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Which is the Buddhist holy book? Where can it be read?

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 ...
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How I can live longer as well as peaceful by doing practices taught by Buddhism?

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 ...
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Which is the Buddhist holy book? Where can it be read?

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 ...
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Why Buddha said "if you want to remove small/light codes from Vinaya"?

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, ...
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Should a bikkhu avoid eating sashimi?

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 ...
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Prohibitions against eating certain animals?

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, ...
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Receiving blessings for a baby at a temple

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 ...
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Will Buddhism last only 5,000 years after Buddha's Mahaparinirvana?

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 ...
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Is fire-making allowed?

See pages 564 and 565 of The Pāṭimokkha Rules Translated & Explained by Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu Should any bhikkhu who is not ill, seeking to warm himself, kindle a fire or have one kindled—unless ...
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Music and Buddhism

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 ...
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Music and Buddhism

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 ...
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When and how should a layperson declare their achievements?

...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 ...
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When and how should a layperson declare their achievements?

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 ...
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Can a monk choose to eat only an animal or plant that had died naturally?

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 ...
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How I can live longer as well as peaceful by doing practices taught by Buddhism?

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 ...
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How I can live longer as well as peaceful by doing practices taught by Buddhism?

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 ...
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Which is the Buddhist holy book? Where can it be read?

Actually Buddha didn't wrote any holly Books. All of the books written by Buddhist monks wrote after many years later of Buddha's Nirvana. Buddhism is not religion Based on a Holy book. It's a ...
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Receiving blessings for a baby at a temple

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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Bad Ordinations?

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 ...
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Music and Buddhism

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/...
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When and how should a layperson declare their achievements?

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 ...
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When and how should a layperson declare their achievements?

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 ...
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Alone with a woman

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 ...
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