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Computers and Buddhist monks, offering computer to monk makes bad karma to both monk and donor?

In western monasteries isn't not uncommon for monks to use computers to teach the dhamma online or write books. However, a monk wont own the computer, you'll be giving the computer to the sangha. ...
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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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What is the attitude toward homosexuality in Buddhism?

In respect to the cultural context of the Pali suttas, I have only read references to: (i) parents arranging the marriage of their (pubescent) children (DN 31) &; (ii) sex in marriage between ...
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Notion of good and bad in Buddhism

The original Buddhist teachings do not include a doctrine of non-duality. The Buddha's enlightenment came from ending craving & attachment rather than from ending dualistic perceptions & ...
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Why didn't some of the previous Buddhas preach the code of discipline?

The Vinaya pitaka is preached only if the life span is less than 50,000 years. When the life span is higher, the human world is said to be similar to heavens. The Buddhas usually introduce Vinaya ...
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Was the prohibition on eating dinner health advice?

I'm skeptical that the Buddha said skip dinner because it's good for your health Yes if I hadn't read it I'd be skeptical too. It sounds a bit contrary to the primary/normal message: almost as if the ...
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Was the prohibition on eating dinner health advice?

My recollection is the rule about not eating after noon was to stop monks going on alms round at inappropriate times of the day, including at night, where they could frighten lay people. You can ...
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Are feelings (vedana) always caused by ignorance?

Passa Pacchaya Vedana ~ Paticca Samuppada Feeling is caused by contact
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Practical advice on not eating after noon

This advice seems relevant (by a gastroenterologist and published in Canada's largest newspaper): Fasting tips for those with gastritis and peptic ulcer
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Vinaya Rule of a Monk saying he's an arahant

According to the Patimokkha rules: Should any bhikkhu, without direct knowledge, claim a superior human state, a truly noble knowledge and vision, as present in himself, saying, "Thus do I ...
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Can a Sikh enter a buddhist temple with a turban?

As a sign of respect and being inline with accepted customs it is best that the person removes the turban. I guess they might have been allowed in the accommodation of Sikh religious custom of ...
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Do any modern ("free-thinking") monks or monastic orders discard elements of the Vinaya?

CASE 16. UMMON'S SEVEN-FOLD ROBE Ummon said, "The world is vast and wide; why do you put on your seven-piece robe at the sound of the bell?" Mumon's Comment: When one meditates and studies ...
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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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Right situation for Teaching Dhamma or giving advice

According to the suttas, the general principle is to offer Dhamma only when asked (AN 9.5). The Buddha set this example in MN 26, when he waited for the Brahmā Sahampati to ask the Buddha to teach.
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The first rule of 8 Garudhammas

The reasons are many: Males are superior. Males left their homes, lived in forests, attained enlightenment, started the religion, wandered & spread the religion, often at great danger to their ...
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What is the attitude toward homosexuality in Buddhism?

"miccha dhamma" is never about homosexuality, as the comment of the Cakkavattisuttaṃ (DN 26) is wrong. The word "miccha dhamma" and other two words are also appear in the Palokasuttaṃ (AN.3.56), and ...
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A question regarding the level of worldly participation for a buddhist monk

As a Zen Monk I can answer the question regarding worldly participation in the following way. There is no definitive suggestion or rule within the Monastic Code of a Mahayana Monk. A Monk or Nun has ...
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Practical advice on not eating after noon

From what I think, stomach juices from if you keep thing about food or feel hungry. Whenever hunger arises if you are equanimous then and do not have this lead to thoughts about food and food craving ...
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Vinaya non-offence complications?

The Patimokkha Rules Translated & Explained by Thanissaro Bhikkhu, on pages 49 through 50, uses the word "or" (not "and"): Blanket exemptions. In addition to bhikkhus who do not know they are ...
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Can a Bhikkhu yell at or beat a lay person under the vinaya?

Even torward a cat, insects or non-human, neither insulting nor even beating would be proper and allowable, in cases against humans it might be even seens as heavier then toward a fellow or novice. It ...
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How does a forest-dwelling dhutanga practitioner get food?

The page you linked for āraññika dhutaṅga seems to already have an answer: A "forest monastery" is a monastery situated at least 500 (curved) bows lengths from the doorstep of a house ...
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Meals in the afternoon and different time zones

"Should any bhikkhu chew or consume staple or non- staple food at the wrong time, it is [an offence of Confession.]" (Paac. 37; BMC p.362). Here the 'wrong time' is defined to be from noon until dawn ...
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Permission to ordain from absent father

I would speak to the preceptor you wish to ordain with. There is no need to get a parent’s permission if he/she is no longer alive or has abandoned the son. From this it can be argued that if ...
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Are monastics allowed to wear lay disciple's clothing?

There's some discussion of that here. Some answers quote references, which point out that the Buddha allowed footwear in the wilderness and take that as permission to adapt to the terrain. One says ...
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How can the Buddha (after he was enlightened) reflect that he was not at ease and then became at ease in seclusion?

Obviously that entire text was authored by someone else, speaking about the Buddha in the third person. In my understanding, the part about the Buddha leaving the quarreling Sangha is based on real ...
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What are the prescription regarding a bhikkhu or a monastery having a lay-attendant?

Go on as a formal assistant to monks, even better as novice or monk, good householder, as it is good if you have ways to associate with the Venerables. The rest is all a matter of individual deeds (...
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How many monks required to ordain or create new Sangha?

Quorum of 10 of 10 years standing, 5 in border areas. 5 is the quorum generally outside India. [page 108, Theravada Buddhism: A Social History from Ancient Benares to Modern Colombo (The Library of ...
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A question regarding the level of worldly participation for a buddhist monk

In Christianity, priests generally do not meditate. Often, the sole role of a Catholic priest is to preach the religion to devotees. In Asian Buddhism, the role of many monks is similar, which is ...
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