Saturday, September 12, 2015

High Theft (Stop Stealing Food -- yes, you :)

What is more precious than your life, and what loss could be more extreme than the loss of your life? What treasures could possibly compensate that loss?

Life is the most precious thing you have, that any sentient being has. From it, all other things and experiences flow. Thereby, what theft could be more extreme than the theft of what is most precious, the theft of life, any life -- intentionally taking a being's life?

Exhibit A, Stop Stealing Food, the case (an incomplete work-in-progress) for theft-free meals:

The Brahmajāla Sutta -- All-embracing Net of Views (translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi)

SECTION II. THE ANALYSIS OF VIRTUE 1. The Short Section on Virtue (Cūḷasīla)

Having abandoned the destruction of life, the recluse Gotama [Buddha] abstains from the destruction of life. He has laid aside the rod and the sword, and dwells conscientious, full of kindness, compassionate for the welfare of all living beings.

Having abandoned taking what is not given, the recluse Gotama abstains from taking what is not given. Accepting and expecting only what is given, he dwells in honesty and rectitude of heart.

Photo of Andromeda Galaxy taken from

Maya Devi Temple, Birthplace of Siddhartha Gotama, later known by the title Buddha, in Lumbini, Nepal. The shrine erected over the birth site is named after Buddha's mother Maya Devi. She died within days of giving birth to Siddhartha.

#Buddha, #veg, #Lumbini, #PrinceOfPeace

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