61. On eating

A group of monks came to pay their respects to Luang Pu before the Rains Retreat and one of them said, “I’ve been meditating for a long time and have attained some peace, but I have this problem about eating meat. Even just looking at meat, I feel sorry for the animal to whom the meat belonged, that it had to sacrifice its life simply for me to consume it. It’s as if I really lack compassion. When I start worrying about this, I find it hard to bring my mind to peace.”

Luang Pu said,

“When a monk partakes of the four requisites, he should contemplate them first. If, on contemplating, he sees that eating meat is a form of oppression and shows a lack of compassion for animals, he should abstain from eating meat and eat vegetarian food instead.”