On Eating Women

In Chapter 8 of the Lankavatara Sutra, the Buddha draws an indirect parallel between carnal desire and meat consumption. Here is the passage in question: “Mahamati, meat eaters salivate with desire at the sight of a beautiful body. Now, bodhisattvas love others as themselves, how could it occur to them to feast on that?”

In these two cases, we find the desire, the powerful desire to make the other part of one’s self, to incorporate the other to increase the self. These two behaviors are the same egotistic trawling net thrown at reality – they’re the result of the same ignorance on the origins of suffering.
They reveal an absence of, as well as a great need, for practice.
The relation to the world of the one who holds one or the other of these behaviors is a relation of predation.


©FJ August 2022
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