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Then the very act of finding an interest seems similar to how 'attachments' are described in Buddhism. Am I missing something? In Buddhism interests are for the most part not developed "right now" - instead they are based on habits and inclinations that have been cultivated during countless of life times in Samsara. Kids are their own beings like ...


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No. Unskillful bodily action, which encompasses sexual misconduct as it pertains to the five precepts of the laity, was defined by the Buddha thusly: He engages in sexual misconduct. He gets sexually involved with those who are protected by their mothers, their fathers, their brothers, their sisters, their relatives, or their Dhamma; those with husbands, ...


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If a person have a small Buddha statue in their room and they (sorry) masturbated in that room, is it considered sexual misconduct? No, it's not. The 3rd Precept is only broken if 2 conditions are met, namely: sevanacittam -- the intention to have sexual intercourse. maggena maggap-pati-padanam - sexual contact through any one of the 'paths' (i.e., ...


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I trust Buddha's teaching is practical in life, not just theory. Planning and liberation has no contradiction. layperson with no dhamma knowledge, planned with attachment to the expected outcome. Planning with expected outcome, attached to the expected outcome, and if the expected outcome is not happening, suffering follow us. This type of planning do not ...


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The idea of "purpose" is a concept produced by our small minds. It is a construct, a trap, and an impediment toward liberation. Freedom is non-purpose. Nirvana has no meaning. Enlightenment is not something we work towards. It isn't something we cultivate or develop. Becoming is the opposite of being. See the following: A monk asked Dasui, &...


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As i learned Buddhis texts i had these thoughts: 'Many things are valued by people such as wealth & posessions and these go out of fashion. There are other things valued by people such as wisdom, integrity, hard work and reliability, these do not go out of fashion and are qualities found in people. Many people seek out good qualities in other people but ...


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I think that people, and especially lay-people, have social relations -- they are and they have children, parents, friends, employers, employees, teachers, students, spouses. And people inherit a moral obligation to be a good friend, a good parent, a good child, a good employer, and so on -- see DN 31. Some people decide, "This house-holder's life is ...


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When a person pursues a goal, there are two things to be considered: The pursuit, which exists only in the past and the future. Pursuit implies a belief that something can be other than it is; it implies an evaluation of the world into the desirable and the undesirable. The act of doing, which exists only in the present moment. We do, and inevitably we move ...


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It is impossible to seek escape from suffering and still lead a normal day to day life because escape from suffering requires sincerity in thoughts and deeds towards the liberation goal...you must give up whatever you believe to own. Having said that you can still try to move towards the goal of life while still leading normal life. First you must recognise ...


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The essence of dukkha (suffering) is clash, conflict, discord, disharmony - of some kind, whether inner conflict in one person's mind or outer conflict between persons or groups of people. The opposite of that is happiness, whose essence is peace and harmony. A lay person could make meaningful contribution to society and make progress towards liberation from ...


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Does a virtuous Buddhist indicate when making a turn and no-one (else) is watching? When I learned to drive, I was taught that signaling is legally required [only] if other vehicles might be affected -- Is Signalling Always Required on Roads in Ontario? In practice I find it easier and less distracting to always signal -- a flick of the finger in a car -- ...


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Is sexual thought about holy figures unforgivable sin? They are not on any list of unforgivable bad things. There are 5 major obstacles which block path attainments and lead to hell: Abhithanani; i. matricide, ii. patricide, iii. the murder of arahants (the Consummate Ones), iv. the shedding of the Buddha's blood, v. causing schism in the Sangha, and vi. ...


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I was diagnosed at the age of 21 with OCD, after spending most of my teenage and young adult years suffering immense pain and shame from unwanted and intrusive thoughts. The most persistent manifestation of this experience was intrusive and repetitive thoughts about my sexuality. In short, I would constantly think I was gay. In reality, if I was gay, it ...


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Is sexual thought about holy figures unforgivable sin? No. But it takes you on a wrong path. A path which you must avoid for your own sake. Am I creating bad karma by thinking about it over and over again? Don’t run away. Thoughts can be good , bad and neutral which actually means associated feelings are good bad and neutral ...now when you come across bad ...


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Random thoughts (like random sexual thoughts) don't collect much bad karma. Intentional and deliberate thoughts generate karma. Habitual intentional thoughts accumulate karma. Now, you are feeling remorse because you had those thoughts. What you should do is acknowledge that those are random thoughts. Acknowledge that you don't have evil intentions. And now ...


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