If buddhism is so peaceful and mercyf...

If buddhism is so peaceful and mercyful..

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Ashburn, VA

#1 Feb 17, 2013
then why people kill dogs,monkeys ,snakes,donkeys etc for eating ..in buddhist countries..

Suffolk, VA

#2 Feb 17, 2013
Questions regarding vegetarian and non- vegetarians in relation to Buddhism have been discussed numerous times before so I'll paste them below:

" While eating less meat is recommended , vegetarian diet is not an obligation in Buddhism and there is no set rule forbidding meat consumption. It is up to each individual to choose regarding this matter. There are Buddhist that are vegetarians and non- vegetarians.

Devadatta ( an evil character) once insisted that the Buddha established a rule forbidding disciples from eating meat . However the Buddha did not. You might be wondering why is it that the Buddha did not lay down a set rule forbidding meat consumption but was flexible regarding this matter and allowing people to choose for themselves:

1. Planting crops and vegetables also involves some killing , maybe not bigger creatures but smaller ones. The Buddha would simply be favoring larger animals if he made a rule forbidding people from eating meat.

2. There are people that live in snowy regions where it is difficult to plant crops and vegetables. If he made a rule forbidding all disciples from eating meat , that would make it very difficult for disciples in certain regions to survive when they can neither eat meat nor find much vegetables and crops.

3. There are certain people with medical conditions where they need to consume some meat to get better.

4. What one puts in ones mouth does not make a person compassionate or non- compassionate. It is also doesn't determines whether a person will become enlightened or not. The Buddha even practiced eating only rice and nuts , but it wasn't helping in the development of enlightenment. So in Buddhism we don't have a belief where if you are a vegetarian then you are more enlightened then people that are not vegetarians. We don't put down Buddhist others based on their diets.

There is no instruction on how to kill animals for food nor is there instruction on killing animals as a sacrifice in our teaching . No where in the Buddhist teaching suggest that people should eat meat. This is a personal choice whether people prefer little creatures get kill ( as in the producing crops for vegetarians) or larger creatures get kill ( as in non-vegetarians).

Ardsley, NY

#3 Feb 17, 2013
Also, Buddhism also allows meat for the purpose of use as medicine or for general health reasons.

In Buddhism we should reflect on food - that it is not for taste, ie feed our lust but to aid in our development of body, speech and mind towards enlightenment.

Buddhism is not against meat eating since meat and animal derived products can be used as medicine and can promote overall health and well being as part of a well balanced diet.

That being said, every Buddhist is for methods to reduce suffering of animals for this process, such as using stun guns or methods of making the animal unconscious.

Ardsley, NY

#4 Feb 17, 2013
PS that being said I am against industrialization of animals and industrial farming. To eat animals scared of death can not be medicine-- they release toxins.

So Buddhists should keep in mind Buddha's teachings and fight against genetic modification of our foods and meat industrialization which houses tremendous amount of cruelty to animals which is another name for poison.

So please Buddhists, please know where your food is coming from and what is going into it. Ignorance can only lead to death!

Ashburn, VA

#5 Feb 18, 2013

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