A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

Not harming other beings

Yesterday I touched on being green, it’s not the first time nor will it be the last. Being a practicing Buddhist means I need to consider the all sentient beings in my actions. To provide for myself and family, without, depriving other beings of the same opportunity. This starts by eating a healthy diet that starts with eating fresh, natural food. Look at the ingredient list of a lot of processed foods, and the ingredients may include different many sugars. I recently found one that the second ingredient was sugar, followed by sucrose, then the fifth was high fructose corn syrup. Three of the first five ingredients are types of sugar. No wonder diabetes is a rapidly spreading disease. Look at some of the fast food items, such as a popular breakfast egg, sausage and muffin sandwich. Calorie wise it is about ten percent of your daily calories. Yet you will have consumed your daily requirement for salt. Salt is a leading contributor to hyper-tension. Eating out is a nice way to celebrate, to take a break from the chores of providing a meal, or when required to be away from home. However eating sensible is not only good for us, it’s easier on the planet. The benefits of following a vegetarian diet have been written about in many respected sources, so I won’t go into great detail here. I admit that growing up with a diet that included meat and seafood, it isn’t easy to change, but even if not totally successful every meal that follows Buddhist guidelines is one more where another sentient life is spared. If you search the web you can see the conditions that factory farms raise chickens in. Imagine yourself living your entire life in cage about the size of three phone booths. Not an appealing prospect is it. The papers almost weekly have stories about fish farms and their problems, or a contaminated supply chain from farms that are overcrowded. Cattle, fish don’t fare much better, if at all. If you are going to eat meat, at least choose free range, or non farmed sources. Also if you choose to consume meat, choose to not eat an endangered or protected species.


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