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Buddhists strive to relieve all suffering, in their own hearts and in their communities. Consequently, the First Precept of Buddhism is "Do not kill, but rather preserve and cherish all life." Buddhists seek modest living, social justice, respect for the Earth, and compassion towards animals, with vegetarianism being commonplace among Buddhists.
For further information see
Philip Kapleau, To Cherish All Life and Tree of Life: Buddhism and Protection of Nature published and prepared by the group Buddhist Perception of Nature (ISBN 96297257-02-2).

The Buddhist Persective
The First Precept

 

 

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