Why Vegan and not Vegetarian? The Most Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh (Thây), buddhist monk and spiritual teacher answers the question.
There is a story in Zen circles about a man and a horse. The horse is galloping quickly, and it appears that the man on the horse is going somewhere important. Another man, standing alongside the road, shouts, “Where are you going?” and the first man replies, “I don’t know! Ask the horse!” This is also our story. We are riding a horse, we don’t know where we are going, and we can’t stop. The horse is our habit energy pulling us along, and we are powerless. We are always running, and it has become a habit. We struggle all the time, even during our sleep. We are at war within ourselves, and we can easily start a war with others.
– Thich Nhat Hanh
Source: No Power To Cleanse | Great Middle Way
May 19, 2017
Better than the slaughtering of animals is the sacrifice of self.
Those who offer up their unwholesome desires
will see the uselessness of butchering animals at the altar.
Blood has no power to cleanse,
but the giving up of harmful actions will make the heart whole.
Better than worshipping gods is following the way of goodness.
—Buddha Shakyamuni, Digha Nikaya
Source: 1st Precept | Great Middle Way
Aug 31, 2016
In the Dhammika Sutta, the Buddha says that ‘not to kill’ means three things:
You do not do it yourself;
you do not get others to do it;
and you do not encourage, condone, applaud, aid, and abet when others do it.
What more does one need to prove that one cannot observe this precept as long as one buys the flesh of animals slain for our consumption? What encouragement does the meat industry need from us? Except that we buy what they kill –and allow them to reap the profits they get from our purchases?
Professor Mahinda Palihawada co-authored The Dhammapada, a New English translation, with the Pali Text and the First English translation of the Commentary’s Explanation of the Verses with Notes and Critical Textual Comments, Oxford University Press.