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{ Monthly Archives } September 2007

Must a Buddhist be Vegetarian?

I am asked: “does Buddhism necessitate vegetarianism?” Considering that Siddhartha wasn’t a vegetarian, I’d say “no”. On the other hand, there are lots of people who disagree. I think Stephen Mitchell wrote an extensive apologia for vegetarianism, although I can’t find a reference to it. (It may have been back in the old East-West Journal.)  […]


In any intolerable situation, the essential step toward making that situation more tolerable is change.The single universal truth is that if nothing changes, then nothing changes.