Vegetarianism and Animal Ethics in Contemporary Buddhism by James Stewart

By James Stewart

Buddhism is celebrated to suggest a stance of overall pacifism in the direction of all sentient beings, and thanks to this, it's always suggestion that Buddhist doctrine might stipulate that non-violent nutrition practices, comparable to vegetarianism, be needed. even though, the P?li resource fabrics don't inspire vegetarianism and such a lot Buddhists don't perform it. utilizing study according to ethnographic proof and interviews, this ebook discusses this factor through offering an research of vegetarianism and animal ethics inside a Buddhist cultural domain.

Focusing on Sri Lanka, a spot of serious historic value to Buddhism, the publication seems at how lay Buddhists and the clergy got here to appreciate the function of vegetarianism and animal ethics in Buddhism. It analyses even if the Buddha preached a view that inspired vegetarianism, and the way this squares along with his pacifism in the direction of animals. The e-book is going directly to query how Buddhist nutrition practices intersect with different secular actions reminiscent of conventional drugs, in addition to discussing the broader implications of Buddhist animal pacifism together with vegetarian political events and animal rights teams.

Shedding mild on a topic that, formerly, has purely been tangentially taken care of through students, this interdisciplinary research can be of curiosity to these operating within the fields of Buddhist stories, faith and Philosophy, in addition to South Asian Studies.

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