Buddhist ethical conduct including the Five Precepts (Pañcasikkhāpada), and Eightfold Ethical Conduct (Aṭṭhasīla).
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nacca-gita-vadita-visuka-dassana mala-gandha-vilepana-dharana-mandana-vibhusanatthana veramani sikkha- padam samadiyami.
I request the training rule to refrain from dancing, singing, music and going to see entertainments, which are stumbling blocks to wholesomeness; and to refrain from wearing garlands, using perfumes and beautifying the body with cosmetics.
Is whistling a form of singing ?
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No, but it is music.
Depending on your level of skill, of course...
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Unless it's whistling to command a sheep dog. Then it's talking. Ha!
saturated with joy,
you will put an end to suffering and stress.
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What about wolf-whistling? Does that transgress the third precept for those observing the eight precepts?
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Whistle as song ?
Normal speaking can be a song, in some case. Yes, whistle, too.
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Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:What about wolf-whistling? Does that transgress the third precept for those observing the eight precepts?
What is wolf-whistling? I assume you aren't talking about howling.
Edit: Never mind. I looked it up. Never knew that had a specific term to describe it. You learn something new everyday.
"I don't envision a single thing that, when developed & cultivated, leads to such great benefit as the mind. The mind, when developed & cultivated, leads to great benefit."
"I don't envision a single thing that, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about such suffering & stress as the mind. The mind, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about suffering & stress."
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Alobha wrote:Is whistling a form of singing ?
If in doubt ask yourself do you really need to do it.
“Peace is within oneself to be found in the same place as agitation and suffering. It is not found in a forest or on a hilltop, nor is it given by a teacher. Where you experience suffering, you can also find freedom from suffering. Trying to run away from suffering is actually to run toward it.” ― Ajahn Chah
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Think of the heart of the precept. Music is often a distraction and a desire to indulge the mind in pleasure. I think whistling is the same...it's done to entertain the mind and can be distracting.