FallAway wrote:I have been a vegetarian for thirty years now. Health-wise, my body/mind has overcome cancer and advanced cirrhosis (non-alcoholic). Spiritually, my heart is content and at peace. It was exactly the fifth precept of Buddhism that drew me into the three refuges. Nothing spoke to me as warmly and lovingly as this precept...
Congratulations on all counts.
I don't want to encourage to you to leave your happy spiritual home but I have just been looking up diet and religion for another small project and there are two other groups which take non-harm as their primary goal - the Jains and the Vegans.and I doubt that I will ever find such welcoming acceptance of a "harm not" worldview in any other path.
Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jain_vegetarianism says
Veganism is not considered a religion but is often considered a lifestyle rather than a dietary choice. The Vegan Society https://www.vegansociety.com/go-vegan/d ... n-veganism defines its basis as:Jain objections to the eating of meat, fish and eggs are based on the principle of non-violence (ahimsa, figuratively "non-injuring"). Every act by which a person directly or indirectly supports killing or injury is seen as act of violence (himsa), which creates harmful reaction karma. The aim of ahimsa is to prevent the accumulation of such karma. The extent to which this intention is put into effect varies greatly among Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. Jains believe nonviolence is the most essential religious duty for everyone (ahinsā paramo dharmaḥ, a statement often inscribed on Jain temples). It is an indispensable condition for liberation from the cycle of reincarnation, which is the ultimate goal of all Jain activities. Jains share this goal with Hindus and Buddhists, but their approach is particularly rigorous and comprehensive. Their scrupulous and thorough way of applying nonviolence to everyday activities, and especially to food, shapes their entire lives and is the most significant hallmark of Jain identity.
A philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.