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Euthanasia and Buddhism

I've been to a lecture in which a Tibetan Buddhist monk (specifically, a nyingmapa) was asked the same question by a teenage girl. Basically, his answer was, such killing would both end some existing ...
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When seeking information is sarcasm seen as a deliberate lie?

Sarcasm isn't a deliberate lie, because the intention isn't to lie or mislead, but it is wrong speech, because it has the capacity to hurt people. Per Buddhism, unless a statement is true and ...
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What is Right Action for a Buddhist regarding talking about personal success?

I would suggest that it depends on how you relate to the success, your attitude to it. Relating an experience can be beneficial to the recipient in many cases, both in terms of use as a teaching and ...
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How do you decide when to stick up for yourself and when to let things go?

you said: One shouldn't attach him/herself (to material matters). One should move toward truthfulness in all things and correct harm. but... the second one does not sound like a Buddhist ...
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Is it unethical in the Buddhist view to attend work ill?

It doesn't square well against the notion of Right Action (or Right Conduct) on the Noble Eightfold Path. The practitioner should train oneself to be morally upright in one's activities, not acting ...
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How do you decide when to stick up for yourself and when to let things go?

The answer is up to you, since it will be you who affirms his power. Letting go of the outcome means that you can be ok with either decision, I.e. You can act accordingly either way without becoming ...
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Right view of the external modern world

The first thing that the story (i.e. "not got a particular position she rightfully deserved due to a conspiracy") reminded me of was verse 3 of the Dhammapada (i.e. "he robbed me" ...
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What did the Buddha say about motivation?

Right effort(sammā-vāyāma) in terms of mindfulness is not a forceful , grit your teeth kind of effort. It's a moment by moment, continuous, good cyclical habit kind of effort. Cetanā is Pali for 1- ...
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Why are children represented as inessential in some Buddhist text?

Such texts should be read in context: written for and by the Sangha - and mostly for and by male-sangha, though you found one quote that sounds like a tired grandmother. Buddhism is really a dual ...
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Does any/every form of lying violate the precept of "not-lying"?

The motivation DOES make a difference to the karma of an action. The classic discussion about karma stresses motivation. Karma as action denotes an act of mental volition (cetanā), and the bodily ...
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What is the importance of intention in Buddhism?

From the Nibbedhika Sutta: "Intention, I tell you, is kamma. Intending, one does kamma by way of body, speech, & intellect. Also from Cetana Sutta (SN 12.38) below, we see that intention (...
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Can anger be acceptable?

There is no place for anger in Buddhism for any reason. Right effort is what is required.
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The Intention to Strive

In my experience, it's a kind of phase. First, you don't really strive, but you're intrigued by Dharma enough to keep learning hodgepodge and practicing once in a while. Then your perception of ...
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Does Buddhism have a model of practical rationality?

the belief-desire-intention model of action Are the "four noble truths" an example of that? I "believe" the first three truths I "desire" the end of suffering Therefore I "intend" the fourth noble ...
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Right view of the external modern world

The way Buddha explained these things, was not as much about justice/injustice as with references to how the world/society works. For example he would say, if someone were to rob people, he will ...
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How do you decide when to stick up for yourself and when to let things go?

Right Speech and Right Effort. Those are the two pieces of the Eightfold Path that will answer your question in regards to decisive action. What is Right Speech? What is Right Effort? Right Speech ...
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What could a lay follower do to increase his zeal to become a monk?

I could easily have written your query. At this time however there are a few differences which may be helpful if shared. Am in my mid 40’s. Never thought that it was actually possible. Met a ...
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Nature of Integrity in Buddhism

This is not lying unless you pretend or say you follow the advice. Dhamma practice is a gradual exercise hence one does not become perfect at once but it is a matter of putting int the effort to ...
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Attitude towards harmful behaviors

If I don't react, am I not placing myself and others in harm's way by taking part in an enabling apathy? Given that anger is ineffective in that situation, I don't see how non-anger is enabling apathy....
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What is Right Action for a Buddhist regarding talking about personal success?

The purpose of mudita is counter against envy arising in ourself for others. The purpose of metta is to counter against hate arising for others. The purpose of karuna is to counter against cruelty ...
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Is intention the result of rational or logical thinking or some other?

Lets take 2 examples where the action are the same: A surgeon takes a knife and cuts through a person's stomach to save his life A robber takes a knife and cuts through a person's stomach kill him ...
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Is intention the result of rational or logical thinking or some other?

Dependant origination(DO): depending on contact feeling arise, depending on feeling craving arise, ..craving..clinging, ..clinging..becoming, ..becoming.. there is birth. etc.. From contact until the ...
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How do you decide when to stick up for yourself and when to let things go?

As a householder and a lay person, I don't really feel that buddhist principles conflict with everyday life in any meaningful way. Just because you see your material belonging as what they are - be ...
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Is intention and purpose the same?

According to Mahayana (Yogacara) Abhidharma, cetana is connected with traces and dispositions (samskara) left by previous actions and experiences. (What follows is my understanding based on my study ...
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Is intention and purpose the same?

It seems I don't know, don't understand, or don't agree with your definitions (of cetanā and sankappa). You start by assuming that there is wholesome and unwholesome cetanā: and then you ask whether ...
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Is intention and purpose the same?

The wholesomeness and unwholesomeness and neutrality is decided by what you would perceive when you experience or feel the result. This is the differentiation between them. Generally aversion are ...
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