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The ethics of minimizing suffering and being a "good person"

Buddhist ethical conduct including the Five Precepts (Pañcasikkhāpada), and Eightfold Ethical Conduct (Aṭṭhasīla).
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My practice is simply this: Avoid evil, do good, and purify the mind.

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All interesting views.

I've thought about all of them. I can't truthfully say I've stopped terrorizing ants, but the comments here made me a bit kinder to smaller lifeforms. Instead of stepping on every individual ant in my vicinity, as I was wont to do a month ago, I give their little anthills a single firm kick or stomp, just because I enjoy viewing the chaos and panic that unfolds at my feet.

I know some here don't approve, but what can I say? It's survival of the biggest. :P

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Postby Reductor » Sat May 14, 2011 4:52 am

If your character improves any more, youll almost be as ethical as my five year old.

Think of that while your knocking down your next hill.

Take care.

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In my opinion/experience there is a link between not harming anything and a person's ability to nurture an attitude of universal good will. It isn't easy to develop a desire for all beings to be happy if you have been stomping on anthills. On the other hand, when you have been harmless, and even helpful to other creatures, good will flows naturally.

If you are interested in the karmic consequences of killing small creatures, why don't you do an experiment: resolve to abstain from any gratuitous killing for a month or a year, and watch to see whether the change has any effect. How does it feel to step around an anthill rather than on it? Do people look at you differently? Do you feel differently? Better yet, make a point of doing some small beneficial act for another creature or person every day, and see how that affects you.

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"The heart of the path is quite easy. There’s no need to explain anything at length. Let go of love and hate and let things be. That’s all that I do in my own practice." - Ajahn Chah

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of course there will be karmic consequence, but it will be less than killing a human.
don't do it ever again.
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Postby manas » Sat Jan 14, 2012 12:24 am

Hi again, thrylix, good to see you still around. But I think your original post has been exhaustively dealt with already...what more do you wish to know?

Killing living beings, who (like us) feel pain and/or want life and fear death, is wrong, whether that being is an ant, a dog or a human. Sure, the more complex the nervous and emotional system is, the more suffering you cause and the worse the kamma is, but that doesn't mean that even the tiniest creatures are unworthy of our compassion. It's actually such a basic knowledge (and an important one) that I suggest you reflect on it, study it, imbibe it, and live by it, asap. This will be for your long term benefit, and will also spare many other beings needless pain and suffering. Some things really are just that simple.

There is a 'discovering theravada' forum, I believe, if you go there you might find info relating to such very basic, yet crucial, points of dhamma. Might be worth visiting.

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perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."


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