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Thanksgiving Quotes: The Dalai Lama on Precious Human Life

posted by Ethan Nichtern

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posted by Ethan Nichtern

(Something to contemplate while basting turkey or tofurkey)

A Precious Human Life

Every
day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am
alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it, I am
going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out
to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings, I am
going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry
or think badly about others, I am going to benefit others as much as I
can.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama



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Dharmascribe

posted November 26, 2009 at 8:08 pm


Ludicrous to suggest thinking of being kind to all sentient beings while basting a turkey that has been tortured for all its suffering life and brutally slaughtered for the enjoyment of the baster and its family. Totally ludicrous. Please wake up Ethan…



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SG

posted November 26, 2009 at 10:51 pm


Are you suggesting the life of a plant is less valid than the life of an animal? Because like it or not, the plants that vegetarians eat are very much alive. Just because they don’t live in a similar since that we do does not make them any less alive. Life must destroy life to live, it is a sad but honest part of the continuation of any life.
To think that you are better than others because of the type of life you extinguish to continue your own is ludicrous.
I myself am a vegetarian, but I don’t attack others who choose to eat meat. Unless you are a Buddha, and your ways are without fault, it would be wise to better yourself instead of assaulting the ways of others. Happy Thanksgiving.



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paul

posted November 28, 2009 at 6:23 pm


you are absolutely right , nobody has a right to put others down for the way they stay alive, so all you vegetarians who think your better than meat eaters because you don,t eat meat get a clue or stop killing plants so that you can eat them !



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posted December 3, 2009 at 7:39 am


each of you need only “shut up” and live and let live! have anyone of you helped someone lately? perhaps give of yourself so that another might benefit and have one day happy and feel priceless? now i suggest strongly that you take the turkey out of your ears, stick it in your mouth and listen to the real mewssage that people right in your own home are sending you. this is all self centered, preoccupational hog wash the real meaning of wholesome living is generosity, not judging. now go and give of yourself and stop the yata yata yata’s! merry xmas!



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Amy

posted December 3, 2009 at 8:28 am


I don’t care what you eat.. Just offer me a bite!



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Kate

posted December 24, 2009 at 8:32 am


Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it, I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings, I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others, I am going to benefit others as much as I can



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posted November 20, 2011 at 10:32 am


Good point “SG” …..thanks for the sincerity!



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dennis ganshert

posted May 21, 2012 at 9:25 pm


a most sensitive and real reminder. i am christian and yet of all religions and this is the warmest, welcoming, useful reflection i Have ever read.

Thank you so much,

Dennis Ganshert



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