No I am not. The OP equated meat eating with hypocracy. In his/her second post.Spiny O'Norman wrote:Are you suggesting that senior monks eating meat somehow validates it? Surely it's up to each of us to make our own decision on this issue.Sanghamitta wrote:If you meet with Luang Por Sumedho in his rural retreat,( unlikely ) or with various Forest Sangha Abbotts like Ajahn Munindo you might want to run that view past them. Its possible that they may be tucking into a chicken leg or even a Big Mac at the time.
And of course there's a lot of variation in attitudes towards meat-eating across the Buddhist traditions.
The fact that Luang Por Sumedho, and indeed for that matter the Dalai Lama, eats meat as do several of the most dedicated lay Buddhists I know does not validate eating meat.
Neither does it make them hypocrites. None of those people are barbarians or insensitive. They have made their choice and they have made informed choices after due consideration and I for one do not feel inclined to judge that.