It's crucial for one
to be aware that there are generally 3 kinds of meat that are not
supposed to be taken according to the Mahayana Buddhism:
a) Animal that's
being killed purposely for oneself.
b) One hear the
cries of the animal during slaughtering.
c) One see the
animal being slaughtered.
In Tibetan Buddhism,
for meat to be considered pure, the below three criteria must be
a) The consumers
must have seen that the animal in question was not killed specially
b) The consumers
must have heard or confirmed from a trustworthy source that the
animal was not slaughtered for food for their specific
c) The consumers
must have no doubt that this is so.
explained that even if one is not eating meat, it doesn't spare one
completely from creating negative karma.
This is because all
acts of cultivation foods, including vegetables, fruits, grains
involve 'killing' to a certain extent. The pesticides and other
chemicals used in preserving the crops caused the death of
innumerous insects and animals. Even, drinking milk or consuming
other daily products will cause us to commit indirect karma …
simply because these milk are taken without consent from the cows,
which is no different from 'stealing'; and sometimes because of
over milking, the calves are deprived of sufficient feeding for
Thus, if the time
and condition permits, it would be extremely beneficial to chant
the Buddha Akshobhya mantra before consuming any foods. Otherwise,
with a deep compassionate heart, chant "Om Mani Padme Hung" for
seven times is good enough. This will help to lighten and purify
our karma tremendously!