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Excuses for eating meat inside Buddhism & outside Buddhism

Postby Election by lot » Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:10 am

I just saw a youtube video from a Buddhist monk.

The lecture was, basically, a very slow-paced set of excuses for eating meat.

It included all the words about compassion, non-violence, not-killing, etc., but it still was --basically-- the same set of excuses for eating meat (inside Buddhism) that you can hear from ordinary people (outside of Buddhism).

How do you address this in your own community, organization, or with friends and family?

What is your response (in the real world) to people telling you about these abstract virtues, but then say they are just going to continue to eat meat anyway?
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Re: Excuses for eating meat inside Buddhism & outside Buddhi

Postby Stewart » Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:30 am

There is already a huge thread on this subject; I suggest you read over it.

Some Buddhists eat meat, some don't, and the ones that don't usually have a big problem about the ones who do... is about the long and short of it.

Many great masters of the past and present ate/eat meat, many didn't...so it seems it makes no actual difference to ones practice. What does, however, is obsessing about what other practitioners eat. Be vegetarian by all means, but get on with your own practice.
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Re: Excuses for eating meat inside Buddhism & outside Buddhi

Postby Simon E. » Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:38 am

I feel no need at all to make excuses about eating meat.
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Re: Excuses for eating meat inside Buddhism & outside Buddhi

Postby Seishin » Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:40 am

Please see the Great Vegetarian debate thread :smile:

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