Furthermore, there is the benefit of bringing blessings to these animals. In general, in their current state they aren’t able to listen to the dharma, they aren’t able to practice meditation, they can’t really see the body of a Buddha. But through the experience of having been released – through the blessings of this act – in the future they will experience freedom from samsara. That is how it brings them tremendous benefits and blessings.
Blue Garuda wrote:Releasing other beings is good.
However, buying them from the market and releasing them may encourage the market stallholders to capture more, possibly even recapture the ones released.
We need to be mindful that our good intentions, and even our good actions, don't cause future suffering.
When faced with animals in need of release we should always do so for their benefit rather than for some notion of merit for ourselves. In some cases, urgent release is very compassionate, and we should also remember that if we create a market by buying certain animal products we keep the cycle of cruelty going:
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