Other Animals in the Pali Canon

Paul Waldau

in The Specter of Speciesism

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780195145717
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834792 | DOI:

Series: AAR Academy Series

Other Animals in the Pali Canon

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A review of generalizations and specific references to nonhuman animals in the Pali canon, including the Jataka stories, the Dhammapada, the Vinaya, and each of the Nikayas. Reviews those portions of the ancient collection of Buddhist texts known as the Pali Canon. The vocabulary used in these texts, and especially the manner of reference to nonhuman animals, reveals (1) some important negative attitudes and (2) a persistent refusal to investigate.

Keywords: Buddhism; Dhammapada; generalizations; Jataka stories; negative attitudes; Nikaya; Pali canon; Vinaya; vocabulary

Chapter.  12098 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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