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.

Advertisements

Single Post Navigation

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Urban Studies

An online community of SFU Urban Studies students, alumni, and friends!

Kindness Blog

Kindness Images, Videos, True Life Stories, Quotes, Personal Reflections and Meditations.

Sa-wat-dii From Thailand

Thoughts on the Peace Corps and Thailand

NorthThailand Blog

North Thailand photos and Travel destination information

Buddhist Art News

News on Buddhist art, architecture, archaeology, music, dance, and academia.

Nomadic Megan

Travel Blogger, Freelance Writer, TESOL Teacher & Professional Vagabond.

roselovesthailand

Just another WordPress.com site

Renard Moreau Presents

Cool Miscellaneous Thoughts

Walking with the Alligators

Speaking for those with no voice~

The Neighborhood

society online's social conscious

Gabriel Lucatero

Official Site of a Hardly-known Writer

Untangling the Tangles

Teja's blog on Everything that Concerns US

words of wisdom

words of wisdon, where we share our thoughts.

Vincent Desrus's Blog

Blog created to make people think about the world around them

Stories That Are All True

...and some of them actually happened.

Dishing It Out With Clarissa

Sharing stories, tips, life hacks, killer dishes I love to eat and more. Oh did i meantion FOOD!!

A happy organic vegetarian journey

Happiness. Healthy. Loving-Kindness.

The Horror Online

Horror With Humour

IshaiyaFreshlySqueezed

A Metaphysical Journey

LEANNE COLE

Fine Art Photographer ~ Daring to be Different

Schelley Cassidy Photography

Home of What Is It?!? - A Project in Perspective

Hannah Sterry

Musician, cartoonist and UX Designer based in Plymouth, Devon.

most good least harm

Living compassionately, spending less and appreciating life.

The Heart of Awakening

Searching for the New Paradigm

rashmidevi.wordpress.com/

Metta Bhav Yoga & Thai Massage

moodsnmoments

where some moods and certain moments last a lifetime!!!

%d bloggers like this: