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The Pesky Fifth Precept

We’ve had a few interesting posts on the website this past week concerning the fifth precept:

“I undertake the training rule to abstain from drinks and drugs that cause heedlessness.”

That seems pretty straightforward, and in ancient times, it probably was as simple as it seems. But is it still valid?

Note, this discussion took place at http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/99 . . . → Read More: The Pesky Fifth Precept

Faith or Not?

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A Reader recently Wrote:
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I was born a “Baptist.” I never understood such a claim, for there was never a choice. This began in the crib. Something about belief, without evidence, just never set correct with me. The man of cloth, in Sunday School brought reassurance to my disbelief. I asked him . . . → Read More: Faith or Not?

Compassion

Compassion
This is not so much a question as it is an insightful comment by a reader. This was in response to the “So You Want To Be a Buddhist” post from a while back.

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I was once fortunate enough to have a very unintentional and random encounter with the Dalai Lama. He pretty . . . → Read More: Compassion

Podcast Episode 17: Families and Buddhism

Podcast Episode 17

Welcome back, This is episode 17 of the Daily Buddhism, and I’m your host, Brian Schell. Before we get started recapping the week’s material, I’ve got a couple of quick announcements.

A few weeks back, I announced that I had audio recordings of the entire Tao . . . → Read More: Podcast Episode 17: Families and Buddhism

The Dhammapada Chapter 1: The Twin Verses

The Dhammapada

Of all the ancient Buddhist texts, the Dhammapada is easily my favorite. The name translates roughly to ‚ÄúPath of the Dharma.‚Äù The 26 chapters of the book are supposedly directly from the mouth of the Buddha. They encompass a wide variety of topics, compiled into a single book by some ancient follower of . . . → Read More: The Dhammapada Chapter 1: The Twin Verses

Koan: No Loving Kindness

Koan: No Loving Kindness

There was an old woman in China who had supported a monk for over twenty years. She had built a little hut for him and fed him while he was meditating. Finally she wondered just what progress he had made in all this time.

To find out, she obtained the help of a girl . . . → Read More: Koan: No Loving Kindness

Book: The Accidental Buddhist

The Accidental Buddhist
by Dinty W. Moore
http://www.dailybuddhism.com/accidentalbuddhism

This is a fun book, and I‚Äùve read it a couple of times. It explores the state of Buddhism in America today, following the author as he travels around America visiting and talking to various Buddhist groups. He visits a Zen monastery, a Catholic priest who teaches Buddhism, Buddhist magazine publishers, . . . → Read More: Book: The Accidental Buddhist

Buddhism and Family Support

Dealing With The Family

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A Reader recently wrote:
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I’ve been a Buddhist for the last 3 years or so after a mentor introduced me to meditation and I started getting more insight on my life. Since then my life has improved about 400% (in ways that I cannot explain) and making it my practice has been a . . . → Read More: Buddhism and Family Support

Buddhist Weddings

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A Reader recently wrote:

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What are Buddhist weddings like?

I’ve been raised in a Christian home, so I’ve been taught the traditional wedding..white dress, reception, exchanging of vows, etc.

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And my response:

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There is no special ‚ÄúBuddhist Wedding Ceremony‚Äù from ancient times; usually it depends on the country and culture that the couple is from. VERY generally speaking, usually only . . . → Read More: Buddhist Weddings

Podcast Episode 16: So You Want To Be a Buddhist?

Podcast Episode 16

Welcome back, I’m Brian your host and this is episode 16 of the Daily Buddhism. Before we get started recapping the week’s material, we’ll cover a few quick announcements.

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I had set up a message board or forum for . . . → Read More: Podcast Episode 16: So You Want To Be a Buddhist?