Vegan Buddhist is a collection of thoughts and links on the importance of compassion and of not engaging in exploitation or abuse: the combination of avoiding products of animal exploitation with the teachings of the Buddha. This includes not encouraging others to kill or hurt other sentient beings as much as is reasonably possible: it means walking more gently along The Middle Path.
This is a form of Engaged Buddhism and/or activism, but is not restricted to any particular branch or school of Buddhism. Vegan living is a simple way to tread lightly that involves negligible sacrifice and an abundance of health, happiness, and liberation. It is about reducing Dukkha (suffering, discontent) and living Ahimsa (non-violence).
This is also a blog about my life as a “vegan Buddhist,” which involves adhering to the Buddhist precepts:
I undertake the training rule to abstain from taking life.
Pāṇātipātā veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi.
I undertake the training rule to abstain from taking what is not given.
Adinnādānā veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi.
I undertake the training rule to abstain from sexual misconduct.
Kāmesu micchācāra veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi.
I undertake the training rule to abstain from false speech.
Musāvāda veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi.
I undertake the training rule to abstain from drinks and drugs that cause heedlessness.
Surā-meraya-majja-pamādaṭṭhānā veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi.
My name is Renée, and I also write a vegan info blog called veganza.com.