Tipitaka Sutta Pitaka Majjhima Nikaya Jivaka Sutta Translation by Upalavanna I heard thus. At one time the Blessed One lived in Raajagaha, in the mango. Thus have I heard: The Bhagava was once staying at the Mango Grove of Jivaka Komarabhacca1 in Rajagaha. Then Jivaka Komarabhacca approached the. Are Buddhists vegetarian? Learn what did BUDDHA say about eating meat. Are Buddhists vegetarian? Many modern Buddhists do not know.
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What I said refers exactly to stta. The tradition of being a vegetarian Buddhist started off in China. So, what did the Buddha say about eating meat.
Majjhima Nikaya 55
The Tathagata has got shtta of sensual desire, hatred and bewilderment, has uprooted them, has rendered them like unto a cut off palm-tree stump, has made them incapable of further existence or of arising again. Go and slaughter that living sentient being this is the third instance in which he accumulates much demerit.
If there were no such rule, there would be no need for the exception. When that living being experiences pain and panic on being killed, this is the fourth instance in which he lays up much demerit.
Jivaka Sutta – An Animal Slaughtered For you
May the Bhagava take me as a lay disciple ‘who from now on has taken refuge in the three Jewels for life. In the morning, after that night has passed, rearranging his robes and taking alms-bowl and great robe, he goes to the dwelling place of the householder or the householder’s son and takes the seat prepared for him.
If anyone slaughters a living being for sake of the Tathagata or any of his disciples, he thereby creates much demerit in these five instances: Do those who say, sjtta slaughter living beings purposely for Samana Gotama and Samana Gotama knowingly eats meat of animals slaughtered intentionally for him sutta on account of him’ say it in accordance with what the Bhagava says?
At the end of that night, putting on robes and taking bowl and robes, he approaches the house of that householder or the son of the householder and sits on the prepared seat.
The bhikkhu accepts, if he likes. Then the householder or the householder’s son serves him with excellent alms-food. Do they really describe what is in accordance with the truth, so that nothing can provide reason for any criticism.
He reaffirmed his taking refuge in the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Samgha to express his appreciation of the discourse.
Verily, Venerable Sir, the Bhagava abides in goodwill. When we buy meat, or eat meat that someone else has bought, we become the engine that powers the terrible killing machine called the meat industry.
At such a time does the bhikkhu intend harm to him self or to others or to both himself and others? Anyone who slaughters a living being creates future disadvantage. That householder or his son serves him with the nourishing food with his own hands. If the bhikkhu desires he accepts and at the end of that night, putting on robes and taking bowl and robes, approaches the house of that householder or the son of the householder and sits on the prepared seat.
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Now I understand venerable sir. In fact, the exception reinforce the rule…. Will there not be legitimate jlvaka for censure, however little, in what the Bhagava allegedly says and in the repetition of it by other people? Bhikkhus nourish themselves only with permissible food. Buddha was creating an extremely narrow exception to a broad general rule.
Are Buddhist vegetarian? What did BUDDHA say about eating meat.
But the bhikkhus does not think thus: Jiivaka the foster son of the prince approached the Blessed One, worshipped, sat on a side and said: When this was said, Jivaka Komarabhacca said: When he degrades the Tathagata or his disciple by knowingly offering meat stta is impermissiblethat is the fifth instance of his accumulating much demerit. Jivakz, Mahavagga, Book 4. I have heard it said that people slaughter living beings purposely for Samana Gotama and that Samana Gotama knowingly eats meat 2 of animals slaughtered intentionally for him and on account of him.
The Blessed One abides in loving kindness. But the bhikkhu does not think thus: Yet many Buddhists eat meat—although many do not —and monks, priests, and scholars sometimes defend meat-eating as consistent with Buddhist teaching. Some bhikkhu lives in dependence upon a certain village or town.