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What do Buddhists eat?

To: alt.zen,alt.zen,alt.magick.tyagi,alt.consciousness,sci.philosophy.meta,talk.religion.buddhism,,alt.meditation
From: (Stephen Evans)
Subject: Re: What do Buddhists eat?
Date: 20 Jun 1996 01:09:31 GMT

Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam ( wrote:
: Stephen Evans ( wrote:

: : Most Buddhists are not vegetarian.

: Anybody can call themselves Buddhists. But a real Buddhist is 

Generally to call oneself "a buddhist" you've taken refuge in the
triple gem and accepted the five precepts.  Where there is opportunity,
you've probably done this formally and publically.

The first precept is "don't kill" but this has never been interpreted
as "never eat meat"  The Buddha himself was very clear on this: if some
want to take an extra vow of veg'ism -- that's a good thing -- but it
is not required.  And for monks (but this may vary from sect to sect)
the rule is "eat what they put in your bowl!  Don't be so finniky!"
Except in the case where the animal was killed specifically for them.
So you see an encouragement toward veg'ism but no requirement.

You lay out a very high ideal for what a buddhist is -- very well.
I suppose most of us don't measure up to true buddhism (possibly not
the buddha himself since he too ate whatever was put in his bowl).
Rather, we're just people struggling through who find "buddhism"
a great support, guide and community.

I'm sorry, but if you think that the Buddha only gave dharma to those
capable to pursue enlightenment with full discipline and vigour --
then you haven't been reading the suttas & sutras.  There is a GREAT
deal there for us common folk -- and, really no moral judgement against
the ordinary life in society.

I.e. there is as much in the Dharma about //how to live// in sa.msara
as there is //how to escape it//.  And the Buddha counted many who
just wanted to live a good live among his lay followers.

You may not want to call us "Buddhists" yet the Buddha counts us among
his followers.

sorry. mettaa, muditaa, mangala

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