Dec 20 2008

Non-Violence & Vegetarianism in Buddhism

Published by at 2:44 pm under Vegetarianism
Acharya Shree Yogeesh brings to light that Buddhists claim to practice the principle of Non-Violence, however, their error is that they eat meat.

To practice the true principle of non-violence, one must not eat meat, as it causes pain and kills the animal.

Unfortunately, Buddhists still eat meat, and therefore do not full practice ahimsa, non violence.

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22 Responses to “Non-Violence & Vegetarianism in Buddhism”

  1. agnostoatomoon 20 Dec 2008 at 2:44 pm

    As far i have …
    As far i have understood the Buddha taught on non violence but never taught Vegeterianism.
    Buddha and his Adepts were beggars and appreciated and accepted every Donation, even meat except if the meat came from an animal that was especially killed to feed a Bikshu or Bikshuni(spiritual beggars).So you see… they didn’t order meat,so no animal was killed for their pleasure and they didn’t keep up a dualistic view that divides in good or bad.
    Sarva Mangalam

  2. 8Patino2on 20 Dec 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Its almost like an …
    Its almost like an endless cycle on this earth. Animals kill other animals to survive, certain tribes kill animals to support themselves and survive as well. It’s the circle of life. Everything is full circle

  3. Strat85on 20 Dec 2008 at 2:44 pm

    interesting theory …
    interesting theory but unfortunately your diet does not affect your psychological progress towards enlightenment,if buddha teaches correctly there is no belief in god or some destiny or anything at all,but ur effort toward desired goal,in this case moksha,being a vegetarian can be a usefull “device” for a monk to train his desire for food to humble down, because that could be a great “wall” for someone who wants to free himself,but it is not necessary,it is all a psychological illusion

  4. catgumarton 20 Dec 2008 at 2:44 pm

    For a while I …
    For a while I wouldn’t buy meat or meat products, but I would eat meat if it was served as it would decay and be eaten by somthing anyway, human or micro organism, now I totally reject meat…but I will eat dairy products, but not eggs.

  5. catgumarton 20 Dec 2008 at 2:44 pm

    We have a choice we …
    We have a choice we are omnivores and we can get our protien and nutrients from other sources, If humans could only digest meat, then that would be different.

  6. catgumarton 20 Dec 2008 at 2:44 pm

    When I watch on …
    When I watch on Youtube how we slaughter animals, I cringe and feel good that I quit meat. I believe in animal rights, and It discusts me to see humans kill or harm them. I have some little tiny ant bugs in my bathroom and I might kill them and say a prayer that they go someplace better!

  7. amandil96on 20 Dec 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Great person… …
    Great person… Finally someone speaking loud and clear! Thank you ever so much!

    People compare humans and animals: if animals kill why not us? Humans are spirituals beings, and eating meat make us lose this spiritual part of ourselves (some people clearly just lost it!!)

    God (in each religion) asks people to NOT eat meat. That’s always one of the first commandment: “Do not kill”

    So simple

    Stop looking at what animals do (like a little child) and start Now to behave as a HUMAN !!

  8. WEARENOTSIMPLEon 20 Dec 2008 at 2:44 pm

    it is sad 2 c some …
    it is sad 2 c some people use vegivegetarianism 2 put others down and use it to feel morally supirior(sick). when u build u’r house or monestry did u asked those insects and animal who lived in the buildind site ” can i kick u out so i can build my house? . there is a word 4 this …. hypocracy. life is both good an bad.knowing it as it is, is the enlightment. being good is just being “good” but not en-ment.find the truth.come 2 peace with reality, come 2 turms with good and BAD. peace b vit u

  9. WEARENOTSIMPLEon 20 Dec 2008 at 2:44 pm

    vegetarianism is …
    vegetarianism is great. but this way of life was developed by good poeple in the past becos they believed it was possible to live without hurting other beings (animal). ofcos they did not know anything about micro biology or immunity system. Now we know. do not eat yogut, no boiling water, do not breath. unfortunately even the great way of non violence originated through ignorence. hense vegetarianism has nothing to do with enlightment. I’m sory. but try not to kill less beings as possible.

