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There isn't exactly one short Buddhist bible (see Why isn't there a Buddhist Bible?). The Tripitaka is the Pali canon, possibly the earliest (or at least, among the earliest) of the surviving Buddhist literature. It has three parts, and of these three the Sutta Pitaka is the most relevant (to us). You can read it (or at least begin to read it) online. Web ...


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Here is a list of a few things you can do to live a longer and healthier life. Meditate: Stress will make you age quicker and die younger. Eat vegetarian meals: Most meats will cause inflammation which lowers your life-span. Intermittent fasting or only eating for the first half of the day. This will help you keep thin, slow down your metabolism (the idea ...


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The main Buddhist holy book - The Sutta Pitaka - is many times larger than the Bible, consisting of more than 10,000 discourses. However, the essential teachings the Buddha compared to a 'handful of leaves'. The following teachings from the holy book cover the essentials: On Higher Truth Three Cardinal Discourses of the Buddha The Dhammapada For ...


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If the Buddha had totally approved the removal of certain rules then the Buddha would have explicitly mentioned which ones. In the 1st Council the monks could not decide what extent was minor rules, so ultimately decided to keep all the rules with the fault of not clarifying being with Ven. Ananda when the Buddha mentioned this.


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In this commentary on the Vinaya, on page 308, it says, Raw flesh and blood are allowed at Mv.VI.10.2 only when one is possessed by non-human beings. Thus, in more ordinary circumstances, one may not eat raw fish or meat even if of an allowable kind. This would include such things as steak tartare, sashimi, oysters on the half-shell, raw eggs, and ...


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Page 308 of The Patimokkha Rules Translated & Explained by Thanissaro Bhikkhu: The Mahavagga (Mv.VI.23.9-15) forbids ten kinds of flesh: that of human beings, elephants, horses, dogs, snakes, lions, tigers, leopards, bears, and hyenas. To eat human flesh entails a thullaccaya; to eat any of the other unallowable types, a dukkata. Human beings,...


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The Supreme Buddha has said that each and everyone should be responsible for good and bad one does. According to this we can imagine the plight of this monk (I should not be calling him a disciple of the Buddha). Be it Monks or laymen, that kind of actions (because it is done in the name of Supreme Buddha’s dispensation) will amass enough demerit to suffer ...


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In the Vinaya (monk's rules), it is said (somewhere) the Buddha's teachings would last for 500 years (rather than 5,000 years). Many Buddhists claim this did not come true therefore the Vinaya teaching is false, for example: The passages surveyed so far help to set into context the prophecy that because an order of bhikkhunīs had come into existence ...


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This answer is based on the Theravada tradition. Please read The Bhikkhus' Rules: A Guide for Laypeople by Ven. Ariyesako, Bhikkhu Patimokkha by Ven. Thanissaro and DN 2 for details. A bhikkhu is a fully ordained monk who is required to strictly follow the rules of the Vinaya. All rules come with exceptions. A monk cannot scavenge for his own food or engage ...


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These training rules are observed by laypeople during periods of intensive meditation practice and during uposatha (lunar observance) days. The Eight Precepts are based on the Five Precepts, with the third precept extended to prohibit all sexual activity and an additional three precepts that are especially supportive to meditation practice. ...


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Music is a tasteful sensation, in Buddhism we learn to realize (understand the truth, see things in their true forms) and listening to music is breaking that understanding. We listen to music to entertain ourselves, which will break our practice of “Sila” and “Samadhi”, two of the eightfold paths/practices.


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...then if he wants he may state about himself: 'Hell is ended; animal wombs are ended; the state of the hungry shades is ended; states of deprivation, destitution, the bad bourns are ended! I am a stream-winner, steadfast, never again destined for states of woe, headed for self-awakening!' "I am a stream-winner!", and as for people like Nyom Alexander, at ...


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When and how should a layperson... I wouldn't say "should" (i.e. are "required" to), of course. But "may" (i.e. are "allowed" to)? I think that monks "must not" i.e. they're required not to, by the vinaya: It's a most serious offence to lie about an attainment (i.e. to declare that one has one, knowing that claim to be false) It's also a lesser offence ...


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A long live doesn't necessarily mean being happy all the time. Moreover, you can't control how long your live will be ("Live is uncertain, Death is certain."). So being concerned about how long your going to live isn't that useful, because it's not really up to you. If you want to know how to live most healthy, you'd need to ask a doctor or somebody else. ...


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It's simple, if you like a long life, abstain from killing any living being. This is the way, student, that leads to long life, namely, abandoning the killing of living beings, one abstains from killing living beings; with rod and weapon laid aside, gentle and kindly, one abides compassionate to all living beings. MN135 If you want a healthy ...


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Not all monks are virtuous. Not all monks follow the Dhamma (teachings) & the Vinaya (social discipline). This one monk & temple will not threaten the survival of Buddhism.


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There is an answer to all of these issues in the Vinaya. Vinaya is the Monastic Discipline (code of ethics to be obeyed). In other words Vinaya is the disciplinary code of monks and nuns. For you and I, lay disciples, it is the 5 -8 precepts. Sadly in the present day Vinaya is not given a due prominence. That’s why many are not in a position to realize the ...


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It is very easy to attach music. Then music will waste practitioner's time, because music is inserted into practitioner's mind instead of meditation object, while the practitioner listening/singing/thinking of a music. So the practitioner's 5 power can not meditate, increase level up, while attaching music. While listening music, one can feel joy. But it ...


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I have on occasion seen commenters here and elsewhere who declare their achievements, such as being a sotāpanna. These comments are downvoted, so they do not appear to be appreciated. The Vinaya forbids monks to make declarations. Obviously, such declarations are considered to be unbeneficial. If comments like these show up on public forums then ...


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Recently I was trying to get some background information about a meditation manual written by a lay person. What they claimed as their "attainment" was not important to me, but rather, what tradition or traditions they were teaching from, how long they have been a part of the sangha within that tradition, who their teacher is (or was) and what material in ...


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Women should be aware that it is an offence against his discipline if a monk touches a woman. If offering something to a monk either place it in his bowl or on his special receiving cloth — never directly into his hands. Male visitors should be aware that women with shaved heads may prefer not to hand anything to or receive anything directly from you. Put it ...


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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 driving", and not, "you're a bad person for driving that way". I'd tend to frown on and stay clear of dangerous driving. There's a saying, "...


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