Among the revered places in Buddhism is the Lumbini area of Nepal, birthplace of the Buddha. In 1978, the United Nations and the government of Nepal approved a master plan intended to develop this area and preserve it as a place for pilgrimage and tourism. Centering on a project called the Lumbini gardens, the master plan area is currently home to between 40 and 45 international Buddhist monasteries.
According to the rules established by the Lumbini Development Trust, in keeping with the teachings of the Buddha, there is to be no consumption of meat products inside the premises of the master plan area. Nevertheless, despite the teachings and the rules, the majority of monasteries continue to include meat in their meals.
There is currently a petition on a website called Care2 “to strictly enforce the rules and regulations of the LDT and further restore Lumbini as a ‘no-meat and peace zone’.” We at DVA encourage you to sign this petition to support the Buddha’s teachings on non-harming and compassion.
Animals and the Buddha
A film by Dharma Voices for Animals
Featuring interviews with world-renowned monastics and lay teachers including Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Jetsuma (Ven. Master) Tenzin Palmo, Ven. Bhante Gunaratana (Bhante G), Christopher Titmuss, Ven. Geshe Phelgye, teachers from Spirit Rock Meditation Center and many others.
In addition to watching the film on YouTube, it can be downloaded here.
In keeping with Buddhist tradition, Animals and the Buddha is presented at no charge. If you are able to help support Dharma Voices for Animals and the important work we do on behalf of animals, your donation is greatly appreciated. Donations are tax-deductible
Dharma Voices for Animals (DVA) is an organization of those committed both to practicing the teachings of the Buddha (the Dharma) and to speaking out when animal suffering is supported by the actions of those in Dharma communities and by the policies of Dharma centers. We want to be the voice of the animals who cannot speak our language and are unable to ask, “Why are you paying people to do this to me?” or “Why are you supporting my suffering?” We want to support those who are willing to speak out about the harm we cause other sentient beings when we eat them, use their body parts as clothing and in other ways, or use household and personal hygiene products that are tested on animals. While DVA recognizes the challenges of living in a complex, modern society, we wish to promote the choices that provide the greatest reduction of animal suffering. It is our intention to be inclusive in honoring the different views of those who sincerely intend to minimize the suffering of animals.
Dzogchen Master and DVA member and contributor, Chatral Rinpoche:
“If you take meat, it goes against the vows one takes in
seeking refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
Because when you take meat you have to take a being’s
life. So I gave it up.”
Become a DVA Member at no cost and support the efforts to raise awareness of the suffering of animals in the Dharma community.