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What are the benefits of practicing Sila?

The benefits of morality are many. According to the Buddha, the main purpose of morality is non-remorse (AN 11). Or, there are five benefits, including attainment/guarding of wealth: “...
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What are the benefits of practicing Sila?

Just like a house needs a strong foundation to last a long time, one would need sila as the foundation upon which the entire Path is built: "Thus in this way, Ananda, skillful virtues have ...
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Does hosting guests at home with meat and alcohol (because they are fond of it) amount to aiding the guests break their Sila?

"So, when I host a party at my place, it becomes obligatory of me to host them with alcohol and non-vegetarian food (bought from a restaurant). " I don't see how it is obligatory. You could serve ...
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Does hosting guests at home with meat and alcohol (because they are fond of it) amount to aiding the guests break their Sila?

Party is made fun by people sharing their love and life experiences with each other, not by meat and alcohol. More importantly, in this case, I think you should uphold your spirit and not bend to ...
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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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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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What is the origin of the Five Enobling Virtues?

I found it here for free download: The Five Precepts : The Buddhist Golden Rule By His Royal Highness the late Supreme Patriarch Prince Vajirananavarorasa I found it linked from this page: 'The 5 ...
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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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How does one Practice Sila?

Sila means ethics, or morality. There are many Suttas that describe how Sila is practiced. The most basic way for a layperson to practice Sila is to keep the five precepts. Panatipata veramani ...
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Is there a Connection between Sila and Fear?

Fear is considered an unwholesome state, containing as it does aversion (patigha): paṭighacittuppādavasena hi bhāyanaṃ Indeed, fear [arises] due to the arising of a mind accompanied by aversion. -- ...
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Killing and planing to kill

Je Tsongkhapa differentiates between (1) karma that is done (2) and karma that is accumulated. Between the two, there are four possibilities. 1. Done, but not accumulated. Tsongkhapa states: ...
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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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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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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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How to get someone to the good path who is not leading a good way of life?

The only way to influence others' behavior is through example. Your question presupposes that your friends have a desire to change. Not everyone wants to change, or wants your help in modifying their ...
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Help me with a paradox

I am familiar with the term “pārisuddhi-sīla”, but this only relates to monastic practice (restraint according to Vinaya, restraint of senses, purification of livelihood and restraint in use of 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?

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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What are the benefits of practicing Sila?

Sila provides protection (from bad outcomes and consequences) according to the Atta-rakkhita Sutta. Those who engage in bodily misconduct, verbal misconduct, & mental misconduct leave ...
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What are the benefits of practicing Sila?

First of all, keeping precepts will help lead one to a good rebirth because it is good karma. Secondly, having good sila is necessary to provide a basis for success in meditation.
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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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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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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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