9781590560693-1590560698-The Great Compassion: Buddhism and Animal Rights

The Great Compassion: Buddhism and Animal Rights

ISBN-13: 9781590560693
ISBN-10: 1590560698
Author: Phelps, Norm
Publication date: 2004
Publisher: Lantern Publishing & Media
Format: Paperback 240 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781590560693
ISBN-10: 1590560698
Author: Phelps, Norm
Publication date: 2004
Publisher: Lantern Publishing & Media
Format: Paperback 240 pages

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Acknowledged authors Phelps, Norm wrote The Great Compassion: Buddhism and Animal Rights comprising 240 pages back in 2004. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1590560698 and 9781590560693. Since then The Great Compassion: Buddhism and Animal Rights textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Buddhism ought to be an animal rights religion par excellence. It has long held that all life forms are sacred and considers kindness and compassion the highest virtues. Moreover, Buddhism explicitly includes animals in its moral universe. Buddhist rules of conduct―including the first precept, “Do not kill”―apply to our treatment of animals as well as to our treatment of other human beings.

Consequently, we would expect Buddhism to oppose all forms of animal exploitation, and there is, in fact, wide agreement that most forms of animal exploitation are contrary to Buddhist teaching. Yet many Buddhists eat meat―although many do not―and monks, priests, and scholars sometimes defend meat-eating as consistent with Buddhist teaching.

The Great Compassion studies the various strains of Buddhism and the sutras that command respect for all life. Norm Phelps, a longtime student of Buddhism and an acquaintance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, answers the central questions of whether Buddhism demands vegetarianism and whether the Buddha ate meat. He is not afraid to examine anti-animal statements in Buddhist lore―particularly the issues of whether Buddhists in non-historically Buddhist countries need to keep or to jettison the practices of their historical homelands.

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