The History and Production of Silk

Women making Silk, 12th century

In July 2007, archeologists discovered intricately woven and dyed silk textiles in a tomb in Jiang-xi province, dated to the Eastern Zhou Dynasty roughly 2,500 years ago.

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Ven. S. Dhammika: To Eat Or Not To Eat Meat – The Book

Yesterday I posted an introduction to Ven. S. Dhammika’s new book To Eat Or Not To Eat Meat, and today he has given me permission to publish the book in its entirety on the blog here.

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Ven. S. Dhammika: To Eat Or Not To Eat Meat – Introduction

Ven. S. Dhammika

I consider Ven S. Dhammika to be one of the more intelligent and thoughtful writers on Buddhism writing today, so I am happy to see he has put his considerable talents to examining the question of vegetarianism in Buddhism.

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Devadatta and the Swan: Who really owns a Life?

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As a follow up to yesterday’s post I am including this story about the young Bodhisatta and his cousin Devadatta. The story originally appear in the Abhinishkramanasutta, but the retelling here is by the Sri Lankan monk Ven. Sīlacāra.

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Udana 2-3: The Discourse about the Stick

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A couple of weeks ago I quoted a verse from a discourse of the Buddha in which he reprimands boys who torment animals, and now I posting the full discourse so the context can be seen.

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The Brown Dog Affair

Brown-Dog

This article traces a remarkable piece of activism in the case of anti-vivisectionism in the early 20th century, it is a long piece but will be well worth your time to read, and gets quite exciting at times!

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