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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 meaning death; if he is mad, if he is the first wrong-doer. In particular, notice that ignoring the knowledge that there are living creatures on sports grounds is ...


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Of course, if you are observing the first precept, you must not intentionally kill those insects on your jogging path i.e. if you see them while jogging, you should avoid them. On the other hand, on a regular jogging track that many people use, you would find that insects and other animals would start to avoid this path and find other routes. If you ...


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I am sure when he first said it he just meant we shouldn't go around killing each other. Over the years it has come to mean an ants life is worth the same as a humans. Both are valid depending on your point of view. It is just some words. Interpret it how you wish.


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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 smell, shed skin cells (as their food source), humidity (their suitable dwelling environment), etc. So, instead of doing it the hard way, try tackling the issue at ...


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The intention is important as outlined in the story below. The Story of Thera Cakkhupala While residing at the Jetavana monastery in Savatthi, the Buddha uttered Verse (1) of this book, with reference to Cakkhupala, a blind thera.On one occasion, Thera Cakkhupala came to pay homage to the Buddha at the Jetavana monastery. One night, while pacing ...


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If you go to exercise your legs or do walking meditation in the open air you are likely to step on some beings. It can be unintentionally caused by not looking where you put your feet or due to an inability to see. If it was due to carelessness, then that carelessness is blameworthy much like drunk-driving ie. If one is lost in unwholesome thought and ...


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Go and see a doctor. No amount of pondering or meditation will help you if you are very sick/dead.


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