Fede wrote:The old chestnut "then what are we supposed to eat?" might arise, but I personally feel this may be taken in the context, with regard to modern interpretation or thought, as having suitable respect and reverence for the planet we live on: the exploitation of certain crops, the decimation of forests and the danger to the native wildlife in the destruction of their habitat: the imbalance created by adding too much human desire and too little natural harmony.
These may certainly be factors to consider in light of attempts to reconcile one's self with the above.
Just thinking tangentially.....
Chris wrote:An interesting article on how plants were regarded by early buddhists:
While later Buddhist texts are clearer about plants being not counted as sentient beings, earlier texts have "no explicit statement declaring plants or even earth and water to be living, sentient beings," nor do they seem to have "an explicit... statement denying them the status of sentient beings." Thus, "plants... in Earliest Buddhism [are] a kind of borderline case." (4)
Chris wrote:It would seem that Vegans, at least, in not "taking what is not given" - in not misusing animals and insects by [not] eating honey, eggs, or consuming animal milk products (milk, butter etc.) are living closer to the way the Buddha intended?
TheDhamma wrote:The article admits that "later" texts do not place plants as sentient beings. And this seems consistent with modern science / biology. Many biologists count 5 major kingdoms of life, each separate and may have even evolved under completely different circumstances:
1. Animal Kingdom (includes humans, animals, insects, fish, birds)
2. Plant Kingdom
3. Algae Kingdom
4. Bacterium Kingdom
5. Fungi Kingdom
There are some different versions of the above, but all place a complete separation between the Animal Kingdom and the Plant Kingdom.
Well, plants do respond to various stimuli, but I'd argue that lacking a central nervous system, there's nowhere for them to "feel" pain.
clw_uk wrote:GreetingsWell, plants do respond to various stimuli, but I'd argue that lacking a central nervous system, there's nowhere for them to "feel" pain.
What about Jellyfish?
Jechbi wrote:How about a scoby?
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