All Sentient Beings are equal?

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All Sentient Beings are equal?

Postby LastLegend » Thu Mar 24, 2011 9:38 pm

Are all sentient beings equal? Based on what are they equal?

Is possible to discuss this?
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Re: All Sentient Beings are equal?

Postby Kyosan » Thu Mar 24, 2011 10:20 pm

I'm not sure whether they are equal but if I understand the scriptures correctly, all sentient beings have the Buddha nature and all sentient beings hear the Buddha dharma.

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Re: All Sentient Beings are equal?

Postby LastLegend » Thu Mar 24, 2011 10:32 pm

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Re: All Sentient Beings are equal?

Postby Pero » Thu Mar 24, 2011 10:58 pm

Although many individuals in this age appear to be merely indulging their worldly desires, one does not have the capacity to judge them, so it is best to train in pure vision.
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Re: All Sentient Beings are equal?

Postby LastLegend » Thu Mar 24, 2011 11:38 pm

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Bodhidharma [my translation]
―I come to the East to transmit this clear knowing mind without constructing any dharma―

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Re: All Sentient Beings are equal?

Postby tamdrin » Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:30 am

Keep this in mind..
I believe it is worse karma to kill a human than to kill a fly... This would suggest that relatively all beings aren't equal..

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Re: All Sentient Beings are equal?

Postby Adamantine » Fri Mar 25, 2011 4:26 am

let's put it this way: you may have been a chicken in your last life. if not your last one, certainly at some point down the line. and you may be a chicken again. what distinguishes the human incarnation from other embodiments is that there are many advantages and positive attributes to being human: you are not purely experiencing unbearable suffering alone as a hell being would; you are not purely experiencing various degrees of unsatiated craving as a hungry ghost would; you are not mainly at the whims of your instincts and focused on basic survival alone as an animal
would. Similarly, you are probably not lulled into indulgence in pure pleasure or power as god realm beings would be. Of course, the human experience has all the negative habitual patterns and emotions that lead to these other states-- so the human experience may at times mirror these conditions to an extent. But as a human we have the perfect balance between suffering and pleasure-- not too much of either, so we are motivated to desire release from suffering-- nirvana or enlightenment -- and have the freedom and time to pursue a path towards that end. Because there is a greater potential to connect with Dharma or to reach liberation in a human embodiment, it is considered a more precious incarnation then the others. It is the fruit of very powerful postive karmic accumulation to be reborn as a human. Otherwise, there is no difference in the mindstreams among the various beings in the different realms. We ourselves have incarnated as many if not all of them over the course of countless aeons. That is why it is worse to kill a human, and why we need to make use of this precious opportunity while we can.
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Re: All Sentient Beings are equal?

Postby LastLegend » Fri Mar 25, 2011 10:38 am

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Re: All Sentient Beings are equal?

Postby Grigoris » Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:43 am

All have the same potential because all have Buddha Nature, but they do not all possess the same capacity/capability to fulfil this potential. So ultimately, or at the ultimate level, they are all the equal but at the relative level, due to differences in the capabilities they currently possess, they are different (or not equal).
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Re: All Sentient Beings are equal?

Postby Adamantine » Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:57 am

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Re: All Sentient Beings are equal?

Postby LastLegend » Fri Mar 25, 2011 3:34 pm

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―I come to the East to transmit this clear knowing mind without constructing any dharma―

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Re: All Sentient Beings are equal?

Postby Dexing » Fri Mar 25, 2011 3:53 pm

All sentient beings are equal in their being deluded and ignorant. That is why they perceive each other as inferior or superior.

Buddhas perceive all sentient beings as equal even to a Buddha, insofar as they possess the virtuous qualities for the Tathāgata. It is merely due to their habit of conceptualization and grasping that deluded sentient beings are ignorant of this and create all sorts of dualities and unnecessary suffering and difficulty.

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Re: All Sentient Beings are equal?

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Re: All Sentient Beings are equal?

Postby LastLegend » Fri Mar 25, 2011 4:11 pm

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Bodhidharma [my translation]
―I come to the East to transmit this clear knowing mind without constructing any dharma―


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