Insects in Buddhism

Jan Filipsky filipsky at SITE.CAS.CZ
Fri Nov 8 12:44:31 UTC 2002

Dear Netters,

a colleague of mine, who is not a member of Indology, has approached me

with a query regarding the approach of Buddhism towards insects, vermin

- 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

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or killing "noxious" insects such as wasps or hornets

endangering human life, or farmers inadvertently killing dew-worms.

Are there any specific textual references to insects you may be aware

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

phone ++420 /266 053 729

home: U Pentlovky 466/7, 181 00 Praha 8

phone ++420 /233 557 453

cellular ++420 603 118 432
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