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One Same Buddha-Nature 同一佛性

Jan. 17 | 我肉众生肉,名殊体不殊,原同一种性,只是別形躯。 宋黄庭坚 My flesh and other sentient beings’ flesh,have names different but essence not different,originally with the same one kind of nature,only with other...

How Egg-Bearing & Meat Chickens & Chicks Suffer

Dec. 26 | Animals are my friends… and I don’t eat my friends. — George Bernard Shaw As summarised from PETA’s sites below: 13 Ways Chickens & Chicks Suffer   [1] More than 300 million chickens abused annually for their eggs...

How A Shocking Teaching Can Be True

Dec. 19 | [1] 为利杀众生,[2] 以财取诸肉, [3] 二俱是恶业,[4] 死堕叫唤狱。 — 释迦牟尼佛《大乘入楞伽经断食肉品第八》第六偈 [1] For profit killing sentient beings,[2] with wealth obtaining much meat,[3] both...

Is Cultured Meat Considered Vegetarian Or Vegan?

Dec. 17 | Question: A documentary describes how chicken nuggets can be cultured from chicken feathers. Is such food considered vegetarian or vegan?Answer: The starter product as feather cells is vegetarian, as it is not meat, but the end product is meat....

Clear Answers On Mixed Responses To Going Veg

Jul. 16 | 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...

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...
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