The Buddha taught Right Intention, which includes harmlessness. And there is the 3-fold rule, the purpose of which was to minimise the slaughter of animals for food.Jojola wrote:I'm sure with some that is the case, but with others we're just curious how a vegetarian can reconcile their view with the manner of the Buddha, who wasn't one.Spiny Norman wrote:
What comes across to me in these discussions is the sense that some people just enjoy eating meat, and so they resent ethical questions about their dietary choices.
Was the Buddha harmful then?
I don't see eating meat as necessarily an issue, for example if it has already been cooked for others, but I think that choosing to buy meat when alternatives are available is somewhat questionable.