What the do EBTs say about Lay dharma followers and eating meat?

What were the buddha’s instructions for lay followers on whether they could eat meat or not?

Hi @RockLee,

This topic has already been discussed at length in this forum. I would recommend to start by using the (recently enhanced) search functionality and, for example, look for “vegetarian”.

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Oh okay sorry about that

The Dhammapada - Chapter 10: Violence

  1. All tremble at violence; all fear death. Putting oneself in the place of another, one should not kill nor cause another to kill.

  2. All tremble at violence; life is dear to all. Putting oneself in the place of another, one should not kill nor cause another to kill.

  3. One who, while himself seeking happiness, oppresses with violence other beings who also desire happiness, will not attain happiness hereafter.

  4. One who, while himself seeking happiness, does not oppress with violence other beings who also desire happiness, will find happiness hereafter.

DN 29 - Pāsādikasutta - An Impressive Discourse - Section 9

These four kinds of indulgence in pleasure, Cunda, are low, crude, ordinary, ignoble, and pointless. They don’t lead to disillusionment, dispassion, cessation, peace, insight, awakening, and extinguishment. What four?

It’s when some fool makes themselves happy and pleased by killing living creatures. This is the first kind of indulgence in pleasure.

Sutta: AN 5.177: Vaṇijjā Sutta: Wrong Livliehood

“Monks, a lay follower should not engage in five types of business. Which five?

  1. Business in weapons
  2. business in human beings
  3. business in meat
  4. business in intoxicants
  5. business in poison.

“These are the five types of business that a lay follower should not engage in.”

There is no such thing as a business without customers.