How?

14591750_885250808241062_1045426184610822787_nThe reason for practicing meditation and seeking to attain samadhi is to escape from the suffering of life. But in seeking to escape from suffering ourselves, why should we inflict it upon others? Unless we can control our minds, so that even the thought of brutal unkindness and killing is abhorrent, we will never be able to escape from bondage of world’s life.

After my parinirvana in the last kalpa, different kinds of ghosts will be encountered everywhere, deceiving people, and teaching that they can eat meat and still attain enlightenment.

How can one who hopes to become a deliverer of others, himself be living on the flesh of other sentient beings?

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Surangama Sutra

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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7 Responses to How?

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  2. Grön Sol says:

    Dear Sir,
    The Surangama Sutra made a powerful impression on me; it deserves to be better known to all Buddhists, especially for its invaluable helpfulness in discerning states that may be mistaken for true enlightenment.

    Regarding meat eating, what is your view on its ritual use in the Vajrayana ganachakra? Must it not be accepted as part of the samaya? I am personally not initiated into any Vajrayana practice yet, and have been 100% vegetarian for a couple of years now.

    • Tashi Nyima says:

      Various great Lamas have stated categorically that the use of animal flesh in rituals is contrary to the Dharma.

      Eating meat, at the cost of great suffering for animals, is unacceptable. If, bereft of compassion and wisdom, you eat meat, you have turned your back on liberation. The Buddha said, “The eating of meat annihilates the seed of compassion”. —Shabkar Tsodruk Rangdol

      It is said that offering to the wisdom deities the flesh and blood of a slaughtered animal is like offering to a mother her murdered child. If you invite a mother for a meal and then set before her the flesh of her own child, how would she feel? It is with the same love as a mother for her only child that the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas look on all beings of the three worlds. —Patrul Rinpoche

      • Grön Sol says:

        Thank you for your reply, Arya Tashi Nyima. I agree that your view must be the most orthodox in the context of universal Buddhadharma and especially of the Mahayana, and as a vegetarian it is the view that I can most readily relate to. But how are we then to view all the great Tantric masters who have eaten some meat, even used it sacramentally in the Vajrayana? I suppose there are also other aspects of the Vajrayana that may be problematic from the most ‘orthodox’ Mahayanic perspective if evaluated strictly on the basis of Sutra alone. Am I to understand that I would be able to study and practice, say, Kalachakra in a Jonang monastery and keep samayas while still remaining strictly vegetarian? If I remember correctly, there is a tantric vow to respect certain ‘substances’ required for practice.

      • Tashi Nyima says:

        I have never been invited nor required to partake of any “sacramental” substances that violate the Precepts. These substances are to be understood symbolically, as much of tantric scripture is written in ‘twilight’ language.

  3. Grön Sol says:

    Thanks again. I am considering whether to enter the Vajrayāna due to a karmic connection, but I do have some doubts that make me hesitate. I have confidence in you as a mentor, so I wonder if you would be willing to discuss some questions with me on email if you have time?

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