the Bodhisattva, the great being Mahamati, listened attentively
to the Lord, who said:
he said, "a loving and compassionate Bodhisattva should not
eat meat. There are countless reasons for this, only some of which
I will explain to you
a compassionate Bodhisattva, wishing not to scandalize the people
who might then decry my teaching, should eat no meat of any kind.
This is how it is, O Mahamati. Some people in the world have criticized
my doctrine, saying, Alas, what kind of virtue is it that
these people practice? They do not live pure lives. They have abandoned
what the wise of auldonce ate, and now they fill their bellies with
the flesh of beasts, bringing fear to animals that live in air or
water or upon the earth! They wander through the world; their virtuous
practice has declined; they do not turn from evil ways. They are
destitute of spiritual teachings and devoid of discipline!
Thus these people angrily decry my doctrine in many different ways.
Therefore, Mahamati, a compassionate Bodhisattva, wishing not to
scandalize the people so that they disdain my teaching, should not
partake of meat of any kind."
Bodhisattvas should refrain from meat. The smell of meat,
O Mahamati, is no different from the stink of corpses. Between the
stench of the burning flesh of corpses and the burned flesh of a
beast there is no difference. Both are equally revolting. This is
yet another reason a bodhisattva on the path, who wishes for a life
of purity, should not eat meat of any kind. Likewise, Mahamati,
yogis living in the charnel grounds and in the spirit-haunted wilds,
practitioners who live in solitude, and all who meditate on loving
kindness, all those who uphold the vidya mantras and those who wish
to accomplish the same?in short, all my noble sons and daughters
who embrace the Mahayana?all perceive that eating meat brings obstacles
to liberation. And since they wish to benefit themselves and others,
they do not eat meat of any kind."
The consciousness of beings focuses upon their physical form;
a powerful clinging to this form takes hold and living beings thus
identify their bodies as themselves. This is why a Bodhisattva,
practicing compassion, should abstain from meat."