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How to manage insects in the house while adhering to the First Precept?

Becoming sensitive/ kind to all forms of life is the sign you are walking the path :). Deeds speak louder than rhetoric, those clever minds learnt the letters only; true Dharma followers learnt the ...
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Can't I listen any kind of music by 7th percept?

nacca - plays/dances gīta - song vādita - music visukadassanā - visiting shows So yes, it includes all music. Even if you hear a song by chance and you indulge in it, you break the precept.
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Can't I listen any kind of music by 7th percept?

Mr/mrs user73898 There are some people who say, even in the Commentary, that one would not break the precepts by listening to music which tells about the suffering in the world and causes samvega. ...
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Selling an animal to butcher will break first precept?

With regard to precepts, one should not kill or encourage others to kill. If one is supplying animals to a slaughterhouse one is encouraging others to kill the animal though one is not participating ...
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Why is sniffing a flower considered to be stealing?

I guess one possibility is that "steal" is an inaccurate translation, and that a better translation might centre more on the "conceal" and "stealth" meanings of the words (e.g. concealing or taking a ...
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Breach of precept term

sīlabheda is not a common used term, I don't think. More common is sīlavipatti - transgression of morality. Another is vītikkama - transgression. tattha katamā sīlavipatti? yo kāyiko vītikkamo, ...
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How to manage insects in the house while adhering to the First Precept?

Some killing is unavoidable. To exist is to kill. Gardening involves killing, walking often involves crushing little creatures underfoot. Eating involves much killing (all diets, though some more ...
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How to manage insects in the house while adhering to the First Precept?

Roaches usually come when you drop food pieces on the floor. Killing will break the first precept. So if you see any cockroaches inside, simply chase them out. Do not eat food everywhere. Do it at one ...
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Principles of moral conduct

When I was ordained as a novice monk some 30 years ago, I was given the Dharma name Sila Ananda. In that context, the term "sila" meant "merit," referring to a quality acquired over previous lifetimes....
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Principles of moral conduct

You have correctly identified principles (IMO) of moral conduct in your OP, @Dewmini Gunasekera. For the benefit of others may I list them? While the five precepts are usually stated in negative ...
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What is appropriate usage of medicines that are intoxicating?

As long as it is for true medical purpose as a treatment when there are no other similarly effective alternatives, and one is not using possible medical benefits as an justification but consuming it ...
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Is it possible to attain stream-entry if one is only following "the 5 precepts"?

The Vera Sutta (AN 10.92) (quoted below) lists out the criteria for stream entry: Five forms of fear and animosity are stilled (i.e. the effect of consistently and heedfully practising the five ...
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Is it possible to attain stream-entry if one is only following "the 5 precepts"?

"entering the stream" means you understood the main point of Buddhism and started applying that point to your entire life. Which point? -- That you should stop creating causes for future dukkha. ...
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Sacrificing myself...or not?

While it's certainly a noble deed, just remember the Dhamma emphasizes both compassion and wisdom. They are like the 2 wings of a bird and are both equally important. A good Buddhist should also be a ...
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Laws of the land, and Buddhist virtues and precepts

we tend to frown upon people who disobey traffic rules I've been taught we might "frown on" bad behaviours but needn't frown on people. So for example I'm inclined to think, "that's bad ...
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Are the Five Precepts a gradual training?

The five precepts are not a gradual training. Buddhists undertake it as the most minimum training in virtue (sila). Followers of Buddhism are expected to undertake the training in the five precepts ...
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Is it possible to attain stream-entry if one is only following "the 5 precepts"?

In SN55.23 Mahānāma asks about stream-entry. After giving the standard answer of experiential confidence in the Buddha, Teaching and Sangha, Mahānāma persists and asks for more detail. Godha explains ...
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Why is sniffing a flower considered to be stealing?

In my understanding, this story illustrates a different point. The key verse is: To a person unblemished, constantly searching for purity, a hair-tip's worth of evil seems as large as a ...
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How to manage insects in the house while adhering to the First Precept?

My first two suggestions are similar to others. Firstly, avoid leaving exposed food or food crumbs, that might attract insects or rodents. Secondly, use agents that repel rather than kill insects or ...
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How to manage insects in the house while adhering to the First Precept?

It's not the action that is important but the intention behind the action. If the intention is pure, the result will be wholesome. If the intention is defiled, the result will be unwholesome. Thus, ...
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Enlightened Lies - Can lying be the correct action in certain situations?

I have read in one of the suttas , don’t remember where, that one should not lie even for a joke. It makes sense to me because we as Buddhists are married to the Truth. If we start lying then what ...
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Enlightened Lies - Can lying be the correct action in certain situations?

There is a lot of utilitarian answers given here, I mean an approval to lie to save a life. If the measure of virtue is to save a life, how about telling a lie to get killed a mass murderer like ...
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