Vegetarianism: A Buddhist View Paperback – Jan 1 2010
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A native of Scotland(born as Graeme Stephen), Bodhipaksa graduated from Glasgow University in 1984, having studied at the Glasgow Veterinary School since 1979. He has been practising Buddhist meditation for 20 years and has been teaching meditation for more than 10 years, including two years in the University of Montana's religious studies program. Bodhipaksa currently resides in New Hampshire, USA.
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One final point: When discussing the Jataka Tales, Bodhipaksa states early on that 'It is not necessary to believe that the Buddha literally took the form of animals in his past lives.' This dangerous glossing over of key Buddhist tradition by Western practitioners is problematic. If there's no need to believe in 'literal' rebirth, the impetus to avoid meat becomes less stringent, and it will be impossible to view animals as once being our fathers, mothers, daughters, and sons. And if we cannot view animals in such a way, why avoid eating them at all?