Describe Buddhist teachings about how people should treat the environment and animals

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Describe Buddhist teachings about how people should treat the environment and animals

Buddhism is known as a peaceful religion which treats humans and animals as equals.   As a result of this, many Buddhists are vegetarians whom also embrace a kind attitude towards nature.

Buddhist teachings give the basic moral teachings of life, which are then incorporated into their actions towards animals.   These teachings include The Four Noble Truths and the Eight Fold Path.

The Eight Fold Path compromises of eight aspects to further morality and mental training.  All of these can be applied, in some way, in Buddhists treatment towards the environment and animals.  Right Intention, Right Livelihood, Right Action and Right Mindfulness are four key aspects of the Eight Fold Path and can be taken further to examine how Buddhists should treat the environment and animals.

Right Intention is thinking and reasoning in situations.  If the action is wrong, at least the intention is still there.  With Right Intention, a Buddhist is able to intend helping the environment: thus, the motive is there.  This is then carried forward through Right Action.

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Right Action helps guide a Buddhist and states: “do not destroy life.” Some people inadvertently tread on insects or kill insects without realizing, but a buddhist must try hard not to do so.  

This has become such a problem, that one group of Buddhist monks refuse to wear clothes, so they have no way of killing any animals accidentally. (i.e. if an insect became caught in their clothes).  

With the phrase “do not destroy life” it does not only refer to animals but also to nature. Buddhists believe that we should all care and look after all ...

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