Bereft of Compassion & Wisdom

Image result for shabkarBuddha Shakyamuni instructs us:

“What is right action? Abstaining from taking life, abstaining from stealing, abstaining from sexual misconduct. This is called right action.”

The exploitation of non-human animals violates these precepts of Right Conduct, whether through depriving them of freedom and life, appropriating their secretions and products, or artificially breeding them for our benefit.

Animal exploitation impedes spiritual cultivation. Shabkar Tsodruk Rangdol states categorically:

“Eating meat, at the cost of great suffering for animals, is unacceptable. If, bereft of compassion and wisdom, you eat meat, you have turned your back on liberation. The Buddha said, ‘The eating of meat annihilates the seed of compassion’.”

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 Bereft of Compassion & Wisdom

  1. Larry Evans says:

    I have been vegetarian for over eight years this time around, my question is; does this right action also include not eating eggs or cheese. I have cut back on only eating cheese on a vegetarian pizza about once a month but I have used eggs to make cheap meals since I am retired with little income. I know at some level that I should stop eating these too but have always tried convincing myself it is the lesser of evils.

    • Tashi Nyima says:

      Dear Larry,
      Thank you for your compassion. Your intuition is right, as the dairy and egg industries are exceedingly cruel.
      The Path is a gradual process –as we move forward, we align our conduct with our highest view.
      mangalam, TN

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