“The great compassionate mind is the Buddha’s Mind. The spirit of Buddhism is compassion and equality. If we wish to attain a mind of compassion and equality, first, we must not kill; second, we must save and protect lives; third, we must practice vegetarianism. If we can accomplish all three, our compassionate mind will-by Grand master Wei Chueh manifest.”
--- Excerpts from a talk given by Grand master Wei Chueh. To view the entirety of article Buddhism and Vegetarianism
Five Contemplations Before A Meal 食存五觀
Our translation team worked on a translation of the Five Contemplations which is used before we take meals in the monastery:
This offering is the fruit of many's work and care;
Reflecting on my conduct, "Am I worthy of a share?"
Be wary of the poisons, the foremost being greed;
Seeing food as medicine, I take only what I need,
Solely for cultivation, to realize the Buddha Way.
With gratitude I accept this offering today.
(It is slightly modified from the excellent version Shifu from Rev. Heng Sure of the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery.)
Vegetarian Recipes - by Buddha Gate Monastery