Vegan Enlightenment

Vegan EnlightenmentMy friend and fellow vegan Juliet defines the vegan practice thus: Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.

Enlightenment is a state in which we are aware of the ultimate truth and meaning of everything. As a Buddhist, I strive for enlightenment and also try to avoid, as far as possible, bringing harm or suffering to any other living creature.

When we are aware that each moment of each day, each gesture and step we take, is truly mystical and full of wonder, we will live our lives with greater thought and care. We will also have greater respect and appreciation for the lives of others.

The two overlap in many ways, and although you don’t have to be Buddhist to be vegan, or vegan to be Buddhist, they fit together like a hand in a glove.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sallyember
    Apr 23, 2014 @ 15:32:44

    Reblogged this on Sally Ember, Ed.D. and commented:
    What do you think of this? I’m ambivalent.

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  2. rouinfarshchi
    Apr 25, 2014 @ 06:03:39

    Hi Anupadin! I am a vegetarian and share many beliefs with Buddhism as I understand it. But I have a question: what makes it admissable to slaughter plants? I have a recent post on this, would love to hear your thoughts.
    http://daydreamingatwork.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/imitation-of-life-2/

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    • Anupadin
      Apr 25, 2014 @ 10:54:53

      A very good point. Current knowledge would suggest that plants do not have nervous systems in the way animals do, so are not covered by the Buddhist principle of ‘no harm to any sentient being’. Being vegan means trying to leave the lightest footprint possible on Mother Earth as we make our way in the world. In the future who knows what plant related revelations will come to light? Namaste ~ Anupadin

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