Dalai Lama

Is the Dalai Lama a vegetarian?

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2013-03-13 21:21:24

  • The Dalai Lama used to be a strict

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    but is not a strict vegetarian now. The Dalai Lama was very

    impressed with an Indian vegetarian in the 1960's, and became

    vegetarian for about two years. Unfortunately, he contracted

    hepatitis, and under doctor's suggestions began eating meat again.

    Tibetan Buddhists are not strict vegetarians, as it is difficult to

    grow vegetables and grains in the Himalayas. Three major

    monastaries have become fully vegetarian recently with the help of

    imported foods. The Dalai Lama wishes to be a full vegetarian, even

    though he cannot, as he applauds the compassion it shows. He

    chooses to only eat meat every other day, hoping that by cutting

    his consumption of meat in half, he will inspire his followers who

    can become full vegetarians to do so. The Buddha does not require

    his followers to be strict vegetarians, but he encourages it as a

    show of compassion for fellow creatures. The reason for allowing it

    to be a choice rather than a mandate is to allow those who do not

    have access to sufficient vegetarian nutrition to still be good

    practicing Buddhists.

    Also, there are areas of the world in which the ability to grow

    enough crops to sustain the population on vegetarian foods alone

    does not exist. By the way, I've been vegetarian for 25 years and

    have done extensive fieldwork in Central Asia including both

    vegetarian and non-vegetarian Buddhist monastaries.

The Dalai Lama was a vegetarian for a time, but he developed


It seems that the Dalai lama is a great lover of meat and is not

very concerned about the cruelty involved in its production either

as he has a particular appreciation for veal. The production of

which is to put it bluntly a terrible affront to the animals


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