As to the specific teachings found within Buddhism, I find the Buddha’s own words to be authoritative:
In explaining to you the rules of the Vinaya, I have frequently emphasized three good lessons, namely, (1) the only way to keep the Precepts is first to be able to concentrate the mind; (2) by keeping the Precepts you will be able to attain Samadhi; (3) by ...
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, lions, tigers, leopards, bears, and hyenas.
To eat human flesh entails a thullaccaya; to eat any of the other unallowable
types, a dukkata. Human beings,...
As far as the theory of monastics eating meat is concerned, here are two enlightening videos/articles on the subject:
Ask A Monk: Mark Zuckerberg, Vegetarianism and Killing
The Bhikkhus' Rules
A Guide for Laypeople -- Meat Eating
In Buddhism, the problem with eating meat is in many ways as much about the craving that meat promotes as it is about the non-...
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 cotton, it can indirectly cause the death of animals like snails and earthworms, due to clearing of land, ploughing, pesticides, weeding etc.
If you use banknotes ...
In this commentary on the Vinaya, on page 308, it says,
Raw flesh and blood are allowed at Mv.VI.10.2 only when one is possessed
by non-human beings. Thus, in more ordinary circumstances, one may not eat
raw fish or meat even if of an allowable kind. This would include such things as
steak tartare, sashimi, oysters on the half-shell, raw eggs, and ...
I also was told that Kosher/Halal dealt with dispatching the animal in a way that minimized suffering to the animal. So if eating meat at all had a karmic effect would eating in this way minimize it.
I think that this (the karma of meat-eating) is a doctrine on which different schools of Buddhism differ.
I considered replying to your "dispatching the ...
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 affect one's meditation and vipassana (seeing things clearly).
I am myself a lay person who try to follow a good path in this life. Mostly now, I try my best ...
"Jivaka, I say that there are three instances in which meat should not be eaten: when it is seen, heard, or suspected (that the living being has been specifically slaughtered for oneself)... I say that there are three instances in which meat may be eaten: when it is not heard, or suspected (that living beng has been specifically slaughtered for oneself)....
First Theravada monk do not cook, they alms round, hence they do not purchase meat. They eat meat that was given and must qualified by not seeing killing, not hearing killing, not suspect killing is for him. So, your question is towards Buddhist layperson I think.
As Buddhist follower, a layperson practices minimum 5 precepts, for us to avoid bad kamma. ...
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, meat is invariably more accessible than vegetables or grains.
In Tibetan Buddhism, vegetarian diet can be prescribed as part of the purity catharsis practiced ...
Please read "Why is contributing to the market demand for meat not wrong?".
According to the Theravada school of Buddhism (and possibly also other schools), it is against the first precept to kill an animal yourself, but it is ok to buy frozen meat from the supermarket for consumption.
Let's say you go to a restaurant as a customer. If the ...
I admire vegans, would be my ideal one day. Or even better, no need for "daily food" any more if I wish, one day.
I believe you a Theravada practitioner; if not, at least more aligned and accessing to Theravadin Pali Suttas. That's even more adored, for listening to compassionate heart and discernment than subscribing to words and preaching.
Likely the ...
There's a Wikipedia article, Buddhist vegetarianism, which says that doctrine (view) varies from one tradition to another, and from one person to another.
I don't know if it's possible to add to that, except personal opinion.
Is there any way this is acceptable?
Or should one sacrifice their health, if necessary?
Perhaps not? I'm thinking that ...
Yes. The Dalai Lama is not a vegetarian, for health reasons. Another factor is the practice of the begging bowl. It would be unskillful to demand of those practising generosity to provide vegetarian. That said, it is most probably better karma to be vegetarian. Disclaimer, I am not vegetarian.
Most probably because it is connected with killing and stealing (as both are related to unnecessary suffering) DHP 129 145:
All tremble at violence; all fear death. Putting oneself in the place
of another, one should not kill nor cause another to kill.
It is not as categorical as one may think. Buddha, for example, said the following MN 55:
In three cases ...
OP: If you are a meat eating buddhist, is there any support that eating in this way lessens the karmic impact of consuming meat? ... I also was told that Kosher/Halal dealt with dispatching the animal in a way that minimized suffering to the animal. So if eating meat at all had a karmic effect would eating in this way minimize it.
This answer comes from the ...
Intetion is kamma and of course a "only" taking in a count that harm is directly caused by ones actions, agreement or even joy within harm, is bad kamma as well. Just merely ignoring things in hypocritical ways does not help one out. If an action harms, simply don't do it. It an action praises harm obiviously and agrees with wrong ways, simply don't do it.
It depends on your goals: Some Buddhists follow the path of compassion (bodhisattvas) who try to minimize the amount of pain (bad actions+consequence) or maximize the good karma that results from their actions, for which pragmatic veganism (or ostro-veganism) is currently the way to go in terms of diet, because plants and bivalves cannot feel pain (the ...
My answers to
If you are selling meat, you are directly involved in the business of buying meat from people who kill the animals.
If you work as a cashier or logistics, you have nothing to do with the killing of animals.
The reason the Buddha suggested we abstain from certain things is not because of the morality of the actions themselves, but because of the effect these actions have on our minds.
The fact that you are even asking this question illustrates there is some sort of mental suffering/inner conflict that has arrisen. This is the suffering we are attempting to ...
My answer is based on the Chinese Classical Sutras I read, there are three situations:
A) A Bhikkhu should NOT eat meat because he is on the path of liberation cultivating the Caturapramāṇāḥ/四無量心 (Four All-encompassing Hearts), due to Maitr/Compassion he should not kill so eating meat is participating indirectly or encouraging killing.
B) A Bhikkhu ...
The following are prohibited for ordained monastics in the Theravada tradition
It was considered that the odours emitted from a human being who has eaten the flesh of these animals would cause them to be seen as a threat by the same. This perhaps would particularly apply to forest dwelling ...
In a word, yes. Bhikkhus and bhikkhunis are forbidden from accepting raw meat or live animals. They are also forbidden from consuming fish or flesh that they suspect, heard or seen has been slaughtered for their personal consumption.