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    Meat: To Eat It or Not—John Stevens Paid Member

    As a young Indian prince living nearly three millennia ago, Gotama (Buddha's original name) enjoyed the finest delicacies available to the warrior caste of that ancient era: sali, a high-quality long-grain rice; dairy products such as ghee (made from cow, goat, or buffalo milk), butter, and curds; meat, especially goat, fowl, venison, and beef; fish and eggs; a variety of fresh and leafy vegetables; and cereal-based beers and liquors. Despite his comfortable circumstances and rich diet, Gotama was in torment. At the age of twenty-nine, the thought of old age, disease, and death filled him with dread and drained him of his vigor. Determined to solve the puzzle of existence, Gorama renounced his worldly position and set out traveling as a religious pilgrim. More »
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    Meat: To Eat It or Not—Shakyamuni Buddha Paid Member

    Thus have I heard. On one occasion the Blessed One was living at Rajagaha in the Mango Grove of Jivaka Komarabhacca. Then Jivaka Komarabhacca went to the Blessed One, and after paying homage to him, he sat down at one side and said to the Blessed One: "Venerable sir, I have heard this: 'They slaughter living beings for the recluse Gotama; the recluse Gotama knowingly eats meat prepared for him from animals killed for his sake.' Venerable sir, do those who speak thus say what has been said by the Blessed One, and not misrepresent him with what is contrary to fact? Do they explain in accordance with the Dhamma in such a way that nothing which provides a ground for censure can be legitimately deduced from their assertions?" "Jivaka, those who speak thus do not say what has been said by me, but misrepresent me with what is untrue and contrary to fact. More »
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    Meat: To Eat It or Not—Stuart Smithers Paid Member

    What the historical Buddha ate for his last meal has been the subject of much debate. The controversial passage from the  Mahaparinibbana Sutta, the sutta that recounts the Buddha's final days, tells us that on his last night the Buddha rested in the home of Cunda, a metalsmith apparently known to the Buddha. In honor of his guest, Cunda prepared (probably not personally) "hard and soft delicious food, and also a large quantity of sukaramaddava." The difficulty lies in the translation of sukaramaddava. The amateur mycologist Gordon Wasson studied the available literature on the problem and admirably summarized it in his essay "The Last Meal of the Buddha": More »
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    Meat: To Eat It or Not—John McClellan Paid Member

    There would seem to be little justification for eating meat. There's no nutritional need, it's hard on the earth, not that good for us, and the factory conditions in which we produce "animal products" are so appalling they beggar description. But not eating meat might be playing things too safe. The function of all our actions as human beings should be to deepen awareness and arouse compassion for the liberation of all beings. But in my own experience, being a strict vegetarian seems to give rise to a subtle buffer between myself and the suffering world, shielding me from the very feelings I would most like to arouse. More »
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    Perspectives From Stuart Smithers Shakyamuni Buddha John McClellan John Stevens Gelek Rinpoche More »
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    The Work That Reconnects Paid Member

    The Work That Reconnects maps a process that helps us build motivation, creativity, courage, and solidarity for the transition to a sustainable human culture. The sequence works as a spiral because it repeats itself. The spiral can take place over the course of a day, a project, or a lifetime. We come back to it again and again as a source of strength and fresh perspectives. More »