Shravasti Dhammika, To EAT OR NOT TO EAT MEAT: A BUDDHIST REFLECTION
Chapter 2 Buddhist arguments for vegetarianism
10. But this narrow perspective raises, at least in my mind, quite a few troubling questions:
(A) Firstly, as we have seen above, all the evidence shows the Buddha wanted the Precept to be interpreted in a broad manner and to have all its implications taken into account.
(B) If the monks did not directly break their rules, maybe the lay people broke the first Precept in that they “encouraged others to kill, approved of killing or spoke in praise of killing” by purchasing the meat.
(C) Maybe the monks should have given some thought to the implications and consequences of their actions. Did not the Buddha say, “Before, while doing and after having done a deed one should reflect, ‘Will this action lead to my own or others’ detriment?’” (Majjhima Nikaya I, 416).
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(三) 或許比丘們應該考慮到他們行為的含意和後果。佛陀不是說：「在做一件事情之前、過程中和完成後，人應深思『這行為會為我或其他人帶來損傷嗎？』」(《中部》I, 416)。