“Not To Kill”

1452520_770052889688365_235144086_nIn the Dhammika Sutta, the Buddha says that ‘not to kill’ means three things: 

You do not do it yourself;

you do not get others to do it;

and you do not encourage, condone, applaud, aid, and abet when others do it.  

What more does one need to prove that one cannot observe this precept as long as one buys the flesh of animals slain for our consumption? What encouragement does the meat industry need from us? Except that we buy what they kill –and allow them to reap the profits they get from our purchases? 

Mahinda Palihawadana

Professor Mahinda Palihawada co-authored The Dhammapada, a New English translation, with the Pali Text and the First English translation of the Commentary’s Explanation of the Verses with Notes and Critical Textual Comments, Oxford University Press.  

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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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2 Responses to “Not To Kill”

  1. Greg Schmidt says:

    Tashi – thanks as always for simple and practical teachings.

    I’ve just finished your talk from Losar on “The Happiness of Living by Vow” and have an entirely new perspective on “living intentionally” and the freedom it brings.

    [audio src="http://www.awakeningheart.org/media/130210ahTashi.mp3" /]

    I appreciate you sharing your merit in this way and will endeavor to pay it forward myself.

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