In my quest to understand the Vegetarian debate, I began musing on the topic of living beings. The Buddha says that we should not kill any living being due to the karmic reciprocations of those actions, and yet, is tearing a carrot from it's stem not the same as killing an animal? It in essence is still taking life. Or was the Buddha referring to the way in which life is taken, the brutality of it (so to speak)? I guess my general question is, is all life judged equally in the Buddha's teachings?