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What is the Karmic Effect of Harsh Speech?

The mind & body is disturbed, with agitation & stress ('hell'). Friends may be lost or social status (such as a job) may be lost, which results in deficiency & need ('hungry ghost'). ...
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What are the benefits of Dhamma in this very life that could be understood by a beginner?

Karma works in this life too. If you are kind to people, you create friends, then friends will take care of you. This is called karma - creating conditions for your future, in this life. When you are ...
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Sexual misconduct, what is it

Sexual misconduct is defined in the Pali scriptures as having sex with someone else's partner or fiancee and with those living under the protection of their parents or an institution (in the case ...
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When was *sila* first interpreted/translated as ethics?

From the very little I know of history it was the Pali Text Society who made the earliest surviving translations into English and the earliest dictionary. A copy of the PTS dictionary is online here --...
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what is difference between na-nimittaggāhī and animitta?

Not grasping the signs is the continuation of the beginner's practice of guarding the doors of the senses by skilfully directing attention away from the harmful experiences. So, for example, when a ...
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What are the benefits of practicing Sila?

To offer a more personal answer -- about 6 and a half years ago I decided to begin keeping the 5 lay precepts scrupulously, as an experiment. Not that I was in the habit of, say, killing, lying or ...
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Generosity in Buddhism - When does giving become unwholesome?

Unwholesome actions are those which are based on the three poisons: greed, anger and delusion. When giving is wholesome it is an act of renunciation and it reduces the three poisons. Giving becomes ...
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Why should I give a bowl full of rice to a monk if there is no rebirth?

Buddhism is not an obligatory religion but a religion of voluntary individual participation. There is no obligation to feed monks for non-Buddhists who have not gained appreciation and thus gratitude ...
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Can Buddha be insulted by disrespect?

The answer comes in the Akkosa Sutta below. Even if someone insults him or speaks to him in a hurtful manner, he doesn't accept it i.e. react to it. And so it goes back to the originator. However in ...
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Can Buddha be insulted by disrespect?

We have giant Buddha statues in Sri Lanka too. But nobody walks on the head to clean them. There are respectful ways to do it if you are smart enough. I have heard this ridiculous argument many times ...
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Threefold division of noble eightfold path

The forerunner of the path is right view (MN117) and basically this means that you must understand something about Buddhism correctly before starting to practise. However, the rest of the practice of ...
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How does practicing restraint and performing actions of merit purify the mind?

Well, it seems obvious to me now, but it wasn't always, that our immoral impulsive behavior, both of possessive type and of repulsive type, comes from emotional hangups, so giving in to those hangups ...
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Does the first precept require me to check the shower for bugs and make sure to remove all of the bugs before using it?

I recently noticed that perhaps fewer than 10 bugs seem to be in my shower. The reason many bugs show up in one place is usually due to that place having "things" that attract them, whether it's ...
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Generosity in Buddhism - When does giving become unwholesome?

This question presents two issues that must be decoupled and the hidden (second) question must be addressed first. "However , I really like this material object and I feel I might want it ( ...
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Upostha Sila in normal daily life

You might not be able to do this the traditional way. But Sila is a promise to abstain. The promise can be to the Triple Gem of another person. Best is to make the promise to the Triple Gem. ...
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Generosity in Buddhism - When does giving become unwholesome?

The major definition of generosity I believe as Gawtama Buddha said was "Willing to give" ,not "try to give". It comes from combination of not stacking mind on objects as that you own them and ...
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Is camsex a sin

The five precepts define ways that do not harm others. Forms of unconventional sex with a permissible (non-prohibited) partner do not fall under the 3rd precept. However, they may be unwholesome & ...
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Is there any mention of child adoption in any Buddhist writings and what is the view on child adoption with regard to Buddhism?

I view it as adoption can be nothing but good. you are providing a child with a home, food and most importantly love. if it is done with good intention then it cant be bad.
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How to explain that relationship with someone worthy of respect is more than just a friendship?

This is not how it works. You don't beg for respect, you don't demand it. When you deserve respect, it happens naturally.
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Sila before samatha, samatha before vipassana according to AN 11.1-3?

As I explained in "Is samatha meditation more suited to lay people than vipassana?", the factors of "being good", "feeling good", "calming down", "understanding", and "liberation" are designed to ...
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Is it proper to teach Dhamma to someone wearing a hat?

The following rules are part of the Sekhiya rules of the Patimokkha. The Patimokkha are rules for (Theravada) monks and nuns. I will not teach Dhamma to a person wearing headgear who is not ill: ...
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The "cow-keeper"-story?

The following is somewhat like the posted question, but not exactly: SN35.241:7.4: Sir, may I receive the going forth, the ordination in the Buddha’s presence?” SN35.241:7.5: “Well then, Nanda, ...
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What's the role of "blameless" in the Dhamma?

AN 4.62 defines the happiness of debtlessness and the happiness of blamelessness, but says that the happiness of blamelessness is worth a lot more than the happiness of debtlessness. And what is the ...
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Is there any mention of child adoption in any Buddhist writings and what is the view on child adoption with regard to Buddhism?

Yes, there is something mentioned in Buddhist canon, in the section of Vinaya, disciplines part. Two nephew of Ananda was wandering aimlessly with crying, Ananda saw it, asked to children "what ...
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Sammasam Buddha's Sila, was it the best Sila?

The Sila becomes higher depending on your knowledge of the virtues/benefits of it. The Sila becomes higher depending on how focused you are when you are keeping them. In other words, Sila becomes ...
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Generosity in Buddhism - When does giving become unwholesome?

When does giving become unwholesome? When donation is helpful it wouldn't be unwholesome but, Buddha teaches true sacrifice. I really like this material object and I feel I might want it (...
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What are the benefits of Dhamma in this very life that could be understood by a beginner?

The immediate benefits of Dharma are many many, depends on how the student gets it. As a personal experience, from someone who almost "despised" when learnt the "world religions, Buddhism" on primary ...
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how to eradicate past smaskaras

Ven.Yuttadhammo bhikkhu has given you proper advice. Being true to monkhood is being rooted and grounded in a Life of celibacy. The benefits of celibacy (sexual abstinence) are obviously not widely ...
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Is camsex a sin

There is no "sin" in Buddhism. Every act is evaluated on the basis of whether it leads to Peace or to Trouble, and in what degree. Any activity that feeds and cultivates Lust leads to Trouble, in a ...
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