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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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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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What are the consequences of a monk eating meat?

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 ...
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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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How is Vegetarianism morally superior to eating meat in a Buddhist context?

First of all, the Buddha didn't die from eating pork at least in the Theravada point of view. In fact, his last meal was sukara maddava, translated to English dug by pigs, a mushroom which still grows ...
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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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Why is contributing to the market demand for meat not wrong?

Eating meat is bad karma. So what if it's an intellectual or conceptual argument? When buying meat, you don't have volition to kill but you have volition to eat the flesh of an animal killed for you ...
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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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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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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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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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Feeding meat to pets is it a good karma or bad?

According to the Brahmanet Sutra you should not own any pets which typically eat meat, except dogs who guard your property. Part of the reason is that a bodhisattva should not be engaged in fostering ...
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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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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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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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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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Theravada Monks and meat in daily meals

There is a bit of interpretation going on with this. Buying meat at the supermarket does count as commanding someone to kill because the force of one's money compels the wheel that is the meat ...
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Eating meat and buying meat

If the lay person orders an animal to be killed, he breaks the first precept. Simply buying meat that is available in the market does not break the precept no matter who profits from it. Following ...
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Vegetarianism in Buddhism on different schools

According to Mahayana, the Buddha doesn't allow his followers not to eat any kind of meat. To my limited knowledge, this statement is not true. What I mean is that: I do not know of any Mahayana ...
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Vegetarianism in Buddhism on different schools

Strictly speaking the Buddha did not forbade the consumption of meat. I am from the Chinese Mahayana tradition and I have taken the Refuge in the Triple Gem, as well as the Five Precepts. Even with ...
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Eating meat and buying meat

The argument of demand and supply is not a valid one. On this planet, a great number of human beings (Two thousand per day according to a newspaper report) and countless animals are killed by motor ...
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Is meat eating a possibility?

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. ...
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Is meat eating a possibility?

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,...
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