True Home – Thich Nhat Hanh
Who do you discriminate against?
Who do you wish suffering on? Who do you suffer for? What arbitrary characteristic calls for discrimination and suffering?
Individuals with different politics? Other races? Genders? Cultures? Religion? Education levels? Sexuality? Species?
See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do?
“It is our earth, not yours or mine or his. We are meant to live on it, helping each other, not destroying each other.”
– J. Krishnamurti
It’s been almost a year since I updated this blog. My sincere apologies. I shall endeavour to update more frequently.
May all beings be happy & liberated.
Another collection of articles at Shabkar.org:
Buddhism & Vegetarianism
Many interesting pdf files to read there! Get to it! 🙂
“To keep the body in good health is a duty.” – Buddha
When one being is sick or injured, other beings around them suffer for it as well.
“The truth is that if the average person wouldn’t consider wouldn’t consider your current health practices extreme, you probably aren’t very healthy.” – Steve Pavlina, author
Don’t rely on other people to show other beings the compassion they need to heal – you are capable of doing that and of setting a compassionate example for others. Look after yourself and help others – be compassionate to yourself and to other beings. Pay attention to the moment.
Don’t leave your health up to others or to “the professionals” – they don’t have all the answers. There are many answers – both “unofficial” and “undiscovered” – out there. Perhaps you can also find better answers to old problems with a bit of care, conscientiousness, and contemplation. Do not kill your body slowly. Do not steal the opportunity for health from yourself or from others… Seek to apply the 5 precepts to all aspects of your daily life. Seek liberation from suffering.
The Dharma Realm Buddhist Association has a great webpage littered with vego Buddhist resources: articles, scriptures, poems, essays, recipes, and more.
Buddhist Resources on Vegetarianism
and Animal Welfare
Compiled by Ron Epstein, Philosophy Department
San Francisco State University
Some great reading in there. Enjoy. 🙂
The most popular, well written, and dealing with compassion regarding all animal industry products, ie. veganism – covering issues within all schools of thought: Theravada, Mahayana, Tibetan, and westernised Buddhism:
The Great Compassion: Buddhism and Animal Rights
by Norm Phelps
Also available from Lantern Books and the Book Depository (free postage around the world!), if you’re not a fan of Amazon for whatever reasons…
Food of Bodhisattvas: Buddhist Teachings on Abstaining from Meat
Vegetarianism: Living a Buddhist Life series
To Cherish All Life: A Buddhist Case for Becoming Vegetarian
by Philip Kapleau, Roshi Philip Kapleau
Ahimsa: Buddhism and the Vegetarian Ideal
by Bodo Balsys