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The Buddha did not forbid eating meat. However, what the Buddha DID say is this: MN8:12.3: ‘Others will kill living creatures, but here we will not kill living creatures.’ And if one is pressed for more detail, we can quote the Buddha about the why of not killing: MN8:13.1: Cunda, I say that even giving rise to the thought of skillful qualities is very ...


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To answer your first question: Plants have form, feeling and perception but not mental formations or consciousness. As such, they are not sentient beings. From a scientific perspective, please see Taiz, L., Alkon, D. et al (2019). Plants neither possess nor require consciousness. Trends in Plant Science, 24(8), 677-687. The first precept of not taking a life,...


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What other people eat doesn't bother me much if at all any more, perhaps it used to -- it's not my business. And I know that some animals are carnivores, etc. Even being vegetarian isn't harmless, people point out that worms and mice and so on are killed when a field is used for agriculture. Some people try to be fruitarian because of concerns like that -- I ...


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Whether plants have consciouness or to what extent doesn't obviate the fact that persons need sustenance to grow etc. There can be moderation in consumption however, & nonwaste of foodstuffs, lumber etc, which too is efficient from resource utilisation standpoints. Plants do react to light & water & wind etc, yet typically plants are described as ...


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