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Investing in poultry stocks and Buddhism

Honestly I would say that it's not even a grey area. For me, investing in stocks in the meat industry is not in keeping with right livelihood. To quote the Vanijja Sutta in full "Monks, a lay ...
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Can a Buddhist own and run a billion dollar business?

Sure! It is allowed for lay people, as long as they observe the five precepts and virtue (sila), which includes Right Livelihood (samma ajivo). Please also see this answer. The Vanijja Sutta states: &...
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Is Karma different for accidental killing than intentional killing?

The background story to the first verse of the Dhammapada is of an arhat killing insects accidentally, because he's blind. The verse says, All mental phenomena have mind as their forerunner; they ...
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When it comes to commercial products, is there harm to choosing a more beautiful and well-designed option?

That kettle example tells me you admire a certain attitude to life, an attitude of doing things right, properly, with attention to fulfilling the essential function and not having undesired side-...
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Why do I have to suffer due to a thing that a person in a past life has done that I have no control over?

Your friend believes they are suffering due to past life kamma. I have never read such a belief in the Pali suttas. Further, if this belief is true, there is no way for your friend to stop suffering ...
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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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Can a Buddhist own and run a billion dollar business?

It is unlikely Buddhist practise can run a major corporation due to so many unethical things occurring in large business. For example, Apple was using cobalt from child labour in Congo; is said to ...
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How to explain what Buddhism is?

But then what I mentioned the first Noble Truth she seemed to object, saying "Sorry you think life is suffering/dissatisfaction, I don't agree: I like life, I think life is good." It seems like ...
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Investing in poultry stocks and Buddhism

Actions are never wrong in Buddhism. Actions either lead to suffering or they do not lead to suffering. Some practicioners get very technically crazy on the first precept. Some would say that ...
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Do you think that this Laughing Buddha Restaurant sign is a disrespect?

Intentions matter. Only people and cultures take offense. The Dharma doesn't take offense. Awakened ones who have gone forth to become the Dharma can't take offense. In certain strictly Buddhist ...
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How do you pray correctly in Buddhism?

is there a right or respectful way of praying in Buddhism? Praying is conventionally understood as a petition or wish addressed to a deity. In Buddhism, one might: meditate spreading a heart full ...
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Audio guided meditation recommendations?

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 ...
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How do I develop a healthier relationship with images?

Just drop it all and move on. Never hesitate to let go of old stuff that has done its job. Don't be nostalgic, don't regret - that is petty thinking. You had it, you got it, you done it - drop it and ...
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Help with alcoholism?

My main fear of drinking is the loss of courage. Alcohol robs a person of their ability to face reality and the pain it inflicts. Be it the pain from the loss of someone dear, a broken relationship, ...
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What is Buddhism's view on divorce?

SN 37.30 (no-link) supports a Buddhist case for divorce. It states: There are five powers of a woman...beauty... wealth... relatives... sons... virtue... If a women possesses...or does not possess.....
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Will actors really go to hell?

Acting leads towards hell (or lower destinations), it is one of those things perceived to be harmless but actually causes harm. But it's not true that all actors would go to hell just that acting ...
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Can a Buddhist use antibacterial soap?

There istance a monk with psychic ability looked into the water and saw there were microbes and asked the Buddha if drinking will harm them. Buddha said don't look and drink. One intention of ...
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A pigeon settled on my balcony. What should I do?

You cannot predict the future of the bird or take responsibility for it. Also, the bird may nest on your balcony temporary (for breeding) rather than permanently. If the bird does not harm you, then ...
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A pigeon settled on my balcony. What should I do?

I am new to this website, and have little training, but wish to be helpful. I have been in a position, several times, in my life, where I wished to help an animal, but didn't know what action would be ...
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Can a Buddhist own and run a billion dollar business?

I want to say "no", but it's not for me to dictate or question anothers' path. I couldnt. There is no way I could have all of that property and material responsibility and yet have no ego.
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Is it ethical to develop software for financial company?

I assume you're looking for an answer based on this definition: A lay follower should not engage in five types of business. Which five? Business in weapons, business in human beings, business in ...
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Does Buddhism have an answer to disturbing sexual fantasies?

Ways of Denourishing of Sensual Desire. Asubha reflextion, refextion on the ugly of the body behind skin, hair, nails, reflecting the backwards of sensuality. Watching the dogs on the street... [...
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Why should one not address a venerable as friend?

Junior monks have to greet senior monks as "venerable sir" and lay people have to greet monks as "venerable sir" (and not as "friend" or by name) because this is part of the culture of respect and ...
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Is it disrespectful or unlawful to have dharma tattoo in Sri Lanka?

I'm a Sri Lankan dear user. As I know It's is not unlawful. But it can be considered as a disrespectful thing or as an insulting to Buddhist religion in Sri Lanka. The problem was tattoos were not ...
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How to mitigate the negative karmic effect of killing

Wanting to become a degree holder is Bhava-tanha or craving to become. That craving is causing you to break the first precept. See how dependant origination is at play here. You can either look for ...
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How to reconcile non-attachment in a Type-A, North American culture where work is life?

Firstly, I am very much against this pop-culture Buddhism where too much emphasis is given to letting go and not that much emphasis on Bhavana and development of wholesome qualities. Letting go of ...
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Do any modern ("free-thinking") monks or monastic orders discard elements of the Vinaya?

CASE 16. UMMON'S SEVEN-FOLD ROBE Ummon said, "The world is vast and wide; why do you put on your seven-piece robe at the sound of the bell?" Mumon's Comment: When one meditates and studies ...
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