Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, And Buddhism Essay

1310 Words Nov 16th, 2016 6 Pages
“Vegetarianism in America”, a study released by Vegetarian Times, revealed, “About 3.2 percent of U.S. adults, or 7.3 million people, follow a vegetarian-based diet...In addition, 10 percent of U.S., adults, or 22.8 million people, say they largely follow a vegetarian-inclined diet.” Due to so many people following this diet, there is a high probability that you will encounter or even work with a vegetarian. However, in order to understand why such a large portion of the American population is following this diet, the public must be informed of the reasons behind their choice, which may include religion and livestock issues. The public must also acknowledge the plethora of benefits associated with vegetarianism such as lowering the risk of heart disease and cancer, and having more energy throughout the day.
Some of the predominant motivations for individuals following the path of vegetarianism include religion and livestock concerns. Major religions imbibing a vegetarian diet include Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. Of these religions, Jainism is the only one that requires it believers to be vegetarianism. Even though, it is not mandatory for the followers Hinduism and Buddhism, it is strongly advocated in their scriptures. For example, the Yajur Veda, a scripture in Hinduism, elaborates, “You must not use your God-given body for killing God’s creatures, whether they be human, animals…” (Sager 5). Furthermore, in the Hinduism religion, ahimsa (nonviolence) is another major…

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