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Brahma Net Sutra* - Third Minor Precept

A disciple of the Buddha must not deliberately eat the flesh of any being, for if he does so, he thereby cuts off great compassion, kindness, and the seed of the Buddha-nature and causes all beings who encounter him to avoid him. Therefore, all Bodhisattvas must abstain from eating the flesh of any being, for meat-eating is the source of limitless offenses. Hence, if a Bodhisattva deliberately eats meat, he thereby violates this minor precept and commits defiling offense.

* The Brahma Net Sutra is also known as the Brahmajala Sutra

Source:The Buddha Speaks the Brahma Net Sutra, p.20.
            See also an online translation at YMBA.Org.



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