Since the very beginning of Buddhism over 2500 years ago, Buddhist monks and nuns have depended on almsfood. They were, and still are, prohibited from growing their own food, storing their own provisions or cooking their own meals. Instead, every morning they would make their day’s meal out of whatever was freely given to them by lay supporters. Whether it was rich food or coarse food, delicious or awful tasting it was to be accepted with gratitude and eaten regarding it as medicine. The Buddha laid down several rules forbidding monks from asking for the food that they liked. As a result, they would receive just the sort of meals that ordinary people ate – and that was often meat. From UrbanDharma
I thought I would try something new this Monday. Today I am going to open a forum here at “Sweep” and throw out a topic. Feel free to comment on this issue one way or the other. I will not erase or edit anyone’s opinion. If you are uncomfortable then please post anonymously.
That being said, I hope there ends up being a fruitful discussion (or maybe none at all :D)