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What is the attitude toward homosexuality in Buddhism?

I think that the reason you only find references to homosexual activity in the vinaya is BECAUSE the vinaya is the only place where there is a need to be specific regarding sexual acts... Oral sex is ...
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Does using or watching YouTube break a bhikkhu's rules?

It is my personal experience that frequent games, movies, TV, YouTube, smart phone use and browsing definitely reduce one's mindfulness. This is a fundamental question about all entertainment - why ...
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Physical Exercise as a Monk?

Healthy and fit body does not need to be seen as an attachment. If a monk took the Bodhisattva Vow, all his activities will be done with the wish to benefit others. A healthy body is actually a very ...
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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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Punishments for breaking vinaya rules

In theory the Pāṭimokkha Rules: Intro | Bhikkhus' | Bhikkhunis' is the basic code of monastic discipline, consisting of 227 rules for monks (bhikkhus) and 311 for nuns. It lays down offences and ...
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What is meant by "possessed by spirits" in Buddhism?

In my tradition, the Shambhala line of teachings by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, ascending to Jamgon Kongtrul and ultimately Milarepa, the "spiritual" and the "material" phenomena are understood to be ...
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Physical Exercise as a Monk?

The Dalai Lama takes daily exercise, including walking on a treadmill if it's too wet to walk outside -- http://www.dalailama.com/biography/a-routine-day. It makes sense to me since given that this ...
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Vinaya Loopholes?

The Buddha laid down the four great standards to try and avoid this sort of thing: "Bhikkhus, whatever I have not objected to, saying, 'This is not allowable,' if it fits in with what is not ...
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Where did the Buddha say that the minor rules for monks could be ignored?

The sutta is DN 16, where the Buddha is giving his last instructions. He gives four injunctions in total: Now the Blessed One spoke to the Venerable Ananda, saying: "It may be, Ananda, that to ...
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Why do Bhikkhunis have so many extra Vinaya rules?

Thanissaro Bhikkhu, in Access to Insight, says, Thus the Bhikkhunī Pāṭimokkha contains 85 rules for which there are no direct correspondences in the rules for the bhikkhus. Some writers have ...
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Are theravada monks allowed to stay in lay people's house?

Sankha's answer is technically right from an orthodox point of view, but may not be a correct interpretation of the texts. The word the Buddha used is "sahaseyya", which means "sharing a place to ...
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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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Physical Exercise as a Monk?

My name is Thomas. I was a Zen Monk for 2 years! Physical exercise was a key part of my day and with many other of the monks and nuns.
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Patimokkha Rule On Bathing

It's Pācittiya 57: Should any bhikkhu bathe at intervals of less than half a month, except at the proper occasions, it is to be confessed. Here the proper occasions are these: the last month ...
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Monks and politics

In DN2, the Samaññaphala Sutta: The Fruits of the Contemplative Life, the Buddha speaks of virtues in three sections of his discourse; The Lesser Section on Virtue, the Intermediate Section on Virtue, ...
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Are non-Theravada monks allowed to eat after noon, and to use money?

Bhikkshu Pratimoksha As far as I know (and I verified this with a Chinese Malaysian monk), the pratimoksha is what non-Theravada monks follow. It is more or less the same but has 250 rules over the ...
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is chocolate an allowable after noon?

Cocoa is a powder made from the seed from the cocoa tree. Since seeds fall into the category of food, it would not be allowed outside of the morning hours. Chocolate also has narcotic properties, so ...
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Physical Exercise as a Monk?

In his wonderful book "A path with heart", by Jack Kornfield, the author, himself a Buddhist monk under Ajahn Chan for several years talks about exercise and several other normal things monks ignore ...
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What is meant by "possessed by spirits" in Buddhism?

Yes, various other beings can possess humans e.g. hungry ghosts, Yakṣas, Maras Here's one occasion where a human was possessed by a Mara named Dusi and the Mara being Moggallana himself in that life. ...
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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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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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