Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh

If we are peaceful.
If we are happy.
We can smile and blossom
Like a flower.

And everyone
In our family,
Our entire society
Will benefit
From our peace.

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Buddhism and vegetarianism

An article from Examiner.com –

Buddhism and Vegetarianism

Is this one area where the west is improving on eastern practice that lacks vegetarianism? Thich Nhat Hanh seems to think so. What do you think?

Discrimination at home

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?
– Dhammapada

Writers on veganism + Buddhism

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…

Others:

Food of Bodhisattvas: Buddhist Teachings on Abstaining from Meat
by Shabkar

Vegetarianism: Living a Buddhist Life series
by Bodhipaksa

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

Scripture Quotes

“One is not a great one because one defeats or harms other living beings. One is so called because one refrains from defeating or harming other living beings.”
– Buddha, Dhammapada, Ch. 19

“If a man can control his body and mind and thereby refrains from eating animal flesh and wearing animal products, I say he will really be liberated.”
– Buddha, Surangama Sutra