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Non-vegetarianism

My answer is simple but I know many here won't like it. Supply follows demand, active or passive. If you take frozen meat imagining that you did not kill the animal so it is okay, as suggested by some ...
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Is it possible to Take Refuge in the Three Jewels, but still learn spiritual wisdom from teachers in other religions?

When it is said that one's refuge "is broken whenever a person goes for refuge to a teacher outside the Buddha's Dispensation[...]" the meaning is that one should not go for ultimate refuge in ...
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What is Buddhism (in a nutshell)?

I'd say that "Buddhist" (as an adjective) includes: Doctrines (spoken and written) ascribed to the Buddha -- Buddhavacana -- and derivative works Practices inspired or prescribed by those ...
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Why do so many traditions and religions have saint men who claim having attained enlightenment?

I read the book "The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle years ago and was impressed by it. After studying Buddhism, I came to discover that what Eckhart Tolle achieved was probably (I speculate) only the ...
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Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy?

The original supramundane teachings of the Buddha are neither religion or philosophy. They simply express the true nature of suffering, the cure of suffering & reality. Core Buddhism is like a '...
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Is it possible to Take Refuge in the Three Jewels, but still learn spiritual wisdom from teachers in other religions?

I have to warn you that if you take refuge in the Three Jewels, and then go to other religions for guidance, there will be suffering (first noble truth). Well, even if you stick faithfully to ...
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What should we say when someone asks 'What is your religion?'

Determine what you will say based on what you can learn from the other person with whom you are talking. Listen carefully to what they say and presume nothing about what they mean. Ask careful ...
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Critique on Kalama Sutta: Is Buddhism bad for Buddhism?

Since the Kalamas were confused in what they should or not believe, The Buddha instructed that they should be pragmatic and adopt only views and conduct which would lead to their well-being and peace ...
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What chapter of the Abhidharmartha Pradipika talks about infinite universes?

It is in ... AN 3.80. The Path of Purification, Six Recollection, Recollection into Buddha's Value.(Visuddhimagga ChaAnussatiNiddesa BuddhanussatiKatha). AbhidhammatthaVibhavini 5th Chapter. etc. ...
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Non-vegetarianism

I know Buddhist followers, brahmins(Hindus) and Jains follows strict rules for vegetarianism. I don't think so -- I think that Buddhist doctrine teaches a middle way (avoiding extremes), including in ...
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Non-vegetarianism

It's amazing to me to see how people use religious justifications to justify things that against the spirit of their own religion. The Buddha advocated for loving kindness, compassion and non-harming. ...
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Non-vegetarianism

My question is does eating any sort of meat have an impact on your overall mentality? Yes Nandita, as you testify, you experience much guilt because you intuitively feel that eating meat goes against ...
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Non-vegetarianism

“All tremble at violence; all fear death. Putting oneself in the place of another, one should not kill nor cause another to kill.” - Dhammapada 129 Now it is up to you Nandita whom you want to ...
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Brahmcharyavas : starting, ending

BRAHMACHARYA can interpret as avoid from sexual activity. because buddha saw sexual or other any desire or bonds cause to SANSARA (rebirth). therefore monks have to avoid from sexual activity and ...
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What should we say when someone asks 'What is your religion?'

In your current social context maybe it is safe to shy away from religious talk considering people may be religious bigots. But you may also want to reel them in on their religion and attitude. And ...
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Have any notable Buddhists commented on Krishnamurti's teachings?

I have read a remark by Ajahn Sumedho on Krishnamurti. I don't recall much of the details. But I can tell you that Krishnamurti 's teachings are different from Buddhism, although he has practiced ...
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Are there any prohibitions on participating in other religion's practices?

Yes, if these religious practices you want to participate go against the precepts. ex: Animal sacrifice or slaughtering animals for food to celebrate a religious event. Another is participating in ...
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Are there any prohibitions on participating in other religion's practices?

No, if we are talking about what the Buddha teaches in the Pali Suttas but one has to keep the precepts and practice in line with the Buddha's Teaching while participating in the other religion's ...
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Would Siddhartha Gautama have agreed with modern forms of Buddhism?

There is a related statement in SN16.13, where the Buddha warns about the decline of his teachings, the true Dhamma, and the rise of counterfeit Dhamma. But at the end, he also gives some hints as to ...
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Buddhism - Is it a religion?

It depend on what you mean by the word religion. the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods If you take above definition, Buddhism is not a ...
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Critique on Kalama Sutta: Is Buddhism bad for Buddhism?

A lot of the "question" sounds like a vector for anti-Buddhist propaganda or just trolling -- or just off-topic i.e. trying to introduce non-Buddhist theories, or to contrast or compare Buddhist ...
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Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy?

Buddhism is neither a religion nor a philosophy. Buddhism can refer to the Truths (Ariyasaccani) (Dhamma) pointed out by Lord Buddha (Buddho Bhagava) to the world and His explanations thereof as ...
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Is Buddhism a religion?

The Buddha did not ask for anyone to take his word with respect to Dhamma - things as they are. He asked people to not blindly obey, to not follow ritual, to not ignore or go against what they ...
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Critique on Kalama Sutta: Is Buddhism bad for Buddhism?

It's true that when someone says vaccines are good, you should question it and find out whether vaccines are truly good. However, it takes too much time to do double blind scientific studies yourself,...
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Critique on Kalama Sutta: Is Buddhism bad for Buddhism?

1) Siddhārtha Gautama was a dissident of believes the vedas to attain enlightenment... During the time of the Buddha, the Hindu Vedas and the Trimurthis (as we know it today) - do not yet exist. The ...
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Given that Buddhism could accommodate people's prior religious beliefs, why is Buddhism itself now described as a religion?

As with anything else, that completely depends on what you consider a “religion” is, or what is a “religious belief”. When westerners first came in contact with Buddhism they considered it a “...
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