Saka dawa practice: give up meat


This year, Saka dawa falls between May 26 and June 24. During this time, Buddhists honor the Buddha’s life. One of the best spiritual practices to adopt during this time is to refrain from killing. We can easily do this by refraining from eating meat as much as possible. The benefits to animals are obvious […]

NYTimes: A Positive Outlook Life


Here’s a series of two articles from the New York Times about the physical and emotional benefits associated with cultivating a positive outlook on life. The author, Jane Brody, includes advice on how to transform negative thoughts through compassion meditation and other activities. A Positive Outlook May Be Good for Your Health – Actively cultivating positive emotions […]

Whether or not we eat animals is in our hands


While I was in hospital in Australia, I saw on TV that Australia was selling huge numbers of sheep and cows to Indonesia. They showed sheep all lined up, so tiny, going to the slaughterhouse. There was the shot of a cow with a rope tied around its horns being pulled down from the platform […]

Want to live a long life?


By rescuing beings who are about to be slaughtered, By benefiting others by giving life in such ways, By turning away from harming any living creature, You will attain a long life. By caring for the seriously ill, By giving them medicine as a healer, By refraining from harming creatures with stones or sticks, You […]

Vegan cooking tip: egg alternatives


Finding substitutes for eggs is a little tricky but here are some tips to get you started. + Egg Alternatives from Livevegan.org Eggs are used primarily for two reasons in cooking and baking: As a binder to help hold other ingredients together.  Used in foods meant to be dense and chewy like in a “meat” loaf or […]

Go Vegan! resources to support a meat-free diet


All tremble before violence, All fear death Having done the same yourself You should neither harm nor kill ~ Dhammapada updated March 26, 2017 Adopting a vegetarian – vegan diet is not difficult. There are many tasty, convenient alternatives that are easily found at your local grocery stores. By reducing or abandoning a meat-based diet, […]