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The first lay precept says “I undertake the training rule to abstain from killing.” (The formulation is from Wikipedia.) As I understand it, this rule pertains to all kinds of sentient beings.

Is eating meat compatible with this precept? Is it possible to say I am following this precept when the rule I’m following in fact is “I undertake the training rule to abstain from killing but I get someone else to do the killing for me”?

  • I think this question has been asked (and answered) already. – ChrisW Nov 30 '15 at 14:16
  • If you are looking for resources that make the case for vegetarianism, go here: shabkar.org/references/index.htm If you want to find people making the case against Buddhist vegetarianism, at the moment, it's the top 100 google hits. For the most part, this is a sectarian issue, i.e. you can get the answer you want by picking your sect. – MatthewMartin Nov 30 '15 at 16:45