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Review by The Vegetarian (May/June 1984) of
A Buddhist Case for Vegetarianism by Roshi Philip Kapleau

The first precept of Buddhism is to refrain from taking life, but like the old testament commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’, it tends to be interpreted in many ways. Adherents to the Theravada version of the Buddhist scriptures maintain that the Buddha only forbade monks to eat meat if they knew the animal has been killed expressly for them. The Mahayayana version condemns meat-eating completely and the author argues that this is more likely to follow the Buddha’s intentions, especially as he was born in India and the doctrine of ‘ahimsa’ was influential in the India of that period.
 
The book goes on to discuss the modern reasons for vegetarianism and the description of American slaughterhouses and factory farms is in itself a poignant appeal for our way of life. The illustrations in this book are worth mentioning as they have been specifically chosen to depict the natural dignity of animals and their basic relationship to man, being for the most part beautiful photographs of oriental sculptures.

(Reviewer not named)

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