The Great Compassion: Buddhism and Animal Rights by Norm Phelps

By Norm Phelps

Buddhism should be an animal rights faith par excellence. It has lengthy held that each one existence types are sacred and considers kindness and compassion the top virtues. furthermore, Buddhism explicitly comprises animals in its ethical universe. Buddhist principles of conduct—including the 1st principle, “Do now not kill”—apply to our therapy of animals in addition to to our therapy of different human beings.

therefore, we'd count on Buddhism to oppose all varieties of animal exploitation, and there's, in reality, broad contract that almost all types of animal exploitation are opposite to Buddhist instructing. but many Buddhists consume meat―although many do not―and priests, monks, and students occasionally guard meat-eating as in keeping with Buddhist teaching.

The nice Compassion reviews many of the traces of Buddhism and the sutras that command appreciate for all existence. Norm Phelps, an established scholar of Buddhism and an acquaintance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, solutions the vital questions of even if Buddhism calls for vegetarianism and no matter if the Buddha ate meat. he's not afraid to check anti-animal statements in Buddhist lore―particularly the problems of no matter if Buddhists in non-historically Buddhist nations have to retain or to jettison the practices in their old homelands.

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