When do you believe or know that is ok to lie?

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Ervin
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When do you believe or know that is ok to lie?

Postby Ervin » Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:27 pm

When do you believe or know when its ok to break the precept of jot lying. I say know in case someone claims enlightenment since Buddhism is very well organised these days, the knowle is acsesible to veryone who is interested, therefore if Buddhist teachings are true there could be enlightened Buddhists on this forum.

Anyway, what about people break and entering illegally in some chicken farms and exposing the truth about chickens living in horrible conditions. If you are interested in information on animal cruelty you can google PETA, wich stands for: People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals. That's form of a deception, the way they obtain evidence.
What about an unercover police who with lies save people's lives? Like a policeman posing as a hitmen and ends up saving someone?

What about police integrity or the office of the police ombudsmen? They have to sometimes do undercover work in order to catch police who might be breaking the law themselves?

Thoughts

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Re: When do you believe or know that is ok to lie?

Postby Seishin » Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:39 pm

The way I was taught, is that lying is bad no matter what, but sometimes we need to exercise skillful-means (upaya) to create a better outcome. It doesn't negate the lie, but it's the best thing to do.

Gassho,
Seishin.

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Re: When do you believe or know that is ok to lie?

Postby Ervin » Fri Oct 05, 2012 3:02 pm

My answer is: It's always ok or right to lie, but its not always good. Wrong is nothing, everything is right but there is good and evil. But even if you have lied in life, its not a total determining factor in the final outcome of your eternal "abode.

So the question should be: When is it good to lie?

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Re: When do you believe or know that is ok to lie?

Postby Seishin » Fri Oct 05, 2012 3:28 pm

Ervin wrote:It's always ok or right to lie, but its not always good.

This doesn't make sense. :shrug:

Gassho

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Re: When do you believe or know that is ok to lie?

Postby Ervin » Fri Oct 05, 2012 3:37 pm

Seishin wrote:
Ervin wrote:It's always ok or right to lie, but its not always good.

This doesn't make sense. :shrug:

Gassho


Gasho. I'll try and explain somehow how there is no wrong. If its wrong to kill for instance then how would you survive? Why is it ok or right to kill an animal for food but its not right to kill a human for food? Some people say that even plants feel pain because of their reactions to outside stimuli.

There is law of the land you live in and it doesn't and at this stage can't have in place a policy that protects health and safety of all living beings.

There fore there is no right or wrong in morality and ethics, but there is good and evil.

Evil action would be killing for o other reason but enjoyment for instance, but its not wrong. Are people fishing tor fun only doing evil. People who have no need for fishing. They actually spend lots of money on equipment and boats and what not. How about people hunting for fun?

There are people who think there is nothing wrong with that. Others think that's as bad as murder. It all depends on whom you talk to and in wich era do you live

So called wrong constantly changes.

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Re: When do you believe or know that is ok to lie?

Postby Seishin » Fri Oct 05, 2012 3:48 pm

Nothing personal, but the above it quite muddled. Morals are very important, whether they change or not. Right and wrong are labels we use to help us identify how we should govern ourselves. Evil and good are just labels too. What is considered evil or good changes from culture to culture.

Gassho

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Re: When do you believe or know that is ok to lie?

Postby Queequeg » Fri Oct 05, 2012 3:59 pm

Seems appropriate that someone with Fudo Myo'o as their avatar would answer this question...

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Re: When do you believe or know that is ok to lie?

Postby Seishin » Fri Oct 05, 2012 4:03 pm

Trying to find the link but.... :shrug:

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Re: When do you believe or know that is ok to lie?

Postby Sherab Dorje » Fri Oct 05, 2012 5:31 pm

Dear Ervin,

Lying is considered an unwholesome action of speech.

Like all actions the consequences are going to depend on: 1. the motivation for lying, 2. how big or small the lie was, 3. whether you take the lying right through to the end (or keep lying) or if you break off when you realise you are doing something unwholesome and 4. whether you felt good or bad about the lying.

Lying has negative consequences in the here and now (if people discover you are lying then they will not trust what you say) and in the future (like being born with speech impediments or suffering from various physical ailments).

If one can avoid lying they should.
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Re: When do you believe or know that is ok to lie?

Postby dakini_boi » Fri Oct 05, 2012 6:18 pm

The 7 nonvirtues of body and speech (killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying, harsh, divisive, and idle speech) are actions which generally cause harm to beings. However, according to Mahayana principles, any of these are ok if the sincere intention is to benefit beings.

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Re: When do you believe or know that is ok to lie?

Postby oushi » Fri Oct 05, 2012 7:27 pm

Lying is always driven by desire to attain something.
Say what you think about me here.

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Re: When do you believe or know that is ok to lie?

Postby viniketa » Fri Oct 05, 2012 7:31 pm

By "OK", do you mean when can one "get away" with lying?

Either way, the answer is the same: never. Yet we still do, and live through it, and sometimes the karmic consequences aren't so bad.

As for "skillful means", such means don't call for lies. There are many different ways to present the "facts".

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If they can sever like and dislike, along with greed, anger, and delusion, regardless of their difference in nature, they will all accomplish the Buddha Path.. ~ Sutra of Complete Enlightenment

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Re: When do you believe or know that is ok to lie?

Postby Sherab Dorje » Fri Oct 05, 2012 7:38 pm

dakini_boi wrote:The 7 nonvirtues of body and speech (killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying, harsh, divisive, and idle speech) are actions which generally cause harm to beings. However, according to Mahayana principles, any of these are ok if the sincere intention is to benefit beings.
Okay??? I don't know if they are okay. Of course the intention will have a bearing on the consequences, but intention is only one part of the equation.
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Re: When do you believe or know that is ok to lie?

Postby wisdom » Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:51 pm

Mostly the precept about lying is to refrain from wrong speech about the Dharma, wrong/malicious speech about other people especially Sangha members, and claiming attainments you don't have.

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Re: When do you believe or know that is ok to lie?

Postby zangskar » Fri Oct 05, 2012 9:33 pm

Don't do it, kids.

Instant karma is gonna get you. (At least it got me.)

Truthfully (for once at least)
Lars

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Re: When do you believe or know that is ok to lie?

Postby muni » Sat Oct 06, 2012 9:37 am

When lie is ok...In order to help, like help to avoid beings are killed, harmed, oops, like already said here.

Ervin: "safety of all beings" Thank you!

I heard Great Boddhisattva's selfless methods are not in the domain of lie-not lie, to awaken beings.

:namaste:

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Re: When do you believe or know that is ok to lie?

Postby deepbluehum » Sat Oct 06, 2012 4:23 pm

In the Mahayana attitude you do what helps people, regardless of how basic ethics might be applied.

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Re: When do you believe or know that is ok to lie?

Postby Tenso » Sat Oct 06, 2012 7:36 pm

It's all about the intention.


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