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No, it does not. In order to steal, something has to be misappropriated from the original owner. Copying is not theft, even according to modern jurisprudence; copyright is an artificial "right" granted to the "owner" of a specific intellectual activity to prevent the "copying" of the product of said intellectual activity. "Intellectual property" is likewise ...


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From Mahayana perspective, illegally downloading e.g. a movie is definitely a breach of precepts, for three reasons: because this entails acting out of desire for pleasure, because this upsets, not gladdens, the minds of whoever conceive themselves as the owners, and because this involves the parasitic attitude of getting something for nothing. Firstly, ...


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There are different degrees of unwholesome activity. The term akusala (lit. unskillful, unwholesome) is a broad term that in addition to referring to 'bad' deeds (e.g. killing, stealing, adultery etc...) can refer to any kind of action that doesn't lead to the highest happiness. In this broader sense, all types of sensual indulgence such as food, sex, ...


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It is my personal experience that frequent games, movies, TV, YouTube, smart phone use and browsing definitely reduce one's mindfulness. This is a fundamental question about all entertainment - why must entertainment be eschewed? The nature of boredom is that it arises out of a mind that isn't at ease with itself. The nature of thought at the moment a ...


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It is most honorable to do whatever you can so that people who take what you give take it smoothly. However, what you can do in this area is limited. To paraphrase Lama Tsongkhapa, if he who receives what you give is like a vessel turned upside down (not open to listen, to receive) nothing will enter; If he is like a leaking vessel (forgetful, not paying ...


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I've never understood why people somehow think that the Matrix is somehow a Buddhist movie. It's actually a very thinly veiled allegory for Gnosticism. In Gnosticism, you have the idea that an evil creator god called the Demiurge created the physical world and trapped the souls of people in physical bodies to have dominion over them, and the goal of ...


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Yuttadhammo, one of the moderators on this site has done a lot of youtube videos that people find very useful and you might too. All freely available.


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Here are some apps that you might find useful: Meditation and Mindfulness Apps: Buddhify Mindfulness and meditation app. "With over 11 hours of custom meditations for 15 different parts of your day including traveling, being online, taking a work break and going to sleep, buddhify 2 gives you a simple but effective way to bring more mindfulness and calm ...


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There is a Sutta (SN42.2) where the Buddha is approached by the head of an acting troupe and asked, “I have heard that it has been passed down by the ancient teaching lineage of actors that 'When an actor on the stage, in the midst of a festival, makes people laugh & gives them delight with his imitation of reality, then with the breakup of the body, ...


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Copyrights: For stealing to take place we can look at the definitions of pārājika 2 on stealing. The original edition of the BMC 1 declared copy theft as stealing. However this has changed in later editions. Because of this, it is controversial and should be avoided especially if one is a monk. The pārājika rule is below: (Ven. Thanissaro) "Should ...


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I don't think their intention is to entertain but to to teach.Social Networking Sites can be used as a form for communication.Especially in this day and age.It's likened to them writing a letter or giving a dhamma talk.Since i don't attend any Buddhist monastery or retreats or groups,I have benefited from monks teaching the Dharma on Youtube or contacting a ...


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I don't think Neo is the Buddha in this movie because the Buddha rediscovered the Truth on his own,Neo on the other hand had Morpheus and Trinity reveal it to him.Neo would be similar to someone who realised or awakened to the Truth because he took the red pill which i would liken to an insight pill.The irony is The Buddha was likened to a physician who ...


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I puzzled out a similar problem on the Thai Angulimali soundtrack which did turn out to be Pali. As you say, there seems to be two chants; one at the beginning, and another at 1:44. The on at the beginning sounds familiar; I bet it's Tibetan, maybe even Om Mani Padme Hum. I'm pretty sure you'd hear it on one of the movies about Tibetan Buddhism like ...


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Unless someone is giving away their work then to take it without paying for it does break the precepts. It doesn't matter whether the goods you are acquiring is tangible or intangible. I would also say that the legality of copyright in your particular country is immaterial. If the person wants to be paid for their work then you should pay even if the ...


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The "How To Meditate" YouTube video playlist by Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu is highly recommended. It includes both sitting and walking meditation. This is more like vipassana meditation based on the four foundations of mindfulness. Another good YouTube video is "Guided Breath Meditation" by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. This is more like a body scanning meditation.


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We should not take what has not been given, how does it apply to downloads? If you have the TV channel in your house (when you download a tv show) or if you have the CD (when you download a song from that CD), you are not creating a problem for the industry, the songwritters, the actors etc... it is ok to download it, because you paid for the CD or you can ...


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Answering my own question here, these are the major places i know of for the Plum Village (Thich Nhat Hanh) tradition: Plum Village Online Monastery on youtube Years: 2012 - present Blue Cliff Monastery channel Plum Village Online Monastery on Vimeo Years: 2010 - 2012 Also in the same tradition there are these: SourceOfLightMon on youtube (has videos ...


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Here are some links you might find useful: Ven. K. Sri Dhammananda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8Sq_tAHjwk Ven. Yuttadhammo: https://www.youtube.com/user/yuttadhammo Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi: http://birken.ca/audio_collections Ajahn Brahm: https://www.youtube.com/user/AjahnBrahmRetreats/videos The Dalai Lama on Nature of the Mind*: https://www.youtube.com/...


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Let's separate this out. If you watch a recording of a crime on a website, does it impact the victim of the crime? Not in itself. It DOES give a "view" to the video, and thus you are, in a sense, giving your tacit support to the recording, and publishing, of the event. THAT is, for me, the reason not to watch such events, as far as the world impact is ...


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There are these audio Dhamma talks on the Satipatthana Sutta by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi. There are 10 talks. You can see an overview of the 10 talks here.


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There is a very 8 day workshop done by S.N. Goenka on the Satipatthana Sutta which takes you through the original Pali sutta followed by further elaboration The disclosures: Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7A Day 7B The same is available at: http://www.vridhamma.org/Discourses-on-Satipatthana-Sutta as a trascribed file and also sutta and it's ...


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Know that they are only actors and don't watch it if it's going to traumatize you. Don't watch any movies unless you like distraction.


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No, not in the context of the story. It's obviously possible to see the story as an allegory, in which case, sure, Neo is the one who woke up. But nothing in the story suggests that Neo is intended to be a reincarnation of Siddhartha Gautama.


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You ask, "But can this be considered as stealing in Buddhism?" The text of the 2nd precept is, I think, more literally to "abstain from taking what is not given". So even if ignoring Copyright isn't exactly stealing (and it isn't "stealing", according to national law), it's taking what's not given (and is breaking a different law, i.e. copyright law rather ...


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Some movies with Buddhist concepts: Cloud Atlas. Little Buddha. Kundun The Dharma Brothers (Documentary) The Buddha (Documentary) Spring,Summer,Fall,Winter..and Spring. Why has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East. Wheel of Time Doin Time Doing Vippassanna (Documentary) Angulimala OK Baytong Amongst WHite Clouds (Documentary) Amrapali My Reincarnation (...


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Some more of such referees can be found in: Depictions of Gautama Buddha in film


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No, it does not break the second precept. It's similar to you getting a cheap chinese replica of an iPhone. You didn't steal anything. You just got it from a shop. In any case, whether it breaks the precepts or not, keeping to the law of a country is something that Buddhism encourages as long as it's not immoral. In case of the use of pirated software, the ...


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