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Do Buddhists Eat Meat?

matthewsatori:

I’ve been eating a mostly vegetarian diet for about the last eight months. I would like to incorporate meat back into my diet, while nonetheless eating healthier than before.

In the typical American diet, we eat too much red meat and junk food, and not enough fruits and vegetables.  The typical Asian diet is healthier in comparison:

Folks in Asian countries tend to have lower rates of cancer, heart disease and obesity than Americans do, and they typically live longer, too. Researchers suspect that owes largely to their diet: a low-fat, healthy eating style that emphasizes rice, vegetables, fresh fruit and fish, with very little red meat.
https://health.usnews.com/best-diet/traditional-asian-diet

While vegetarianism is a noble lifestyle choice, is there a way we can reduce the cruelty and environmental destruction of the livestock industry without insisting for the general population to give up meat entirely?

If humans are natural omnivores, would we lack compassion for our fellow human beings by insisting for others to give up meat entirely? These are honest questions without easy answers:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2016/12/23/how-humans-evolved-to-be-natural-omnivores/1#4882b1837af5

While it’s often assumed that Buddhism in general is vegetarian, this is not inherently the case:

Vegetarianism was not a part of the early Buddhist tradition and the Buddha himself was not a vegetarian. The Buddha got his food either by going on alms rounds or by being invited to the houses of his supporters and in both cases he ate what he was given. Before his enlightenment he had experimented with various diets including a meatless diet, but he eventually abandoned them believing that they did not contribute to spiritual development.

The Nipata Sutta underlines this point when it says that it is immorality that makes one impure (morally and spiritually), not the eating of meat. The Buddha is often described as eating meat, he recommended meat broth as a cure for certain types of illness and advised monks for practical reasons, to avoid certain types of meat, implying that other types were quite acceptable… 

Buddhists who insist on vegetarianism have a simple and compelling argument to support their case. Eating meat encourages an industry that causes cruelty and death to millions of animals and a truly compassionate person would wish to mitigate all this suffering. By refusing to eat meat one can do just that.

Those who believe that vegetarianism is not necessary for Buddhists have equally compelling although more complex arguments to support their view. 

(1) If the Buddha had felt that a meatless diet was in accordance with the Precepts he would have said so and in the Pali Tipitaka at least, he did not. 

(2) Unless one actually kills an animal oneself (which seldom happens today) by eating meat one is not directly responsible for the animal’s death and in this sense the non- vegetarian is no different from the vegetarian. The latter can only eat his vegetables because the farmer has ploughed his fields (thus killing many creatures) and sprayed the crop (again killing many creatures). 

(3) While the vegetarian will not eat meat he does use numerous other products that lead to animals being killed (soap, leather, serum, silk etc.) Why abstain from one while using the others? 

(4) Good qualities like understanding, patience, generosity and honesty and bad qualities like ignorance, pride, hypocrisy, jealousy and indifference do not depend on what one eats and therefore diet is not a significant factor in spiritual development. 

Some will accept one point of view and some another. Each person has to make up his or her own mind.
https://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/dharmadata/fdd21.htm

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If humans are natural omnivores, would we lack compassion for our fellow human beings by insisting for others to give up meat entirely?

Do Buddhists Eat Meat?

matthewsatori:

I’ve been eating a mostly vegetarian diet for about the last eight months. I would like to incorporate meat back into my diet, while nonetheless eating healthier than before.

In the typical American diet, we eat too much red meat and junk food, and not enough fruits and vegetables.  The typical Asian diet is healthier in comparison:

Folks in Asian countries tend to have lower rates of cancer, heart disease and obesity than Americans do, and they typically live longer, too. Researchers suspect that owes largely to their diet: a low-fat, healthy eating style that emphasizes rice, vegetables, fresh fruit and fish, with very little red meat.
https://health.usnews.com/best-diet/traditional-asian-diet

While it’s often assumed that Buddhism in general is vegetarian, this is not inherently the case:

Vegetarianism was not a part of the early Buddhist tradition and the Buddha himself was not a vegetarian. The Buddha got his food either by going on alms rounds or by being invited to the houses of his supporters and in both cases he ate what he was given. Before his enlightenment he had experimented with various diets including a meatless diet, but he eventually abandoned them believing that they did not contribute to spiritual development.

The Nipata Sutta underlines this point when it says that it is immorality that makes one impure (morally and spiritually), not the eating of meat. The Buddha is often described as eating meat, he recommended meat broth as a cure for certain types of illness and advised monks for practical reasons, to avoid certain types of meat, implying that other types were quite acceptable… 

Buddhists who insist on vegetarianism have a simple and compelling argument to support their case. Eating meat encourages an industry that causes cruelty and death to millions of animals and a truly compassionate person would wish to mitigate all this suffering. By refusing to eat meat one can do just that.

Those who believe that vegetarianism is not necessary for Buddhists have equally compelling although more complex arguments to support their view. 

