Kindness for All Creatures: Buddhist Advice for Compassionate Animal Care

Kindness for All Creatures: Buddhist Advice for Compassionate Animal Care


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A heartfelt guide to compassionate care for animals from a Buddhist perspective, with practical advice for mindfully raising pets and honoring animals.

Are you doing all you can for the well-being of your beloved pet? Is your outlook toward wildlife consistent with your loyalty to cats and dogs? Structured around the Six Perfections of Buddhism, this book explores these questions and more, providing heartfelt guidance on how to apply compassion in action to our relationships with animals. In addition to being a practical resource, it encourages advocacy, challenging us to think more profoundly about caring for the creatures—both domestic and wild—with whom we share our world.

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ISBN-13: 9781611806595
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 08/20/2019
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 1,164,965
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

SARAH C. BEASLEY (Sera Kunzang Lhamo) is a senior lay practitioner in the Nyingma School, Dudjom lineage, with thirteen years full-time direct training in traditional Buddhist teachings and methods for body, speech, and mind. She spent nearly seven of those years in closed intensive retreat under the guidance of Lama Tharchin Rinpoche and Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, supported by Tsadra Foundation, and worked three years on Practices for the Dead (and Dying) including guidance on how to care for pets during the aging and death passage. Sarah offers Buddhist and Western approaches to death and dying in her workshops and is also a regular contributor to Buddhistdoor Global, Jnanasukha Foundation, Levekunst, and Vajrayana World on topics of pets, nature, life, death and dying, and Buddhism. Her recent essay “Cosmo Perry” was published in the Sounds True anthology The Dharma of Dogs.

Table of Contents

Foreword Anam Thubten ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

1 Generosity: Forming Relationships with Pets 15

2 Discipline: Wildlife and Habitat Conservation 39

3 Patience: Maintaining Pets' Physical and Emotional Health 59

4 Diligence: Pet Training and Protection 79

5 Concentration: Kindness through Animal Advocacy 93

6 Wisdom: End-of-Life Matters 107

7 Extending Benefit and Compassion to All Animals 127

Conclusion 151

Appendix: Prayers and Practices for the Death Passage 161

Glossary 173

Notes 175

Bibliography 191

Resources 197

Index 203

About the Author 214

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