Indra of Indraloka animal sanctuary is here with us today at the Burlington pig vigil. “Whether you are a dog or a pig or a cow or a chicken or a human, we are all the same.” #pigs #bacon #vegan #govegan #bbq #pork #yoga #ahimsa #karuna #compassion #weightloss
A brief description of ahimsa for those unfamiliar: Ahimsa means kindness and non-violence towards all living things including animals; it respects living beings as a unity, the belief that all living things are connected.
This is Sherlock, he was supposed to be a Smithfield Ham but fell off of the truck headed to slaughter. He was rescued by some compassionate people and now he takes mud baths, eats marshmallows, and is best friends with a little hen who sleeps in his bed of hay each night. Every pig that becomes bacon, ham, or other pork products has just as much personality and joie de vivre as Sherlock. I am proud to be vegan and be able to look Sherlock in the eyes and call him a friend.
"The last time Martin Luther King and I met was in Geneva during the peace conference called Paix sur Terre — "Peace on Earth." I was able to tell him that the people in Vietnam were very grateful for him because he had come out against the violence in Vietnam. They considered him to be a great bodhisattva, working for his own people and supporting us. Unfortunately, three months later he was assassinated.
People were very compassionate and willing to support us in ending the war in Vietnam during the sixties. But the peace movement in America did not have enough patience. People became angry very quickly because what they were doing wasn’t bringing about what they wanted. So there was a lot of anger and violence in the peace movement.
Nonviolence and compassion are the foundations of a peace movement. If you don’t have enough peace and understanding and loving-kindness within yourself, your actions will not truly be for peace. Everyone knows that peace has to begin with oneself, but not many people know how to do it.
Engaged Buddhism is just Buddhism. When bombs begin to fall on people, you cannot stay in the meditation hall all of the time. Meditation is about the awareness of what is going on- not only in your body and in your feelings, but all around you.
When I was a novice in Vietnam, we young monks witnessed the suffering caused by the war. So we were very eager to practice Buddhism in such a way that we could bring it into society. That was not easy because the tradition does not directly offer Engaged Buddhism. So we had to do it by ourselves. That was the birth of Engaged Buddhism.
Buddhism has to do with your daily life, with your suffering and with the suffering of the people around you. You have to learn how to help a wounded child while still practicing mindful breathing. You should not allow yourself to get lost in action. Action should be meditation at the same time.”