Beginning Vegetarianism

10 May 2009 - 7:50am Comments Off

For those who are interested in becoming a vegetarian to create the causes for the animal shelter to manifest, here are some guidelines kindly provided by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche.

  • We can take vegetarian vows, with no consumption of meat. Eggs, milk, garlic and onions are permissible.
  • Vows can be taken for short periods of time e.g. 3 or 5 days a week, a month at a time.
  • After each session, you can take the vows again and again.
  • Taking vows is more powerful as it creates the causes through our commitment.

How to take the vow in front of your altar:

  1. Recite 35 Confessional Buddhas
  2. Visualise the Three Jewels as your Guru and say to them that, for the next x number of days, you will take vegetarian vows, in dedication of for example, the people who have been kind to you, to all the animals who have been abused, to creating the causes to save more lives in future.
  3. Finish with a dedication.

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