Category Archives: Animals

Real Monastics

Neither going about naked, nor with matted locks, nor filthy, nor fasting, nor lying on the ground, nor smearing oneself with ashes and dust, nor sitting on the heels in penance, can purify one who has not overcome doubt. Even … Continue reading

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Alike

The qualities of Buddhahood are gained through sentient beings and Buddhas alike. Why then do we respect the Buddhas and not sentient beings in the same way? ―Atisha

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One and All

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 beings, all who breathe, all beings one … Continue reading

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The First Step

For beginners training in compassion, the very first task ―if we are going to develop actual, authentic compassion― the very first task that we need to accomplish is to not eat meat. This is the first step to start developing … Continue reading

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Never Means Never

We should not kill any living beings, nor cause them to be killed, nor should we incite any other to kill. Do never injure any beings, whether strong or weak, in this entire universe! ―Buddha Shakyamuni, Kshudraka Agama

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Roots

Two wrong views are at the root of all unwholesome acts: self-grasping (the wrong view of separation and individuality), and self-cherishing (the wrong view of supremacy). All forms of oppression, whether perpetrated against humans or other sentient beings, arise from … Continue reading

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The Seed of Compassion

Some people ask why it is that I advocate so frequently and insistently on universal, radical compassion, especially toward non-human animals. They are of the opinion that a Buddhist monk should concentrate his efforts on sharing a “broader and higher” … Continue reading

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