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My job requires me to shuck oysters

According to the Bhikkhu Patimokkha (quoted below), which are rules for monks, killing a human is grounds for immediate and irreversible dismissal from the monastic order (parajika). However, ...
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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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My job requires me to shuck oysters

Tell it your boss, simply "I observe the precept of not killing, not to encourage others and not to approve. It would be good if my person could take on tasks which do not involve such.", and simply ...
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Killing a Animal to prevent painful of that Animal.Is it consider as a bad thing for me according to buddhism?

Even mercy killing is considered bad and also breaks the precepts. The dog is going through its pain due to karma. Say you kill it and goes to a worst hellish state by killing it you are putting to a ...
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Can a Buddhist use antibacterial soap?

There istance a monk with psychic ability looked into the water and saw there were microbes and asked the Buddha if drinking will harm them. Buddha said don't look and drink. One intention of ...
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Does the first precept require me to check the shower for bugs and make sure to remove all of the bugs before using it?

I recently noticed that perhaps fewer than 10 bugs seem to be in my shower. The reason many bugs show up in one place is usually due to that place having "things" that attract them, whether it's ...
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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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Can a Buddhist use antibacterial soap?

In Mahayana, the key distinction is sentient beings vs non-sentient beings. So plants and bacteria would be non-sentient beings and there would not be a violation of the first precept. And eating ...
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Eating meat and buying meat

Buddhist ethics is the basis to develop wisdom and mastery over the mind. If there are no unwholesome Karmic results you cannot collect your mind to develop concentration as wholesome results give ...
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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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Why are plants not sentient beings?

Can it be immoral to kill a plant? It's contrary to the Vinaya for monks -- I don't know whether you consider that as implying that it's "immoral". DESTROYING VEGETATION The common belief ...
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Unintentionally killing insects when playing sports and running

Formally the Vinaya, or Buddhist monastic law, states this about killing: pli-tv-bu-vb-pc61There is no offence if it is unintentional; if (he is) not thinking; if he does not know; if he is not ...
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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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Mercy killing (not assisted suicide) and the ramifications of the karmic action

A parable I heard recently (somewhere on this site, perhaps..?): Two monks walking in the woods ran across a deer lying on the ground, pierced by an arrow. They stood there, listening to the labored ...
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Eating meat and buying meat

If the lay person orders an animal to be killed, he breaks the first precept. Simply buying meat that is available in the market does not break the precept no matter who profits from it. Following ...
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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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Is killing vermin and insects justifiable?

As a practicing Buddhist, I would say, no, it is not. Part of the problem is that great thought has been put into methods of killing, but relatively little thought has been put into alternatives to ...
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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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Are there any exceptions to the first precept?

Wanting to help the bee is good Karma as it is caused by compassion. Having great sadness is bad Karma as it is caused by aversion. Thinking that killing is ok is bad Karma as it is a wrong view ...
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Killing a Animal to prevent painful of that Animal.Is it consider as a bad thing for me according to buddhism?

Some verses from the Dhammapada; All tremble at violence; all fear death. Putting oneself in the place of another, one should not kill nor cause another to kill. All tremble at violence; life is ...
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Eating meat and buying meat

The argument of demand and supply is not a valid one. On this planet, a great number of human beings (Two thousand per day according to a newspaper report) and countless animals are killed by motor ...
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My job requires me to shuck oysters

Since you're not necessarily a Buddhist, I'll try to answer from a more vegan point of view although I'm not a vegan. You can only come to terms with this by telling your boss your beliefs and ...
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