Killing Insects and Buddhism

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Killing Insects and Buddhism

Postby ananda » Thu Oct 13, 2011 1:37 am

Since insects are ignorant of morality and we humans are the higher form of life then shouldn't we practice ahimsa towards even household flies and pests despite the problems they create for us ?
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Re: Killing Insects and Buddhism

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Re: Killing Insects and Buddhism

Postby ananda » Thu Oct 13, 2011 3:31 am

Agreed
I'm wondering if there are any that are Buddhist that would present a view consenting to the injury of insects and how such a view would be justified
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Re: Killing Insects and Buddhism

Postby Malcolm » Thu Oct 13, 2011 4:49 pm





འ༔ ཨ༔ ཧ༔ ཤ༔ ས༔ མ༔


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Human life spent in
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Re: Killing Insects and Buddhism

Postby edearl » Thu Oct 13, 2011 5:33 pm

HHDL: "My confidence in venturing into science lies in my basic belief that as in science so in Buddhism, understanding the nature of reality is pursued by means of critical investigation: if scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of science and abandon those claims."

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Re: Killing Insects and Buddhism

Postby swampflower » Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:43 pm

I sometimes let mosquitoes take my blood however I draw the line with ticks :yinyang:
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Re: Killing Insects and Buddhism

Postby cooran » Fri Oct 14, 2011 10:08 am

Hello all,

What are the karmic results of deliberately killing insects?

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Re: Killing Insects and Buddhism

Postby edearl » Fri Oct 14, 2011 1:02 pm

HHDL: "My confidence in venturing into science lies in my basic belief that as in science so in Buddhism, understanding the nature of reality is pursued by means of critical investigation: if scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of science and abandon those claims."

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Re: Killing Insects and Buddhism

Postby edearl » Fri Oct 14, 2011 1:03 pm

HHDL: "My confidence in venturing into science lies in my basic belief that as in science so in Buddhism, understanding the nature of reality is pursued by means of critical investigation: if scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of science and abandon those claims."

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Re: Killing Insects and Buddhism

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Re: Killing Insects and Buddhism

Postby Epistemes » Fri Oct 14, 2011 3:17 pm

Wouldn't the intention of killing anything have a lot to with the karmic effect of killing it? It's not the action of killing as it is the "action" lying behind or underneath the killing.

Pests that destroy one's home or food supply must be dispensed with, though it doesn't mean one should relish the killing. I think there's a big difference between slapping gnats because of the annoyance and exterminating cockroaches because of the possibility of disease.

I would also caution the person above who allows mosquitoes to draw their blood since mosquitoes can carry disease no less than ticks.
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Re: Killing Insects and Buddhism

Postby LastLegend » Fri Oct 14, 2011 7:11 pm

The more you kill them, the more they will reproduce. Your best bet is to recite them a mantra and dedicate merits to them and wish them to leave. No, they cannot speak. But does not mean they cannot experience.
NAMO AMITABHA
NAM MO A DI DA PHAT (VIETNAMESE)
NAMO AMITUOFO (CHINESE)

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

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Re: Killing Insects and Buddhism

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Re: Killing Insects and Buddhism

Postby edearl » Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:29 pm

HHDL: "My confidence in venturing into science lies in my basic belief that as in science so in Buddhism, understanding the nature of reality is pursued by means of critical investigation: if scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of science and abandon those claims."

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Re: Killing Insects and Buddhism

Postby Rakz » Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:33 pm

In that case, you shouldn't worry about it then. :smile:

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