You have Heard of thou shall not kill
Posted in the Buddhism Forum
But have you heard of the Buddha's first precept?
Let us look at the precept, breaking the first word into it's component parts:
In Pali, the first precept is Panatipata veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami; "I undertake the training rule to abstain from taking life." According to Theravadin teacher Bikkhu Bodhi, the word pana refers to breathing, or any living being that has breath. The word atipata means "striking down."
So Panatipata literally means striking down the life breath-- suffocation is another example--the breath is not allowed to come up.
Those who do Breath meditation know that breath feels struck down, suffocated when:
3) physical, mental, sexual abuse
4) heard of suffocating relationships?
5) just plain killing, asking others to kill or harm.
You name it, these all can cause your breath to be struck down and cause a life to be shortened and end sooner than it should. This is called Akala Marana, death before it's your time. It reduces your life force.
So you have all heard "thou shall not Kill", Buddha shows his superior knowledge, and says -- LET ALL BEINGS BREATHE FREELY!
Don't destroy your own breath or anyone else's breath! That's an order!
The Beautiful first precept that only A Buddha can give!!!
Love Buddha...just imagine how suffocated he felt in the palace, yearning to breath free!!! He wanted all beings to breath freely!
This is why only Buddha is the supreme refuge, a refuge above all others!
Take refuge in Lord Buddha!
The common word for killing in Pali is not "Panatipata", it's the following:
kill:(v.t.) maareti; ghaateti; hanati.(pp.) maarita; ghaatita; hata.
Had Buddha simply meant to not kill, he would have used one of these words not the far more deeper meaning-- full of meaning -- PANATIPATA.
L. Jayasooriya explains in the Asian Tribune:
Please note that pana is life, ati is further, pata is fall and hence to give the meaning to panatipata as lowering the quality of life.
Buddha knew that there are far worse things one can do than just killing-- torturing, making others suffer, etc. you can make someone suffer so much that they wished they were dead!
So "Thou shall not kill" just did not go far enough in establishing righteousness.
I always wondered why Lord Buddha would put this as the first precept. If you think about it-- it's pure brilliance-- of course it's Buddha!
Now this very first precept gives us a valuable tool in determining what is right and what is wrong.
That which increases or leaves the same level of life force (Pana or Prana) is good or neutral, that which decreases the life force or destroys the life force is bad.
Abiding by the first precept gives us a share in the increase of the life force!
In The Five Faultless Gifts Sutta, Buddha elaborates on the Sila
in doing so, he gives
freedom from danger,
freedom from animosity,
freedom from oppression
to limitless numbers of beings. In giving freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, freedom from oppression to limitless numbers of beings, he gains a share in limitless freedom from danger, freedom from animosity, and freedom from oppression.
Here it is clear that Panatipata is not only restraint from killing, but restraint from intentionally causing danger, animosity and oppression to other beings.
Now let's look at the definition of oppression:
to weigh heavily on the mind, spirits, or senses of; worry; trouble
to keep down by the cruel or unjust use of power or authority; rule harshly; tyrannize over
So the Buddhist 1st Precept also means to refrain from oppressing beings.
Buddhism is unique in that it not only teaches the law in terms of abstinence or varitta, negative but it gives the positive aspect, or caritta as well.
The positive aspect of the first Sila is to live in compassion or Karuna and welfare or metta for all beings.
That is why The Buddha's Dharma is called a Jewel or Gem, it has multiple facets to reflect upon!!!
An excerpt from:
Each moral principle included in the precepts contains two aspects — a negative aspect, which is a rule of abstinence, and a positive aspect, which is a virtue to be cultivated. These aspects are called, respectively, varitta (avoidance) and caritta (positive performance). Thus the first precept is formulated as abstaining from the destruction of life, which in itself is a varitta, a principle of abstinence. But corresponding to this, we also find in the descriptions of the practice of this precept a caritta, a positive quality to be developed, namely compassion. Thus in the suttas we read: "The disciple, abstaining from the taking of life, dwells without stick or sword, conscientious, full of sympathy, desirous of the welfare of all living beings."
Buddha can't forgive sins....He was a sinner himself who need forgiveness.
We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
"But God demonstrated His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8, Holy Bible)
Only one way to eternal life: Jesus!
Follower of fools gold and the false law…your destination is the graveyard like millions of Christians who thought their sins were forgiven. Jesus admitted his teachings were not his own and walking on water and most of the teachings come from Buddhism:
John 7:16 Jesus responded to them, "What I teach doesn't come from me but from the one who sent me.
8:26 but he who sent me is true and what he has said to me I say to the world.
28 that I do nothing of myself, but as the Father taught me, I speak these things.
Those teachings have been copied from Buddhism to fool you. Take refuge in Buddha, alone!
By calling Buddha a sinner, you are burying yourself in demerit. Repent to Buddha ignorant one before you fall to hell! Only Buddha's teachings are the way out of this hellish world.
LOL. Your "jesus" is nothing more than a man made creation from the god Horus of Egypt. LOL
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