Peace starts on your plate

1325759401721The Buddha said time and time again in the sutras: “My followers should give up all evil actions that directly or indirectly injure others.”

One may disregard his words; one may consciously lead others to commit evil in provisioning oneself with meat.

One may think, “There are always skillful means in the sutras and tantras that counteract the evil so that I shall still be pure of stain.”

And one can let oneself off the hook by telling oneself that there are substances to be placed into the animals’ mouths and words that can be whispered in their ears and impressed upon their minds so that they will not remain in the lower realms.

But to do all this reveals a complete failure to grasp the meaning of the Buddha’s teaching. It is a perversion of the Dharma.

—Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol

Peace and clarity in 2014!

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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4 Responses to Peace starts on your plate

  1. amy vaccaro says:

    Thank you for support in solidifying my choice to be a vegetarian.

  2. Cheryla says:

    “whispering in an animal’s ear?” Does that mean all my chanting for the benefit of suffering animals is not appropriate Dharma practice? I do not eat my friends, and I do chant for my friends, but not to be “let off the hook”. How can we help free the factory farm animals from all this suffering? A lot of people I know ask me to “stop” when I tell them the facts. They eat in delusion. I choose not to. Any suggestions will be welcome. cheryla

    • Tashi Nyima says:

      The ‘whispering’ reference is to a practice in which the person about to kill an animal says a prayer into the animal’s ear. Saying prayers for animals is beneficial –killing them afterwards is not. With some persons, example is the only way to go, as they refuse to listen…

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