The Question of Vegetarianism and Diet in Pali Buddhism
James J. Stewart

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Chan, Son and Zen Masters

  • Buddhism & Vegetarianism Poster Slide Show
    By Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    [download 1.4 MB]
  • Comments on the Surangama Sutra & Food
    By Master Hsuan Hua [download 942 KB]
  • Interview with Ven. Sven Ross (2004)
    By Gabe Konrad [download 248 KB]
  • On Stopping Killing
    By Master Lun-ch'i Chu-hung [download 136 KB]
  • The Horror of Taking Lives and Eating Meat
    By Master Hsuan Hua [download 190 KB]
  • To Cherish All Life
    By Roshi Kapleau [download 4 MB

Tibetan Buddhist Lama's

  • A Powerful Message by a Powerful Yogi
    Interview with Chatral Rinpoche in 2005 [download 135 KB]
    By Tibetan Volunteers for Animal Rights (TVA)
  • Chatral Rinpoche's Steadfast Commitment to Ethics
    Interview with Chatral Rinpoche in 2000 [download 145 KB]

    By Zach Larson
  • Instructions On Not Eating Meat From H.H. 17th Karmapa, Orgyen Trinle Dorje
    By Vin Harris [download 113 KB]
  • Kyabje Lati Rinpoche on Vegetarianism
    Interview by Kunga Nyima
    [download 125 KB]
  • On Meat Eating
    By Chatral Rinpoche [download 132 KB]
  • Poem of Animals on Eating Meat
    By Tulku Pema Wangyal [download 90 KB]
  • Shabkar's backgrounds - Introduction Food of Bodhisattvas
    By Padmakara Translation Group [download 340 KB]
    Short Vietnamese version of the same introduction [download 166 KB]

    Full Romanian translation of Food of Bodhisattvas [download 800 KB]
  • Song of Advice for Giving Up the Eating of Meat
    By Nyala Pema Duddul [download 184 KB]
  • The Story of the Hunted Deer `The Messenger of Renunciation`
    By Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa [download 750 KB]
  • Talk on Vegetarianism
    By Orgyen Trinle Dorje, Karmapa XVII [download 130 KB]
  • The Benefits of Saving Lives
    By Chatral Rinpoche [download 116 KB]
  • The Significance and Benefits of Six-Syllable Mantra Recitation
    By Drubwang Konchock Norbu Rinpoche [download 2 MB]
  • The Words of My Perfect Teacher - On Red Offerings
    By Patrul Rinpoche
    [download 175 KB]
  • The Words of My Perfect Teacher - On Food & Taking Life
    By Patrul Rinpoche
    [download 170 KB]
  • Tulku Pema Wangyal On Saving Lives & Abstaining From Eating Meat
    By Tulku Pema Wangyal [download 125 KB]

Theravada (monks, teachers and scientists)

  • Ahimsa (& Vegetarianism), The Light of Truth
    By Ven. Lokanatha [download 546 KB]
  • Taking a Stand
    By Ven. Abhinaya [download 99 KB]
  • Buddhism & Vegetarianism
    By Ajahn Jagaro (Disrobed - now John Cianciosi)
    [download 138 KB]
  • Food & Buddhism (Different interpretation of same text as John Cianciosi)
    By Dr. B.G. Jivasattha - [download 331 KB]
  • The Question of Vegetarianism and Diet in Pali Buddhism
    By James J. Stewart [download 360 KB]


  • A Controversy on Vegetarianism
    Katia Buffetrille, EPHE, CRCAO [download]
  • Buddhism Between Abstinence and Indulgence: Vegetarianism in the Life and Works of Jigmé Lingpa
    Geoffrey Barstow, Ph.D. [download ]

  • Attitude to and Treatment of the Natural World
    Prof. Peter Harvey [download 216 KB]

  • Buddhism & Vegetarianism, Fiveteen Questions and Answers
    By David N. Snyder, Ph.D.
    [download 190 KB]
  • Green Dharma (Chapter 6 is on food)
    By Georg and Brenda Feuerstein [download 1.1.MB]
  • Re-translation of the Lankavatara Sutra, Chapter Eight, & Commentary
    By William Bagley [download 300 KB]
  • Interview with Norm Phelps
    By Gabe Konrad [download 242 KB]
  • Life as a Vegetarian Tibetan Buddhist Practitioner,
    By Eileen Weintraub [download 115 KB]
  • Meat, Garlic and Onions:
    An Analysis of Eating Restrictions in Buddhist Culture

    By Nick Kembel
    [download 114 KB]
  • Meat and Poison
    By Padme Zhibde (Bonnie Holsinger) [download 176 KB]
  • On the Eschatology of the Mahparinirvana Sutra and Other Matters
    By Stephen Hodge [download 153 KB]
  • Shojin Ryori, Culinary Fundamentals in Zen
    By Fujii Sotetsu [download 193 KB]

  • The Five Precepts
    By Chánh Kiên
    (Gábor Konrád) [download 168 KB]
  • The Future Doesn't Hurt. Yet.
    By Matthieu Ricard
    [download 190 KB]
  • Vietnam.-Engl. Buddhist Dictionary, Some Entries on Vegetarianism
    By Thiên Phúc Trân Ngoc
    [download 111 KB]
  • Western Buddhist Motivations for Vegetarianism
    By Stephanie Kaza
    [download 2,1 MB]

Misc Related Subjects

  • Animals: Ethics, Rights & Law—A Bibliography
    By Patrick S. O’Donnell (2006) [download 282 KB]
  • Chapter One of Neither Monk Nor Layman (On the Japanese Nikujiki Saitai Law of 1872, including allowing meat eating by Buddhist clerics).
    By Richard Jeffe [download 471 KB]
  • Detachement and Compassion in Early Buddhism
    By Elizabeth Harris [download 137 KB]
  • Livestock's Long Shadow, Environmental Issues and Options
    By the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations [download 4 MB]
  • Nonviolence In Tibetan Culture
    By Zach Larson
    - download complete book in zipfile of 6 MB
    - or per chapter of 0.5 - 1.5 MB each: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Prisoned Chickens Poisoned Eggs
    By Karin Davis, Ph.D. [download 1.2 MB]
  • Tibetan Volunteers for Animals Newsletter 2006 [download 228 KB]
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