I work in bio / medicine and we sometimes test products on neoplasms or tumours (cancerous) This often involves deliberately killing off the tissue / tumour itself. This is simply for research purposes - not to cure cancer or anything socially benificial.
Im confused about what this 1 precept covers. I know a tumour is made up of cell's and micro-organisms. But it's the tumour as a whole I deliberately degrade or essenhtially kill. Fundimentally I'm confused about what the first precept covers, in terms of whats alive (because a tumouroid is alive, living tissue).
I'm a newbie just finding the path,
I imagine this subject could be waxed philosophically on forever...
I think the first precept applies to beings which are seen to be sentient, I assume a tumor is no more sentient than is a vegetable. In short, if it isn't a thing which has (or is thought to have) subjective experience of it's own or some sort of volition..it isn't a sentient being. That's my understanding of it at any rate.
"Just as a lotus does not grow out of a well-levelled soil but from the mire, in the same way the awakening mind
is not born in the hearts of disciples in whom the moisture of attachment has dried up. It grows instead in the hearts of ordinary sentient beings who possess in full the fetters of bondage." -Se Chilbu Choki Gyaltsen