GO VEGETARIAN / "If you can control your body and mind and thereby refrain from eating animal flesh and wearing animal products, I say you will really be liberated. - Buddha / FOR BLISS
Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha (circa 563 BCE to 483 BCE) was a sage. Buddha means "awakened one" or "the enlightened one."
Buddha insisted that he was only a guide and teacher for beings who must tread the path of Nirvāṇa themselves to attain the spiritual awakening called bodhi and to understand reality. The Buddhist system of insight and meditation practice is not claimed to have been divinely revealed, but to spring from an understanding of the true nature of the mind, which must be discovered by treading the path guided by the Buddha's teachings. Some of the fundamentals of the teachings attributed to Gautama Buddha are: The Four Noble Truths: that suffering is an ingrained part of existence; that the origin of suffering is craving for sensuality, acquisition of identity, and annihilation; that suffering can be ended; and that following the Noble Eightfold Path is the means to accomplish this. The Noble Eightfold Path are: right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration.
Mahayana Buddhists recommend a vegetarian diet, for they believe that the Buddha insisted that his followers should not eat meat or fish, and that even vegetarian food that has been touched by meat should be washed before being eaten. Also, it is not permissible for the monk or nun just to pick out the non-meat portions of a diet and leave the rest: the whole meal must be rejected. In Chinese Mahayana, vegetarianism is seen as a prerequisite for pursuing the path of the Bodhisattva. Mahayana lay Buddhists often eat vegetarian diets on the vegetarian dates. There are different arrangement of the dates, from several days to three months in each year, in some traditions, the celebration of the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara's birthday, enlightenment and leaving home days hold the highest importance to be vegetarian.
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