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Can Buddhists eat meat?


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March 07, 2010 5:35AM


This is the cause of much controversy. I am a Buddhist, yet I eat meat. This is because many Buddhists believe that one can eat meat as long as it is blameless. This means that the one must not see, hear, or suspect that the animal was killed because of one alone. Also, it is suspected that the Buddha himself, and his followers ate meat.


HH the Dalai Lama has written on this. The eating of meat is neither inherently good or bad, as answerer #1 indicates the desire to eat meat and causing harm to the animal specifically to satisfy that desire is where the harm arises . Refusing to eat meat prepared by a host is bad - it falls under the affectation of saying "Look how good I am!" Wasting food is bad as well.

I Believe That If The Animal That Is Being Consumed Is Remembered For His Life Being Given And Respected As Well By Saying "Namu Amida Butsu" And Giving Thanks Then It's Ok. I Just Don't Agree With Killing Animals For Sport/Pleasure But Only For Our Sustenance/Survival. Does Any Other Buddhist Agree With Me?