Hello there everyone...
I have been vegetarian for close to 8 years now. I was pescetarian prior to that for about 2 years... Initially my less than socially accepted lifestyle was due to wanting a healthier lifestyle after having returned from a health farm in the Philippines. The health farm introduced me to raw/living food which totally blew me away. I never knew the whole concept of enzymes in our food that could effect our regenerating properties of our bodies, etc.
That was the beginning of my journey to discovering more about the foods I put into my body. It has been a somewhat tumultuous journey of discovering my limits and my attachments as well as my resilience!
What helped in my journey was my discovery of spirituality within Buddhism 3+ years back... It added a much needed dimension. A 'voice' of reason and a conscience so to speak. It was the mortar needed to strengthen my conviction and belief in my vegetarian aspirations! It was that final key of morality and mortality needed for me personally, to continue in my journey. This is my story!
Here is an interesting article on vegetarians: http://blog.tsemtulku.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/are-vegetarians-smarter.html
I am in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition... I find that it best suits my life and how I perceive matters! What would you say you are at the moment?
It is our choices that show what we truly are far more than our abilities. ~A. Dumbledore
Welcome!! Soto Zen Buddhist here. We are vegetarian. And I love Thich Nhat Hahn.
I don't know if any of you have seen a room full of vegetarians, but we look much different that a group of "regular" Americans. It was really shocking when I went there for the first time. Everyone was so thin and healthy. Same thing when I go to a Buddhist retreat. If there is any question as the the health of vegetarians, check out a Buddhist or 7th Day Adventist group.
Welcome! I'm not a Buddhist but I practice Tai Chi which in a way is a meditation in motion :) I admit I'm intrigued also by Buddhism, we have a Tibetan Buddhist Temple in my city and one of my neighbours is a monk. Well I think, not sure about the titles but he wears the orange and rust colored wrapped clothing all the time, we salute each other in the bus almost everyday.
"To the world you may be just one person, but to one life you may be the world."