Brian
  • Member for 7 years, 3 months
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  • Đà Nẵng, Vietnam
Should one call oneself a Buddhist?
4 votes

I think this might be a pedantic discussion. We say "Buddhist" in English because we use -ist as a suffix in English to denote a role. It's from the Greek ιστής. In Vietnamese one would say "Tôi theo ...

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Money to monasteries
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4 votes

Yes it is OK for monastics to sell things. Sư Trưởng (Head Nun) Như Thanh started the Huế Làm Nunnery and nine other nunneries by selling food and in a few cases businesses like rice sales, making soy ...

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Experiencing physical pain
3 votes

This is not a proper answer about the ethics but my personal experience. Four years ago I was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer of the jaw and was given two months to live. I prepared my final plans, ...

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Do lay Buddhists ever wear distinguishing clothing or jewellery?
2 votes

While I believe your question was intended for everyday wear in Vietnam and only in the temples most lay practitioners wear a blue/grey uniform a bit similar to the monastic's robes. A practice ...

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Is there a compassion only Buddhist path?
1 votes

Pure Land Buddhism It's so much about compassion with Avalokiteśvara, the bodhisattva of compassion. IMO Pure Land Buddhism has allowed everyday people to easily achieve a deep meditative state not ...

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Is a monk allowed to receive money?
1 votes

At least in the West some monks and nuns do have credit cards and some assets because getting credit for an one-monastic temple or even a sangha isn't easy. They still live a life with the tiniest ...

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