Friday, September 21, 2007

Daily Dharma: What should a Buddhist eat?

Today's Daily Dharma looks at our food choices and the larger implications.

What should a Buddhist eat?

Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian; the Dalai Lama, the embodiment of compassion, eats meat by his doctors' orders. Clearly, there's more to mind than what is put into the mouth: yet, as long as food remains a fundamental part of life, these choices are a proper focus of spiritual awareness. Every bite of macaroni contains choices about culture, history, meaning -- even the "Nutrition Facts" newly listed on every U.S. noodle box have resonances for us that spread as far as asceticism, sin, compassion, the place of science in our beliefs, and the importance of supporting one's own well-being along with that of others. So what should a Buddhist eat?

- Kate Wheeler, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Vol. IV, #2

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