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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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Vegetarianism: A Buddhist View Oct. 3 2012
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great little book on Buddhist philosophy and vegan/vegetarian living, the author is very concise and clear and not at all pushy.
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At first, I was pleased with the author's writing style, credentials, and non judgemental approach. However, as a vegetarian, I found it appalling that Bodhipaksa 'sees no ethical dilemna' with eating meat that is grown in laboratories. It's true that the initial source of lab-grown meat could come from a non-invasive tissue sample, eliminating the need to kill the animal. However, one would still be eating flesh. Thus, there'd be no need to eliminate one's craving for meat, meaning that if one traveled to a place where only 'natural' meat was a available, it's highly likely that one would request this natural meat on the pretext of: "Well, I don't do this all the time." We can all see where the slippery slope goes from there. It would do the author some good if he read Shabkar's Food for Bodhisattvas, which is an excellent source of information and exhortations about the need to stay away from flesh in any form-- even if the animal died naturally.
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?