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Why The Dalai Lama is Full of It

The Dalai Lama eats meat.  Why this bothers me can best be summed up by my favorite quote from Norm Phelps in his book, “The Great Compassion: Buddhism and Animal Rights“:

Thinking like a lawyer or an academic logician and claiming that it is acceptable to harm another sentient being for our own selfish benefit based on hair-splitting distinctions and nimble logic is contrary to the teaching of the Buddha.

I ate meat for 32 years. It wasn’t until then that I read enough to realize that animal flesh simple is not necessary for humans. What a relief! To know that eating meat (and obviously dairy) wasn’t necessary. I can’t tell you how good it felt to find that out.

Since we don’t need it, and there are alternatives everywhere, eating it is really only an act of preference. Okay, some people prefer it, that’s fine. They’ll come around.

The Dalai Lama eats animals. Having people kill animals for him to eat is the opposite of compassion.



2 Responses

  1. VegabSyd says:

    That’s why I’ve never attended DL’s gatherings, bought his books, etc. I rarely put any human on a pedestal, but this guy needs to fall off his. I love Cesar Chavez, Paul Watson, Dr. Neal Barnard, and lots of other human vegans who bravely live the V Lifestyle totally! My mentors are elephants, orangutans, rats, bonobo pygmy chimps and Great Animals who show examples of love, loyalty, wisdom, compassion and an infinitely vast intelligence — and from them I must continue to learn!

  2. Peaceful Plantarian says:

    “All beings tremble before violence. All fear death, all love life. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do?” – Buddha

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