Dharma Discussion 讨论佛法
The Buddha did not dictate that a Buddhist must not eat meat. In Buddha’s era, monks got their food by begging for food from others. They ate what was given by believers. While in Tibet, as vegetables cannot grow in the bitterly cold weather, beef or mutton becomes the monks’ staple.
Buddhism advocates vegetarianism with the intention to cultivate peace, kindness and simplicity in the hearts of people who wish to learn from Buddha.
If a person can become a vegetarian after learning Buddhism, that is the best. However, if one cannot become vegetarian because of family, work or other issues, one can choose to be vegetarian on the first or fifteenth day of the lunar calendar, on the six vegetarian days, or only consume vegetables in meat dishes, or consume three ‘clean’ meat.
Six vegetarian days: 8th, 14th, 15th, 23th, 29th, 30th day of the lunar calendar (28th and 29th for months with 29 days).
Three ‘clean’ meat: where one has not seen the creature killed, has not heard of it being killed for him, and has no doubt thereon.
Master Hsing Yun “Problems of Contemporary Society” (U.S.A, Los Angeles, University of the West Seminar)