One and All

1467272_549254828492930_841537995_nIs the First Precept (to abstain from killing) solely inclusive of humans? The Buddha gives this instruction in the Griha Vinaya (Rules for Householders, Dharmika Sutra, Kshudraka Agama):

Let us not destroy, or cause to be destroyed,

any life at all, or sanction the acts of those who do so.

Let us refrain even from hurting any creature,

both those that are strong and those that tremble in the world.

If we fail to understand the universality of this injunction, the Buddha clarifies (Kshudraka Agama):

Whether they be creatures of the land or air,

whoever harms here any living being,

who has no compassion for all that live,

let such a one be known as depraved.

And in the Anguttara Agama:

I am a friend of the footless,

I am a friend of all bipeds,

I am a friend of those with four feet,

I am a friend of the many-footed.

 

May all creatures, all breathing things,

all beings, one and all, without exception,

experience good fortune only.

May they not fall into any harm.

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 One and All

  1. paulfarma says:

    Thank you. PKL

    Great Middle Way 於 2015年06月10日 (週三) 10:26 PM 寫道﹕

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