Re: Buddhism and Meat Eating
|Posted:||30/01/2011; 6:33:05 PM|
|Topic:||Buddhism and Meat Eating|
|Msg #:||8481 (in response to 8478)|
Kurma Traditionally it has been the Mahayana Traditions of Buddhism that have been vegetarian....as your quotes show (all the texts and people quoted are of the Mahayana Tadition). However in the Theravadin Tradition, especially where alms medicincy is practised the monks are not vegetarian. There is the story where the Buddha's cousin Devadatta (himself a monk) tried to have vegetarianism establised within the Monastic Sangha and the Buddha refused to do so. The logic behind this is contentment with what you get. Also it's rude to decline food offered by lay people simply because you don't like it. I have friends who are Theravadin monks and who are vegetarian, but they are able to do so even in places like Thailand because the food offered on the alms round is sufficiently diverse and nutritious for these monks to be able to give the meat they receive on alms round to their non-vegetarian brothers in the Sangha. Having said this, I have a friend who is currently in a Forest Monastery in Sri Lanka and he is having trouble getting enough protein in his diet because the villages who support the monastery are poor and eat meat. So I hope this balances the argument. PS: I'm mosty vegetarian these days due to some king size kidney stones and the role meat protein plays in their formation.
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