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by jeff144
Sun Jul 01, 2012 1:15 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Livelihood and being a biologist
Replies: 31
Views: 5295

Re: Right Livelihood and being a biologist

Well putting down an animal to end its suffering is far different from killing an animal to earn a paycheck. It's one thing to compassionately end a being's life and another to take a healthy animal and intentionally make it sick or kill it. What exactly does your job entail? Also, please remember ...
by jeff144
Sun Jul 01, 2012 12:18 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Livelihood and being a biologist
Replies: 31
Views: 5295

Re: Right Livelihood and being a biologist

Hi, Jeff, The discussion over what are "sentient" beings is as long-running as the one over vegetarianism and the one over the kammic consequences of incidentally/accidentally causing suffering in daily life. You won't find many references to research biology in the suttas :tongue: but if being a s...
by jeff144
Sat Jun 30, 2012 9:38 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Livelihood and being a biologist
Replies: 31
Views: 5295

Re: Right Livelihood and being a biologist

Hi Ringo, Do Buddhists generally consider bacteria/fungi/etc. that are killed when we brush our teeth or use antibacterial soap to be of karmic consequence? Plants are much more specialized and "intelligent" than these organisms. My impression was that there had to be some minimum of a neurological ...
by jeff144
Sat Jun 30, 2012 9:30 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Livelihood and being a biologist
Replies: 31
Views: 5295

Re: Right Livelihood and being a biologist

Hi Sam and Manas, To be truly honest, there are probably alternate jobs I could find and still make a similar income. Perhaps even a higher income. However, giving up the years of training/education would be quite difficult for me (perhaps an attachment I need to overcome). The type of research I do...
by jeff144
Sat Jun 30, 2012 6:30 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Livelihood and being a biologist
Replies: 31
Views: 5295

Right Livelihood and being a biologist

Hi Everyone, Over the past two years I have been adopting more and more of the Buddhist philosophy and precepts into my life. I would not yet say that I am a full convert, but I am 80% of the way there and acknowledge that I still have much to learn. One issue that I have been contemplating often re...