David N. Snyder wrote:lyndon taylor wrote:Anyway a lot of misinformation is being spread on the Buddha's position, how about some scriptural evidence that the buddha ever said buying meat at the market that had been killed for consumption was permissible?????
Anguttara Nikaya 8.2 (summary of the relevant passage):
After hearing a Dhamma talk by the Buddha, (the military commander) General Siha addresses one of his staff and tells them to go to the market to purchase some meat for the Sangha. The Niganthas (Jains) complain that the Buddha and his monks will be eating meat from an animal killed for them. But the Buddha explains that no animal was killed specifically for the meat according to the 3 fold rule. The passage does not specifically state whether the Buddha ate the meat or not. Later it is reported that the "pure stainless eye of the Teaching appeared to the general Siha seated there itself; Whatever arisen thing has the nature of ceasing" (Anguttara Nikaya 8.2) which implies that he attained stream entry (sotapanna). This suggests that lay people can purchase meat without violating the First Precept since it is an indirect connection and no specific animal ordered to be killed.
However, in spite of the above, I still choose vegetarian for myself, since I find it in the spirit of the First Precept and ahimsa, even if it is not specially commanded or recommended. But you got to admit, the above passage is probably the most convincing statement on the issue that meat eaters may not be violating the First Precept. Of course on the vegetarian side, there are plenty of other statements by the Buddha against killing or causing to kill, but in this instance General Siha actually goes to the market to purchase meat and the Buddha does not stop him nor scold him.
Full passage here: http://obo.genaud.net/dhamma-vinaya/pts ... re.pts.htm
And this is the only reference to animals killed for market being purchased in the scriptures???