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Killer Neighbors

Namo Buddhaya! My neighbor is a hardcore Christian & is a very nice man, the only thing is that he goes outside every once & a while with a water gun & kills insects (and even shoots ...
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The Animal Plane & Evolution?

(Please Theravada perspective if possible) NAMO TASSA BAGAVATO ARAHANTO SAMMA-SAMBUDDHASA (I am not fluent, forgive errors) These are my following questions: Do animals feel emotions just like ...
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“Lower rebirth” — Are animals really “lower” than us?

I love most aspects of Buddhism but I can't agree that animals have a "lower" rebirth than us. Dogs for example sometimes have enormous love and compassion for their owners, even if they are being ...
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I like pigeons, And I like to make homing pigeon for my house, is it good act or bad?

actually I love any kind of animal, I had some birds like Nightingale, White-eared bulbul and so many others, even snake mouse and so..., That time I was child, some one said, you not love them, they ...
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Can we own a bird pet which will in a cage?

My cousin asked me to get one for her but I said : "Sorry, It's not allowed in Buddhism and we should care for them not in a cage even if cage were made of gold and must set them free and liberate ...
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Killing neighbours dog

Hi may I know what is the karma of killing a dog please? My neighbours dog starts barking from 5am daily and I don't get enough sleep. I am so tired at work and cannot focus. I've tried ...
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Which consciousness/es are involved in meta-congnition (thinking about thinking)?

Which consciousness/es are involved in meta-congnition (thinking about thinking)? And can the skandhas exist without them? I'm asking because I'm interested in whether animals without metacognition ...
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If a snake is eating a human infant in front of me what should I do?

What is the difference if the snake was eating a frog or a human? What do Buddhist scriptures say about this?
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If a snake is eating a frog in front of me, what should I do?

I always wondered what should I do according to buddhism in a situation like that. Obviously I have two options. Hit the snake and save the frogs' life. Just keep watching without doing anything. ...
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Does the Buddha like dogs?

I am not a buddhist but I have a friend who is. He dislikes dogs and I have questioned him as to whether he is a true Buddhist. I believe that the Buddha is peaceful and nature loving, and so would ...
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A pigeon settled on my balcony. What should I do?

A pigeon is going to build a nest on my balcony. I tried to make it fly away but it comes back. I rent this flat and not sure if I'll stay there till winter. I mean if another person rents the flat he'...
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I saw a cat killing a mouse. Could have stopped it, but didn't

I saw a cat chasing a mouse outside of my house and kill it. I could have chased the cat away and saved the mouse's life but I just watched and didn't do anything. Not that I was enjoying what I saw ...
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Do domesticated animals have control over their karma?

Are domesticated animals able to generate their own karma, or is it down to their masters to ensure that they are set on the right path? I am talking particularly in regards to Pets, here. My dog, ...
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Killing a bigger animal causes more bad karma than killing a smaller animal?

I know that killing virtuous beings is a grave bad karma. But when it comes animals, virtue is irrelevant. I have heard from monks that bigger the animal greater the sin it is to kill it. How is that ...
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Ajahn Brahm stated that he ate snakes and frogs during his training, does this mean that it is acceptable to kill animals?

It is famous solution to eat meat only if it is offered by somebody and when the animal was not killed specifically for the person receiving it. Amongst the many videos of Ajahn Brahm on his youtube ...
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According to Buddhism, what separates humans from animals?

Philosophers throughout history have been trying to pin down what it exactly means to be human - what it is that separates humans from (other) animals. Some have voted for our ability to make ...
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When did the Buddha get surrounded by lots of animals?

I remember an image of the Buddha being surrounded by animals. I think the story is that they all flocked around after his enlightenment though I could be wrong. Does anyone know what the story is ...
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Is shellfish aquaculture considered a wrong livelihood?

I am currently employed on an aquaculture farm that specializes in clams and oysters. According to our modern system of taxonomy, both of these organisms are considered animals. I also know that a ...
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How would an animal ever accumulate enough merit to warrant rebirth as a human?

i have only a basic knowledge of Buddhist thought but have hit a problem that i have not been able to locate an answer to. so any pointers would be appreciated... everything i read suggests that to ...
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What is the attitude of Buddhists to “repulsive animals”?

I recently started watching a documentary about Buddhism and animals and am curious to understand how the relationship extends to often what we as humans consider "repulsive" e.g. rodents, cockroaches,...
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How do animals attain enlightenment?

The Wikipedia article on animals in Buddhism states that animals have Buddha nature, and therefore have potential for enlightenment. I do not dispute this as I sit here petting my cat, but wonder - ...
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Does Theravada Buddhism encourages animal release?

Does Theravada Buddhism encourages animal release? Would it be conflicting if one is under the branch Theravada Buddhism but perform animal release?
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Right Livelihood and Veterinarians

I went to the vet last weekend and it got me thinking- veterinarians often kill animals in order to relieve suffering; would this form of killing be considered to violate the first precept, even ...
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Does breeding dogs fall under right livelihood?

Does breeding and selling dogs fit into right livelihood provided that you make a concerted effort to make sure the animals find homes with responsible owners? Edit: Thanks for the answers so far. I ...
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Can We Teach Animals the Dhamma?

I have a dog that i love very much.I don't feel like his a dog.I have a lot of respect for him.And treat him like an old friend.As he is old now.I heard somewhere that animals who hear the Dharma can ...