Lower is not meant as a moral judgement nor a pejorative in this case. It is meant simply as a statement of the more dire predicament most animals are in compared to most humans. There certainly exist individual dogs, cats, horses, pigs, donkeys, monkeys, deer, sheep, cows, chickens, fish, birds, reptiles that are more compassionate and exhibit virtues ...
My knowledge in Buddhism is quite poor. IMO it is a greater sin to kill a larger animal than to kill a smaller animal but this cannot be the case always! Let me ask you a question. Which is easier, to kill an ant or to kill an elephant? Generally the effort and planning you have to go through to kill an elephant is much greater than to kill an ant. The ...
So can I still be a Buddhist, with these beliefs?
Yes of course.
Maybe don't over-idealise animals though, e.g. a real dog might chase and kill grass-hoppers or mice or anything else unless you stop it, fight with other dogs and so on unless it's properly trained.
So I think a human, who is kind and self-restrained and so on, is more admirable.
In short they get reborn as a human being sometime in the future and practice.
You could help by reading some dhamma(suttas) to your cat if you wish.
There is a precedence in a sutta where a frog was listening to a Buddha's discourse and got killed because someone accidentally impaled it with a walking stick. It was then reborn as a deva.
Here's an extract from an article by Ajahn Brahm, What the Buddha Said About Eating Meat,
Towards the end of the Buddha's life, his cousin Devadatta attempted to usurp the leadership of the Order of monks. In order to win support from other monks, Devadatta tried to be more strict than the Buddha and show Him up as indulgent. Devadatta proposed to the ...
Personally I would rather come back as an animal than a human. They seem more peaceful, humans are constantly thinking and doing and stressing about things.
Be very careful what you wish for. You forgot the fact that the nice peaceful life of those animals you're familiar with are only for the few domesticated pets while the overwhelming majority of animals ...
The most skillful way would be to ordain as a monk, foregoing the ownership of a house and not having to worry about it. Aside from that, the most you can probably hope to do is keep a clean house and don't let the conditions arise for them to come to you.
Here's a good video on this issue: Ask A Monk: Dealing With Pests
This video includes advice that ...
Are domesticated animals able to generate their own karma
Yes, they commit Kamma just like humans. But their range is limited compared to us. They are unable to commit highly potent good/bad Kamma except on rare occasions. Their minds are clouded by ignorance most of the time. So it's highly unlikely for them to commit a Triple Rooted Kamma required for a ...
In the animal Kingdom the following dominates
sexual desire - root: craving / hindrance: sensual desire
fear - root: aversion / hindrance: ill will, doubt
hunger - craving / sensual desire
sleep (many animals eat and sleep a lot) - ignorance / sloth and torpor
bonding (e.g. dog with owner) - craving
In addition animals do not have:
"Chethanaham Bikkhawe Kammam Wadami" - volition is Karma
Did you not prevent it because mice are usually an annoyance and 1 less mouse makes your life better? If so, it's bad Karma. Later you may make up an excuse like "not wanting to interfere with nature". But what matters is the intention at the time. If you were wishing for the mouse to escape, it is ...
Mata yatha niyam puttam
Ayusa eka-putta-manu rakkhe
Quoted from Karaniya Metta Sutta Here it's meaning.
Even as a mother protects with her life Her child, her only child,
So with a boundless heart Should one cherish all living beings;
Radiating kindness over the entire world: Spreading upwards ...
Just kill the snake and save the baby
Ok , this would be the reaction of a person who has no idea what Buddhism is . But , even if we know Buddhism to some extent, we would do the same . Because still our minds are not developed.
According to Buddhism
Basically all lives are equal , if a snake is eating a frog , there will be no reaction from a person ...
So may I know if it's allowed or not?
It's a Buddhist practice, in some countries, to buy caged birds (or sometimes other animals, like fish), in order to liberate them (i.e. to set them free, let them go).
I guess the purpose is to acquire merit, and that an idea behind it is that birds want their freedom.
An "unintended consequence" (of buying birds) is ...
There is a non-offence clause under the precept against theft for monks that seems to suggest the goodness of it:
tena kho pana samayena aññataro bhikkhu pāse bandhaṃ sūkaraṃ kāruññena muñci. tassa kukkuccaṃ ahosi … pe … “kiṃcitto tvaṃ, bhikkhū”ti? “kāruññādhippāyo ahaṃ, bhagavā”ti. “anāpatti, bhikkhu, kāruññādhippāyassā”ti.
And again there was that time ...
There's a Jakarta story of a previous incarnation of the Buddha giving his body to a hungry tigress. The reason for that act was to prevent the tigress eating her cubs, which would have damaged her sila.
Therefore, I will kill my miserable body by casting it down into the precipice, and with my corpse I shall preserve the tigress from killing her young ...
I am new to this website, and have little training, but wish to be helpful. I have been in a position, several times, in my life, where I wished to help an animal, but didn't know what action would be most helpful. My advice would be to let the pigeon do what it thinks best. It surely knows more about pigeon life than you do. If you drive it away, it may try ...
That translation you quote is not very clear.
What it actually says is, animals are classified by their inborn characteristics, what modern science calls "phenotype". While humans are not classified like this - their iherited qualities such as hair color, eye color etc. are not useful for separating humans into classes. Instead, humans are classified by ...
The Vanijja Sutta is the standard definition of "wrong livelihood" and is, as you saw, not specific. It says, in its entirety (at least in this translation),
"Monks, a lay follower should not engage in five types of business. Which five? Business in weapons, business in human beings, business in meat, business in intoxicants, and business in ...
Killing for any reason is a serious offence for both monks and lay people.
Monks can't cure or cook food. They are allowed only to reheat already cooked food. They are not allowed to eat uncooked flesh or fish.
According to Buddhism there 31 planes of existance out of one which is the animal kingdom.
Your next birth is decided by the last thought moment where you remeber a recent or grave act of Karma which you have performed. So what decides or separates us from animals the Karma which decided our birth.
An image (a painting) of the Buddha with many animals is the subject of the children's story, The Cat Who Went to Heaven.
Some of the animal vignettes in this are each taken from a traditional story (e.g. Buddha and swan, and e.g. Buddha and Banyan deer).
The painting is of the following scene:
When he was eighty, he knew he was near
death, and he saw ...
In the Jataka tales (Similar to Aseop's Fables ) there are many stories about the Buddha's various past lives. These are tales for children and normally come with a moral.
There are a ton of them, and they normally end with the animal the Buddha is reborn as helping out in someway that is aligned with the teachings.
You can see a few of them summarized ...
Ignorance is the cause of birth and death. Birth and death comes from craving. Craving comes from desire. Desire comes from wanting pleasure. Pleasure comes from avoiding suffering.
When a being comes to this plane, it comes because it's ignorant of who it is. That being starts to learn. While learning, it does many mistakes. It invents birth. It invents ...
In Chinese/Mahayana Buddhism, not only is it possible, but under the Brahma Net Sutra precepts, you are obliged to teach the dharma to all sentient beings including animals.
In that cosmology, hearing the dharma today creates the karma and merit that will bear positive fruit in future lives.
Failure to Teach Sentient Beings
A disciple of the ...
IMO there's a similar concern with people: outside my house I see people raising farm animals, in order to kill them for food. What should I do about that? Try to chase the people away?
I think, probably not, even if only because I think that's likely to be ineffective (i.e. that kind of tactic on my part wouldn't stop people from killing).
I suppose that ...