Anyone who has had the opportunity to meet in lesser or greater extent on Buddhism may come to think that given the nature of their ideology, it is accurate that his devotees are vegetarian, and the reality is that it is not so; While many Buddhists take the decision not to eat meat, it is not a requirement of the religion and therefore it is not necessary to be a vegetarian to be Buddhist. The first Buddhist precept, which relates both to lay as to monks, is to not kill any sentient, however more be the ingestion of meat is not considered kill itself. We might think that eating meat we contribute indirectly to the death of a being sentient, but the truth is that this fact is true not only for the intake of meat but also for vegetables, considering that to be able to consume this food many animals die in the process, by the effect of insecticides and poisons used for the preservation of these foodsso many deaths are also involved in the clothes that we use, the land where we live, and in many of the things that we use in day to day, all this is (mention) another example of the first noble truth, all ordinary existence is suffering and it is unsatisfactory. When we adopt the first precept of not killing ourselves to avoid, within our possibilities, be responsible for direct death of sentient beings. In the case de el Buda Sakyamuni, we can say that this was not vegetarian since at that time the monks subsisted of begging food, any food that the laity generously provided they accepted, and these occasionally included meat.
However the Buddha urged his disciples monks not to eat meat from those animals that had been killed with the intention of being offered specifically to the monk, i.e. those cases where the monk could become the cause of that sacrifice. Read Jivaka Sutta, the Buddha’s words on meat consumption: Jivaka, I say that in three cases the meat should not be eaten: when this was seen, when heard, or when there is suspicion that the animals were killed for oneself. I say that in these three cases the meat should not be eaten. I say, that the meat may be consumed in three cases: when this was not seen, not heard when or where there is no suspicion that the animals were killed for oneself. I say unto you, that in these three cases the meat may be consumed in the end, our decision as Buddhists be vegetarians or we should not base them according to our possibilities, our understanding and our desire to be less linked possible with the suffering of other beings, and if being vegetarian is beyond our personal possibilities, we must be moderate.be aware and attentive to what we eat and our motivation. Ricardo r. Eng. mechanical, Buddhist lay.