First Precept and Eating Meat

General discussion of issues related to Theravada Training of Sila, the Five Precepts (Pañcasikkhāpada), and Eightfold Ethical Conduct (Aṭṭhasīla).

First Precept and Eating Meat

Postby DrRPDB » Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:04 am

I am sure this question has been asked many times before, but I'm new to this discussion group and could only find a poll on what type of "vore" people were - omnivore, herbivore, etc.,so please excuse my historical ignorance of the group's discussions.

My question is: how is the first precept interpreted so that one may eat meat?

Working from the classic AN 8.39(4) I have a hard time seeing any other interpretation except possibly if meat were given to a Bhikkhu, but even that seems questionable to me. Out of compassion and my health I only eat meat about once or twice a week - when it is offered (if I will offend) or I'm in a tight spot, but like all the 5 precepts I try my best to follow the Dhamma.
The bird is singing.
User avatar
DrRPDB
 
Posts: 4
Joined: Wed Sep 25, 2013 4:37 am
Location: Topeka, Kansas, USA

Re: First Precept and Eating Meat

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:30 am

This topic has been thoroughly discussed, boiled, stir-fried, and steamed in The Great Vegetarian Debate Thread

The first precept is broken in four ways:
  1. One kills a living being with one's own hand
  2. One urges another to kill
  3. One permits another to kill when one has the power to prevent it
  4. One approves of killing

In the cases you cited, where you are offered meat, or where there is no other food available, then you have no intention to deprive living beings of life. Meat is well and truly dead already, so eating meat does not break the first precept.
AIM WebsiteMy ForumsPāli FontsIn This Very LifeBuddhist ChroniclesSoftware (Upasampadā: 24th June, 1979)
User avatar
Bhikkhu Pesala
 
Posts: 1818
Joined: Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:17 pm


Return to Ethical Conduct

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 8 guests