Practise Greater Compassion For More Beings 为更多众生修持大悲心


– 净土宗十三祖印光大师

‘Nowadays, [i.e. at least between the years 1862 to 1940, and to some extent to this present day], of those who learn the esoteric [Vajrayana] teachings, many are open to eating of meat [and/or the five pungent roots of garlic, leeks, onion, chives and asafoetida]. Contrary [to the practice of great compassion, they] greatly praise this [meat-eating] to be an excellent matter, saying that having eaten [the dead animals] is to have [them] delivered to liberation already, thus becoming what demons [would] say. Lamas [i.e. Vajrayana monastic teachers] who conduct great Buddhist ceremonies, still must eat veg[etari]an [food]. [We] can [thus] see that to usually eat meat [in the Vajrayana tradition], is undoubtedly not the right meaning [or practice of the Dharma].’

– Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yinguang
(Reply letter to Layman Shi Jinhua)

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