[Buddha-l] Insight into Anti-Muslim Violence in Sri Lanka
vasubandhu at earthlink.net
Mon Aug 19 20:20:26 MDT 2013
> have never been present when a chicken was slaughtered following the
> kosher rules, but I suspect that I'd
> be equally repelled.]
I'm a vegetarian, so I find the whole idea of eating animals repulsive, but
simply as point of fact, kashrut laws require painless, instant death. If
the animals suffer, the meat will not be kosher. The animal must be "pure,"
disease free, etc. Kosher meat, btw, is acceptable to muslims as Halal,
which is why many muslim immigrants to the US often move into orthodox
Jewish neighborhoods -- the kosher butchers. Conversely, however, halal meat
is NOT considered kosher, because the killing and preparations do not meet
the kosher standards.
Among Buddhists, Chinese and Korean Buddhists (esp clerics) observe
vegetarian diets. The rest (Theravadin countries, Tibetans, Japanese, etc.)
consume meat, though there are subsets that embrace vegetarianism. The Dalai
Lama encourages others to adopt a vegetarian diet, and some contemporary
Tibetans are attempting it, but he himself has been forbidden by his doctors
from following it himself.
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