Chinese Buddhist monks prepare food. Photo: Getty Images Chinese Buddhist monks prepare food. Photo: Getty Images
Chinese Buddhist monks prepare food. Photo: Getty Images
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

How Chinese Buddhist monks and nuns became vegetarians, even though the dharma didn’t forbid the eating of meat

  • Abstinence for spiritual or religious purposes has long been a way for the devout to meditate on their beliefs
  • In Chinese Mahayana Buddhism, monastic regulations prohibiting all meat consumption were laid down by imperial decree

Chinese Buddhist monks prepare food. Photo: Getty Images Chinese Buddhist monks prepare food. Photo: Getty Images
Chinese Buddhist monks prepare food. Photo: Getty Images
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