[Buddha-l] Meat Eating

Christopher Fynn chris.fynn at gmail.com
Wed Aug 21 09:53:16 MDT 2013

On 20/08/2013, Dan Lusthaus <vasubandhu at earthlink.net> wrote:

> 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

A number of Tibetan lamas, especially in the Nyingma traditon,
promoted vegetarianism
Shabkar Tsog Drug Rangdrol (1781-1851), Jigme Lingpa (1730-1798), and
Paltrul Rinpoche  (1808-1887) come to mind.



Among contemporary Tibetan Lamas, Chatral Sangay Dorje, who had his
100th birthday in July, is particularly vociferous about this:


He dismisses the claims of some lamas who say they need to eat meat
for health reasons by pointing out that all his relatives who ate meat
died in their 50's - while he is healthy at an old age (now 100) and
teaches that the result of saving lives and refraining from killing
and eating meat is a long and healthy life.

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