Eating Meat In Buddhism

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The strictly issue of Meat-eating in Buddhism
According to steven (), there are some few texts which discussed about the Buddhist point of view in eating meat. It is indeed obvious that Buddhism does not encourage eating meat in accordance to its beliefs regarding karma and virtue such as compassion and non-violence to all living beings jayaram, 1999. Tracing back to Buddha’s history, the Buddha did neither want his disciples to kill animals and to feel them nor insist his followers to keep vegetarian diet. However, the Buddha himself admitted that he ate meat that was offered to him. It is true that the Buddha and his disciples were walked in the forest and villages and had to accept whatever food offered to them including
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As I mentioned above, Buddha and his disciples were begging foods and had accepted whatever offered to them. However, vegetarianism is a growing practice now a day especially in Asian and even in western. Chinese and Vietnamese monks are as well strictly vegetarian and even the lay practitioners try to follow their example though some are not. According to jayaram 1999, the Mahayana Buddhist has these principles of having compassion, kindness and respect to all living beings. They declared that all men should feel affinity with all living beings as if they were in correlated and refrain from eating meat. As what Buddha said “I order the various disciples from today that they cannot anymore eat meat”. Moreover, according to the Buddha, since all beings share the same essence and more closely related to one another, killing and eating other living creatures is equal to a form of self-killing and cannibalism. This concept is also found in the sutra regarding those some arguments, restricting from eating meat (Harvey, …show more content…
Tracing back its history, in Buddhist countries like Thailand, Burma and Sri Lanka radiate this equal care towards animals. For instance, Burman’s attitude towards animals seems like “the gentle toleration of a father to his little children who are stupid and stubborn, but are very lovable”. In line with this, people from Burma feed turtles and fish at monasteries. If they see fish that are dying out they immediately rescue and transfer it from pools to river (Harvey, 2000). The same in this modern era, Ven. Master Hsing Yun, founder of Fo Guang Shan sheltered and protected animals as an act of kindness and compassion. People from the monasteries feed and treat animals as equal to human beings. It is indeed seen that Equality is being uphold and practiced in Buddhism. Buddhists try to do no harm to animals; instead they show metta (loving kindness) to all living beings that includes animals. In other words, Buddhist scriptures encourage universal compassion (karuna) that even non-human animals, Buddhist are overwhelmingly friendly. Buddhists also believes in the doctrine of livelihood that teaches them avoiding any work connected with the killing of animals. As well as, seeing animals and humans with equal

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