Why eat and drink to kill
Our Confucius put the greatest emphasis on forgiveness when he said, 'Do not do unto others what you do not desire.' The Buddha said in the Sutra of the Four Undesirable Pure Achievements: 'If there is someone who wishes to kill me, and I do not like it, and if I do not like it, and he does the same, how can I kill him? Having made this realisation, I take the precept of not killing.' In the Ten Good Deeds Sutra, the Buddha says that there are ten benefits to not killing: Firstly, one is to be fearless in all sentient beings. The second is to always have great compassion for all sentient beings. The third is to break all habits of anger forever. The fourth is always free from disease. The fifth has a long life. Sixthly, he is always guarded by non-human beings. The seventh is free from bad dreams and sleeps happily. The eighth is free from all grievances. The ninth has no fear of evil. The tenth is born in heaven at the end of one's life.
The lowest purpose of food is to feed the stomach, the highest purpose is to please the palate, and there are millions of miles between feeding the stomach and pleasing the palate. But our sense of taste is only ten centimetres from the mouth to the throat, after which we can feel nothing. How can we bear to kill so many living creatures for the sake of these ten centimetres of sensation? People in society slaughter large quantities of fish, prawns, chickens and ducks for weddings and birthday celebrations.
Is it logical to kill so many of them to celebrate the happiness of the newlyweds or to celebrate the long and healthy life of 'me'? In recent years, elections have become commonplace in Taiwan, and candidates are often invited to hundreds or even thousands of tables. In order to regulate the price of eggs and pigs, tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of chicks are burned and pigs buried at a time. It is terrible! Isn't the accumulation of this killing karma and the summoning of grievances already manifesting itself in our society?
What we should not kill in particular is the cow that has worked so hard for us all our lives, the dog that is the faithful friend of mankind, the cow that has worked for us all our lives, how can we bear to sleep on its skin and eat its flesh when it is dying? There are countless stories in books and newspapers of loyal dogs saving their masters - in the recent news, an American wife had a heart attack and her dog would dial for help, saving her life. How can we bear to kill and eat such creatures as these, who have such a close relationship with humans? In a Buddhist magazine, it was reported that a retired veteran, who loved dog meat all his life, had killed more dogs than he could count, but the writer, in the winter of the 55th year of the Republic of China, saw with his own eyes five newly weaned puppies in his neighbourhood and threw them into a pot of boiling water. A year or so later, this old honourable man was working as a temporary worker in a firecracker factory when the factory exploded and caught fire, burning his whole body and peeling off his skin like a scalded puppy, crying out in pain like a barking dog.
In April this year (1997), when I returned to the mainland to visit his grave, my brother in law told me that a farmer in the countryside of Luoyang had bought a calf that was already able to plough 18 years ago. The cow had worked hard for the farmer for 18 years and when it became too old and weak to plough the fields, the farmer sold it to a butcher. The old cow, with tears in its eyes, begged for mercy from its owner, who ignored it. He negotiated a price with the butcher, accepted the price and was standing under a tree counting the money when the old bull suddenly rushed forward and killed the farmer who was counting the money against the tree. It was in the late March edition of the newspaper and I asked my brother to find it for me, but unfortunately I couldn't find it.
There is a story about Venerable Guanghua (who died last year), which he wrote himself and published in the Tianhua Monthly in 75 years. During the war, Venerable Guanghua joined the army and always served as a quartermaster in the army. When he was stationed in Dinghai in the 38th year, the village he lived in was full of chickens and ducks, so he asked the landlady to buy him two or three to four or five every day, and the orderlies would braise and stew them for everyone to eat. In a few months, he ate up all the chickens and ducks within miles of the village. Later, he also came to Taiwan, where he believed in Buddhism for forty-two years, became a monk for forty-six years, and spent eight months in retreat at the Lotus Light Temple in Nantou in the sixty-third year, worshipping the Pure Land Confession. In his text, he describes himself one day: '.... After the first worship, I felt lighter and walked towards the West. Within a few steps, I heard many chickens and ducks calling behind me. I thought they were coming for me, and I was startled and awakened from my dream .... How could I know that that very night, in my meditation room, I fell flat on my face and broke my left leg?'
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