New PDF release: The Great Compassion: Buddhism and Animal Rights

By Norm Phelps

Buddhism should be an animal rights faith par excellence. It has lengthy held that every one lifestyles varieties are sacred and considers kindness and compassion the top virtues. additionally, Buddhism explicitly contains animals in its ethical universe. Buddhist principles of conduct—including the 1st principle, “Do no longer kill”—apply to our therapy of animals in addition to to our therapy of different human beings.

hence, we might count on Buddhism to oppose all different types of animal exploitation, and there's, in reality, extensive contract that almost all sorts of animal exploitation are opposite to Buddhist instructing. but many Buddhists consume meat―although many do not―and clergymen, monks, and students occasionally safeguard meat-eating as in keeping with Buddhist teaching.

The nice Compassion reports many of the lines of Buddhism and the sutras that command recognize for all lifestyles. Norm Phelps, an established pupil of Buddhism and an acquaintance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, solutions the valuable questions of no matter if Buddhism calls for vegetarianism and no matter if the Buddha ate meat. he's not afraid to ascertain anti-animal statements in Buddhist lore―particularly the problems of even if Buddhists in non-historically Buddhist international locations have to hold or to jettison the practices in their historic homelands.

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