TaTa wrote:Hey just curious, do you know what reason does Norbu gives? Of he does give any reason... Thank you.
Rinpoche said that if we (as practitioners) eat meat it creates a positive cause for the animal. We should primarily consume the meat while in the state of contemplation, however that state isn't within everyones grasp so we should aim to at least be present. Eating meat during tsog especially creates a positive connection for the animal.
Rinpoche also states that during tsog, whether we are resting in contemplation or not we should aim to be present and refrain from accepting and rejecting, the point is to experience the food fully, taste, texture, consistency, colors and so on. The food is an offering, so the experience is meant to be free of our personal limitations etc.
There is also the aspect of Dzogchen which dispenses with the sentient and insentient dichotomy, so everything is seen as sentient, or perhaps free from such distinctions altogether. And in that case the fundamental nature of the meat is no different than anything else, and therefore any reason we could find to reject the meat is an expression of ignorance (in the ultimate sense).
Another point Rinpoche makes is that rejecting meat on the grounds that an animal died, while having no problem with eating grains, vegetables and fruit etc., is somewhat hypocritical due to the fact that countless sentient beings perish (such as small bugs) in the maintenance and cultivation of those fruits and vegetables. Especially nowadays with the methods implemented in modern industrial farming and so on. He also says that the animal is already dead by the time it is on your plate, so you might as well eat the meat with pure intentions and create an auspicious connection for the animal, no use in wasting the meat, because if you discard the meat then the animal died for nothing.
I'm vegetarian myself, have been for over 10 years, but I will eat meat at ganapuja and so on.