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The great compassion : Buddhism and animal rights

Author: Norm Phelps
Publisher: New York, NY : Lantern Books, 2004.
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"Buddhism ought to be an animal rights religion par excellence. It has long held that all life forms are sacred and considers kindness and compassion the highest virtues. Moreover, Buddhism explicitly includes animals in its moral universe. Buddhist rules of conduct -- including the first precept, "Do not kill"--Apply to our treatment of animals as well as to our treatment of other human beings. Consequently, we  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Norm Phelps
ISBN: 1590560698 9781590560693
OCLC Number: 54753379
Description: xx, 208 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. The Rosary of Death --
2. Life on the Farm --
3. Mother Beings --
4. Reason and Rights --
5. The Great Compassion --
6. Thus Have I Heard --
7. The Last Supper --
8. A Branch of Sorrow --
9. Precious Human Birth --
10. The Cabbage and the Cow --
11. More Mind Games --
12. The Western Seduction --
13. The Diamond Vehicle and the Dalai Lama --
14. The Rosary of Life.
Responsibility: Norm Phelps.

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"Buddhism ought to be an animal rights religion par excellence. It has long held that all life forms are sacred and considers kindness and compassion the highest virtues. Moreover, Buddhism explicitly includes animals in its moral universe. Buddhist rules of conduct -- including the first precept, "Do not kill"--Apply to our treatment of animals as well as to our treatment of other human beings. Consequently, we would expect Buddhism to oppose all forms of animal exploitation, and there is, in fact, wide agreement that most forms of animal exploitation are contrary to Buddhist teaching. Yet many Buddhists eat meat -- although many do not -- and monks, priests, and scholars sometimes defend meat-eating as consistent with Buddhist teaching. The Great Compassion studies the various strains of Buddhism and the sutras that command respect for all life. Norm Phelps, a longtime student of Buddhism and an acquaintance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, answers the central questions of whether Buddhism demands vegetarianism and whether the Buddha ate meat. He is not afraid to examine anti-animal statements in Buddhist lore, or anti-animal attitudes and practices in countries where Buddhism is relatively new and growing. With dedicated scholarship and deep empathy, Phelps shows how we can make Buddhist practice a blessing to all sentient beings while they remain here in samsara. Book jacket."--Jacket.

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