Luke wrote:Does anyone know a good site which has very simple vegetarian recipes with very ordinary ingredients online?
So many vegetarian recipes require so many exotic foods and spices which I can't get here in Eastern Europe. Here I can only get the basics: legumes, dairy products, bread, pasta, rice, potatoes and other vegetables, and fruits. I can't buy things like tempeh or quinoa or even soybeans here. And tofu is available only in stores which are pretty far away from me.
Lentils, red kidney beans, and baked beans are my staples here.
sukhamanveti wrote:I asked a friend (also a vegetarian) for suggestions as well and he replied, "Ask him what kind of spice cabinet he can keep."
Given current affluence in certain Buddhist countries, everyone is into "money" and this has led to the business of saving souls-such things as "making offerings to unborn souls." The Master's [Hsuan Hua] comments regarding this issue are:
"You can't call that 'making offerings' because they are not the Triple Jewel (Buddha, Dharma, Sangha). If you call that 'making offerings' then you have fallen into deviant views. It should be called 'saving.' But their enmity is extremely deep and so they are difficult to save, because the debt is one of having had their lives snatched away and so it has to be paid back with having one's own life snatched away in return. But if one encounters a true cultivator who is not 'greedy for wealth' then there's a 'chance' to save them.
"The question of abortion is an extremely serious one. One of the biggest reasons there are so many doubts and difficulties and so many different kinds of diseases is because of abortions. Stop and think about it: Before the life-form even had a chance to come out into the world it became a resentful ghost. Tell me, with so many small ghosts around who are bent on taking life because their own was taken, how can we ever expect humankind to be at peace? These small ghosts must find someone who practices the Way and is not 'greedy for wealth' before they can be saved."
In this passage the Master brings up how "their enmity is extremely deep." that they are difficult to save, and that the cultivator must "not be greedy for wealth" before there's a "chance" to save them. So please don't be superstitious, everyone, and think that using "money" to create lots of merit and virtue will "take care of everything" and get involved in "saving souls." If you do, then that is a case of failing to understand the essentials of cause and effect. Besides which, the Buddhist Sutras repeatedly say that one should not kill or have abortions. For instance, in The Buddha Speaks the Dharani Sutra of Long Life and the Protection of Pure Youths there is a passage: "There are Five things in the world that are difficult to erase, even through repentance and reform. What are the five?
1) Killing one's father. 2) killing one's mother; 3) killing an unborn child; 4) shedding the Buddhas' blood; and 5) breaking up the harmony of the Sangha. If one creates this evil karma, the offenses are hard to eradicate." In The Buddha Talks About Different Karmic Retributions Sutra there's a passage that says: "There are ten kinds of karma that will cause beings to receive the retribution of a short lifespan. 1) Personally committing acts of killing; 2) exhorting others to commit acts of killing...?) destroying an unborn child (that means personally having abortions); 8) telling others to destroy an unborn child (that means advising someone else to have an abortion)...These ten deeds bring the retribution of a short lifespan." Also in The Buddha Explains the Five Upasaka Precepts Marks he said: "If one deliberately has an abortion and the fetus dies, one commits 'an offense that cannot be repented of.'"
Ron: You want to stop abortions and really lower the rate of abortions....push for family planning and sex education in grade schools.
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