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The music echoes still, yet the amplifiers are quiet. And the criminals have all departed, leaving in their wake ill-will, smudges on the mirror and fresh memories of ripping music played.
But soft, her face doth now present itself to me, in my mind’s eye, with her gentle voice asking, "have you been behaving foolishly?"
It seems to me it's okay to strive for perfection while tolerating imperfection...
So, I'm aspiring to become a Buddhist and really change the way I interact with the world. However, I have always enjoyed to study various wars and this ultimately lead to me collecting guns. Most of the guns I purchase are from WWII or older, and the only thing I kill is paper targets and my bank account. I enjoy collecting guns because it makes me feel connected to the men who fought in various historical battles and they are tangible reminders of the madness of war and of humanity's most trying times.
My question is, can I become a Buddhist and still collect firearms? I never intend to use them to harm anyone and I am a vegetarian so hunting is of no interest to me. To be totally honest, I don't even know if I'm approaching this whole matter correctly so any insight would be greatly appreciated.
-I am a Buddhist and sleep with a loaded pistol on my bedside table...
Is having a loaded pistol on your bedside table not a little dangerous/risky?
- Perhaps to an intruder :-) The pistol is defensive. There are no children in my house. I have been trained in the use of firearms. I would not kill; I would use the minimum level of force necessary to counteract any violence being done against me...
Thank you for your answer. Appreciated. I hope you never have reason to use it.
-That is my sincere hope...
Welcome to New Buddhist, gun owners, nihilists, meat eaters and [insert untouchable Buddhist class of choice].
At the shooting club most people were content to shoot at paper targets, but there were a few who liked to shoot bunnies and other furry creatures. I was struck by the difference.
-so, you are a bunny? ;-)
No, I just like to rabbit. But seriously, how would these bunny-murderers feel if somebody was taking potshots at them while they were out having a picnic, innocently munching on their cucumber sandwiches?
-I haven't hunted/fished/trapped for food in a very long time; "Today I undertake to refrain from killing..." However, in my part of New England (North West Vermont) there are many folks of modest means who hunt/fish/trap to put food on the family table. Were it not for the venison/rabbit/trout/partridge etc, the family would have less food to eat. For these folks, it isn't about sport, it's about nutrition. But your point is well taken; that's why I don't hunt...
Is that something I can aim to change...?