Category: Health and diet

Do Buddhists Eat Meat? My Story {Part 1}

  By Alex Chong Do Thompson One of the beautiful (and frustrating) things about Buddhist practice is that there aren’t any hard and fast rules for practitioners to follow outside of the monastic order. In his wisdom, Buddha chose to give general guidelines (the precepts) and a tool (meditation) which allow us to make decisions for ourselves in terms of how best to walk the path. As a result, there are many debates within Buddhist circles that have literally been going on sense the founding of this tradition. “Should Buddhists eat meat” is one of those debates, and after...

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Dear Vegans: Please Step Off the Soap Box & Lead by Example

By Drew Tapperman More than 20 years ago, I spent six-years on an Israeli kibbutz—the last three of them as a full-time dairy farmer. I took pride in it and learned everything except the business side. I was grateful for the opportunity to be offered what was considered a privileged job. Then I witnessed a slaughter. It was done in the back of a large truck, and the carcass was simply driven away by the ones who did the deed. I saw it just that once. The slaughter triggered realizations within me about mass farming. Cows were not regarded as sentient beings, but...

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In Spite of Paris: Simple Steps for Climate Activism

By Peter D. Schaller Not surprisingly, Donald Trump made an announcement last week to withdraw the United States from the climate change agreement signed last year in Paris. The Paris Agreement, commonly referred to as COP 21 (Conference of the Parties) was signed by nearly all of the countries in the world, developed and developing, and focuses on creating mechanisms to reduce carbon emissions. The agreement’s main goal is to keep limit global temperature increase to less than two degrees Celsius, in order to mitigate the dramatic and potentially devastating effects of climate change. The Paris agreement, without question,...

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Great Soil, a lot of Sweat & Two Very Humbling Lessons

  By Peter Schaller “You must have great soil,” my friend said as I showed her pictures of my garden, my thriving yard farm. Since moving into our new house a year ago, my son and I set out to make our small yard into an edible paradise. In addition to producing clean food, sequestering carbon and improving the soil, it has also been a sweaty, gritty sort of therapy. After a long and complicated divorce, we had finally found a place to make a new beginning. What better way to cultivate peace than through plants? As I processed...

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Vegan in the Middle

  By Dana Gornall Becoming vegan was pretty easy for me. I wouldn’t have thought so. If someone had asked me before I made that choice—a year earlier or perhaps five years earlier—I would have said I couldn’t do it. Growing up as picky eater whose main vegetables were corn or french fries, I was definitely resistant to new things. But as my lifestyle began to change with meditation and yoga, and my perspective on health and life began to spin in another direction, suddenly the idea of becoming vegan became more and more appealing. And when I did it...

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