not pass into final Nirvana until the lay-men and lay-women are accomplished and well-trained, learned and erudite, knowers of the Dhamma, living by Dhamma and walking ...
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Experiencing physical pain

This is not a proper answer about the ethics but my personal experience. Four years ago I was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer of the jaw and was given two months to live. I prepared my final plans, ...
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Are all non-monastic ways of life wrong livelihood?

In Tibetan Buddhism there are many examples of yogis that didn´t live a monastic life but achieved enlighten during their lives. The most revered of them is Milarepa, who after murdering family ...
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Does your lay Buddhist name follow you for life or does it change with different temples and masters?

Within the Triratna Buddhist Order, an order member is given a name upon ordination by his or her preceptor. This is part of the "private ordination" at which the practice of the ordinand is witnessed ...
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How does one become a lay Buddhist?

I practice within the Triratna Buddhist community. For us someone becomes a lay follower when they become a Mitra. The requirements for this are fairly light really. Self identity as a Buddhist to ...
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Should Lay Buddhists Teach the Dhamma?

In Theravada Buddhism there have been a number of significant lay teachers. Anagarika Dhammaphala was one, although he lived a very monk like life in general so he probably doesn't quite count. In ...
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Should Lay Buddhists Teach the Dhamma?

According to the Udayi Sutta: "It's not easy to teach the Dhamma to others, Ananda. The Dhamma should be taught to others only when five qualities are established within the person teaching. ...
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Are there Buddhist traditions without monks?

SGI, for example, describes itself as a "lay Buddhist organization". I'm not sure I'd want to call it orthodox Buddhist, though. Traditionally there might have been a split in lifestyle between ...
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Do lay Buddhists ever wear distinguishing clothing or jewellery?

Lay buddhists in their everyday life are not prescribed any distinguishing clothing etc. Buddha laid total emphasis on practice and this can be inferred from many stories of his lifetime. Though, when ...
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Do lay Buddhists ever wear distinguishing clothing or jewellery?

While I believe your question was intended for everyday wear in Vietnam and only in the temples most lay practitioners wear a blue/grey uniform a bit similar to the monastic's robes. A practice ...
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Experiencing physical pain

There are multiple "pain clearing" techniques, that have a meditative and Buddhist foundation. First, I'll summarize a few high points (see (1) thru (3) below), then I'll give abbreviated ...
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Unenlightened monks indebtedness to the laity

This is covered in the Cūlaccharāsanghāta Sutta, this was preached to counter the Aggikkhandhopama Sutta, which was said to frighten many monks back to lay life , or to "disrobe". This is supposedly (...
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How common is stream entry?

hmmm here is a free book. it has about 40+ sutta of a stream enterer (none-contradict each other whatsoever. We buddhists want to know if we have achieved this level of dharma. Buddha allowed us to ...
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