Posted by Zolla (220.127.116.11) on September 23, 2000 at 04:30:03:
In Reply to: vegetarianism posted by kasandra on September 21, 2000 at 18:34:49:
This is one of the most FAQ, and perhaps one of the most misunderstood issue.
In fact, vegetarianism wasn't taught in Buddhism, but out of compassion, we may give up meat, but it's not essentially a rule--in many forms of Buddhism including Theravada and Tibetan School.
It is something that was developed in the Chinese Mahayana tradition.
I have recently also started to try not eating any meat (not because of Buddhism). Before I made up my mind I thought it would make life very inconvenient, but since I've started it, I've realized that once you have the motivation to do something, nothing will become a real problem.
It may have similarity to our practices...we all have the tendency to ponder, to wobble instead of get into actual practice. So we find a lot of questions some of which are really clever, and we'll spend more time finding answers to those questions instead of actually get into the practice.
Well...it's just an analogue I use. Buddhism doesn't say that we have to be vegetarians. What's more important is that we get into the actual practice.
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