Posted by Rochelle (184.108.40.206) on April 25, 2000 at 13:10:24:
In Reply to: Buddhist diet posted by Tohru Kenneth Kiriyama on April 25, 2000 at 11:50:23:
I had always believed all buddhists were vegetarians, because they didn't believe in killing. There are many different views on this however. I have read that it would not be right for a buddhist to go to a butcher, point to a fine cow and say "I want that one", thus being the one who told the butcher to kill that animal just for him to eat. Same as hunting. YOU'RE there doing the killing. On the other hand, they say that if the animal is already been killed, such as meat in a grocery store, because we didn't choose to have that animal die, we can eat it. I don't really agree with this theory, I believe that even if we didn't kill the animal, we should eat it, for the sake of respect for the deceased.
An interesting note: The Dalai Lama admits he eats meat from time to time for nutritional value. I suppose it is up to the individual. Follow your heart with what you think is right. Good luck in your journey!
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