tiagolps wrote:Dharma is the only way to accumulate merit, you seemed shocked by that somehow.
How do critters accumulate merit via this method?
They are already at a deficit, having been reborn in the first place, and presumably carnivores accumulate further bad karma by having to kill in order to survive. It's apparently an infinite regress. That doesn't make any sense. Of course it doesn't need to make any sense. Religious narratives don't need to conform to the universe. They only need to make the universe more meaningful.
Beings born in the lower realms, can only be reborn in higher realms when the causes and conditions that lead them there have been exhausted.
"Buddhahhod, really, is like an infection, it goes from one person to another,
You can fight it off, but it's a pitty if you do that."
– Rigdzin Shikpo
My practice is devotion to the buddhist path; others may choose doubting the buddhist path.
But as Dharmakirti said, ultimately we must abandon the path.
So I hope in the end we will meet where we have nothing to fight over.
– Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche