Monday, May 20, 2013

NYIDA: Vegetarian Diet of Shambala


Dzogchen Explorations

Okar Research


Chogyam Trungpa...."NYIDA: The vegetarian diet of Shambhala. Nyi stands for yellow and green foods, primarily vegetables and fruits, and da for white foods such as milk, yogurt, cheese and tofu......enjoy as your provision only yogurt, milk, white butter, cheese, fresh vegetables, raw fish and white rice. You should refrain from garlic, onions, fat and other meats."

"One of the main principles of the Manichaeans (2nd Century A.D.) was a vegetarian diet of mainly green and yellow foods (squash, etc). Supposedly, light was concentrated in these foods and their bodies served as filters for the particles of light contained in the plants." (Litvinsky: 1992...Pg 414)...B. A. Litvinsky, Zhang Guang-da, R. Shabani Samghabadi, eds. History of the Civilizations of Central Asia, Volume III: The Crossroads of Civilizations: A.D. 250 to 750. Paris: UNESCO Publishing, 1996. 568 pp. 300FF (cloth), ISBN 978-92-3-103211-0.

"For Western practitioners, the situation is rather different. Unlike the Tibetans, who live mostly in areas where a wide variety of wholesome vegetable food is easy to obtain. Nevertheless, they belong to a culture in which religious and ethical traditions sanction and encourage the eating of meat. The compassionate attitude toward animal life, which is inherent to the Buddhist outlook and with which, despite their nutritional habits, Tibetans are as a rule profoundly imbued, is lacking in our society."......Food of Bodhisattvas, Buddhist Teachings from Abstaining from Meat by Shabkar..... Translated by the Padmakara Translation Group, © 2004.

"Ashoka taught and persuaded his people to love and respect all living things. According to Dr. Munshi, "he insisted on the recognition of the sanctity of all human life".The unnecessary slaughter or mutilation of animals was immediately abolished. Wildlife became protected by the king's law against sport hunting and branding. Limited hunting was permitted for consumption reasons but the overwhelming majority of Indians chose by their own free will to become vegetarians."....

Under Candragupta II (405 AD), who was probably a Vaisnava, but tolerant of Buddhism and Jainism, no one kills any living thing or eats onions or garlic." (Dasgupta: cix)

Mani said in the third century.......sacrifices and eating meat were forbidden to everybody...and declared to have nothing in common with Abraham, Aaron, Joshua, David and all those who approve of the sacrificing of animals, of causing them pain, of eating meat and other things."

An ancient Manichaean text tells us that in the Uighur Kingdom the Electi derived regular supplies of vegan food from their monastery lands. From other sources we know that the Manichaeans ate onions, garlic, cucumbers and grapes and that they condemned all use of milk, eggs and meat..

"The commentary on the Kalachakra-tantra [probably the first commentary on the Kalachakra-tantra by Chandrabhadra, the king of Shambhala and the first recipient of this teaching] says: One should not buy meat, nor should one offer animals in sacrifice to the gods and ancestral spirits. For the Buddha never allowed "marked meat" to be eaten. And by "marked meat" he meat the flesh of animals that have been killed and purchased for food, as well as animals marked for sacrifice.".....

Vegetarian Aryana......Vegetarian cooking from Iran, Afghanistan, Mongolia and other central Asian regions (including Xinjian, Tibet, Kashmir, Punjab, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Buryatia, Tuva, Kazakhastan, Azerbaijan, Armenia).

"Tibetans in general have always been, and still are, great meat eaters. This mainly due to climate and geography, since large portions of the country lie at altitudes where the cultivation of crops is impossible. Long habit, of course, gives rise to deep-seated predilection and, despite their religious convictions, many Tibetans living in other parts of the world have not changed their diet. This, in itself, is not very surprising. It is difficult for everyone to abandon the habits of a lifetime, and one of the first impulses of travellers and immigrants the world over is to import or procure their own kind of food. In any case, like the rest of humanity, many Tibetans find meat delicious and eat it with relish.....

"Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol spent most of his time in solitude, high in the mountains, attended only, if at all, by those of his closest disciples who were able and willing to share the hardships imposed by the physical environment and savor the perfect freedom that comes from the complete abandonment of worldly concerns. He was untouched by social and ecclesiastical conventions and, though an ordained monk, was never closely associated with any of the great monastic establishments, although he visited and endowed them whenever he could, sometimes with spectacular generosity. Living the monastic discipline yet immersed in the yogic practice of the Secret Mantra, he must have cut an eccentric figure on his frequent pilgrimages, wearing his patched monastic skirt and the white shawl and long hair of a yogi.".....

Ligmincha Institute at Serenity Ridge now offers meat-free, vegetarian fare, serving a variety of healthy, plant-based food to retreat participants and others who attend events at the center. Those who register for retreats at Serenity Ridge are able to select a meal preference that includes vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free vegetarian and gluten-free vegan. The goal of the kitchen is to prepare tasty and nutritious meals that everyone will enjoy. During an open webcast at this past Winter Retreat in December, Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche also encouraged practitioners to consider becoming vegetarian themselves. “From the teaching point of view it is highly recommended to be vegetarian, as eating meat involves the taking of life,” Rinpoche says. Also, we know more and more that being a vegetarian also is recommended from the point of view of the environment and health. Rinpoche himself adopted a vegetariana diet about five years ago. He suggests that if people really feel a need to eat meat, then perhaps they can at least minimize its consumption. “For those who feel from time to time, either energetically or physically, that they need to eat meat, they should have more awareness of what they are doing and say prayers for the life taken,” he says. Rinpoche recommends that everyone view the documentary “Forks Over Knives.” The film explores the discovery that many of the diseases prevalent in our affluent society—such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer—could be controlled or prevented by changing our menu of animal-based and processed foods to a plant-based diet. So look forward to some tasty vegetarian and vegan dining experiences during your next visit to Serenity Ridge.

"Jain vegetarian diet is practiced by the followers of Jain culture and philosophy. It is considered to be one of the most rigorous form of spiritually-motivated diet on the Indian subcontinent and beyond. The Jain cuisine is completely vegetarian and it also excludes onions and garlic, similar to the shojin-ryori cuisine of Japan. The strictest forms of Jain diet is practiced by the monastic ascetics, it may additionally exclude potatoes and other root vegetables. This food is called in Sanskrit a 'sattvic' food, which means that it is based on the qualities of goodness, lightness and happiness. On the other hand, onions and garlic are regarded to be 'tamasic', as they tend to have a quality of darkness, lethargy and indeed a putrid smell."....


John Hopkins.....Northern New Mexico….May 2013


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