(1) If the Buddha had felt that a meatless diet was in accordance with the Precepts he would have said so and in the Pali Tipitaka at least, he did not. 

(2) Unless one actually kills an animal oneself (which seldom happens today) by eating meat one is not directly responsible for the animal’s death and in this sense the non- vegetarian is no different from the vegetarian. The latter can only eat his vegetables because the farmer has ploughed his fields (thus killing many creatures) and sprayed the crop (again killing many creatures). 

(3) While the vegetarian will not eat meat he does use numerous other products that lead to animals being killed (soap, leather, serum, silk etc.) Why abstain from one while using the others? 

(4) Good qualities like understanding, patience, generosity and honesty and bad qualities like ignorance, pride, hypocrisy, jealousy and indifference do not depend on what one eats and therefore diet is not a significant factor in spiritual development. 

Some will accept one point of view and some another. Each person has to make up his or her own mind.
https://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/dharmadata/fdd21.htm

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Unless one actually kills an animal oneself (which seldom happens today) by eating meat one is not directly responsible for the animal’s death and in this sense the non-vegetarian is no different from the vegetarian.
The latter can only eat his vegetables because the farmer has ploughed his fields (thus killing many creatures) and sprayed the crop (again killing many creatures).

Do Buddhists Eat Meat?

I’ve been eating a mostly vegetarian diet for about the last eight months. I would like to incorporate meat back into my diet, while nonetheless eating healthier than before.

In the typical American diet, we eat too much red meat and junk food, and not enough fruits and vegetables.  The typical Asian diet is healthier in comparison:

Folks in Asian countries tend to have lower rates of cancer, heart disease and obesity than Americans do, and they typically live longer, too. Researchers suspect that owes largely to their diet: a low-fat, healthy eating style that emphasizes rice, vegetables, fresh fruit and fish, with very little red meat.
https://health.usnews.com/best-diet/traditional-asian-diet

While it’s often assumed that Buddhism in general is vegetarian, this is not inherently the case:

Vegetarianism was not a part of the early Buddhist tradition and the Buddha himself was not a vegetarian. The Buddha got his food either by going on alms rounds or by being invited to the houses of his supporters and in both cases he ate what he was given. Before his enlightenment he had experimented with various diets including a meatless diet, but he eventually abandoned them believing that they did not contribute to spiritual development.

The Nipata Sutta underlines this point when it says that it is immorality that makes one impure (morally and spiritually), not the eating of meat. The Buddha is often described as eating meat, he recommended meat broth as a cure for certain types of illness and advised monks for practical reasons, to avoid certain types of meat, implying that other types were quite acceptable… 

Buddhists who insist on vegetarianism have a simple and compelling argument to support their case. Eating meat encourages an industry that causes cruelty and death to millions of animals and a truly compassionate person would wish to mitigate all this suffering. By refusing to eat meat one can do just that.

Those who believe that vegetarianism is not necessary for Buddhists have equally compelling although more complex arguments to support their view. 

(1) If the Buddha had felt that a meatless diet was in accordance with the Precepts he would have said so and in the Pali Tipitaka at least, he did not. 

(2) Unless one actually kills an animal oneself (which seldom happens today) by eating meat one is not directly responsible for the animal’s death and in this sense the non- vegetarian is no different from the vegetarian. The latter can only eat his vegetables because the farmer has ploughed his fields (thus killing many creatures) and sprayed the crop (again killing many creatures). 

(3) While the vegetarian will not eat meat he does use numerous other products that lead to animals being killed (soap, leather, serum, silk etc.) Why abstain from one while using the others? 

(4) Good qualities like understanding, patience, generosity and honesty and bad qualities like ignorance, pride, hypocrisy, jealousy and indifference do not depend on what one eats and therefore diet is not a significant factor in spiritual development. 

Some will accept one point of view and some another. Each person has to make up his or her own mind.
https://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/dharmadata/fdd21.htm

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I’ve only had this page for around nine months, and I already…

I’ve only had this page for around nine months, and I already have over two thousand followers. 

I don’t know if that’s good or bad for Buddhism and vegetarianism, especially since so many of my followers appear to be porno accounts. 

Oh, well… 

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…at least Tumblr’s better than Pumpers.

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Absence of Meat Makes the Heart Grow Stronger

Absence of Meat Makes the Heart Grow Stronger:

Studies show that heavy consumption of meat, eggs and dairy products significantly increases the risk of cardiovascular problems. On the flip side, consuming plant-based foods such as beans, nuts, whole grains, fruits and vegetables is associated with a sharply reduced risk. 

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that compared with meat-eaters, vegetarians have a 32 percent lower risk of heart disease.
When it comes to heart disease, food isn’t just a preventative medicine. It can even be a cure. 

Back in 1998, Dr. Dean Ornish, whose signature diet is consistently ranked the top for heart health today, shocked the medical community when he found that patients put on a plant-based diet reversed their heart disease. That is, they essentially cured themselves by changing what they ate and adjusting their lifestyle. 

