So, I've been reading up a lot on Buddhism in the last few days, and I've come across something that I'm curious about. Maybe I would find the answer to this question in further reading, but I'm impatient and want to see if I can find an answer now. :)
One of the things I've read is that as a Buddhist, you're not supposed to harm any living creature. The things I've read indicate it's ANY living creature, even down to a (by comparison to other things) insignificant insect.
That seems pretty clear to me, but what isn't is - how are you supposed to accomplish this? I mean, I've seen where for Buddhists who still eat meat, that there's...well, not a loophole, per se, but there's allowances, I guess? But I'm thinking of, for example, cockroaches. I live in a rural area where they're common, and if I see one in my house, I kill it. I can't stand them, and I find them disgusting. As a Buddhist, would you just live with them in your house? Or would you look into some nonlethal way (which, btw, I've never found one) to eliminate them from your house?
Or another one that I thought of: wasps and things like that. For me, if I'm being stung, it's an automatic response to slap at whatever's doing it. So would you, as a Buddhist, just have to deal with it stinging you?
(I hope you won't think I'm trying to be disrespectful or making fun or anything like that. I'm being completely serious, wondering how you deal with these things if I'm reading it correctly and you're not supposed to harm ANY living creature. Maybe I'm just overthinking it, too.)
Answer by Mrs_Prissy at 8:21 PM on Jul. 31, 2013
Answer by Mrs_Prissy at 10:01 PM on Jul. 31, 2013
Answer by Lotusflower_21 at 6:24 PM on Aug. 4, 2013
Answer by lilangilyn at 5:25 PM on Aug. 6, 2013
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