Khedrup Je's commentary on The Three Vows, it is said that,
on the whole, only the Bodhisattvas are required to abstain from
meat. Therefore, all who have taken the vow of bodhichitta, whether
they be monks, nuns, or lay people, must abstain from meat. For
if Bodhisattvas, who have thus become an object of praise, eat meat,
a strong desire for the taste of it will grow in them. As a result,
their compassion will wane. Therefore the fully ordained, the shramaneras,
kings, ministers, leaders, and lay people who practice the Mahayana
should refrain from eating meat.
Je predicted that even those who have taken the Bodhisattva vow,
even those who have recited the formula of bodhichitta hundreds
of times will not consider even the conscious killing of thousands
of animals or the inducing of others to do the same as wrong; no
need to talk about their abstinence from meat. He was so right,
and we can see that in our own days his prophecy has come to pass!
we must regard the eating of meat as contrary to the teachings.
We must get used to the idea that it is wrong to crave meat, and
we must reject it! If we think to ourselves, "How good meat
is for us. How clean and wholesome it is. How delicious it tastes!"
the consequence will be that whenever meat and blood are placed
before us - as if it were no more than rice and tsampa, milk and
butter--we will feel an intense craving and we will be unable to
resist. This is why Khedrup Je said that just as we are about to
put it in our mouths, we should reflect that the meat is something
filthy, that has arisen from sperm and blood. Furthermore, we should
remember that the flesh has come from beings who have been, from
beginning less time, our own mothers and our own children. And we
should conclude that it is deeply wrong to crave their meat, just
as it would be utterly terrible to long for the flesh of our own
should ponder the dangers implicit in the desire for meat and reflect,
in accordance with the teachings, that if we go hunting and fishing,
we are turning into butchers and killers, If we buy meat, we are
inciting others to kill animals for their flesh. If we sell the
meat of slaughtered beasts for profit, if we long for meat, we are
like Senge Bangzang and Prince Kangtra, who killed human beings
and devoured their flesh. Smelling the revolting odor, animals will
flee from us. It is said that the accomplishment of the vidya mantra
and the development of great love and compassion will be impeded.
in our desire for meat, we should never say that the Vinaya advocates
the eating of meat. It is said that never, even in our dreams, should
we say that meat eating is without fault. Experience proves that
when people who aspire to enlightenment and cultivate bodhichitta
eat meat, their compassion weakens and their determination with
it. On the other hand, it is taught that when people keep themselves
in check in order to curb their desire for the taste of meat, and
when they abstain from meat of every kind, pure or impure in the
three ways - both the meat of slaughtered animals and of animals
that have died naturally - this truly a great wonder!
FB, p. 87-88)