Ben I can't grow the plants here in the foothills of the Cascades that will give full proper proteins. My goal is to be totally self sufficient were I live, living on what I can grow. My folk come from Idaho and Montana, the Indian side lived on lots of buffalo, most of the family is now trying to go back to traditional foods to regain their health … ha! The other side lived on lots of moonshine, we were/are farmers and jack of all trades (j/k sorta) …haha…
I've been vegan before and that diet made my fibromyalgia go crazy (who knows what fibro really is but it's nasty and painful to my back, joints, and lower GI, pancreas and gallbladder, thyroid, and I can't think straight)! I got really skinny though, that was super nice, except I lost a lot of hair. Yes I followed a nutritionist diet plan, I was vegan for about 3 years so I wasn't just going through detox.
I don't murder, nor do I kill for ritual or profit…I am doing pretty good! I do kill to eat and that's why I didn't really want to discuss this. Because it' gets really hot and personal. I would rather do the killing than someone else, seems so cowardly having someone else kill your food. I'll take the karma and deal with it, I don't want someone else to take it on for me. If I can't care for my own livestock and have to eat out of the store, I refuse to eat animal products. I've never seen people freak out over diets so much except maybe their politics. If anyone attacks me or my family, they better watch out because I am not shy of using guns for protection either, I will kill in self defense. And yes I've been trained in the use of firearms since the age of six years old. It's part of my culture. Up here in rural Oregon, we hardly have any break-ins or gun accidents, everyone knows everyone else is armed and well trained.
I don't kill chickens at retreats, that's where I fully observe sila. I'm pretty good with all the 2,3,4,5, in fact you could say I am a saint, except for the killing of chickens!
1. Panatipata veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from destroying living creatures.
2. Adinnadana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from taking that which is not given.
3. Kamesu micchacara veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from sexual misconduct.
4. Musavada veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from incorrect speech.
5. Suramerayamajja pamadatthana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
I undertake the precept to refrain from intoxicating drinks and drugs which lead to carelessness.
May we all find health and happiness!
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Form is like a glob of foam; feeling, a bubble; perception, a mirage; fabrications, a banana tree; consciousness, a magic trick this has been taught by the Kinsman of the Sun. Phena Sutta: Foam