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Random thought

Cyan's picture

I was randomly reading through (this).

And I think that buddhism doesnt allow killing, rather, it allows the "perceived other self" to carry out acts which result in its inviability as a active component of the whole system of the earth.

That is to say.

There is a story in buddhism about a murderer in hell that a buddha walks close to and hears his cries from the hell (Thats actually at the bottom of a well, funnily enough, if i remember correctly) and Buddha creates a spider that spins a thread down the well and the murder starts to climb up.

The others start to climb too and the murder cuts the rope under him to stop them from climbing and at the same time the rope above him is cut.

I believe that is why in buddhism, Murder is not permitted, mostly because from a karmic view point it is impossible to do (who is this you that I believe I am killing/Who is this I that you believe you are killing)?

So. Buddhism says no to murder. HOWEVER i believe we should not be focused on buddhism, but "Bodhisattvaism..." Which readily accepts murder as a possibility. As it has more practical applications for difficult moral and cultural dillemas that need actual solutions, not pie in the sky solutions.

Dunno, felt like this might be of use to someoneone somewhere in some form and i hope it helps with what feels like a very difficult buddhism like transitory period based on the tone of the article. I feel that it is on to something interesting though so not commenting to criticize, commenting to point out that I believe for most Boddhi, Not Buddha ism might be a better alternative altogether?

How about a religion called Boddhi-ism? Where no one is intentionally aiming for Buddha status as that is inherantly impossible without all others acheiving it as well so all buddhahoods are always internal while all boddhi-hoods are always external, though thats only a random thought i might have.

If none of this makes sense, then just ignore everything! K thx, Bai!

And LL on your journey. Also some RNR and possibly some GNR =)


Eric's picture

We ARE taught that killing is wrong and that we shouldn't do it. And you're right. We step on bugs/insects all the time without knowing. If you unintentionally kill such as stepping on insects or killing bugs when you're driving, then that completely different. We shouldn't feel bad about something we can't control. And about killing in self defense. Buddhism is also taught about self preservation. If your life is threatened and there is NO way out of a deadly situation, then it is OKAY to terminate whatever threat is present.

I guess it's all about what you believe.

Animal Abuse

Vegan's picture

Oh come on. Buddhist are killers , because the fake dream filled Buddhist eat meat as long as someone murdered it. Besides the fact that the fake non existence Buddha historically more or less confessed to being a serial killer himself to 999 Knuckles while approaching him before 999 Knuckles killed his mother. saying he once too harmed life before his enlightenment, which gives me the impression he was refering to serial killing mixed with the murder of other animals.
Buddhist don't care if they step on animal insects, they probably go out of their way to do it to prove a point, which is really the point they are above everything through enlightenment, which is a fraud, and the world is their enlightened world, we are just living in it. Baby cows are dragged away from their mothers in the dark of eye sight crying, their mothers wail, the babies necks are broken, they slowly die crying to their moms, for a few hours before they die so humans can steal the milk, Buddhist sit down and delight themselves with a glass of milk, but they didn't break the neck. We evolve, we are all animals, the science is therethe Dna is there. There is nothing except proof. Buddhism is another foul excuse for ever eating.

The Serial Killer who becomes a Saint

Vegan's picture

It might astound many people, including many Buddhists, to learn that one of the arhats, or enlightened saints, was a serial killer. This killer was named Angulimala, whose name means “Finger Garland,” due to the garland composed of the finger bones of his 999 victims that he wore around his neck. According to the commentarial tradition, he was on the verge of killing his own mother when the Buddha intercepted him. The tradition also states that all of this was done at the behest of his spiritual teacher who had demanded a garland of 1,000 finger bones as payment for teachings that would enable him to be reborn in heaven. So this mass murderer was motivated by blind faith and religious fanaticism. In our day, he would doubtless have become a terrorist, perhaps even a suicide bomber. And yet Angulimala would become a saint, and even a performer of healing miracles after his encounter with the Buddha. How did this happen?

Buddhist may kill in fact...

Átila Firmino's picture

What you said it is not the truth, the five precepts are only the base of hinayana buddhist. However even in Theravan buddhist you can find justification to kill and violence.

In the texts of the Pali canon, the Buddha gave the recommendation of trying to use diplomacy, intimidation and then only after violence to resolve conflicts.

Mahayana texts claim that virtue is the practice of non-ignorance, non-attachment and non-hatred, and killing in a free state of negative emotions would not be in disharmony with the Mahayana teachings . Despite that commit taboos actions will probably create some obstacles for those who did not reach some level of accomplishment.

The difference of Vajrayana texts is that they consider that negative emotions can be used in the path, but only the self-attachment must be cut.

May be of interest mention some Taoist texts that consider a butcher as a example, by being able to kill in a state of wu wei: not action. A state in which the person would be in harmony with the great Dao and would be free of clinging, so common in people's actions.

You may search for Patrul Rinpoche's text 'Nine Consideration to Help Other', it justify killing and the break of the precepts in some situations, but it also says that a beginner should avoid to do any taboo actions.


But you see, the exception for each vow is in reality always a way to do some major good. This is Spinoza, opting for the minor evil in the face of a major evil is good.

However, there are LOTS of Lamas acting hypocritically and doing all sorts of minor or major evils or just conforming to their countries and not really helping others, even by example.

I've studied a little under a former Namkhai Norbu's sang-yum and she thinks she's enlightened and can teach by making sex with many of her students, but she's just acting compulsively (to make a long story short) and in a very egocentric way, using their students as fruits she eats and then throws the bagasse out and none of the students she did this were really benefited.

For a couple of years, she also liked to smoke crack stones with maryjuana and call this "wrathful offering", but was just acting out, because this never helped anybody, was just mumbo-jumbo on her part, because she was not really able to deal with disgust (I tested this myself).

So I kinda agree with Vegan: these exceptions seem just some excuse to indulge oneself. Veeery rarely you find someone able to really break a vow to do a major good through a minor or major evil...

Curious fact

Alipio's picture

I think it is curious to use the nazi as example, with this kind of ethics, it would be easy to excuse the nazi for persecution of the Jews, since every evil in this world have some dirty Jewish finger: from the atomic bomb to Monsanto, from the white sex slavery to organs traffic, from the Palestinian holocaust to 9/11 attacks.
Don't forget also Churchill and the British Empire attack and genocide of Tibet and India, the nazi were big friend of Tibet and India.
I just don't get why liberal try to be Buddhist, if Buddhism is against every liberal belief, like democracy and women empowerment. Even Machig Labdron affirmed the empowerment of women as a sign of degeneration.

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