On Account of the Buddha

1601074_10202029925643824_99503735_nJivaka, whoever destroys living beings on account of the Tathagatha (Buddha) or the disciples of the Tathagatha, accumulates much demerit in five instances:

If he said, ‘Go bring such or such living being’; in this first instance, he accumulates much demerit.

If that living being is pulled along, tied, with pain at the throat, feeling displeased and unpleasant; in this second instance, he accumulates much demerit.

If he said, ‘Go kill that animal’; in this third instance, he accumulates much demerit.

When killing, if that animal feels displeased and unpleasant; in this fourth instance, he accumulates, much demerit.

When the Tathagatha or a disciple of the Tathagatha tastes that unsuitable food; in this fifth instance he accumulates much demerit.

Jivaka, if anyone destroys the life of a living being on account of the Tathagatha or a disciple of the Tathagatha, he accumulates much demerit in these five instances.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Majjhima Nikaya 55, Jivaka Sutta (Theravada Tipitaka)

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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1 Response to On Account of the Buddha

  1. paulfarma says:

    Thanks. PKL

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