Thanks to John/ Jack from Zen Dirt, Zen Dust for bringing this to our attention.
Seems our nutty friend, and musician, Björk has open mouth and insert foot disease. A quote has been tied to her via an article on The Guardian.
What she said is this “The Buddhists say we come back as animals and they refer to them as lesser beings. Well, animals aren’t lesser beings, they’re just like us. So I say fuck the Buddhists.” What?
Now I do agree that Buddhism says this, but it’s been taken way out of context, like most things people say about something they don’t know about. In Buddhism it is believed that animal realms are a lower realm than that of the human realm, but in no way does it imply Buddhists don’t care for animals.
By saying animals are born in a “lower” realm, it’s not meant as disrespect or lack of caring for an animal, but is based on the idea that animals experience more pain and suffering than humans and thus are born into a lower realm. A human birth is believed to be a precious birth because we have the opportunity to do alot of things in this form to benefit all beings and even, if we work heard enough, reach our goal of achieving Enlightenment or Bodhisattvahood. Although animals are put in this “lower” realm category, they share something very important in common with humans, and that is they are sentient beings. Buddhists believe all sentient beings are worth saving and caring for, and that they should not suffer.
Maybe I’m wrong, could very well be, but I just wish people with such a high profile would read a bit more on a subject before opening their mouths and implying a certain group believes something which they do not, or at least not in the way the speaker is talking of.