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Home FAQs General Buddhism Do I have to become a vegetarian if I become a Buddhist?

Do I have to become a vegetarian if I become a Buddhist?

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No. You do not have to become a vegetarian if you become a Buddhist. However, many Buddhists who follow the Buddha's doctrine find meat-eating disgusting. The Buddha taught his disciples,

If a bhikkhu sees, hears or suspects that it has been killed for him, he may not eat it. (M.I,369)

And this may serve as a guideline for laymen too.

 

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" Though he is gaily decked, if he is calm, free from moral defilements, and has his senses controlled, if he is established in Magga Insight, if he is pure and has laid aside enmity ( lit., weapons ) towards all beings, he indeed is a brahmana, a samana, and a bhikkhu. "

The Dhammapada


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