Insects in Buddhism

Jan E.M. Houben j_e_m_houben at YAHOO.COM
Tue Nov 26 21:17:20 UTC 2002

In additions to J.Kirk's and Matthew Kapstein's
responses one could refer to LAMBERT
SCHMITHAUSEN, 1997 Maitri and Magic - Aspects of
the Buddhist Attitude Toward the Dangerous in
Nature, Publikationen zur Buddhismuskunde im
Verlag der Akademie, Vienna. It deals with the
Buddhist attitude -- basically maitrii -- to
dangerous and obnoxious animals (including but
not limited to insects).
Jan Houben

--- jkirk <jkirk at SPRO.NET> wrote:
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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
> hornets
> > 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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