Buddhism and hinduism perspective on food

Hindus believe that all living things have a soul, and believe in the concept of reincarnation, making Hindus reluctant to kill any living creature.

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The Vegan Society recommends the use of supplements or the careful use of fortified foods. Slaughter must be carried out according to Shechita methods. It is found in many green leafy vegetables, such as broccoli and kale. And then, the crushed cane is collected and burnt in the fire below.

How does religion affect diet

After cutting away its branches, its feet are bound together into bundles, and then, it is placed between the wooden rollers and crushed. A mix of protein sources ensures a complete range of amino acids. If they did have any influence on the Buddha it was purely in a negative way, by providing examples of the "false views" which it was the task of the Dhamma to refute. These strictures were relaxed in China, Korea, Japan, and other countries that follow Mahayana Buddhism, where monasteries were in remote mountain areas and the distance to the nearest towns made daily alms rounds impractical. Certain sections of society and some ascetic traditions practiced vegetarianism both for religious and spiritual purposes, but it is not true that they constituted the majority. The meat eating habits of Hindus evolved overtime and were never the same. According to the Vinaya Pitaka , when Devadatta urged him to make complete abstinence from meat compulsory, the Buddha refused, maintaining that "monks would have to accept whatever they found in their begging bowls, including meat, provided that they had not seen, had not heard, and had no reason to suspect that the animal had been killed so that the meat could be given to them". Brahman as an undefined and undefinable concept may be immune to logical criticism, but at the same time it cannot provide the basis for a meaningful ontology. The Upanishads had the potentiality to break away from the theistic mold of thinking; and had this happened the Upanishadic seer's fervent plea, "Lead me from darkness to light", may have been partly fulfilled. It is however not to the Vedas and the Brahmanas that the modern exponents of Hinduism turn to as repositories of "Vedic" knowledge, but to the Upanishads. They do not eat meat for the same reason you would not eat a human. There are Jews living in every local authority in England and Wales, although three out of five Jews live in greater London.

Many religions follow vegetarian principles and few are vegan. The clearest differences between Hinduism and Buddhism can be seen by comparing the Hindu path with that of the Buddha. In its concrete form this Upanishadic doctrine reduces, to something quite different, and this is, of course, consistently criticised by the Buddha.

This means that they cannot turn on the lights or cook with electricity. For example, some Hindus refrain from eating beef and pork, which are strictly prohibited in the Hindu diet code, but do eat other meats.

Hindus do not eat fruit or any plant off of the tree or vine because that would be considered harming the living plant which is, again, equal to you. The identification of the Atman with the Brahman was seen by the monists as the "elevation of the human to the devine", but it could equally be looked upon as the "degradation" of God to the human level; indeed it could be interpreted in a way similar to the Buddhist view of God as the creation of the human mind.

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Food must be suitable and pure. Dharma becomes the divinely ordained system of caste duty. There are concerns that not all meat sold as halal actually is, so careful sourcing is important.

How does culture and religion impact on food choices

Hindus who eat meat are encouraged to eat Jhatka meat. Humans and animals are all equal, therefore neither are food. Buddhists refrain from any wrong thoughts or actions like killing, because it causes suffering and bad karma. Meeting protein requirements should not be a problem. Iron Iron is required mainly for the production of haemoglobin. It is now generally recognized that the religion of the Vedas with its deification of the forces of nature, its constantly professed awe at the basic human functions of breath and speech, its blending of sacrifice, ritual and magic, its confounding of states of intoxication produced by imbibing the Soma libation with states of mysticism, and so on, relate to a very primitive stage in the development of the religious consciousness and scientific knowledge of man. It is divided into four main sections — starchy foods, with an emphasis on whole grain and higher fibre choices; protein foods, which now highlights the importance of meat alternatives, such as beans, pulses and fish and includes advice to eat less red and processed meat; fruit and vegetables; and dairy and alternatives. A few Hindu texts such as Hathayoga Pradipika combine both. Chauduri "have succumbed to Hindu chronological fantasies" [Hinduism , p. When vegetarian or vegan diets are followed to meet faith recommendations, faith rules still apply such as the use of utensils or ensuring the food has not come into contact with forbidden foods. Vegans are advised to increase their intake of Omega-3 fatty acids found in flax seed, walnuts, soybeans and dark green vegetables. This terminology will be used here as far as possible, except that the word "Hinduism" will sometimes have to be used to designate the combined systems of Brahmanism and Hinduism proper, the actual context hopefully making clear what usage is meant.
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Hindu Dietary Practices: Feeding the Body, Mind and Soul