The Environment and Me

Sat, August 15 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Emperor Liang Repentance Service

Mon, August 17 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Emperor Liang Repentance Service

Tue, August 18 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Emperor Liang Repentance Service

Sun, August 16 - 9:30am to 5:30pm

Emperor Liang Repentance Service

Mon, August 17 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Emperor Liang Repentance Service

Tue, August 18 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Must Buddhists be vegetarians? What about nuns and monks?

Vegetarianism carries three vital messages. The first one, in sequence of importance, is the respect for life. All life is equal, has the same right to live, to co-exist in this world. If one has no respect for life, being a vegetarian loses its significant meaning. The second one is to maintain a sustainable bio-eco-system for mother Earth and for our own survival. The human population is growing exponentially and the supply of meat requires an enormous amount of natural resources along with huge soil and water pollution as compared with vegetation. The third one is for health reasons which have proven to offer many benefits. Buddhists do not need to be vegetarians but they must respect life. All nuns and monks are vegetarians with few exceptions of some Tantric practitioners.