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by Dharma Flower
Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: What is the Typical Asian Diet?
Replies: 54
Views: 3970

Re: What is the Typical Asian Diet?

Temple Grandin, though not a vegan or vegetarian, has dedicated her life to improving the treatment of farm animals:


Perhaps we can be realistic that a majority of people will not give up meat, and try to make conditions better for farm animals instead.
by Dharma Flower
Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: What is the Typical Asian Diet?
Replies: 54
Views: 3970

Re: What is the Typical Asian Diet?

Before Honen and Shinran’s time, Buddhism in Japan was mainly for the elites. By opening up a form of Buddhism for people like fishermen and hunters, doing their best to support their families, Buddhism became available to the common people of Japan. In Japan today, vegetarianism is very uncommon, e...
by Dharma Flower
Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: What is the Typical Asian Diet?
Replies: 54
Views: 3970

Re: What is the Typical Asian Diet?

Like I said: this is completely irrelevant to the topic of the thread. Do you know what the topic of the thread is? Returning to the original topic of this thread: Let's not forget that a majority of people in India eat meat, as they do in other Asian countries. The biggest difference between Asian...
by Dharma Flower
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: What is the Typical Asian Diet?
Replies: 54
Views: 3970

Re: What is the Typical Asian Diet?

In India, what typically happens to bulls and barren cows, since they're unable to produce milk? Which is completely irrelevant to the point we were discussing and an attempt by you to shift the goal posts. In buying cow's milk, regardless of the country, one is financially supporting an industry t...
by Dharma Flower
Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:39 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: What is the Typical Asian Diet?
Replies: 54
Views: 3970

Re: What is the Typical Asian Diet?

Cianan wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:55 pm
Come on. You've been promoting a low-fat diet, a fad diet unfortunately enduring for decades with ill-deserved publicity. Are we going to redefine restrictive? :tongue:
Heart experts tend to recommend lean meats over fatty meats:
https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/node/24044
by Dharma Flower
Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:20 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: What is the Typical Asian Diet?
Replies: 54
Views: 3970

Re: What is the Typical Asian Diet?

India has the highest rate of vegetarianism in any country, as far as I know, and areas of idea where vegetarianism is most prevalent commonly rely on milk as an alternative nutrient source to meat. And thus the "first world luxury" theory... :toilet: In India, what typically happens to bulls and b...
by Dharma Flower
Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: What is the Typical Asian Diet?
Replies: 54
Views: 3970

Re: What is the Typical Asian Diet?

You know which country has the highest rate of vegetarianism? India has the highest rate of vegetarianism in any country, as far as I know, and areas of idea where vegetarianism is most prevalent commonly rely on milk as an alternative nutrient source to meat. Due primarily to religious restriction...
by Dharma Flower
Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: What is the Typical Asian Diet?
Replies: 54
Views: 3970

Re: What is the Typical Asian Diet?

Grigoris wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:53 pm
Who is judging?
All I am trying to say is that Buddhist compassion should extend to all people, regardless of their diet. I'm sorry if I've given a bad impression.
by Dharma Flower
Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: What is the Typical Asian Diet?
Replies: 54
Views: 3970

Re: What is the Typical Asian Diet?

Anthony Bourdain made the point that people in the third world eat whatever they can get, and don't have the luxury of choosing a vegetarian diet. When the nutrients in meat aren't as easily found in other sources, then perhaps we shouldn't judge, especially if a country eats much less meat than the...
by Dharma Flower
Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: What is the Typical Asian Diet?
Replies: 54
Views: 3970

Re: What is the Typical Asian Diet?

It's kind of sad that there aren't more popular films that promote a balanced diet, that includes a healthy balance of meat, vegetables, fruits, and starches. It seems that the popular diet-related documentaries these days promote veganism, the keto diet, or some other fad or restrictive diet.
by Dharma Flower
Fri Apr 06, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: What is the Typical Asian Diet?
Replies: 54
Views: 3970

Re: What is the Typical Asian Diet?

Queequeg wrote:
Fri Apr 06, 2018 5:52 pm
No worries, man. I know there is no malice there.
OK. Thank you. Please keep in mind that I don't hold Asian cultures to generally be superior to Western culture. It's just in certain specific ways that I feel traditional Asian cultures are superior to my own native culture.
by Dharma Flower
Fri Apr 06, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: What is the Typical Asian Diet?
Replies: 54
Views: 3970

Re: What is the Typical Asian Diet?

I didn't think you were intentionally do anything like that. But, the way you expressed the idea reflected certain bigoted assumptions that are embedded in certain perspectives on non-Western countries. I'm sorry if I gave that impression. Bigotry is a very strong word: a person who is intolerant o...
by Dharma Flower
Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: What is the Typical Asian Diet?
Replies: 54
Views: 3970

Re: What is the Typical Asian Diet?

I'm going to push back on you a little to point out your... bigotry. I don't mean to be bigoted in any sort of way, and I'm sorry if I've given that impression. Before the modern period, the average person in Asian countries may not have been able to afford the level of meat consumption that's avai...
by Dharma Flower
Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: What is the Typical Asian Diet?
Replies: 54
Views: 3970

Re: What is the Typical Asian Diet?

Queequeg wrote:
Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:10 am
Meat is just a little side.
Was that traditionally by choice or something they became accustomed to due to poverty and scarcity?
by Dharma Flower
Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:59 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: What is the Typical Asian Diet?
Replies: 54
Views: 3970

What is the Typical Asian Diet?

I’ve been eating a mostly vegetarian diet for about the last eight months. I would like to incorporate meat back into my diet, while nonetheless eating healthier than before. In the typical American diet, we eat too much red meat and junk food, and not enough fruits and vegetables. The typical Asian...
by Dharma Flower
Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:31 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 142
Views: 16690

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

He did not write that Hakuin had confirmed such a view where nenbutsu could be the cause of kensho. In fact, he wrote: "nothing to do with Nembutsu itself really". Thank you for your response. I'd rather encourage others to read Meido Sensei's words, and especially the quoted passages from Zen Mast...
by Dharma Flower
Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:31 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 142
Views: 16690

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

Please keep in mind that sudden enlightenment followed by gradual cultivation is a teaching of the Rinzai school. In comparison, Soto Zen de-emphasizes the necessity or importance of the kensho or satori experience, instead seeing practice itself as an expression of our inborn enlightenment. In ligh...
by Dharma Flower
Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch
Replies: 2
Views: 861

Re: The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch

It's often noted that the Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch presents one of the early examples for the dual practice of Ch'an (Zen) and Pure Land: "While the ignorant recite Amitabha’s name for rebirth in the Pure Land, the enlightened purify their mind, for, as the Buddha said, ‘When the mind i...
by Dharma Flower
Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 142
Views: 16690

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

distinction Zen makes between kensho and full Buddhahood That's not a generally accepted distinction. According to Zen master Hakuin, a Nembutsu practitioner can experience kensho or small enlightenment through reciting the Nembutsu, with the understanding that the Buddha-nature within is ultimatel...
by Dharma Flower
Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 142
Views: 16690

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

Then you might also consider those who did not view name recitation as equal to Zen practice. Such teachers were Bodhidharma, Huineng, Linji, Dogen, and Hakuin, just to mention the most well known ones. I'm sorry for being unclear regarding the distinction Zen makes between kensho and full Buddhaho...

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