The Buddha himself rejected the notion that his monks should be vegetarians, even though it seemed to go against the core Buddhist teaching of "do no harm" (ahimsa). Traditionally, monks ate only what was given to them by lay members of the community, a practice that continues in many Theravada Buddhist monasteries. The Buddha taught that giving generously to monks was a great way to earn karmic merit. And if a monk refused to take a donation of meat, he was essentially blocking the giver from receiving blessings and potentially messing with his next life [source: Buswell and Lopez]. … [Read more...] about 10 Big Questions About Buddhism, Answered
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Homeless Voting Obstacles While obtaining a driver's license or state-issued ID is free in most states, that doesn't mean it's easy for a homeless person to jump through the administrative hoops to make it happen. Poor, elderly and homeless people are far more likely to not have a state-issued ID, which is why voter ID laws have been challenged as discriminatory. … [Read more...] about Homeless Americans Can Vote, But It Isn’t Easy
Every four years, television news crews from New York to Los Angeles set up camp in the frigid cornfields of rural Iowa. The Iowa Caucuses, held in early February, represent the first chance for regular Americans from both major political parties to show support for a presidential candidate. The national press covers every minute of pre-caucus excitement as presidential hopefuls spread out across all 99 Iowa counties to shake hands at local diners and give stump speeches in elementary school gyms. … [Read more...] about What’s the Difference Between a Caucus and a Primary?