Any international perception that Buddhists see smoking and tobacco use as a sin is simply wrong. For a start, Buddhists don’t even have a concept of sin. And in many Theravada countries with large Buddhist populations who practise the most orthodox school of Buddhism, even monks smoke.

Are Buddhist allowed to smoke?

The large majority of monks feel that smoking is not an appropriate practice and that there should be a Buddhist law that recommends they do not smoke. Most monks, however, have little understanding of the specific detrimental effects smoking has on them, as well as the effects of second hand smoke.

Are Buddhist monks allowed to smoke?

However, cigarettes are not included as illicit drugs and there is no existing policy of prohibition of smoking among monks. The monks are not only in charge of Buddhist religious ceremonies but function as dream interpreters, traditional medical practitioners, and counselors.

What religion does not allow smoking?

Jehovah’s Witnesses have not permitted any active members to smoke since 1973.

Is it a sin to smoke?

Is Smoking a Sin? God clearly states in the Sixth Commandment: ‘Thou shalt not kill. ‘ Smoking endangers not only your own life, but also affects the lives of others. In this article, we will prove that smoking is a sin!

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About the Author

While living in a residential meditation and yoga ashram from 1999 to 2013, Leon devoted his life to the study and practice of meditation.
He accumulated about 15,000 hours of practice over many longer immersion retreats, including hours of silent meditation, chanting, prostrations, and mantra.
While participating in a "meditation marathon," he once sat in meditation for 40 hours straight. More importantly, he fell in love with meditation during this time.

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