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Are all Buddhists vegetarian?

Most if not all Buddhists I know are vegetarian or vegan. Thinking about the precepts this is not surprising - one should abstain from killing. However is this universally true in all Buddhist ...
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Ajahn Brahm stated that he ate snakes and frogs during his training, does this mean that it is acceptable to kill animals?

It is famous solution to eat meat only if it is offered by somebody and when the animal was not killed specifically for the person receiving it. Amongst the many videos of Ajahn Brahm on his youtube ...
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Eating meat and buying meat

Buddha said to his disciples (monks), meat can be eaten if they are not seen, heard or suspected to have been killed on purpose for a monk. Eating meat is different from killing animal, it's clear. ...
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Plants may be sentient beings like animals so how do you decide what to eat?

There is some evidence that plants are 'sentient beings' and can communicate (e.g. see this article or this wikipedia page). However Buddhists believe eating meat is wrong because of killing a living ...
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Is meat eating a possibility?

I have been vegan (no animal products) for over 5 years but recently have encountered many health issues (unable to digest many plant protein, leaving no viable protein to eat), including some meat in ...
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What dietary practices are most helpful for reaching enlightenment?

Gandhi, a Hindu ascetic, was adamant that the spiritual well being of a person was not disconnected from one's diet. He said "The body was never meant to be treated as a refuse bin, holding all the ...
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Can being a vegetarian actually be a temporary hindrance for some?

I am Buddhist, but not a strict vegetarian. When new acquaintances discover this they are often shocked and wonder, "How can this be??!!" I'm going to try and explain my answer and see what ...
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Non-vegetarianism

I feel guilty about eating non-vegetarian food (fish, eggs and chicken). I know Buddhist followers, brahmins (Hindus) and Jains follows strict rules for vegetarianism. Does eating any sort of meat ...
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What is the purpose of not eating after noon?

We all know this precept taken by the monks, but I would like to understand the reasons behind it. Currently the specialists claim that we should eat small portions every 3 hours or so, eating once a ...
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Noting craving for food : Ven. Mahasi Saydaw tradition

Practice : Ven.Mahasi Sayadaw I mostly practice "daily life" meditation and I found this specific question very important ( I have got some illnesses due to this too) I get intention to eat when I ...
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What if there was no one to offer food to monastics?

This is a questions that often comes up when I visit study groups, particularly when the subject of everyone practicing like a monk/nun comes up. Wouldn't monastics be allowed to farm-just enough for ...
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How are there good overweight monks?

If you are mindful you don't eat for taste - so chances are you over eat are smaller. There are a few monks I know and I truly believe are advanced practitioners (meaning I won't be surprised if ...
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Are non-Theravada monks allowed to eat after noon, and to use money?

What's the history behind this? I am assuming non-Theravada monks eat after noon, and use money. Correct me if I'm wrong. If I'm not wrong, why do the sects differ in this manner?
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Selling an animal to butcher will break first precept?

Farmers who breed animals and sale to butcher or for food concern is considered as intentional killing and break first precept?
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Food enchanted by spells (SN 7.8)

The Aggikasutta (SN 7.8) below states that the Buddhas do not eat food enchanted by spells i.e. food that was chanted over for the Vedic fire sacrifice. Does the Buddha reject ritually chanted over ...
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Food that is chanted over with verses

In the Kasi Bharadvaja Sutta (Sn1.4 and SN7.11), the Buddha went to get alms from the brahman Kasi Bharadvaja, who hinted that monks like the Buddha, should also work hard by plowing and sowing, in ...
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Did eating less cause dietary problems for ascetics like Buddha?

I have heard that Buddha was eating similar to one meal a day. Is this true? Would this not lead to severe constipation? Was it common for ascetics to take medicines to help purge the food waste ...
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Dealing with food craving

During sleeping I experience strong food urges.. luckily I am most of the time aware of these acts but I still usually eat something but less (which is an accomplishment). It happened today again and ...
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