STUDY ON BUDDHIST ATTITUDES ON ANIMAL LIBERATION WITH REFERENCE TO THE PALI CANONAuthors: Ven. Thittagalle Arunasiri
Buddhism consciously persuades beings to alleviation of defilements for the sake of all the creatures not only the human but all the animals. Nevertheless, Buddhism appreciates always unity of all living beings irrespective of designation. Considering on the animal liberation in Buddhism interestingly and significantly emphasize under the concept of loving-kindness (Mettā). Buddhism does not commend either harm to myself, or harm others and both. Predominately Buddhism declares expressively to loving and compassionate towards all the beings. The minimum code of ethics that Buddhist lay people follow the five precepts there first precept is abstention from killing living beings. Therefore, Buddhism has given equivalent places to all the beings without discrimination. Indeed, even the animal contribution to maintain the planet and so how unfairly deprive their rights as humans. Even though they are not able to thinking rationally like humans but animal have unique potential to keener sense of hearing and smelling. On the other hand some human qualities are manifested through the animal. Currently there is separately discussion about animal rights because humans dominated society and rests of other beings’ freedom are annihilated. Therefore, it is noteworthy to point out Buddhist expression to restoring animal rights and make sound atmosphere to survive of their life. Here is prompt to idea on Buddhist attitudes on animal liberation with reference to pali canon. Qualitative analysis is used.
Keywords: Animal liberation, Pali canon, Buddhism, loving kindness
How to Cite: Thittagalle Arunasiri,Ven, (2019). STUDY ON BUDDHIST ATTITUDES ON ANIMAL LIBERATION WITH REFERENCE TO THE PALI CANON.WILDLANKA, 7(3):Pages 112-116
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