  10. KeniLeeBurgesson 20 Dec 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Interesting. …
    Interesting. Everything that lives kills to feed itself. Apparently, animals are viewed superior to celery. Killing celery is okay. Maybe if it screams louder, it will get an equal chance. Thanks for sharing.

  11. ikttvon 20 Dec 2008 at 2:44 pm

    In order to promote …
    In order to promote vegetarianism, animal-caring, energy-saving & environment-protection, the two biggest religious groups I-Kuan Tao and Buddhism – hold jointly the event on Oct. 26~27 in Kaohsiung County, Taiwan.

  12. dolespongeron 20 Dec 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Animals eat each …
    Animals eat each other due to the current vibrational level of Consciousness we create & inhabit. When we progress Spiritually, they will no longer kill – “When the lion lays down with the lamb”.

  13. wobbles17on 20 Dec 2008 at 2:44 pm

    I don’t know if you …
    I don’t know if you are trying to say that other animals eat meat therefore we can eat meat but if you are then that is completely flawed reasoning…a non sequitur to be more precise. Carnivorous animals are incapable of avoiding meat physically and are mentally incapable of developing a code of ethics. Context is everything: a sane man can be found guilty for murder while a mentally challenged man or one under drug influence could be exculpated. Meat eating animals have different situation

  14. FunForTheFutureon 20 Dec 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Ha ha non-violence. …
    Ha ha non-violence. Someone comes to murder you, what is non-violence then? Kill the , that is non-violence to a nice person.

  15. capriaapon 20 Dec 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Svariar. This might …
    Svariar. This might be possible, you can even feed deer on meat and they will develop the taste for it. Very horrible. But I think we should let animals that have body of meat eaters be what they are. They are part of the balance of nature.

  16. svariaron 20 Dec 2008 at 2:44 pm

    but wild animals …
    but wild animals are also hunters/meat eaters….is it possible for human society to try and train these animals to become vegetarian and nonviolent?

  17. MGCUKon 20 Dec 2008 at 2:44 pm

    The killing of …
    The killing of animals and the eating of meat are two separate issues.
    The Buddha did not say that people could not eat meat.He said:
    ‘Taking life, beating, wounding, binding, stealing, lying, deceiving, worthless knowledge, adultery; this is stench. Not the eating of meat.(Sutta-Nipata-242).
    Also Buddha said:
    ‘I allow the monks meat that is quite pure in three respects: if it is not seen, heard or suspected to have been killed on purpose for a monk’ (Jivaka Sutta, Majjhima Nikaya, verse 5).

  18. tobiaskelvinon 20 Dec 2008 at 2:44 pm

    maybe all people …
    maybe all people follow wrong teachings. Because the enlightend ones know that you have to find the truth within yourself. So all lectures they give are non trues, just to let people realise nothing is true.

    Everything is fake

  19. yogeeshashramon 20 Dec 2008 at 2:44 pm

    If you have any …
    If you have any type of pet (dog, cat, bird, horse, etc.) you will know what their purpose is. Can you eat your pet birds, dogs, and fish?

  20. SaintJohn86on 20 Dec 2008 at 2:44 pm

    What the heck is …
    What the heck is this? What are animals for if their not food just for show?

  21. ngothyeaunon 20 Dec 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Strongly agree.
    Strongly agree.

  22. cwalwanison 20 Dec 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Hmm interesting as …
    Hmm interesting as I am a vegan Buddhist and every Buddhist practioner (not someone who just reads books or something like that but who truely practices with a teacher and sangha) I know is vegetarian or vegan. Also you can find many videos on my page that show how many Tibetan monks have/are speaking out against eating meat. If you want to be fully nonviolent why not get be vegan instead of being a part of the suffering caused by dairy farms ?

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