Attached to Being Vegetarian?
Meatguy: I think you are too strongly attached to being vegetarian.
Shi’an: I’m not. I’m just aware that animals are attached to their lives, and that my choice of diet prevents more deaths.
Meatguy: Didn’t the Buddha teach that all mind and matter is without self?
Shi’an: Yes, but all the parties involved have not realised non-self yet.
Shi’an: Everyone! Me, you the eater, the butchers, the sellers and most of all, the animals.
Pray, don’t talk to me about ‘non-dualistic wisdom’, that eating meat is okay.
Not when you are as dualistic as the animals, who crave to stay alive, to not be killed.
Pray, don’t talk to me about the ultimate truth of emptiness,
when you ignore the conventional truth that animals need our compassion.