Vegetarianism: living a Buddhist life series
How does what we eat affect us?
How does it affect our world?
What are the benefits of giving up meat?
Is there a connection between vegetarianism and living a spiritual life?
Bodhipaksa is ideally placed to answer these questions. As a trained vet he can reveal the suffering of animals in the farming industry. As a practising Buddhist he can identify the ethical consequences of inflicting such suffering. Through the Buddhist teaching of interconnectedness he lays bare the effects our eating habits can have upon us, upon animals, and upon the environment.
He concludes that by becoming vegetarian we can affirm life in a very clear and immediate way, and so experience a greater sense of contentment, harmony and happiness.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR.
Bodhipaksa graduated from the Veterinary School of the University of Glasgow, having inherited a love of animals from his grandfather. During his training as a veterinary surgeon he became a Buddhist. A few months later, a visit to an abattoir in the course of his studies convinced him to become a vegetarian. Since then he has worked in a Buddhist printing business, and also in community education for four years. He was ordained in 1993, after which he ran a retreat centre in the Scottish Highlands for three years before moving to Edinburgh to teach meditation and Buddhism. He is currently studying for a master’s degree at the University of Montana, investigating Buddhist approaches to work and economics, and teaching at the Rocky Mountain Buddhist Center.
The Sufferings of Farm Animals
Why are we Beastly to Animals
The Benefits of Vegetarianism
Commonly Asked Questions
Did the Buddha Eat Meat?
Meat and Metta