Are killing trees bad Kamma?

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Re: Are killing trees bad Kamma?

Postby beeblebrox » Thu Apr 03, 2014 12:23 am

Also, note the temporal relationship:

"Cetana is kamma," and compare this to, "kamma is cetana."

Keep in mind the general audience who was taught by the Buddha, at the time... I think their general belief was that their status quo was already determined by the previous kamma, and that this was inescapable. He turned this right-side up.

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Re: Are killing trees bad Kamma?

Postby lyndon taylor » Thu Apr 03, 2014 12:26 am

Bhikkhu Bodhi in that previous link uses the word volition instead of intention, aren't we talking about the same pali word in that context??

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Re: Are killing trees bad Kamma?

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Apr 03, 2014 12:42 am

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lyndon taylor wrote:Bhikkhu Bodhi in that previous link uses the word volition instead of intention, aren't we talking about the same pali word in that context??

http://www.budsas.org/ebud/ebdha057.htm

He seems to be referring to cetana.

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Re: Are killing trees bad Kamma?

Postby Ananda26 » Mon Apr 07, 2014 3:13 pm

SarathW wrote:Are killing trees bad Kamma?
I just wonder whether killing a tree or picking a fruit from a tree is unwholesome Kamma.
I think above actions are carried out with attachment or aversion.
Eating food with attachment could be a bad kamma too.

I know Vinaya prohibit monks killing trees or picking fruit from a tree.
This rule does not apply to lay people but it may be a rebirth making activity.
if I pick a fruit from a tree and offer to someone it may be a wholesome Kamma.

I like to know your opinion.
If you agree, what is the most practical way to overcome this. (We need trees and food to make a living)

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This question came to me after seen the following post.

viewtopic.php?f=14&t=20337#p284589


There is a difference between animal life and plant life.

Abstaining from killing animals is included in the first precept: abstaining from killing.

If you feel drawn to abstaining from killing plant life you may like to consider undertaking a monastic way of life where it is possible to abstain from killing plant life(more extensive Sila as referred to in Long Discourses of the Buddha, Section on Morality) and still receive food.

If you are a lay person who needs trees and plants you can get these things while still observing the precepts. You may like to be careful about your usage of these things so that they are not wasted.
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Re: Are killing trees bad Kamma?

Postby suwapan » Mon Apr 07, 2014 8:53 pm

SarathW wrote:Are killing trees bad Kamma?
I just wonder whether killing a tree or picking a fruit from a tree is unwholesome Kamma.
I think above actions are carried out with attachment or aversion.
Eating food with attachment could be a bad kamma too.


SarathW, plants are nature's creation that have only Rupa and No Nama from the very beginning. Therefore, in Buddhist, plants are not "alive."
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