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Buddhist Traditions

Lisa Kemmerer

in Animals and World Religions

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199790678
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919178 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790678.003.0004
Buddhist Traditions

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The third chapter explores animal friendly teachings and practices in Buddhist religious traditions through sacred texts and teachings including sacred nature, ahimsa, karuna, metta, bodhicitta and bodhisattvas, reincarnation and karma, anatta, oneness and interdependence, codependent arising, Buddha nature, interspecies kinship, and diet. Chapter 3 also examines the life of the Buddha, and the final section brings to light animal activism in Buddhist traditions through the life and edicts of King Ashoka, and by presenting the lives and work of contemporary activists, including the Vietnamese Zen Buddhist, Thich Nhat Hanh, and two animal liberationists, Phaik Kee Lim (Malaysia) and Norm Phelps (American Tibetan Buddhist).

Keywords: Buddhism; ahimsa; karuna; metta; bodhicitta; bodhisattvas; reincarnation; karma; anatta; oneness

Chapter.  16950 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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