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Questions: Should Buddhists should be vegetarian? I received mixed ‘responses‘…. such as claims that the Buddha was not vegetarian, that he did not teach it, and that there are good Buddhists who are not vegetarians. What do you think?

Answer: This explains how the Buddha gradually advocated Maha-veganism (i.e. short for Mahayana veganism), which is beyond mere vegetarianism: https://thedailyenlightenment.com/2017/02/how-the-buddha-gradually-urged-the-kindest-diet This explains how he was actually a vegan throughout: https://thedailyenlightenment.com/2016/06/how-the-buddha-eventually-advocated-veganism 
 
This explains what Maha-veganism is, for the Bodhisattva path to harm the least beings: https://thedailyenlightenment.com/2016/10/how-should-all-aspiring-for-buddhahood-eat-and-drink There are good Buddhists who are good to humans, while eating animals and their ‘products’, but there are also better Buddhists who are good to humans, while also not eating animals and their ‘products’, by committing to the above teachings by the Buddha.

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