Posted by mike b (22.214.171.124) on May 16, 2001 at 11:45:39:
In Reply to: Re: vegetarianism posted by Sergio on October 27, 2000 at 13:17:59:
suukara-maddava (the dish prepared for Buddha) was probably mushrooms and rice - as suukara (pig) is a prefix of many medicinal plants of old india ex. suukara kanda = pig bulb. Other plants were called such things as "pig-trodden" etc...As pigs either ate these things or where used by humans (as is done today with truffles) to dig them out.
I think later day meat eating Buddhists wanted to justify their carnivorous appetites by misinterpreting buddhas stand on meat eating.
There are several passages in tipitaka where buddha clearly preaches that meat eating is only allowed if the begging monk is sure the animal food given them is a left over and wasn't killed for them.
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