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Ahimsa: Buddhism, the Vegetarian Ideal
Ahimsa: Buddhism & the Vegetarian Ideal
By: Bodo Balsys
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Ahimsa means "harmlessness," carried out in thought word, or deed. A major precept of Buddhists of all denominations is to practise harmlessness. Such activity is not supposed to be theory, but a practical fact, a sacred pledge (samaya) integrated into the fibre of one's every mode of conduct on the path to enlightenment and liberation from the samsara. However, as this text elaborates, all good intent along this line falls flat in the light of the practice condoned by many Buddhists of meat consumption.
Food of Bodhisattvas; Buddhist Teachings on Abstaining from Meat
By Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol
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Based on the teachings of the Buddha, this book offers the most compelling and impassioned indictment of meat-eating to be found in Tibetan literature and is pertinent to anyone interested in vegetarianism as a moral or spiritual issue. The Buddha's teachings show how destructive habits can be examined and transformed gradually from within. The aim is not to repress one's desire for meat and animal products by force of will, but to develop heartfelt compassion and sensitivity to the suffering of animals, so that the desire to exploit and feed on them naturally dissolves.
Lamp of Scriptures and Reasoning, A Tibetan Buddhist Perspective on the Faults of Eating Meat
By: Phurbu Tashi
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Here I offer a brief presentation of the faults of eating meat and the benefits of abandoning it. If one is already a vegetarian, the content should prove confirming. If one is not, perhaps this discussion will inspire a reduction in consumption. In general, abandoning eating meat is a profound means of practicing compassion and loving kindness - the foundation of Mahayana Buddhism, and in particular it surely contributes to enjoying a long and healthy life. I hope this is of some benefit to all who encounter this reading.
Vegetarianism
By: Bodhipaksa
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How does what we eat affect us? How does it affect our world? What are the benefits of giving up meat? Is there a connection between vegetarianism and living a spiritual life?
Bodhipaksa is ideally placed to answer these questions. As a trained vet he can reveal the suffering of animals in the farming industry. As a practicing Buddhist he can identify the ethical consequences of inflicting such suffering. Through the Buddhist teaching of interconnectedness he lays bare the effects our eating habits can have upon us, upon animals, and upon the environment.
He concludes that by becoming vegetarian, we can affirm life in a very clear and immediate way,and so experience a greater sense of contenment, harmony and happiness.