Bankei wrote:There is a mini Kuan Yin boom in Thailand at the moment. Many temples have small Kuan yin shrines. One example is the temple at Huay Kwang in Bangkok. They actually have a large shrine on the temple grounds.
Bankei wrote:many people include kwanyin statues on their shrines and some refuse to eat beef.
Bankei wrote:She said the specific reason is because of her devotion to Mee Kwanyin. Kwanyin's parents were cows (???) and the cow is a large animal close to the human in terms of body and emotions etc. She said cows even cry and once she was at a market where someone had 2 cows, the first one was being killed for meat and the second one was waiting and she seen tears in its eyes. So she bought it for 3,000B ($100AUD) and donated it to a temple to live out the rest of its life. (The temple later gave it to some poor people to assist in the ploughing of fields, on the promiso that it not be killed).
Individual wrote:My aunt is a farmer who raises cows, among other animals. When I see them, they always seemed to be dumb animals. They don't make facial expressions, always have those dumb cow eyes, and their random bleating "mooo!" couldn't possibly be interpreted as reflecting one emotion over another. Day after day, they sit in a line, hooked up to milking machines, chewing cud, and pooping. Pigs are definitely smarter and more human than cows. After all, pot bellied pigs can be domesticated and used as pets. About the crying cow, it's possible the cow's eyes were dry and the woman misinterpreted it.
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