our outer training, we should not kill the living but should release
all living creatures; we should transmute the ten evils [killing,
stealing, adultery, lying, double-tongue, coarse language, filthy
talk, covetousness, anger and perverted views] into the ten
good virtues [the non-committal of the ten evils].
We should not eat meat and drink alcoholic liquors in order not to
produce the sinful karma of unintermittent suffering; and we should
know that the Buddha-seed arises from conditional causation, that
the commitment of many evil karmas is followed by the certain fall
into the hells, and that the performance of many good karmas is rewarded
with blessing ensuring our enjoyment of them.
And so the ancients taught us this: 'Refrain from committing all evil
actions (and) perform all good actions.' "
Hsu Yun was a vegan.
given at the Jade Buddha Monastery, Shanghai, in 1953.