I LOVE the Dalai Lama. I love his bravery, I love his sense of humor, and I love his words of compassionate wisdom. The other day I was talking to a friend and the topic of the Dalai Lama came up and she said, “you know he is a meat eater” and I said “WHAT? How does he reconcile that with being Buddhist and the philosophy of harming nothing?” To which she replied, “I don’t know…but he eats meat!” SO…I do what I always do when I want an answer to another one of my esoteric questions…I GOOGLE IT! And this is what I found: Dalai Lama on meat eating.
I was pleased to discover that the Dalai Lama and I have more in common than a birth month…we both got jaundice from being strict vegetarians and we both came to the same conclusion, i.e. everyone needs to find what works for them while still being a compassionate steward on Planet Earth. For me that means I eat meat but I do it responsibly, i.e. I pay more for eggs that come from a farmer who lets his chickens run free range and feeds them a mixture of yellow dock, dandelion and milk thistle to bolster their immune systems (see previous egg rave post). Or I buy meat from a farmer who treats his animals like one of my heroes Joel Salatin (the farmer featured in the movies Food Inc and Fresh). Here is ONE of my favorite quotes from him that pretty much sums up my philosophy on food.
“This magical, marvelous food on our plate, this sustenance we absorb, has a story to tell. It has a journey. It leaves a footprint. It leaves a legacy. To eat with reckless abandon, without conscience, without knowledge; folks, this ain’t normal.”― Joel Salatin, Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World
SO…whether vegetarian or vegan or meat eater or opportunivore, I encourage you all to find what works for your bodies with clear conscience and a heart of integrity.
In great health!