buddhism and raising animals
- Hi everyone,
Was hoping I might get some input on some questions I have come up
against. Alot of the questions I have recently found answers for in buddhism
except for one. Is it possible for one to be both a buddhist and a
livestock producer? Buddhism has tought me becoming a better person
through helping all others; not just people. From my view, this
includes looking after all living things to the best of my ability
(helping to relieve their suffering). It has also brought me to the
realization that our farming and production practices are abusing
nature for profit. Hence I found this group. I have been going to
see a Tibetan monk and talking with him; he said that I should leave
my job and my family because I was killing and that was bad
karma. I believe what he says is true if applied to our current
production practices and my previous outlook. I believe leaving
would be running away from the situation and that by staying I could
help my family to live a better life as well as turning our focus to
improving nature and that it would soon look after us the same way.
I believe I could make more difference by staying than by leaving
and avoiding all this. I find it easy for someone in an urban
situation to say how raising animals for food is bad and that we should all be
vegetarians in order to be better buddhists; they are not faced with
these situations eveyday and I feel they are actually avoiding
things. I would really like to talk to someone who has both an
understanding of buddhism and of agriculture in hopes of a clearer
understanding in all this. Thanks in advance.
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>> I believe leaving would be running away from the situation and that bystaying I could help my family to live a better life as well as turning our
focus to improving nature and that it would soon look after us the same way.
I believe I could make more difference by staying than by leaving and
avoiding all this. >>
Hello Gene and welcome to this list,
I don't recall seeing any response to your mail from this list, perhaps
because the topic is not immediately related to Fukuoka farming. I
hesitated to reply since I'm neither a Buddhist or an agriculturalist, nor
am I an expert on either, but wanted to give you some words of encouragement
in your decisions..
I also believe that running away from problems is not always the best
solution. We can turn a dilemma into a significant learning experience if
we stay and challenge the issues from within and carry out the struggle. We
can also help influence others and help bring on great changes if we chose
not to run away, but deal with the issue. I have found this from all my
experiences and am sure Fukuoka would agree, as he is renown for his
Of course, there can be a limit, however, when that issue starts to affect
your well-being and brings on too much sacrifice. I truly hope you find the
right balance for you and your family.
We are living in very interesting times - what has been accepted as the norm
is something that is destroying our world at an ever-increasingly rapid
pace. It is so hard to find truth and meaning without looking far and wide.
You may want to look into the ways that natives have been able to balance
their lives as agriculturalists....ways that they return to the land as much
as they take and ways to bring peace to the animals who give their precious
lives for them. .
One thing I would like to share: last year, I went to the Big Island of
Hawaii. A great amount of the land was used for cow pastures. This land
was quite barren except for the grazed grasses and some cacti - but the rest
of the undeveloped areas of the island were plush with luscious vegetation.
The contrast was so stark. But while shunning the pastureland, I began to
think that this land is still open and wide and has not been given over to
development and commercialization. There are still possibilities to bring
this land to richness and fertility. The closer we are to that chance, the
better off we are..
I hope you stay on the list to learn with us about how to bring balance to
the earth through natural farming and find comfort in your
contributions.this way. It just might be the key to help you solve your