I believe 'Buddha nature' is a mahayana Buddhism's creation. I have not found
original Buddhism literature mentioning the term. Some go as far as insisting
that even stone has Buddha nature. Let us limit ourselves to sentient beings
only who have Buddha nature. That means all animals, including roaches and
vermin. When a pond was filled with water to kill insects, the Buddha allowed
it, because the purpose was to clean the place, not to kill. By the same token,
if we eat meat bought from a supermarket, we create little bad karma, because
we don't do the killing. So animals are not created to be food. Therefore,
Jesus says, 'don't kill sacrifice animals. Use my blood, to donate to God.'
That is the highest ideal. It is best to be a vegetarian. If you cannot resist
eating delicious meat, try not to cause to kill, to avoid creating bad karma.
--- On Sat, 20/12/08, Karin Machado <tortiller...@yahoo.com> wrote:
From: Karin Machado <tortiller...@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [Zen] Ducks Have Buddha Nature?
Date: Saturday, 20 December, 2008, 9:54 PM
Are some animals created to be food and therefore have no Buddha Nature? Are
plants and insects without Buddha Nature because they are at the bottom of the
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