The lecture was, basically, a very slow-paced set of excuses for eating meat.
It included all the words about compassion, non-violence, not-killing, etc., but it still was --basically-- the same set of excuses for eating meat (inside Buddhism) that you can hear from ordinary people (outside of Buddhism).
How do you address this in your own community, organization, or with friends and family?
What is your response (in the real world) to people telling you about these abstract virtues, but then say they are just going to continue to eat meat anyway?
Some Buddhists eat meat, some don't, and the ones that don't usually have a big problem about the ones who do... is about the long and short of it.
Many great masters of the past and present ate/eat meat, many didn't...so it seems it makes no actual difference to ones practice. What does, however, is obsessing about what other practitioners eat. Be vegetarian by all means, but get on with your own practice.
my heart is not here.
My heart's in the Highlands
chasing the deer."
Robert V.C. Burns.
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