The Equality of Living Things

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The Equality of Living Things

Postby bga » Fri Jan 24, 2014 5:40 am

In my quest to understand the Vegetarian debate, I began musing on the topic of living beings. The Buddha says that we should not kill any living being due to the karmic reciprocations of those actions, and yet, is tearing a carrot from it's stem not the same as killing an animal? It in essence is still taking life. Or was the Buddha referring to the way in which life is taken, the brutality of it (so to speak)? I guess my general question is, is all life judged equally in the Buddha's teachings?

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sabbe dhammā nālaṃ abhinivesāyā’ti

"All phenomena are unworthy of attachment"
SN 7.58

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Re: The Equality of Living Things

Postby cooran » Fri Jan 24, 2014 6:51 am

Hello bga,

This previous thread may be of interest:

Plants - Borderline Beings?

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Re: The Equality of Living Things

Postby Mkoll » Fri Jan 24, 2014 7:43 am

bga wrote:I guess my general question is, is all life judged equally in the Buddha's teachings?

Hi bga,

No. For example, killing an arahant or your mother or father will give you a guaranteed destination of perdition in the next life whereas with the killing of other beings, this guarantee is not claimed.

Buddhaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi
Dhammaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi
Saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi

Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world; by non-hatred alone is hatred appeased. This is an eternal law.
-Dhp 5

sabbe sattā sukhi hontu :smile:

Courage can only be cultivated in the face of fear.

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