FallAway wrote:It was exactly the fifth precept of Buddhism that drew me into the three refuges. Nothing spoke to me as warmly and lovingly as this precept...and I doubt that I will ever find such welcoming acceptance of a "harm not" worldview in any other path.
I apologize for an error in this post. It is the first precept and not the fifth that I wished to say. I'm sorry for the confusion this may have caused.
Kim Ohara wrote:I don't want to encourage to you to leave your happy spiritual home but I have just been looking up diet and religion for another small project and there are two other groups which take non-harm as their primary goal - the Jains and the Vegans.
Thank you Kim for your response and your well-wishes. I respect Jainism highly and have read about that religion in an interested way. I think my viewpoint about eating chicken eggs would differ. I don't consider this a violence to the creature, particularly in my own case. There may be grounds for exploitation, I concede, but to me it is the same kind of exploitation I "subject" my son to when I "use" his strong arms for physical work, rather than my own weaker ones.
Hens will lay eggs regardless if the eggs are fertilized or not, or are eaten or not. Mature hens will usually lay one egg a day until post-maturation. This is similar to how a human female will ovulate monthly regardless of fertilization of the ovum.
I believe that the companionship - not husbandry - of chickens is not wrong or evil. Inhumane treatment of the chicken such as happens in commercializing their value is indeed wrong. I don't see the evil in caring for a freely-moving, well-nourished chicken who will live out a natural life span (approximately 8-10 years) and enjoying the food their bodies will create regardless of "ownership" or not. So I think this viewpoint would create a obstacle with Jainism.
I am not so very familiar with what a vegan "lifestyle" would entail. I am not opposed to their ethical viewpoint at all, but I suspect that it would be difficult for me to obtain, or grow, the allowable food. I gave up leathers at the same time as I became vegetarian. Never purchased, wore, or will wear fur or feathers for the inherent cruelty. I know that I love sprouts of all kind. I may be partially on the road to veganism already...
Thank you for sharing the information. Blessings to you and a peaceful life.
Be a lamp unto yourself.