3 Meanings of “Do Not Kill”

12191864_694613043971507_3596832224193851047_nIn the Dhammika Sutta, the Buddha says that ‘do not kill’ means three things:  (1) you do not do it yourself; (2) you do not get others to do it; and (3) you do not encourage, condone, applaud, aid, or 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 the animals they kill –and allow them to reap the profits they get from our purchases?

—Mahinda Palihawadana

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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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