04/30/17

Detail From ‘An Egyptian Feast’ by Edwin Long (1829-1891)

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Death is a timeless theme common to all religions. The corpse being taken around after the feast is a stark reminder to people to appreciate life as well as the ever present reality of death. The corpse attracts varying reactions, from indifference of the young to the reflective expressions of the older figures…

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01/23/17

Should Buddhists Refrain From Eating Meat?

Animal Slaughter (Image Source - Animal Welfare Institute - awionline.org)

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Anyone wanting to follow in the Buddha’s non-violent footsteps will sooner or later have to examine their beliefs about food and decide for themselves whether or not they align with the dhamma. This essay examines some of the claims that are frequently made by Buddhists who eat meat and Buddhists who don’t.

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08/19/13

Is Anything Truly ‘Good’ or ‘Bad’?

As a Buddhist practitioner I reckon I need to be very clear on what is ‘good’ or ‘bad’.   In this post I explain how Buddhist morality is more to do with the effects of one’s own wilful actions (kamma) upon one’s own state of mind and less about the consequences for others. Nothing in this world is inherently good or inherently bad, but the Buddha’s doctrine of anicca, dukkha, anatta should not be understood as some kind of nihilism where ‘anything goes’…

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06/30/13

Vegetarianism, Minimal Impact Living & Buddhist Ethics

The issue of minimal impact living has been spinning my mind for years and still interests me.  An answer to the question of whether or not eating meat is a violation of Buddhist ethics is not easily arrived at, since clearly there are differences between the various Buddhist schools on what is and isn’t acceptable with regard to this and other important issues of moral conduct.  In this post I explain where my Buddhist practice has led me to currently stand…

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