The Sutras support non-violence

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In the Mahaparinirvana Sutra, the Buddha says to the assembled monks, “If one sees that there is much meat, one must not accept such a meal. One must never take the meat itself. One who takes it infringes the rule.” This is very clear, and as another example, in the Brahma’s Net Sutra, he says, “ Disciples of the Buddha, should you willingly and knowingly eat flesh, you defile yourself.” These teachings are repeated strongly in many other sutras, including the Lankavatara Sutra and the Surangama Sutra, both of which are foundational Mahayana Buddhist scriptures. The cardinal precept in Buddhism is not to kill, and animals are always explicitly included in this injunction.

Prayer Circle for Today
Prayers for animals enslaved in entertainment and work, such as, zoos, circuses, rodeos, aquariums, theme parks, canned hunts, carriage rides, carrying of heavy burdens, and pulling of plows.

May compassion and love reign over all the earth for all the beings used in the human entertainment industry.

Dear animals forced to carry heavy loads, dolphins, whales, horses, bulls, elephants, bears, lambs, pigs, sea otters, fish, elks, deer, rhinos, hippos, alligators, snakes, polar bears, lions, tigers, gorillas, chimpanzees, and all of you who are incarcerated and/or forced to work under heavy loads when you want your freedom so much; who remember your parents being killed so that you could be captured; who are forced often with whips, chains, and electric prods to perform unnatural tricks; who are treated without respecting the dignity of your true nature.

Together, we bear witness to your suffering, take action to bring it to a permanent end, and send out our energy field of love and compassion to comfort you and to transform the hearts and souls of those who support the violent oppression of all of you.

Our love is all around you. Compassion encircles the earth for each of you and for all beings.

( 7 daily prayers by Judy Carman – our daily VegInspiration For The Day – our Prayer Circle For Animals Weekly Update – our Prayer Circle For Animals Facebook Group – our online self-paced WPD Facilitator Training – our WPD Facebook Group

Original watercolor painting by Madeleine Tuttle

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