Thursday, September 21, 2006

West Eats Meat

Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian; the Dalai Lama, the embodiment of compassion, eats meat by his doctors' orders. Clearly, there's more to mind than what is put into the mouth: yet, as long as food remains a fundamental part of life, these choices are a proper focus of spiritual awareness. Every bite of macaroni contains choices about culture, history, meaning--even the "Nutrition Facts" newly listed on every U.S. noodle box have resonances for us that spread as far as asceticism, sin, compassion, the place of science in our beliefs, and the importance of supporting one's own well-being along with that of others. So what should a Buddhist eat?

--Kate Wheeler, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review Winter 1994
from Everyday Mind, edited by Jean Smith, a Tricycle book


Blogger Om-Dragon said...

Well I find this to be a very interesting post. For one I didn't know of these 2 landmark people's eating habits. Both are surprising given their lives and believes.
For two, I have noticed, when very mindful, that eating meat influences my moods a certain way ... and I've curbed my meat consumption as a result.
Could it be that we are much more a product of our environment than our own masters?

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