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1.1. By browsing Facebook and Google about Buddhist masters who promote the vegan diet and oppose eating animal food, I discovered this great and very interesting answers by Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche who is the third son of late Kangyur Rinpoche. Rinpoche is one of those virtuous Buddhist masters who openly and directly oppose eating of animal food among the human population on this planet. Another great Lama was Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche who passed into nirvana few year ago at the age of 103 years. Half of his life Rinpoche was a vegan and he also saved four hundred millions of animals by releasing them, saving them from butchers, fishers etc.
Great inspiration for us is guru Nyala Pema Dundul who accomplished Rainbow body at the age of 56 in 1872.
See his Song of Advice for giving up meat :
Shabkar.org published the list of Buddhist teachers who promote vegetarian and vegan diets, thus saving lives of animals.
IMAGINE. how many more lives of animals could be saved if all Buddhist teachers taught actively and by their own example of giving up meat and dairy food! More than six hundred Buddhist worldwide would soon become vegetarians and later vegans. Many Buddhists in Asia don*t know the difference between vegetarian and vegan: I try to teach them whenever I can: vegetarians still eat dairy food and eggs (which is animal food); vegans eat only plant-based food.
I sincerely believe that such virtuous activities must be circulated widely on the internet and in public to inspire more people to stop eating animal food, thus saving the planet. Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche has deep and modern insights, revealing them to all of us in a peaceful and respectful way. We congratulate him and wish all the best for his Dharma activities. Nowadays its really not necessary to eat animal food: there are numerous internet sites promoting healthy plant-based diets for everyone. My Wellness /Wholeseome medicine album has many vegan recipes which you can prepare. Its based on four seasons and it is very practically oriented. Enjoy ☼*¨*•♫♪
1.2. Great Being Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche (son of Kangyur Rinpoche) speaking about animals and consuming meat:
Question: “What do you think of a plant-based diet?”
Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche: “Oh, I think it’s fine. I have never eaten meat in my whole life, and I haven’t had any dairy or eggs, for now, fifteen years;
I am still alive”
Question: “What’s your thought about the environmental destruction and danger caused by animal agriculture in the world?”
Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche: „About this, I don’t have the right numbers, but I have read it, that the cattle production is responsible for a real big part of our environmental pollution. So, it’s really not what I think of it, it’s more what facts are produced by the scientists…it’s not what to think, it’s just…how can we say… it’s a fact.”
Question: “Do human beings have anything superior or more important or valuable than animals so that we have rights to use animals in whatever way we wish?”
Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche: „Well, in the face of suffering, whether we are human or animals, we are exactly the same, and also in that, we want to be happy, we are exactly the same, so in that way, there is no inferiority or superiority. Now because a cat might fall from a high place and not break its legs, from that point of view I am really inferior, and in certain point of view I have certain abilities, that the cat does not have, but those are irrelevant; really what is more relevant is: Do I want to suffer? Do I want suffering to continue? I definitely don’t. And I don’t have to know cat language or dog language or cow language for the cow to communicate that to me. That is very easy to understand that a cow does not want to be in pain.
Question: “Do we human beings have any responsibility as an individual in working for releasing the pain of those animals who are suffering due to man-made problems, and why?”
Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche: “So, of course, we do, – mainly because we are abler than the animals. So definitely we are, of course, we do have a responsibility because I think of responsibility as the ability to respond. We do have the ability to respond. And why? Because we are more able to respond to relieving the suffering than animals themselves.”
Question: “What are the solutions to reduce the abuse, ….. a killing of so many animals on the planet who are suffering factory farms due to human desires?
Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche: „I think I can say nothing else but: Information, information, information. For example, when I saw how some of the animals were treated, my response now to animals is so different to prior watching those documentaries on how animals are treated. So definitely I noticed that information, knowing what is, is what I was lacking.“
Question: „Is there such a thing that we may call humane methods of slaughter?“
Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche: „I think that question, that word „humane method of slaughter“ is an oxymoron. I don’t think, slaughtering is humane.“
Question: „In Buddhism, it is said there is a negative action only if there is the intention. In eating meat there is no intention to kill animals. It’s already dead when we buy it. So how do you explain that?“
Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche: „You know, I was watching this documentary, there is something where some people ask some city children, where the milk is coming from? The answer: From the supermarket. Now for those kids, they don’t know. After they have seen, go to a farm seeing cows being milked, then I think they don’t have that question anymore. So I think, this question: If we don’t know, and I didn’t have that intention, then we could understand that. Otherwise, I don’t see this question ever being a real question.“ Because: In eating meat. if there is no intention to kill the animal…. so in eating meat there is no intention to kill the animal., but in eating meat there is an intention to eat the meat. And a meat comes from some animal – of course, if some animals shredded meat like shedding skin, it would be different. But if in order to have that meat we have to, how to say – bring pain to some animal and the animal has to die, – unless that information is not available to us, I don’t see how this kind of thinking can be right.“
Question: Buddha said that they should not accept meat that they have seen, heard or suspected that animals have been killed with the intention to be directly offered to us. So is there any fault by going to the market and buy meat for oneself. I just wonder if you could say something. His Holiness said, this is not directly killed and offered to us, but killed for meat!?“
Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche: „Yes, killed for consumption!
Question: „So, could you make it clear?“
Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche: „it depends. It depends on whether that meat was killed for consumption or not. And it depends on when we buy it, whether we are a consumer, or if we are participating in that consumption or not. When we are participating in the line of that consumption, then it had been killed for us.”
Transcript by Sylvester Lohninger , Maitreya institute , Austria , European union
1.3. Afterword: we are grateful to Sylvester Lohningerfor transcribing this important interview.
May it benefit many sentient beings ☼*¨*•♫♪
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Each year Tulku Pema Wangyal Rinpoche aspires to free a certain amount of lives around the world for the benefit and wellbeing of not only the animals and insects but for all sentient beings and to help the mother earth survive and continue. Friends from all over the world contribute to this activity and many people release lives each month from the tiniest insects, fishes, to large horses and cows. Pema Wangyal Rinpoche was born in Rong Drakmar, central Tibet. His family escaped from Tibet in 1958 and eventually settled in Darjeeling, India. After Kangyur Rinpoche passed away in 1975, Pema Wangyal Rinpoche and his family came to in Dordogne, France.
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