Buddha and the Cat

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30 Aug 2014 02:51 #157816 by Alethea Thompson
So you learn something new everyday right? Through the plight of a friend I can across something interesting in Buddhism within the last half hour.

In Japan, legend has it that a mouse was sent to get medicine for Buddha. Along his journey however he was met a hungry cat that sealed his fate and ate him. At the funeral, the cat did not repent, nor mourn the Buddha's death (he and the mamushi [a venomous serpent] were the only two that did not among all those in attendance).

As a result, the cat was held to be a cursed creature.

As a Jedi- what do you see in this story?

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30 Aug 2014 03:18 #157818 by Adder
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That ignorance of compassion and breach of dharma might be a karmic stain - which could be considered a 'curse' perhaps. I don't necessarily think karma need directly match how I view the Force, but it would be in the same sort of concept of metaphysical causality.

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30 Aug 2014 03:26 - 30 Aug 2014 04:09 #157819 by RyuJin
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The cat was cursed for following its nature...why was the serpent cursed...

In other forms of buddhism cats have a different reputation...most forms revere it...
http://thebuddhasface.blogspot.com/2011/06/buddhism-and-cats-cute-kitten-and-its.html?m=1

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30 Aug 2014 03:32 #157820 by
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Should things be cursed for their nature? It's all about perspective, right?

I mean, Buddha didn't banish the cats. ;) He was dead and gone. It was his misguided students who made the call. Actually just makes me question teachers' opinions.

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31 Aug 2014 00:02 #157910 by Brenna
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I got that our actions have wider effects than we realise. And just because its in your nature to do something, doesnt make it the right thing to do.

also, dont invite cats and snakes to funerals. they kill the grieving vibe.



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31 Aug 2014 00:31 #157914 by
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I got that our actions have wider effects than we realise. And just because its in your nature to do something, doesnt make it the right thing to do.


Or the wrong thing.

I see no morality in this.

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31 Aug 2014 00:35 #157915 by Brenna
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Khaos wrote:

I got that our actions have wider effects than we realise. And just because its in your nature to do something, doesnt make it the right thing to do.


Or the wrong thing.

I see no morality in this.


Can you elaborate please?



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31 Aug 2014 01:11 #157917 by
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Well, we do a lot of things that aren't in our nature, Brenna. We hold our piss in until we find a socially acceptable place to piss. :P Does this make it bad? Ask Hobbes.

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31 Aug 2014 01:41 #157920 by RyuJin
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Helllloooooo kidney stones :whistle: and bladder infections, and uti's...all from holding it in until we reach a socially acceptable location...

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31 Aug 2014 01:45 #157921 by Brenna
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RyuJin wrote: Helllloooooo kidney stones :whistle: and bladder infections, and uti's...all from holding it in until we reach a socially acceptable location...


As I recall, there is a thread on bathroom habits elsewhere.

Can we stay on topic please?



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