• Beggars Can’t Be Choosers Paid Member

    This article is the third in the Tricycle blog series 10 Misconceptions about Buddhism with scholars Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr.  More »
  • Food of Bodhisattvas: Buddhist Teachings on Abstaining from Meat Paid Member

    Due to Buddhist teachings on nonviolence and compassion, people often assume that Buddhists are vegetarians. Indeed, many Tricycle readers cried foul after we ran a recipe in the Winter 2010 issue that listed chicken as an ingredient. One letter to the editor said, "I feel this [recipe] is as disturbing in your magazine as it would be if it had been published in Vegetarian Times. Please no more chicken recipes." We printed a short response saying that while we respect vegetarianism, the fact is that many Buddhists eat meat. (Note: personally when I say I "respect" vegetarianism, I mean it in the "hold in high esteem" sense of the word, not like "I respect your right to eat whatever you like." Also, a fun fact: when it comes to dietary restrictions the Tricycle staff is a motley crew.) More »
  • The Meat Question Paid Member

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  • Paul McCartney's little Buddha Paid Member

    Legendary Beatle and committed vegetarian Paul McCartney acknowledges that he travels with a portable Buddha statue on hand: ‘I think candles started it and then somebody brought in a little Buddha. So then we suddenly got this," he said, according to Britain's Daily Mail. In 2008, McCartney caused a bit of a Buddhist stir when he took issue with the Dalai Lama's meat-eating: ...I found out he was not a vegetarian, so I wrote to him saying, "Forgive me for pointing this out, but if you eat animals then there is some suffering somewhere along the line." More »
  • Meat and Murder; Our Foreign Policy Experts Paid Member

    Is there more crime near slaughterhouses? And you may have heard about the recent confusion between Nepal and Tibet by a member of President Bush's crack team of foreign policy experts. Get the scoop from the Worst Horse. More »
  • Meaty Issues Paid Member

    Our Winter '07 article, Gifts That Keep on Giving, has attracted some attention for its praise of Heifer International, a charitable foundation dedicated to providing international communities in need with livestock. Some livestock are used to help with farming and transportation, while others provide families with food and an opportunity to earn money through their milk, eggs, cheese, wool, and -- yes -- meat. In our Spring '08 issue, we published a letter from reader Kate Lawrence, who wrote, For Buddhists, a donation through Heifer violates the First Precept about not killing. These animals and their offspring will be killed, and killed specifically at the request of the donor. Do we really want to celebrate the holidays by sending animals to slaughter? Even if the donated animal is kept for milk or egg production, there is still killing involved: the female animals’ unwanted male siblings have most likely been slaughtered sooner rather than later. More »