Precept against killing living things

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Precept against killing living things

Post by bocaj123 » Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:50 pm

I’m going to Thailand soon to meditate. I think it’s important that I protect myself from mosquito bites while I’m there, so I would like to buy clothes treated with permethrin. However, mosquitos that land on these clothes will likely be killed by the chemical. So does buying and wearing these clothes break the precept against killing living things? Thank you.

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Re: Precept against killing living things

Post by Tenma » Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:27 pm

bocaj123 wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:50 pm
I’m going to Thailand soon to meditate. I think it’s important that I protect myself from mosquito bites while I’m there, so I would like to buy clothes treated with permethrin. However, mosquitos that land on these clothes will likely be killed by the chemical. So does buying and wearing these clothes break the precept against killing living things? Thank you.
Burn some incense around you or orange peels. It honestly works.

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Re: Precept against killing living things

Post by Mantrik » Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:03 pm

bocaj123 wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:50 pm
I’m going to Thailand soon to meditate. I think it’s important that I protect myself from mosquito bites while I’m there, so I would like to buy clothes treated with permethrin. However, mosquitos that land on these clothes will likely be killed by the chemical. So does buying and wearing these clothes break the precept against killing living things? Thank you.
If your intention is to deter them, and they fly to it of their own volition, then no.
I have used DEET in the past in India and it is very effective.
Use a deterrent all day if there is Dengue as well as Malaria where you are going.
If there is neither and you are just trying to avoid bites, consider a non-lethal deterrent like tea tree oil. Incense also helps.
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