The roots of the Dharma are loving kindness and compassion. Do you have real love and compassion in you? How can anyone trained in compassion consume meat?
Look at the suffering is caused by eating meat! The consequences of our own acts will ripen on us, and there is nothing that the Buddhas of the three times can do about it.
Eating meat does not promote any virtues, and produces many faults: it is the source of the four hundred classes of disease, the eighty thousand obstacles, and the eighty four thousand afflicted emotions.
―Nyala Pema Dündul
Hahaha, the depraved…
Universal Instruction | Great Middle Way.
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Feb 12, 2015
The Buddha Shakyamuni gives this instruction in the Griha Vinaya (Rules for Householders, Dharmika Sutra, Kshudraka Agama):
Let him not destroy, or cause to be destroyed,
any life at all, or sanction the acts of those who do so.
Let him refrain even from hurting any sentient being,
both those that are strong and those that tremble in the world.
If we fail to understand the universality of this injunction, the Buddha clarifies (Kshudraka Agama):
Whether they be creatures of the land or air,
whoever harms here any sentient being,
who has no compassion for all that live,
let such a one be known as depraved.
“When you can let go of what is bothering you, joy and happiness will naturally re-surface. The really bad thing is reliving a bad event over and over; holding onto it without being able to let go. The issue is not that bad things have happened it’s whether or not we want to live and struggle with them or eventually let them go. That’s the key to meditation; dissolving and releasing trauma into the clear space of awareness.”
When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it’s bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless..
~ Pema Chödrön ~
“Dear Sangha Friends,
We get a sad news, it says that one of our great master, Thich Nhat Hanh, is passing away in Plum Village, with his disciples around him.They are calm and focused, and so should we be. His continuation is already here in his senior students, and we also are part of that continuation.
There will of course be official announcements as things unfold, and they will be passed on to you. But his passing out of this material manifestation is imminent.
The Sisters ask that you sit, peacefully for Thay, as they are doing, and send him your love. Also, that you might like to chant for him (you could do it along with the monks and nuns) this Avalokiteshvara Chant,
but to us, this day itself should be a very very mindful day in his honour, and because we know that is what would please him more than anything else.”
Awareness of impermanence and disgust with samsara
are the external preliminaries on the Noble Path.
They thoroughly dispel the preoccupation with ordinary life.
Compassion and ethical conduct are the special preliminaries.
They make advancement possible on the Great Vehicle of the Mahayana.
Therefore, at the beginning, cultivate these preliminaries.
Music to ease the suffering: