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Ahimsa: Buddhism and the Vegetarian Ideal

 
Bodo Balsys (Author)
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Ahimsa means "harmlessness", carried out in thought, word or deed. A major precept of Buddhists of all denominations is to practise harmlessness. Such activity is not supposed to be theory, but a practical fact, a sacred pledge (samaya) integrated into the fibre of one's every mode of conduct on the path to enlightenment and liberation from the samsara. However, as this text elaborates, all good intent along this line falls flat in the light of the practice condoned by many Buddhists of meat consumption. Harm is thus caused to the animal butchered, to the consumers of the flesh, and to the environment we all live in. It is also a decidedly gross act of adharma to all in the society where in the Buddhist practitioner that consumes animal products resides, as clearly explained in this book.

It is that Buddhists whole-heartedly spurn all considerations of meat toxins in their bodily environments, to actively espouse the cause of true harmlessness in all that they do; and to act as Bodhisattvas by teaching all how to compassionate through not killing or harming their animal brethren. The reasons are clear as to the way to be truly compassionate, as all Buddhists should be. Read, learn, observe your true motives in everything you do; desist from harmful actions, and thereby grow and become Bodhisattvas and Buddhas at the end of it all.

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About the author

Bodo Balsys

Bodo Balsys was born in Germany in 1949. His family emigrated to Australia whilst he was a child. He was first awakened to the dharma by the appearance of an enlightened teacher in his third eye when he was eighteen. This was the consequence of an aeonic-long friendship on the Bodhisattva path. Each life being sequenced as part of a progressive educational outpouring for the liberation of the all. Bodo has been writing and teaching various aspects of the dharma since the early 1970s, during which time he also earned a living as an artist. In 1988-89 he published a series of books (The Revelation in three volumes and Divine Causation) concerned with explaining various esoteric subjects, such as the teachings of karma and rebirth that is found in the Christian Bible, as well as the nature of the path to liberation by following the curricula of the Council (on Hierarchy) of Bodhisattvas. In 1996 he gained a degree in science from the University of Western Sydney. He is currently teaching at the Maitreya Sangha Dharma Centre (near Sydney), which he founded.

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Bibliographic information

Title Ahimsa: Buddhism and the Vegetarian Ideal
Author Bodo Balsys
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2004
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 812151102X
length 150p., 8.8" X 6.0"