I’m sorry I’m not trying to be rude, I don’t know how to address you, not being Buddhist myself.
I heard your “teaching” (sorry if that sounds patronising, I don’t know what you call it :-?) at a uni thing put on by the Buddhist Society. A friend invited me and tbh I was there for the free lunch. Lol! – no offence.
Anyway. You’re clearly a good speaker and you seem like a nice guy. But this is why your teaching is SO INCREDIBLY DANGEROUS.
In the interests of full disclosure, let me tell you that I am A PRACTISING CARNIVORE. And proud of it! Right now I’m half-way through a cornish pasty and I’m LOVING it. That probably sounds BLASPHEMOUS to you, but it’s WHO I AM.
I can’t remember a time when I haven’t enjoyed sausages, steaks, fried chicken, you name it. And I can honestly say it has NEVER done me ANY harm. (Alright, there was that dodgy kebab last week, but you can’t judge a whole food group by one salmonella infection). You preach about meat but you’ve never had a bacon sandwich yourself, so how on earth can you comment??
Maybe I’ve now committed some “”sin”” by tempting you with the wonders of bacon but, honestly, I think if God – or whoever – exists he wants you to be happy :-)
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve tried your whole Buddhist thing. Well, I tried giving up meat anyway. When I was 16 I dated a sweet vegan guy called Chris. He made it all sound so convincing at the time. (Love does strange things to people!) I gave it my best shot for three long months. But it REALLY wasn’t for me. I know that in my heart of hearts I have always been – AND I ALWAYS WILL BE – a meat-eater. SORRY!!
In fact, no, NOT SORRY! And this is why I’m writing. When you told us that your branch of Buddhism denounces meat-eating, my blood l i t e r a l l y boiled. Like literally! I wonder if you realise just HOW OFFENSIVE that is??? One of my best friends is studying agricultural science and next year he’s returning to manage the family farm. Do you denounce him?? My cousin Joe works in an abattoir, but HE IS THE NICEST, MOST BUDDHISTY GUY YOU COULD EVER MEET. Do you denounce him????
And just now I Googled Buddhism and found out that many branches of your own belief system ALLOW meat-eating. So not only are you out of touch with the real world – YOU ARE DISAGREEING WITH YOUR OWN WIKI PAGE!!
From personal experience, I know how damaging it is to fight your omniverous desires. When my boyfriend pressured me into veganism I felt guilty, repressed and seriously protein-deficient. Your message is one that makes us hate other people and hate ourselves. And don’t give me that crap about ‘love the meat-eater, hate the meat-eating’! That’s just patronising. In the end it’s just thinly veiled CARNI-PHOBIA.
You gave out your details in case we wanted to find out more about your religion but seriously, NO! I do NOT want to know anything more about your sick, demeaning life-philosophy. You said that if we spent time chatting you could make me understand your position on meat. You said that it fits in with some cosmic understanding of life, the universe, karma, compassion blah, blah, blah. All I know is that I’m a Meat-Eater and if the universe hates me for that then we’ll have to agree to disagree and go our separate ways.
So no, I’m not getting in touch to find out more. I’m getting in touch to say PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE stop the hate-mongering! Meat is food too. Carnivores are people too. And now, if you don’t mind (AND EVEN IF YOU DO!) I’m going to finish my pasty, nom nom!