What did Buddha say about gambling?

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What did Buddha say about gambling?

Postby hermitwin » Thu Oct 18, 2012 7:42 am

What did Buddha say about gambling?
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Re: What did Buddha say about gambling?

Postby polarbuddha101 » Thu Oct 18, 2012 8:05 am

"And what six ways of squandering wealth are to be avoided? Young man, heedlessness caused by intoxication, roaming the streets at inappropriate times, habitual partying, compulsive gambling, bad companionship, and laziness are the six ways of squandering wealth.

"These are the six dangers inherent in compulsive gambling: winning breeds resentment; the loser mourns lost property; savings are lost; one's word carries no weight in a public forum; friends and colleagues display their contempt; and one is not sought after for marriage, since a gambler cannot adequately support a family.

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Re: What did Buddha say about gambling?

Postby hermitwin » Fri Oct 19, 2012 3:21 am

if a person who is keeping the 5 or 8 precepts gamble, is the precept broken?
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Re: What did Buddha say about gambling?

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Sat Oct 20, 2012 5:15 pm

hermitwin wrote:if a person who is keeping the 5 or 8 precepts gamble, is the precept broken?

Eight precepts, maybe; many consider gambling to fall under the seventh precept of sensual entertainment, decoration, etc.

But five precepts, no.
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti Sutta

Stuff I write about things.
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Re: What did Buddha say about gambling?

Postby Sylvester » Sun Oct 21, 2012 3:06 am

For a positive spin on gambling, see MN 60.
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Re: What did Buddha say about gambling?

Postby pilgrim » Sun Oct 21, 2012 1:43 pm

Fools wait for a lucky day, but everyday is a lucky day for an industrious man.
~ Quoted by Ven K Sri Dhammananda, but I can't find the sutta reference
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Re: What did Buddha say about gambling?

Postby Disciple » Sun Oct 21, 2012 3:47 pm

hermitwin wrote:if a person who is keeping the 5 or 8 precepts gamble, is the precept broken?

Buddha never made it a precept to forbid gambling, he only advised against it.
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Re: What did Buddha say about gambling?

Postby mikenz66 » Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:42 am

Sylvester wrote:For a positive spin on gambling, see MN 60.


:tongue:
MN 60 Apannaka Sutta: A Safe Bet
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

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Re: What did Buddha say about gambling?

Postby Sylvester » Mon Oct 22, 2012 8:44 am

The Buddha's choice of words kaṭaggaha (a winning throw) and kaliggaha (a lousy throw) leaves us in no doubt that He was thinking of a game of dice.
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