How do animals achieve enlightenment?

A forum for beginners and members of other Buddhist traditions to ask questions about Theravāda (The Way of the Elders). Responses require moderator approval before they are visible.
User avatar
Goanna = Element
Posts: 1
Joined: Sat Jun 11, 2011 3:56 am

How do animals achieve enlightenment?

Postby Goanna = Element » Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:41 am

How do animals achieve enlightenment, or at least achieve rebirth as a human, since they cannot meditate or understand Buddhism? Is there something we can do to help our pets have a better rebirth?

User avatar
Ben
Site Admin
Posts: 16656
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:49 am
Location: War.loun.dig.er.ler
Contact:

Re: How do animals achieve enlightenment?

Postby Ben » Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:59 am

Element has returned to troll again.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

Compassionate Hands Foundation (Buddhist aid in Myanmar) • Buddhist Global ReliefUNHCR

e: ben.dhammawheel@gmail.com..

User avatar
retrofuturist
Site Admin
Posts: 15112
Joined: Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:52 pm
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Contact:

Re: How do animals achieve enlightenment?

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Jun 11, 2011 10:44 am

Luckily no one wasted any time responding to his disingenuous questions on this occasion....

Metta,
Retro. :)
“Delighting in existence O monks, are gods and men; they are attached to existence. they revel in existence. When the Dhamma for the cessation of existence is being preached to them, their minds do not leap towards it, do not get pleased with it, do not get settled in it, do not find confidence in it. That is how, monks, some lag behind … (It. p 43)”

Dharma Wheel (Mahayana / Vajrayana forum) -- Open flower ~ Open book (blog)


Return to “Discovering Theravāda”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests

Google Saffron, Theravada Search Engine