the number of people who consume meat is reduced, it then automatically
reduces the number of people who kill the animals to meet the demand.
In this way, by becoming vegetarian, we contribute, to some extend,
the reduction in the number of animals killed."
Tibet, there are many people who are strict vegetarian. Even in
the big monasteries where there are huge gatherings of monks, they
never eat non-vegetarian food. In the monk's individual quarters,
though, there might be some monks who eat meat as food. Vegetarianism
is something not very new in Tibetan society. Generally, in the
old Tibetan society, most of the people try to avoid taking meat
specifically killed to feed individual person. This is evident in
very level of Tibetan society. Even in the scriptures of the Buddha,
we have to avoid taking such meat which is killed specially just
to feed ourselves. The texts prohibit us from taking this type of
meat. That is the common way of practice and instructions in the
Buddha's teachings. Especially in the Mahayana teachings when a
person does intensive practice of Bodhicitta, they are advised or
prescribed to avoid taking meat."
Interview by Kunga Nyima, December 26, 2000, at Sakyamuni Dharma