I heard a lots of Buddhists eat a diet including animals and their products.
LonesomeYogurt wrote:I would imagine most serious Buddhists are far too conservative in their views towards alcohol, sex, and entertainment to really align well with the Hippie movement.
Kim O'Hara wrote:Would i say Buddhists are hippies? No. Some Buddhists are hippies, and some hippies are Buddhists
"The hippie-mind is only one hair's-breadth away from enlightenment."
True hippies have no hindrance. If I have no money, that's okay. If I don't have a house or a bed, that's okay. I can sleep anywhere, I can eat any food. My whole life is freedom. I am free to do anything. Having no hindrance means not being attached to anything. So this hippie-mind is very good; it is a very high-class mind. But many young people are attached to hippie-style or natural-style living. This is no good. If you are attached, then hippie-style becomes a hindrance. You must cut off all thinking and all desires for yourself. Then you will soon attain enlightenment. The hippie-mind is only one hair's-breadth away from enlightenment. If a hippie could cut off his attachment to being a hippie, he would soon discover, 'Oh, this is enlightenment!' One of my first students in America had very long blond hair, which he wore in a pony-tail. One day I said to him, 'I think it would be good if you cut your hair.' He said, 'No no, I like my hair the way it is.' I said, 'If you are attached to your hair, you cannot attain enlightenment.' 'Okay, then I will cut my hair.' 'Fine. Now you don't need to cut it.' So he learned that being a true hippie is having no attachments. Afterwards, he did hard training and soon understood.
Seung Sahn (Korean Zen Master)
a. Followers of the Way, the leaver-of-home must study the Way. I
myself was formerly interested in the Vinaya and diligently studied the
Sutras and Treatises. Then I realized that they were only drugs
suitable for appeasing the ills of the world, only relative theories. At
one stroke I threw them away, set myself to learn the Way, started
Zen training and met great teachers. Only then did my eye of the Way
begin to see clearly, and I was able to understand all the old masters
and to know the false from the true. Man born of woman does not
naturally know this. But after long and painful practice, one morning it
is realized in one's own body.
b. Followers of the Way, if you wish to see this Dharma clearly, do not
let yourselves be deceived. Whether you turn to the outside or to the
inside, whatever you encounter, kill it. If you meet the
Buddha, kill the Buddha; if you meet the patriarchs, kill the patriarchs; if you meet
Arhats, kill Arhats; if you meet your parents, kill your parents; if you
meet your relatives, kill your relatives; then for the first time you will
see dearly. And if you do not depend on things, there is deliverance,
there is freedom!
c. Of those followers of the Way who come (to me) from everywhere
to learn the Way, there is none who does not depend on things.
Whatever they bring before me, I beat it down at once. If it is in the
hands, I beat it in the hands; if it comes from the mouth, I beat it
there; if through the eyes, I beat it in the eyes. Up till now there has
not been one who could stand alone. All fall into the traps of the old
I have no Dharma to give to men. I only cure diseases and undo
knots. Followers of the Way who come from everywhere, try not to
depend on anything. I only want to ponder this matter with you. See,
for ten or fifteen years I have not found one single man. All are like
hobgoblins lurking in thickets or on trees, wild fox sprites — mouthing
clods of filth, they struggle in confusion. Blind old rascals who unduly
squander alms given them by the faithful, and who declare loudly: "I
have left home!" That is how they see it.
Buckwheat wrote:Every sangha I have seen in the US was loaded with hippies. Not an extensive record of research bu me, but consistent nonetheless.
m0rl0ck wrote:Where i live, in the midwest, its mostly middle class, mostly white, with a smattering of students.