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Treating Fleas?

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Treating Fleas?

Postby BobbyC » Sun Jul 18, 2010 6:29 pm

A friend of my posed a very good question today that I didn't have a ready answer for: How do Buddhists treat fleas?
I know we, naturally, wouldn't be able to kill them. But at the same time, it couldn't go untended. So what would be the correct method?

Many thanks guys,

Bob
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Re: Treating Fleas?

Postby cooran » Sun Jul 18, 2010 10:04 pm

Hello Bobby,

The thing to do is to prevent a flea infestation happening.

Lots of sites on the internet with good suggestions:

5 Solutions for Natural Flea Control
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-solu ... ntrol.html

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Re: Treating Fleas?

Postby salmon » Mon Jul 19, 2010 4:31 am

To make fleas and ticks jump off our dogs, we used to use this homeopathic concoction of diluted lemongrass. It doesn't kill them but makes them leave the host coz they hate the smell. Lemongrass is great for shoo-ing mozzies away too! And it's got a nice tangy frangrance :)
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Re: Treating Fleas?

Postby jcsuperstar » Mon Jul 19, 2010 4:40 am

when i was in Thailand i got some soup with some friends and they told me the reason lemongrass was in the soup is because it keeps the bugs away..
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Re: Treating Fleas?

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Re: Treating Fleas?

Postby Ben » Mon Jul 19, 2010 4:50 am

This thread is reminding me of a south park episode...

Anyone remember this one?
(Trailer only)


Watch the entire episode, the ending is very funny.
kind regards

Ben
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Treating Fleas?

Postby cooran » Mon Jul 19, 2010 5:20 am

---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---

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Re: Treating Fleas?

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Re: Treating Fleas?

Postby alan » Mon Jul 19, 2010 5:53 am

I offer my second Huzzah of the night.

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Re: Treating Fleas?

Postby cooran » Mon Jul 19, 2010 5:53 am

Hello tilt,

Thanks for explaining. I have to say I am quite shocked. How is this action any different from someone who does not know the Buddha's Teachings.

I live where homes frequently have mice, rats, snakes, possums, cockroaches. At least, mine does from time to time. All of them - all - can be excluded, repelled, caught in humane non-harming traps, or discouraged/prevented from entering the home.

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Re: Treating Fleas?

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Re: Treating Fleas?

Postby alan » Mon Jul 19, 2010 6:05 am

I haven't found any reasons in the suttas to believe we should not kill bugs.


Seems like a perfect opportunity to tell us all about why we should respect the lives of insects. But he didn't do it.

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Re: Treating Fleas?

Postby alan » Mon Jul 19, 2010 6:08 am

He used the occasion to teach heedfulness, not respect for bugs.

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Re: Treating Fleas?

Postby cooran » Mon Jul 19, 2010 6:13 am

---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---

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Re: Treating Fleas?

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Re: Treating Fleas?

Postby alan » Mon Jul 19, 2010 6:25 am

Hi Cooran
I'll have to respectfully disagree. The sutta is about the Buddha's response to seeing insects mindlessly flying into a light. If I'm interpreting it correctly, he is comparing those bugs to people who act in a heedless manner.
I don't think there is much to take from this sutta in regards to unintentional killing.

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Re: Treating Fleas?

Postby cooran » Mon Jul 19, 2010 6:29 am

---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---

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Re: Treating Fleas?

Postby alan » Mon Jul 19, 2010 6:35 am

Here's another translation.

Do we see the Buddha telling us how bad it is to kill insects? No.

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Re: Treating Fleas?

Postby cooran » Mon Jul 19, 2010 6:36 am

Hello BobbyC,

This thread may also be of interest to you:

About not kill any living being
viewtopic.php?f=24&t=4893

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Re: Treating Fleas?

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