Seeing dead animals

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Seeing dead animals

Postby mrbrycel » Thu Sep 23, 2010 5:19 pm

When I see a dead animal, bug, or insect, I wish to myself that it will be reborn in a higher realm, hopefully the human realm, and to encounter the dhamma. I don't know if this does anything, and I'm aware it can't change one's karma, but I'd like to think that my thoughts could help a little.

Are there any Pali chants for animals that have died?

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Re: Seeing dead animals

Postby Individual » Thu Sep 23, 2010 6:00 pm

mrbrycel wrote:I don't know if this does anything, and I'm aware it can't change one's karma, but I'd like to think that my thoughts could help a little.

If you know it can't change one's karma, then you should be certain it achieves nothing. Being certain it achieves nothing, why could you possibly want to chant?

But if you don't know if it does nothing, then you don't really know if it can change one's karma. Your desire to chant, then, is a naive hope that your actions might create some positive change, based on your wavering belief in whether one can affect another's karma. Right?
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Re: Seeing dead animals

Postby BubbaBuddhist » Thu Sep 23, 2010 8:06 pm

Is there a transfer of merit custom in Theravada? Always wondered about that.

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Re: Seeing dead animals

Postby Moth » Tue Sep 28, 2010 7:59 pm

I also do this. It's nice to see someone else does too :). Regardless of whether or not it actual does something for the animal that has died, it is still a good way to practice Metta. It is no different than wishing happiness for all beings. It's not that your wishing actually brings happiness to all beings but rather cultivates compassion within the mind.
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Re: Seeing dead animals

Postby cooran » Tue Sep 28, 2010 8:20 pm

Bubbabuddhist wrote:Is there a transfer of merit custom in Theravada? Always wondered about that.

J

Hello Bubba,

Not just well-wishing, but actual effort:

The Significance of Transference of Merit to the Departed
http://www.theravada.ca/readings/61-the ... arted.html

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Re: Seeing dead animals

Postby Ben » Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:33 pm

Thanks Chris!
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

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Re: Seeing dead animals

Postby Sanjog » Tue Sep 28, 2010 11:08 pm

I almost always see a dead animal these days( I take the Interstate everyday). Thanks for bringing this up! :)


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