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Is being a cook wrong livelihood?

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Is being a cook wrong livelihood?

Postby Dr. Dukkha » Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:53 pm

From what I've read, Buddha said that business in meat is one of the five types of business that we should not engage in. I'm a vegetarian myself and I would like to cook for vegetarians at a restaurant of the like. But in order to graduate from culinary school, I would have to cook meat as well.
Is this considered wrong livelihood to cook the meat? What if I can't find a job at a vegetarian restaurant and have to cook meet for a living? Would being in that business be wrong livelihood?
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Postby SarathW » Tue Oct 22, 2013 3:37 am

This may help you as well.

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Re: Is being a cook wrong livelihood?

Postby Dr. Dukkha » Tue Oct 22, 2013 6:38 pm

Thanks, guys! That helps so much!
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Re: Is being a cook wrong livelihood?

Postby Monkey Mind » Wed Oct 23, 2013 1:42 am

In culinary school, you might be required to cook live lobster, crab, squid, etc.

Perhaps you can privately request permission to be excused from anything like that.
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Re: Is being a cook wrong livelihood?

Postby chownah » Wed Oct 23, 2013 3:08 pm

In Thailand there are Buddhists who eat live crabs from time to time. You eat the very small ones (they are land crabs and live in the rice fields).......they are just bite size......the trick is to hold them the right way so they can't pinch you when you put them into your mouth and then bite them quickly. They're Ok......the shell is soft when they are so small but still sort of gritty.
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