Insects in Buddhism

jkirk jkirk at SPRO.NET
Fri Nov 8 15:28:38 UTC 2002

Dear Jan,
Suggest that your friend apply to the academic Buddhism list known as
Since he doesn't subscribe, he could send a query to the main moderator,
Prof Richard Hayes, asking if Hayes could put his query on the list. He
would need to supply an email address so people could reply to him off list,
unless he wants to sub.
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Joanna Kirkpatrick
 a query regarding the approach of Buddhism towards insects, vermin etc.
> - apart from, and in addition to the general notion of "abandonment of
harm to sentient beings". He has in mind such instances as using
insecticides against vermin
> destroying people's crops or killing "noxious" insects such as wasps or
> endangering human life, or farmers inadvertently killing dew-worms.
> Are there any specific textual references to insects you may be aware of?
> In appreciation of your metta and karuna,
> Jan Filipsky
> Jan Filipsky, PhD.
> Oriental Institute
> Pod vodarenskou vezi 4, 182 08 Praha 8
> The Czech Republic

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