Namdrol wrote:The Vajrayāna/Dzogchen perspective is that refusing to eat meat is a refusal to extend one's compassion. So one must decide what level one is going to practice at.
Well there is no ONE Vajrayana perspective either. For example, I am from the Kagyu tradition and the Karmapa has given up meat and is now vegetarian. Does he not practice Vajrayana?? Here is a short excerpt from a transcript of a teaching on the subject.
"There are many great masters and very great realized beings in India and there have been many
great realized beings in Tibet also, but they are not saying, “I'm realized, therefore I can do
anything; I can eat meat and drink alcohol.” It's nothing like that. It should not be like that.
According to the Kagyupa school, we have to see what the great masters of the past, the past lamas
of Kagyupas, did and said about eating meat. The Drikung Shakpa [sp?] Rinpoche, master of
Drikungpa, said like this, “My students, whomever are eating or using meat and calling it tsokhor
or tsok, then these people are completely deserting me and going against the dharma.” I can't
explain each of these things, but he said that anybody that is using meat and saying it is something
good, this is completely against the dharma and against me and they completely have nothing to
do with dharma. He said it very, very strongly.
Other great masters also said this. And each of them said that if somebody eats meat and thinks
that it's allowed, you can't even dream like that because it is something that is never right and
never good. In some places it is said that if someone has a great method by which they can liberate
the being whose meat he eats, only then might that person eat it, according to the Vajrayana.
Otherwise, other than that, you cannot eat meat.
According to Karme Chakme Rinpoche, we talk about using the five meats and five amritas: if
someone is completely realized, then only can one eat meat. And then if you say that many things
are mentioned about this in the Vajrayana--in Vajrayana, lots of things are mentioned about the
five meats and five amritas, what is this? He said that that is only for the most advanced people.
For instance if you put some shit and some urine on the altar, it's very bad. We don't like it and we
feel like vomiting."
So if you are advanced enough to turn shit and piss into an offering then fine, eat meat and call it tsok.
One should do nothing other than benefit sentient beings either directly or indirectly - Shantideva