Posted by David on November 23, 1999 at 11:50:17:
In Reply to: Sentient beings posted by Grace on November 19, 1999 at 09:55:05:
Yes, I did giggle. But it's a good question. The little things matter.
You're very sincere not to kill even something that scares you and could harm you (a black widow). According to the Buddhist Sutras that is correct practice. You know, in the winter the Buddha's disciples even put lice in bamboo cans with cloth in them so that they would stay warm and not die. I can't remember which Sutra I read that in now, but it was in the Pali Cannon. I don't know if I could that!
So what's my input on the spiders? Call your daughter! But when she's not around you might sit (a safe distance away from a balck widom) and just observe the spider. While doing this contemplate it's life, it's struggle, it very vulnerable position, and see if you can find a warmth in your heart. Don't force it, just see if it's there. If it is, or if it eventually comes, that may help you carry the spider out yourself one day. Starting with a BIG can!! :) Otherwise, maybe just catching it under something until your daughter gets home.
I used to live in So. Cal. and had to carry many black widows out myself. Needless to say, I was very careful.
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