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Lisa Kemmerer

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199790678

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790678.001.0001

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Buddhist Traditions

Buddhist Traditions

(p.91) 3 Buddhist Traditions
Animals and World Religions

Lisa Kemmerer

Oxford University Press

The third chapter explores animal friendly teachings and practices in Buddhist religious traditions through sacred texts and teachings including sacred nature, ahimsa, karuna, metta, bodhicitta and bodhisattvas, reincarnation and karma, anatta, oneness and interdependence, codependent arising, Buddha nature, interspecies kinship, and diet. Chapter 3 also examines the life of the Buddha, and the final section brings to light animal activism in Buddhist traditions through the life and edicts of King Ashoka, and by presenting the lives and work of contemporary activists, including the Vietnamese Zen Buddhist, Thich Nhat Hanh, and two animal liberationists, Phaik Kee Lim (Malaysia) and Norm Phelps (American Tibetan Buddhist).

Keywords:   Buddhism, ahimsa, karuna, metta, bodhicitta, bodhisattvas, reincarnation, karma, anatta, oneness

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