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” Everyone in the business : the one who abets, the one who cuts, the one who kills, the one who sells, the one who prepares, the one who offers, the one who eats a.. all are killers. ”

– Sri Krishna

” When we have acquired an awareness of the fact that all beings have been our mothers, and when this awareness is constant, the result will be that when we see meat, we will be conscious of the fact that it is the flesh of our own mothers. And, far from putting it in our mouths and eating it, we will be unable to even take it into our hands or smell its odor. ”

” Sincere practitioners feel a natural, visceral compassion for the goats and sheep as if they were their old mothers. They will have nothing to do with killing them for the sake of meat. On the contrary, they save life eagerly; they ransom animals set aside for slaughter and release them. Otherwise, it is like trying to punch someone who isn’t there. Showing compassion for animals after they have been killed and the meat is being eaten? reciting mantras for the animal?s sake? is nothing but a silly game. “

– Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol

” A pitiful fellow! Such a ridiculous kind of pity his, as those silly souls have, who would not kill an innocent chicken for the world; but when killed to their hands, are always the most greedy devourers of it. “

– Samuel Richardson

” Science that fails to embrace all living beings is far more dangerous than any virus! “

– Steve Simmons

” Buddhism teaches us that all our suffering issues from our desires. A desirous mind state generates harmfulness in all its forms, both toward others, and toward ourselves. As has been witnessed throughout the millennia in both monastic and strong lay practice in several traditions, when one goes without meat or fish, one may well find oneself released from the desire for these foods (although not instantly, of course) and one may even “soften” to the suffering of all creatures through a closer identity with them. Vegetarianism can be an aid to learning to live a life of actions taken outside the realm of doing harm. It is hard to say, in fact, which may come first, and which way the cycle may spiral ” non meat eating leading to sympathy for the plight of animals, or growing sympathy arising from deep and dedicated spiritual practice leading to a gathering unwillingness to cause harm by supporting animal slaughter. But it becomes clear, along the road to vegetarianism, that the less meat one desires, the closer one feels toward all life, the more harmless one feels, and the more aware of the suffering of the helpless beasts one is. If, and possibly only if, vegetarianism is supported by involved and sincere spiritual practice, it serves to soften us up. It actually (forgive me) tenderizes us. “

– Sensei Sevan Ross

” Whether now any man kill with his own hand, or command any other to kill, or whether he only see with pleasure the act of killing – all is equally forbidden by this law, and many other things which cannot be described one by one. “

– Sha mi lu I yao lio

” Kill and eat is not a Buddhist principle. ”

– Senaka Weeraratna

” Fundamental Christian values include preserving one’s own health, feeding the hungry, preventing animal abuse, and protecting the environment. Vegetarianism effectively promotes these values. “

– Stephen R Kaufman

” Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them. “

– Samuel Butler

” I went snorkeling and noticed how gently the fish welcomed us into their world.. as compared to the violence with which we welcomed them into ours. I became a vegetarian. “

– Syndee Brinkman

” All creation has the same right to life. “

– Sun Bear and Jaya Bear

” Humans are the only hunters who kill when not hungry. “

– Steven Spielberg

” I think there’s something odd about eating another living anything. “

– Shania Twain, who hasn’t eaten an animal since she married longtime vegetarian (and record producer) Mutt Lange.

” Whenever we cause suffering or death to any other being, we cause suffering to the Great Life Force. ”

– Shik Po Chih

” There’s no doubt in my mind that going vegetarian has made me feel better not only physically but also because I learned about the suffering of animals who are raised and killed for food. I feel good knowing I’m not contributing to that. “

– SophieMonk


” Meditation ” means ” Observation of One’s Normal-Natural Breath “

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