Buddhist wisdom quotes about the animals



  • “The first precept in Buddhism is “Do not kill.” This precept is not merely a legalistic prohibition, but a realization of our affinity with all who share the gift of life. A compassionate heart provides a firm ground for this precept.”


  • “All beings tremble before violence. All love life. All fear death. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do?”


  • “He, who injures living beings, is not Noble. He is called Noble, because he is gentle and kind towards all living beings.”— Buddha


  • “Once we experience and feel this inter-dependence of all living beings, we will cease to hurt, humiliate, exploit and kill another. We will want to free all sentient beings from suffering. This is karuna, compassion, which in turn gives rise to the responsibility to create happiness and its causes for all.”


  • “Usually when people look at the Buddhist precepts, they understand them in terms of human relationships ‘Do not kill. Do not steal. Do not lie.’ Of course these are about human relationships, but what do they mean in terms of the environment? There is a particular kind of stealing that we do when we clear-cut forests, when topsoil is washed into rivers. There is a particular kind of killing that we do when we wipe out whole species. These precepts are taught not only as they relate to humans but also how they relate to the environment, to the ten thousand things. Not only the sentient, feeling beings, deer, muskrat, beaver but to the rocks, trees and river. All of it.” — John Daido Loori Roshi


  • ‘Compassion and love are not mere luxuries.
    As the source both of inner and external peace,
    they are fundamental to the continued survival
    of our species.’— His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama



4 Comments Add yours

  1. Anita Bowden says:

    Love these! Beautiful!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. LindaP says:

    Wonderful quotes!


  3. I’m glad you enjoyed them 🙂


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