Life Extension

12189668_1057312644299966_3610914641261670065_n“All who live must die”, but we can prolong life and increase its quality by the simple application of the law of karma. Skillful acts produce beneficial results, and these results are of the same quality as the acts that produce them. 

Sparing and protecting the lives of other sentient beings is a simple, effective, and compassionate practice that will result in the extension of life for ourselves and for those to whom we dedicate our merit. 

The most straightforward method of ‘saving lives’ is to avoid killing sentient beings, directly or indirectly through our consumption of animals and animal products, whether for food, fashion, or “scientific” research. We can also abstain from killing insects and participating in sports and entertainment activities that harm other beings, such as hunting or staging fights among dogs or other animals. Any effort in this direction, however small, will result in a considerable reduction of the harm inflicted on other sentient beings, and extend our lives and those of others. 

Of course, it is best to abstain from participating in the slaughter of animals all together, adopting a vegan lifestyle which eschews the consumption of meat, fowl, fish, eggs, and dairy products, as well as the use of furs, leather, skins, feathers, and other animal products. However, reducing our consumption of animal products for one meal per day, one day per week, one week per month, or one month per year is a good start. 

Make a vow, according to your capacity and inclination, and dedicate the merit to all sentient beings, or to specific persons. The life you save may be your own.

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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3 Responses to Life Extension

  1. I am vegetarian precisely for the reason of not taking part in killing. However, I do not understand to avoid eggs, milk, cheese; yes, they are animal products but they must be produced by the safety of an animal. A chicken, a cow, etc must “liberate” eggs, milk, etc, otherwise they will die. Forcing them to produce, yes, this is a killing, indeed, but if one lives in a countryside, having chickens, for example, eating eggs is to accept their offerings. I would not throw them away, for sure.

    • Tashi Nyima says:

      Thank you for your comment. If you live on a farm and take care of animals, you will see clearly that cows produce milk only when they have offspring, and only enough for them. Fertilized eggs are embryos, and unfertilized eggs are external wombs. However, the vast majority of eggs and milk consumed is produced in factory farming, an extrremely cruel system of exploitation.

  2. talesfromthelou says:

    Reblogged this on Zen Flash and commented:
    Thank you Tashi

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