His and other studies show this treatment comes with only positive side effects, too: significant, lasting weight loss, lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure, lower risk of diabetes and, for men, even freedom from the little blue pill.

Previously, I was only purchasing fat-free salad dressing, until…

Previously, I was only purchasing fat-free salad dressing, until I learned that certain vitamins are fat-soluble, and that plant fats are healthier than animal fats.  

Now I take a bottle of regular salad dressing, and dilute it with vinegar to cut the calories. With fat-free dressings, you’re basically paying for water, sugar and/or corn syrup. 

Why Am I Vegetarian?

matthewsatori:

I’ve been eating a plant-based diet for almost two months now, while supplementing my diet with egg whites and low-fat dairy products for protein, calcium, and B12, and I’ve lost my desire for meat in the process.   

While it would be nice to lose a few pounds, I am mostly doing this for my long-term health, rather than short-term weight loss. While keto-based diets might help with short-term weight loss, they’re hazardous to long-term health.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, which is caused by saturated fat and cholesterol, according to most experts. Prostate and colon cancer, also leading causes of death, are also linked to meat consumption.

Another reason for my vegetarianism is Buddhism. While the Buddha didn’t require vegetarianism, he nonetheless taught that it’s misconduct to kill animals for meat or to profit from the killing of animals for meat.

I am not going to judge others for making their own choices, though I do recommend people educate themselves on the suffering and disease of factory-farmed animals, and how that might affect the quality of meat:
http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/why-scared-animals-taste-worse

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While it would be nice to lose a few pounds, I am mostly doing this for my long-term health, rather than short-term weight loss. While keto-based diets might help with short-term weight loss, they’re hazardous to long-term health.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, which is caused by saturated fat and cholesterol, according to most experts. Prostate and colon cancer, also leading causes of death, are also linked to meat consumption.

Why Am I Vegetarian?

I’ve been eating a plant-based diet for almost two months now, while supplementing my diet with egg whites and low-fat dairy products for protein, calcium, and B12, and I’ve lost my desire for meat in the process.   

While it would be nice to lose a few pounds, I am mostly doing this for my long-term health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, which is caused by saturated fat and cholesterol, according to most experts.

Another reason for my vegetarianism is Buddhism. While the Buddha didn’t require vegetarianism, he nonetheless taught that it’s misconduct to kill animals for meat or to profit from the killing of animals for meat.

I am not going to judge others for making their own choices, though I do recommend people educate themselves on the suffering and disease of factory-farmed animals, and how that might affect the quality of meat:
http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/why-scared-animals-taste-worse

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American College of Cardiology President: Why Cholesterol Still Matters

American College of Cardiology President: Why Cholesterol Still Matters:

Williams went on to talk about the Shin meta-analyis, which looked at how egg consumption was related to the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. This analysis compared people who ate less than one egg per week to people who ate more than one egg per day.

“The study authors concluded that in six to twenty years, there was no increased cardiovascular risk between the low- egg and high-egg-eating groups. However, the study also clearly demonstrated that the group with high egg consumption developed diabetes 42% more often. And people in the egg-eating group who were already diabetic showed a 69% increased risk of having a cardiac event. This is of concern, as diabetes continues to increase in the United States—21 million Americans and growing.  As doctors and scientists, we need to implement public health measures to improve long-term health.”

The Truth About Coconut Oil

Vegetarians shouldn’t be afraid of plants fats, since they’re generally healthier than animal fats. Adding fat to vegetables makes them more satisfying to eat, while also increasing the body’s absorption of nutrients: 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kristin-kirkpatrick-ms-rd-ld/why-youre-doing-salad-wrong-and-six-ways-to-make-it-right_b_9573760.html

What matters most to weight loss is the amount of overall calories one consumes, rather than fat content in of itself:
http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/79/5/899S.full

While coconut oil is all the rage these days, especially among keto-based dieters, some of its purported health benefits are either false or exaggerated. What I’m interested in here is whether coconut oil is unhealthy

While coconut oil is 92% saturated fat, usually associated with heart disease, not all saturated fat is created equal. While coconut oil raises LDL bad cholesterol, it’s also known to raise HDL good cholesterol as well: 

Lauric acid—a major component of tropical oils such as coconut and palm kernel fat—has the largest cholesterol-raising effect of all fatty acids, but much of this is due to HDL cholesterol. As a result, lauric acid had a more favorable effect on total:HDL cholesterol than any other fatty acid, either saturated or unsaturated.

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/77/5/1146.full

Indeed, countries with high intake of tropical oils (including coconut oil) have some of the lowest rates of heart disease in the world (106).

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3650498/#bib106

The bottom line is that, while coconut oil might not be a health food, it is nonetheless preferable to animal fats like butter and lard, when consumed in moderate amounts. 

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