Great Demerit

buddha-on-black-300x203Jivaka, whoever destroys living beings on account of the Tathagatha (Buddha) or the disciples of the Tathagatha, accumulates great 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 great 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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