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Should Buddhists Sell Killed Animals For Charity?

Apr. 18 | Question: Is it alright to collect whatever food sponsored, even if non-vegetarian, for selling, to raise funds in the name of Buddhism? Answer: Although this seems to be a little like random alms-seeking, it is not so… as there is active open...

Can I Commit To The Precepts If I Sometimes Eat Meat & Drink Alcohol?

Mar. 6 | Question: As I work in the food and beverage industry, I occasionally have to eat meat and drink wine when doing food tasting. Beyond work, I do not do these. Is it alright for me to commit to the Five Precepts then?  Answer: As the first of the Five...

Can I Offer Dead Animals To The Buddhas?

Jan. 8 | Question: Is it alright to offer food with meat to the Buddha?  Answer: It is not a good idea to offer any dead sentient being to any Buddha, as each Buddha loves each sentient being like an only child, such that he would never wish anyone to have...

Are Cordyceps Considered Vegetarian?

Oct. 25 | Question: Are cordyceps considered vegetarian? Answer: There are cordyceps that are grown out of the bodies of caterpillars, usually sold retaining the form of caterpillars. As the definition of what is ‘vegetarian’ is that it must be free...

Is Lab-Grown Meat Ethical?

Oct. 4 | Question: Is lab-grown meat (i.e. cultured meat; clean meat; in vitro meat) ethical from the Buddhist perspective? Answer: It must be noted that starter cells from animals are used in the initial stage of growing lab-grown meat. Though its production...

How To Lessen Suffering Of Animals

Dec. 7 | Even if the ideal is hard to reach, working towards the ideal is still more ideal than to not. – Stonepeace | Books I saw on TV that Australia was selling huge numbers of sheep and cows to Indonesia. They showed sheep all lined up, going to the slaughterhouse....

Is A Meat-Buyer Also A ‘Meat-Eater’?

Oct. 11 | Question: When I dine with my family in the same restaurant, I will be having vegan food while they have meat dishes. As I pay for all, am I considered to have ‘eaten’ meat?  Answer: This is not considered (killing or) eating meat, but it...

Why Eat Plants As They Have Life Too?

Feb. 22 | Question: When chatting with meat-eating friends regarding myself going vegan, they say vegetables have life too. How should I reply? Answer: You can reply that plants do indeed have life, but not sentient life (with feelings, emotions, reasoning)....

Am I Creating Positive Or Negative Karma?

Feb. 1 | Question: I am a nutritionist who educates on healthy eating through talks and cooking demonstrations. As the company I work in produces animal-based foods, I am tasked to promote their benefits too. Does my job create positive or negative karma, as...

How The Buddha Gradually Urged The Kindest Diet

Feb. 1 | 食肉之人,不应施肉。 何以故? 我见不食肉者有大功德。 – 大般涅槃经 (迦叶菩萨) Those [who] eat meat, should not [be] given meat. Why is [this] so? I see those not eating meat [to] have great meritorious virtues [due...

Should Buddhists Eat Cows?

Nov. 23 | When compassion is greater than greed, it is easy to abstain from eating animals. – Stonepeace | Books A common question among Chinese Buddhists is whether they are ‘allowed’ to eat cow. Is it a Buddhist practice to abstain from eating...

How Should All Aspiring For Buddhahood Eat And Drink? 上求佛道者应当如何饮食?

Oct. 9 | An Introduction To Maha-Veganism 大乘净素 (Short For Mahāyāna Buddhist Veganism 大乘佛教之净素) 不听食肉, 应观是食, 如子肉想。 夫食肉者, 断大悲种。 – 释迦牟尼佛 《大般涅槃经》 Not heeding eating...

Should We Kill Many Others To Protect Ourselves?

Sep. 23 | Thinking, ‘As am I so are others, as are others so am I’, harm none nor have them harmed. – Sakyamuni Buddha (Sutta Nipata 705) For protecting humans upon complaints, does the searching for destroying of animal ‘pests’, such...

How Shariputra Saw A Man, His Son & Their Dog

Aug. 18 | … Stop harming others, as you would want others to stop harming you… You can benefit others right away by not harming numberless sentient beings, by not eating them… With so many sentient beings, this frees them from being killed…...

Project Makan: Vegetarianism & Veganism In The True Sutras (2nd Run)

Aug. 10 | Register Free By Clicking Here Some Past Feedback:  Dear Shi’an Laoshi, thank you for conducting the Project Makan class. You have so much to teach and we have so much to learn, not only in this class but over many courses you have taught. I have...
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