Wenda20160828B 07:45 [Master Jun Hong Lu's call-in radio program]

FISH IS A BETTER CHOICE FOR LIFE LIBERATION, AS IT WOULD NOT HARM OTHER ANIMALS

Caller:

I have limited knowledge about turtles. One day, on my way back from work, I bought two turtles with a high price to set them free. I only found out later from fellow practitioners that those are common snapping turtles, which are noted for their aggressive and fierce disposition. I felt remorseful as a result. In the future, if fellow Buddhist friends bought the same type of turtles, only to discover their species before liberating, and are at a loss of not knowing whether to release the invasive reptile, what should they do?Master Jun Hong Lu:

Why do we want to release fish during life liberation? Because fishes will not harm others. Then why don’t you release tiger or lion? Why not weasel? It will eat all the hens! One of the benefits of liberating fishes is that there will be peace of mind, as we are aware that they are harmless towards other living creatures. In fact, we should not liberate anything that is ferocious or harmful. Caller:

Yes, I didn’t know that initially, I thought it was just a normal turtle and not familiar with this species. Master Jun Hong Lu:

Since it was accidental, it doesn’t matter so long as you don’t repeat the same instance. Need not keep blaming yourself for this too, it’s ok.