Buddhist Diet Book

buddhist diet bookAs the name suggests, the Buddhist diet is based around the Buddhist religion although in reality you do not need to be a Buddhist to follow the diet. It is based around the way in which food is prepared and the way it is presented with “five moral precepts” which are again very closely linked with the Buddhist religion.

The five moral precepts

The five more precepts around the Buddhist diet are no killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying or partaking of intoxicants. While some of these may seem bizarre in relation to a diet they are either directly related to food preparation or represent “bad karma”. So the Buddhist diet is not only a way to prepare and to eat your food but it is also a lifestyle change.

Moral high ground

For many people it would be very difficult to look at the Buddhist diet and be totally unbiased in their opinions. Despite the fact that it is put forward as the Buddhist diet, as we suggested above, it is more a Buddhist lifestyle which incorporates a traditional diet. In many ways the religion looks to regain the “moral high ground” across a variety of different areas and improve diets and everyday living.

Religion and diet

There are very few diet which are directly associated with religion although this particular one is slightly different from the traditional rule of thumb. As we suggested above, while there is no need to actually follow the Buddhist way of life it would be very difficult to totally ingratiate the Buddhist diet in your everyday living without a fuller understanding of the concept of Buddhism.

Is it all in the mind?

The fact that many diets are won and lost in the mind is something which is more prevalent for programs such as this. The ability to be at peace with yourself, have peace in your life and content in the way in which you’re living your life is paramount and central to the Buddhist way of life. Without this particular element in your everyday living the Buddhist diet would be very difficult to stick to for long-term and very difficult to get the main benefits from.

The eating of meat

While strictly speaking the eating of meat comes under the “no killing” moral precept there are some areas in which there is flexibility. Indeed Buddhist followers are allowed to eat meat if this is given to them as “leftovers”. The details of this particular concept of the diet are covered in the Buddhist diet book which will make very interesting reading for many people. It will represent a major change for the vast majority of people not only in what they eat but how their food is prepared and how they live their lives.

Conclusion

There are very few diets with such a strong direct link to religion as that given by the Buddhist diet. For many people it is a way of life as opposed to a diet and it is really a lifestyle change which some will find it easier to follow another’s. The overall benefits from the Buddhist diet, assuming that you ingratiate the religion into your everyday life, can be life changing for many people.

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