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Does the Buddha like dogs?

The Buddha taught 'birth' with an 'animal' state of mind is a state of woe (beset by chronic suffering) or lower state of 'existence' (being). The Lokapala Sutta states that people who do not have ...
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"Lower rebirth" -- Are animals really "lower" than us?

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 ...
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"Lower rebirth" -- Are animals really "lower" than us?

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 ...
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Does the Buddha deny genetic differences?

MN 98 is about "jati" or "social identity". The Buddha says physical birth or "ancestry" is unrelated to jati; that the jatis are verbal designations assigned due to kamma (actions). For example, ...
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If a snake is eating a human infant in front of me what should I do?

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 ...
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I saw a cat killing a mouse. Could have stopped it, but didn't

"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 ...
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Does the Buddha like dogs?

Mata yatha niyam puttam Ayusa eka-putta-manu rakkhe Evampi sabba-bhutesu Manasam-bhavaye apari-manam Quoted from Karaniya Metta Sutta Here it's meaning. Even as a mother protects with her life ...
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Can we own a bird pet which will in a cage?

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 ...
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A pigeon settled on my balcony. What should I do?

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 ...
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A pigeon settled on my balcony. What should I do?

You cannot predict the future of the bird or take responsibility for it. Also, the bird may nest on your balcony temporary (for breeding) rather than permanently. If the bird does not harm you, then ...
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Killer Neighbors

The suttas say to teach Dhamma only to those who ask for it. Therefore, you are forbidden to preach Dhamma to your neighbour (unless he wishes you do). Etadaggaṃ peyyavajjānaṃ yadidaṃ atthikassa ...
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Does the Buddha deny genetic differences?

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 ...
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If a snake is eating a frog in front of me, what should I do?

Snake charmers would know how to apply pressure at the neck or head to subdue them without causing injury. But you can try hitting the ground next to the snake with a stick and try to scare it. If it ...
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If a snake is eating a frog in front of me, what should I do?

Don't hit snake, but better we understand it's the nature. We cannot get snakes to eat non-veg. We can't change the nature of the world. Animal world is described as one of 4 hells in Buddhism. Their ...
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Does the Buddha like dogs?

You tagged this question buddha-nature -- I'm not sure if that tag is relevant. There's a famous koan about a dog and "Buddha-nature" -- see Joshu's Dog -- which this question reminds me of. Maybe we'...
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I saw a cat killing a mouse. Could have stopped it, but didn't

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, ...
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Killer Neighbors

I empathize with you, having grown up around such people. My advice would be to show this neighbor the same love and compassion you feel towards the rabbits and others. You may think of him as just ...
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Does buying meat equate to approving of killing an animal?

First Theravada monk do not cook, they alms round, hence they do not purchase meat. They eat meat that was given and must qualified by not seeing killing, not hearing killing, not suspect killing is ...
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Are mosquito nets "cheating"?

What is the purpose of meditation. Quoting from What is the meditation and what is its purpose? Meditation is when the mind comes back home. When the mind comes back home it can sit by the fire and ...
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I saw a cat killing a mouse. Could have stopped it, but didn't

If one sees a judge passing death sentence to a criminal, can one stop it? One can only pray that both the judge and the criminal will not go to the lower realms, but one is not sure, and perhaps both ...
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I saw a cat killing a mouse. Could have stopped it, but didn't

Next time around, try to stop the cat from killing the mouse, and then give the cat some food to eat. That'd cover all grounds: saving the mouse's life without the expense of the cat going hungry.
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I saw a cat killing a mouse. Could have stopped it, but didn't

If you had small children (babies) in your home, would it be good karma to allow pests to accumulate in your home (like mice, rats, cockroaches, fleas, ticks, gadflies, etc) that might bite your ...
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Can We Teach Animals the Dhamma?

Of course animals can understand love and compassion. Most people who dont know this have not spent a lot of time with animals. I personally have watched horses and dogs help human beings awaken to ...
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If a snake is eating a frog in front of me, what should I do?

Samsara means we live in a world where things are as great as we'd like them and we are often faced with choices without a good alternative. (For a western contrived example, see the Trolly Problem) ...
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If a snake is eating a human infant in front of me what should I do?

Here are 2 stories from the Abhidhamma commentary. A farmer who, after having taken his precepts from a respected monk, went to look for his buffalo that had strayed into the forest. Along the ...
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