Buddhist cuisine

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Buddhist cuisine is a type of cuisine that is followed by monks and many believers from areas historically influenced by Buddhism. It is vegetarian or vegan, and it is based on the Dharmic concept of Ahimsa (non-violence). Buddhist cuisine varies by the different sects of Buddhism and according to the country in which it is practiced.

Origins[edit | edit source]

Buddhist cuisine originated from the Buddha's teachings. The Buddha taught that killing animals is a violation of the first precept of Buddhist moral code. Therefore, many Buddhists follow a vegetarian or vegan diet.

Principles[edit | edit source]

The main principles of Buddhist cuisine are non-violence and mindfulness. Non-violence is practiced by not killing any living beings. Mindfulness is practiced by being aware of the effects of one's dietary choices on oneself, other beings, and the environment.

Types of Buddhist Cuisine[edit | edit source]

There are several types of Buddhist cuisine, including:

  • Chinese Buddhist cuisine - This is the most common type of Buddhist cuisine. It is vegetarian and often includes tofu and other soy products.
  • Japanese Buddhist cuisine - Also known as shōjin ryōri, this type of cuisine is vegan and avoids the use of pungent vegetables like garlic and onion.
  • Korean Buddhist cuisine - This type of cuisine is vegan and uses a variety of wild and cultivated vegetables.

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References[edit | edit source]

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