Posted by Tim C. (220.127.116.11) on May 08, 2000 at 01:44:47:
In Reply to: What to eat and what not to eat... posted by Andreas Isaksson on May 08, 2000 at 01:22:58:
We had a quite lenghthy discussion on this subject in one of the postings below. You should probably check it out to see a variety of perspectives.
From the best of my knowledge Buddhist monks eat whatever is given to them--some eat meat when it is given to them but some are vegans.
The practice you speak of above (I believe) is for ordained persons and practitioners of the Jain tradition (which is not Buddhism). They do not eat meat or any food which is the entire living entity--for example, when you eat garlic or onions you eat the whole living entity and not just a fruit of the plant...when you eat a tomato, you are just eating a fruit of the plant so the plant lives on.
To be honest, I am sure this is part of some practitioners or monks and nuns practice in Buddhism but I have never heard of it being the norm.
Take care, My Friend.
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