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April 15, 2005

Why is eating vegetables not killing?

Here is an answer I found from Master Hin Lun from Hong Kong

佛教主張不殺生,提倡素食。聽說植物也是有生命的,因為他們也會長高長大。吃素不也是殺生嗎?

佛教以有心、色此二種法和合才名一期生命。心指情識,有感情、懂分辨、知苦痛、愛生惡死。色指由四大(地、水、火、風)形成的色身。其中地大構成頭髮、指甲、牙齒、皮、肉、筋骨、骨髓、腦;水大構成血液、津液、痰、淚、精、大小便;火大指身體的暖氣;風大指呼吸和活動。簡言之,具足暖、息、識才是生命。
植物雖然會生長,但它是沒有心識,不辨苦樂,故它是有生氣而沒有生命。猶如人的指甲及頭髮也會生長,但是剪掉時卻不會有苦痛,因為頭髮和指甲都沒有生命。

It's very difficult to translate, I'll make an attempt next time, too late today :D


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