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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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How are there good overweight monks?

A well-known monk with a bodily disorder was the deceased Bhikkhu Buddhadasa, who was given all kinds of diets when he was alive. Buddhadasa was fat most of his life. However, for example, some ...
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Non-vegetarianism

My answer is simple but I know many here won't like it. Supply follows demand, active or passive. If you take frozen meat imagining that you did not kill the animal so it is okay, as suggested by some ...
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Is preparing eggs for a meal considered as sinful in Buddhism?

I think the idea of sinful or not doesn't apply to Buddhism. There are only wholesome/skillful actions and unwholesome/unskillful actions. Karma = intention. As long as you are mindful of what you'...
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How are there good overweight monks?

I think it’s possible to eat in moderation and be overweight. I’m not saying it’s possible to become overweight, but rather, to maintain your excess weight. Two factors come to mind: 1) monks don’t ...
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Is meat eating a possibility?

If you eat vegetables or grains, it can indirectly cause the death of animals like snails and earthworms, due to clearing of land, ploughing, pesticides, weeding etc. If you wear clothes made of ...
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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 is the purpose of not eating after noon?

Eating once or twice a day has been shown to be very healthy and is called "intermittent fasting". It is especially useful for mental clarity and promoting the body's use of fat for energy, actually ...
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Why can't the Dalai Lama be a vegetarian?

According to this article, Is the Dalai Lama a vegetarian? on a web site named "Reasonable Vegan", When the Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959 he took residence in India, the birthplace of the ...
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Prohibitions against eating certain animals?

Page 308 of The Patimokkha Rules Translated & Explained by Thanissaro Bhikkhu: The Mahavagga (Mv.VI.23.9-15) forbids ten kinds of flesh: that of human beings, elephants, horses, dogs, snakes, ...
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Is meat eating a possibility?

My thought on this is that; Buddhist precepts are taught as one follows so that he or she would not feel or experience unwholesomeness. Having unwholesomeness mind could affect one's mind, therefore ...
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Buddhism Open Activities for all communities

Your question is valid, and you thought it is related to Buddhism, but actually it's not. In some Muslim majority countries like Malaysia, it is illegal to proselytize or convert Muslims to other ...
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Food that is chanted over with verses

Initially food was not offered but only offered after the person was impressed by the teaching. Therefore this offering is like remuneration, i.e., what an actor might get for an act. The Buddha's ...
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Why can't the Dalai Lama be a vegetarian?

Interview with HHDL on July 4, 2010 by New Delhi TV, in which His holiness answers the vegetarian question: Then about taking meat, there are some contradictions but in vinaya no prohibition in ...
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Eating meat and buying meat

Buddhist ethics is the basis to develop wisdom and mastery over the mind. If there are no unwholesome Karmic results you cannot collect your mind to develop concentration as wholesome results give ...
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What is the purpose of not eating after noon?

I asked about this matter to my teacher before, a lot of thai monks have problems with their health because of eating once a day. Then i realised that a lot of them ate rice cakes and thai foods is ...
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Is meat eating a possibility?

Just to be clear, not all Mahayana schools prescribe vegetarianism. It is widely understood that Buddha originally allowed meat, and for practical reasons in some regions of the world such as Tibet, ...
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How does a forest-dwelling dhutanga practitioner get food?

The page you linked for āraññika dhutaṅga seems to already have an answer: A "forest monastery" is a monastery situated at least 500 (curved) bows lengths from the doorstep of a house ...
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Food enchanted by spells (SN 7.8)

See pages 96-97 of Piya Tan's essay: The Saṁyutta Commentary paraphrases the significance of the two verses, thus (as the Buddha’s arrière pensée): Though I have stood for such a long ...
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Selling an animal to butcher will break first precept?

With regard to precepts, one should not kill or encourage others to kill. If one is supplying animals to a slaughterhouse one is encouraging others to kill the animal though one is not participating ...
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Can being a vegetarian actually be a temporary hindrance for some?

Upon hearing that another member of the Sangha ate meat I would tend to distrust them and look at them as hypocrites at worst and misguided or lower than me in their ethical understanding of Buddha ...
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Can being a vegetarian actually be a temporary hindrance for some?

The question presupposes that vegetarianism has some property that would be a hindrance to practice. Since it accords with the practice (see OyaMist's references) it would be strange if it was also a ...
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Can being a vegetarian actually be a temporary hindrance for some?

Feelings of superiority are always a problem, as are feelings of inferiority, but compassion for the suffering of our fellow sentient beings is always an indication of progress on the path (whichever ...
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Non-vegetarianism

I know Buddhist followers, brahmins(Hindus) and Jains follows strict rules for vegetarianism. I don't think so -- I think that Buddhist doctrine teaches a middle way (avoiding extremes), including in ...
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Non-vegetarianism

It's amazing to me to see how people use religious justifications to justify things that against the spirit of their own religion. The Buddha advocated for loving kindness, compassion and non-harming. ...
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Non-vegetarianism

My question is does eating any sort of meat have an impact on your overall mentality? Yes Nandita, as you testify, you experience much guilt because you intuitively feel that eating meat goes against ...
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Non-vegetarianism

“All tremble at violence; all fear death. Putting oneself in the place of another, one should not kill nor cause another to kill.” - Dhammapada 129 Now it is up to you Nandita whom you want to ...
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Practical question - Meal prepping and Diet ideas for a lay buddhist

some easy quick dishes I make here: https://lucid24.org/misc/qigor/recipes/index.html my main staple, is I get a bunch of fresh organic veggies, rotating some veggies in and out according to season ...
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Are all Buddhists vegetarian?

Not all, only Mahayana Buddhists are required to be in normal conditions. In Theravada Buddhism: The Buddha forbids the eating of 10 meats (humans, elephants, horses, dogs, snakes, lions, tigers, ...
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