David N. Snyder wrote:According to the Buddhist cosmology rebirth can be to humans, animals, devas and other celestial beings, but not plants.
There is no violation to eating or 'killing' a plant in Buddhism. There is a Vinaya rule that prohibits monks and nuns from harming plants, but this probably has more to do with not harming the environment in general or looking unseemly to lay people.
Kaji wrote:Ven. Chin Kung told a story that once in Australia their Buddhist group had to arrange for a tree to be cut down to build a temple. They, following the Buddha's teaching, read sutra to the tree spirit and asked it to move in three days, after which they will cut down the tree. Therefore there are ways for devoted Buddhist to deal with those situations.
bunny wrote:Does this refer to all living things. What I mean by this, is does it extend to the Fruits and Berries on trees and hedgerows. Does it extend to nuts and vegetables?
The way I read it, that yes it does but I am seeking clarification. Any time I have seen the precepts mentioned in this forum, with regards to the first one. Only beings that are considered "meat, fish etc" have been discussed.
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