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Shabkar says: Most especially, no one should eat the flesh of human beings.
The Vinaya-sutra specifies that "human flesh should not be consumed under any circumstances."
The extensive commentary on this text [rgya cher 'grel] goes even further and specifies that "If one eats human flesh for medicinal purposes or for any other reason, one commits an infraction."

The Vinaya-sutra says that "the consumption of raw meat for no medical reasons constitutes an infraction", and to this the extensive commentary adds that "if one eats raw flesh as part of the practice of the Mantrayana and so on (without its being needed for medicinal purposes), one commits an infraction associated with the residual fault* of provoking disputes in the sangha. Furthermore, it creates a cause for being reborn as an evil spirit."


"One must not eat the meat of a tiger, nor the flesh of elephants, horses, and snakes. One must not eat the meat of animals with undivided hooves, nor of foxes, monkeys, woodpeckers, crows, vultures, water birds, dogs, cats, hawks, owls and other carrion birds, gray ducks, bats, snow lizards, apes, and insects."

* A residual fault is a kind of fault after the commission of which only a residue of the monastic ordination remains. Before such faults are repaired, the monk or nun in question is demoted and must take the last place in the sangha, eating only the food that is left over after the communal meal.

(Source: FB, p. 73-74)

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