Buddhist Vegetarianism

Buddhist Vegetarianism
(An Entry from Buddhism A to Z)

All beings--human or beast--
Love life and hate to die.
They fear most the butcher's knife
Which slices and chops them piece-by-piece.
Instead of being cruel and mean,
Why not stop killing and cherish life?
(Cherishing Life, I 83)

Buddhist Vegetarianism
Buddhist Vegetarianism

In Buddhism adhering to a completely vegetarian diet is a natural and logical ramification of the moral precept against the taking of life (see Five Moral Precepts). The Bodhisattva Precepts (see Brahma Net Sutra) also explicitly forbid the eating of non-vegetarian food and also the eating of garlic, onions, and other related plants.

Mahakashyapa asked the Buddha, "Why is it that the Thus Come One does not allow eating meat?'

The Buddha replied, "It is because meat-eating cuts off the seeds of great compassion." (Cherishing Life, II 5)


A vegetarian diet is known to confer a wide range of health benefits. Research has shown vegetarians to suffer less heart disease, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, various cancers, diverticular disease, bowel disorders, gall stones, kidney stones, and osteoporosis (Dwyer, 1988). Vegetarian diets have also been used in the treatment of various illnesses, including rheumatoid arthritis and nephrotic syndrome.

Vegetarian days

2 days:       1 and 15.
4 days:       1, 14, 15 and 30.
6 days:       1,8, 14, 15, 23, 29 and 30.
8 days:       1, 8, 14, 15, 18, 23, 24 and 30.
10 days:     1, 8, 14, 15, 18, 23, 24, 28, 29 and 30.
1 month :    January / April / July or October.
3 month:     January, July and October.
4 month:     January, April, July and October.
All days:     All days of year.

You should pratice 2 days/ month at begin, and then extend the time.

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