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As one first starts learning about Buddhism, they will learn that the most fundamental guideline of living a meaningful life is to follow the 5 precepts. Fortunately you don’t have to go too deep into these precepts before you come across the first precept of ahimsa, which is the prohibition against the bringing of harm and/or death to any living being.
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By reading some of the jatakas, we learn that in a few of Siddhartha Gautama’s previous lives, animals are frequently involved as either insignificant or main characters, and it is not uncommon for the Bodhisattva to appear as an animal as well. In one former life he was reborn as a Deer-king and offered to substitute his own life for that of a pregnant doe who was about to give birth. In another previous lifetime, the Buddha sacrificed his own human life to feed a starving tiger and her two cubs who happened to be trapped in snow. He reasoned that it would be better to save three lives than to merely preserve his own. Because of stories like this, it is said that an arahant would rather die than intentionally kill an insect.
This concept of protecting life has been the basis of many lessons/fables written by monks and teachers. One story that was translated and told by Dharmamitra spoke of a son that grew up in a family of butchers, and was thus expected to carry out the family trade. After refusing to slaughter an animal, his parents locked him in a room with a sheep and a knife, and told him that he would not be let out until he killed the sheep. Knowing that if he killed the sheep he would be forced into a lifetime of murder, he chose another route. When his parents returned, they saw that the sheep was still alive, but the son had turned the knife on himself. “At that time, when he killed himself, he was born in the heavens. If one is like this, then this amounts to not sparing [even one’s own] life in safeguarding [the integrity of] the pure precepts.” Stories such as this reflect the compassion and protection of animals in Thailand.
Although not all Buddhist countries are as compassionate and tolerant of booming animal populations such as dogs or monkeys in their cities (i.e. when there becomes a problem in Vietnam, they kill and eat the dogs), there are still many other ways in which these countries practice compassion towards animals. It would be thought that vegetarianism would be very prevalent in Buddhist culture, however that is not the case for most Buddhists, including monks. The eating of meat is not explicitly prohibited in the Sutras and Vinaya of the Pali Canon, which actually encourage monks to accept whatever food they are given, however they are forbidden from accepting animal flesh if they know, believe or suspect that the animal was killed especially for them. Although this practice isn’t popular among monks in Theravada or Tibetan Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism and countries whose Buddhism originally came from China, such as Vietnam, Japan, and Korea, are more into vegetarianism (sounds retarded). The reason for this is that it is strictly forbidden in the Mahayana Lankavatara Sutra. Besides vegetarianism, there are also a few ceremonies and practices that many Buddhists are involved with to show their respect for nature.
The Rite of Liberating Living Beings “is a Buddhist practice of rescuing animals, birds, fish and so forth that are destined for slaughter or that are permanently caged. They are released to a new physical and spiritual life.” This is practiced on a daily basis, and can be seen near many ports or bridges near most rivers . The concept is you buy an eel, turtle, fish, etc., and you release it into the river and it is similar saving the life of another human being. Since Buddhism believes in reincarnation, and that we are all somehow related to one another, by saving a fish or a bird, it is similar to saving the life of one of our mothers in the past. This is another reason why monks and Buddhists treat all animals with respect and compassion.
Animal sanctuaries and hospitals are yet another form of making sure animals are being taken care of. Buddhists were in fact the first group to build hospitals for the care of sick and injured animals. In fact, the reason why there are so many animals living in and around temples and monasteries is because people often drop off their sick or unwanted pets there, because they know they will be taken care of. Tourists sometimes object to the presence of the animals, thinking they are unbecoming the spiritual surroundings, however the old priests welcome and enjoy the company of these little creatures who are drawn to these temples. There have been many animal sanctuaries created in Thailand, Nepal, China, and Japan run by Buddhist monks for the overabundance of these pets. I had the opportunity to visit one of these sanctuaries during my short time here in Thailand. Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua is located in Kanchanaburi, but is mainly known as the Tiger Temple to most of the world. This sanctuary was donated in 1994 to Phra Rachayanwisuddhisophon, a well respected monk, by Her Majesty the Queen in order to build a forest monastery. Soon they rescued a foul, and a couple days later an injured boar stumbled up to this monastery. After it had been healed it went back into the wild, until it returned two days later followed by a group of about 10 animals. It wasn’t until 1999 that a very sick and injured baby tiger cub was left at the temple to be cared for. Before they knew it, all types of animals had stumbled upon or been dropped off and treated at this sanctuary, ranging from boar, to peacocks, to horses, water buffalo, dogs, deer, and they now have 13 tigers. All of these animals live in peace with each other as well as the monks that live there, and it was remarkable to see how unafraid of humans these animals were. Apparently through East Asia there are many of these types of sanctuaries in which these abandoned animals all live in harmony due to the gentle treatment and care they have received from these monks.
Although Buddhism does a lot to help save and protect these animals, it is also the root reason that there are so many miserable, dying, and dangerous animals in Thailand. In most developed countries you don’t see many dogs, let alone disease ridden, limping, and skiddish dogs, while just walking down any random street. Although most of these dogs keep to themselves, there is also a large number of dog attacks each year due to abuse and skiddishness caused by motorists who often don’t even slow up if a dog is in their way. Sompop Chatraporn, the city's veterinary public health director, reported that “According to his research, 28,000 people in Bangkok got rabies shots in 2001, the latest year for which figures are available. Many people, he concedes, ask for a shot after simply being licked by a particularly mangy dog, however "We can't tell how many have been bitten and who was licked."” Not only have dogs been a problem, but recently there has been a growing population of monkeys around urban cities as well. In Lopburi alone, there are hundreds of attacks each year by these diseased monkeys as well. There is even a story about how a monkey ripped off a boy’s testicle when he had dropped a peanut. Because of the Buddhist view, the street dog and monkey populations is out of control and there isn’t much that is being done to control this growing population.
The fact that these animal populations and varieties of animals is present in Thailand is what makes Thailand such an interesting and amazing place. You never know what you are going to see each day, and the fact that these animals coexist with people on an everyday basis is really a remarkable thing. In America, when many people see just one dog walking down the street, they are often scared of these animals and hide because of all the reports of dog attacks due to the huge problem of animal abuse and neglect these dogs are often subject to. Buddhism is such a great religion because of the overall compassion of not only animals, but human life as well. If only the rest of the world shared these beliefs, there would probably be much less violence and hostility among the world today.
Buddhism and Animals
In Buddhist Bangkok, Even Stray Dogs Have Their Day
By CRIS PRYSTAY
Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
March 24, 2004; Page A1
On Stopping Killing!
An Essay By
Great Master Lianchi Zhuhung 1535-1615
Provisional Translation By Bhikshu Heng Sure
In Collaboration with
The Buddhist Text Translation Society, June, 1991
THE FIRST PRECEPT: REVERENCE FOR LIFE
by Thich Nhat Hanh
"Buddhism and Vegetarianism" by Eijo http://www18.ocn.ne.jp/~shingon/Buddhism_Vegetarianism.htm