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Book: Buddhism in Five Minutes

Chapter: 57. Are Buddhists Vegetarian?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.40798


As a matter of fact, many Buddhists are not vegetarian, and neither was the Buddha a vegetarian. But, as an ethical principle, vegetarianism does follow from the Buddhist principle of non-harming (ahiṃsā), and many Asian and Western Buddhists forego meat eating out of compassion for farmed animals.

Chapter Contributors

  • Dhivan Thomas Jones ( - dhivanthomasjones) 'University of Chester'