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Are all Buddhists vegetarian?

Very much not the case, so long as you don't engage in a No true Scotsman fallacy and say that they aren't really Buddhists unless they are also vegetarian. In some traditions it is common for a ...
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What is the purpose of not eating after noon?

From my understanding, the Buddha laid down the rule to not eat afternoon in order to reduce the burden on the laity and to help the sangha avoid a negative reputation. In the Latukikopama Sutta (MN ...
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Plants may be sentient beings like animals so how do you decide what to eat?

Theravada and Vajrayana Buddhists (Tibetan, SE Asian) and Japanese Mahayana Buddhists are not vegetarian. So if you don't want to be a vegetarian, there are plenty of traditions that don't bother with ...
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Are all Buddhists vegetarian?

Among my own school (Nyingma from Tibetan Buddhism), encouraging vegetarianism is a relatively recent trend, mostly grounded on the teachings of Patrul Rinpoche, who lived in the 19th century and was ...
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Can being a vegetarian actually be a temporary hindrance for some?

I have been vegetarian since 1/1/2000. It was originally a New Years Resolution, but it became a New Millenia Resolution. I figured that given impermanence it would not be too hard to keep. :D That ...
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What type of Buddhist monks are only allowed to eat two meals per day and why?

Those monks who follow the pātimokkha (Sk. Prātimokṣa), either Mahayana or Theravada, keep this rule (or, in certain cases, a rule to eat only one meal per day). The rule is simply: 37. Should any ...
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What dietary practices are most helpful for reaching enlightenment?

In some of the Suttas in which the Buddha describes the gradual training leading to enlightenment there is the following stock passage: "Now, when a disciple of the noble ones is consummate in ...
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What is the purpose of not eating after noon?

I too am finding that small meals every 3-4 hours helps me meditate easier. Teachers like Ajahn Chah http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajahn_Chah have talked about not eating after 11am or noon. But he ...
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Is a starving person justified in stealing food?

In general, in Buddhism taking without asking would still be considered unskilful. The relevant precept is adinnādānā veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi "I undertake the training principle of not taking ...
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What is the purpose of not eating after noon?

If I am to chime in and add to the other answers. If you are a meditator not eating after noon is not a problem. You will be calming your bodily fabrication which reduces metabolism (let alone ...
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Plants may be sentient beings like animals so how do you decide what to eat?

Buddha said that we could eat meat under a few conditions: You cannot kill the animal You cannot ask for someone to kill a specific animal for you to eat, or suspect the animal was killed for you You ...
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What type of Buddhist monks are only allowed to eat two meals per day and why?

Actually, in Pali Canon, Buddha suggests to his students to only eat one time a day, before noon. Among the reasons he provided, the three I remember are: Because eating required begging, not eating ...
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What is the purpose of not eating after noon?

Kitagiri Sutta I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was wandering on a tour of Kasi with a large community of monks. There he addressed the monks: "I abstain from the night-time meal.1 ...
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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?

Here's an extract from an article by Ajahn Brahm, What the Buddha Said About Eating Meat, Towards the end of the Buddha's life, his cousin Devadatta attempted to usurp the leadership of the Order of ...
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Are all Buddhists vegetarian?

Devadatta, a relative of the Buddha, at one point attempted to cause a schism in the sangha by asking the Buddha to implement 13 ascetic rules for all monks, one of those rules being vegetarianism. ...
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How much should one eat when following the not-eating-after-noon precept?

It will depend on the amount of physical work one does, but since you've said you work in an office, I would say one meal a day is enough for maintaining the body healthy if you have no digestive ...
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Are all Buddhists vegetarian?

I forgot where I heard this, because it has been many years ago: "One becomes a monk, not just to be vegetarian" You're not forced not to have meat, but if you decide to devote yourself and stay ...
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Where did the Buddha speak of his difficulty in eating almsfood as a Bodhisatta?

I found it in the introduction to the Jatakas, which seems to be the original source: Now the Great Being, after collecting a number of scraps, sufficient, as he judged, for his sustenance, left the ...
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Can being a vegetarian actually be a temporary hindrance for some?

It was recently explained to me the the ethical precepts aren't vows so.. A vow - I will never do X again as long as I live A precept - I am working towards this. I might slip up. I might not ...
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What dietary practices are most helpful for reaching enlightenment?

As far as dietary guidelines for Enlightenment, I really like the "Three Gunas" model. I feel many people these days lack fundamental intuition for what constitutes good or bad energy when it comes to ...
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What dietary practices are most helpful for reaching enlightenment?

Food we eat is linked to sensations we experience. So best is to choose food which doesn't give unpleasant sensations, drowsiness, etc. Oily food leads to sleepiness. Spicy food lead to burning ...
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Are all Buddhists vegetarian?

Entire books have been written on the topic, "The Great Compassion" is a good one to start with-- it is written from the pro-vegetarian standpoint. Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese Buddhists are all ...
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Plants may be sentient beings like animals so how do you decide what to eat?

My theory is that it is not wrong to directly deprive plants of their life, in order to eat them, unlike animals, because they don't have the five aggregates. In my opinion, plants do not have mental ...
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What is the purpose of not eating after noon?

In addition to the answers already provided which are quite accurate, one minor point that occurs to me is culture. For a long time in India yogis ate only one meal a day, even among Hindus. The ...
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Noting craving for food : Ven. Mahasi Saydaw tradition

It is not Mahasi noting, but the core of the Buddha's teaching: Dependent origination(D0) and others. Depending on contact feeling arises, depending on feeling craving arises, depending on craving, ...
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Noting craving for food : Ven. Mahasi Saydaw tradition

This doesn't quite answer the question, but because you said "I have got some illnesses due to this too" ... I find I'm bad with sweets. After I eat a sweet biscuit, I want another! After I eat a ...
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Where did the Buddha speak of his difficulty in eating almsfood as a Bodhisatta?

The quote appears in this text. However it appears to be a Victorian-era translation of the Jâtaka without much details about the version of the original from which it was translated. BUDDHISM ...
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