Vegetarianism and religion

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Vegetarianism is strongly linked with a number of religions that originated in ancient India (Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism).wikipedia
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Ahiṃsā

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Vegetarianism in Jainism is based on the principle of nonviolence (ahimsa, literally "non-injuring"). The principle of nonviolence (Ahimsa) applied to animals is connected with the intention to avoid negative karmic influences which result from violence.

Vegetarianism

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In Jainism, vegetarianism is mandatory for everyone; in Hinduism and Mahayana Buddhism, it is advocated by some influential scriptures and religious authorities.
Such ethical motivations have been codified under various religious beliefs, as well as animal rights advocacy.

Buddhist cuisine

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In China and Vietnam, monks typically eat no meat, with other restrictions as well.

Ethics of eating meat

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Ethical vegetarians and ethical vegans may also object to the practices underlying the production of meat, or cite concerns about animal welfare, animal rights, environmental ethics, and religious reasons.

Jewish Veg

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Groups advocating for Jewish vegetarianism include Jewish Veg, a contemporary grassroots organization promoting veganism as "God's ideal diet", and the Shamayim V'Aretz Institute, which promotes a vegan diet in the Jewish community through animal welfare activism, kosher veganism, and Jewish spirituality.

Fasting

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Within Eastern Christianity, Vegetarianism is practiced as part of fasting during the Great Lent (although shellfish and other non-vertebrate products are generally considered acceptable during some periods of this time); vegan fasting is particularly common in Eastern Orthodoxy and Oriental Orthodox Churches, such as the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, which generally fasts 210 days out of the year.

Rastafari

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Rastafari generally follow a diet called "I-tal", which eschews the eating of food that has been artificially preserved, flavoured, or chemically altered in any way.

Hinduism

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Vegetarianism is strongly linked with a number of religions that originated in ancient India (Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism).

Jainism

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Vegetarianism in Jainism is based on the principle of nonviolence (ahimsa, literally "non-injuring"). Vegetarianism is strongly linked with a number of religions that originated in ancient India (Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism).

Buddhism

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Vegetarianism is strongly linked with a number of religions that originated in ancient India (Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism).

Mahayana

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In Jainism, vegetarianism is mandatory for everyone; in Hinduism and Mahayana Buddhism, it is advocated by some influential scriptures and religious authorities.

Christianity

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Comparatively, in the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), the Bahá'í Faith and Dharmic religions such as Sikhism, vegetarianism is less commonly viewed as a religious obligation, although in all these faiths there are groups actively promoting vegetarianism on religious grounds.

Islam

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Comparatively, in the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), the Bahá'í Faith and Dharmic religions such as Sikhism, vegetarianism is less commonly viewed as a religious obligation, although in all these faiths there are groups actively promoting vegetarianism on religious grounds.

Bahá'í Faith

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Comparatively, in the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), the Bahá'í Faith and Dharmic religions such as Sikhism, vegetarianism is less commonly viewed as a religious obligation, although in all these faiths there are groups actively promoting vegetarianism on religious grounds.

Dharma

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Comparatively, in the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), the Bahá'í Faith and Dharmic religions such as Sikhism, vegetarianism is less commonly viewed as a religious obligation, although in all these faiths there are groups actively promoting vegetarianism on religious grounds.

Sikhism

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Comparatively, in the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), the Bahá'í Faith and Dharmic religions such as Sikhism, vegetarianism is less commonly viewed as a religious obligation, although in all these faiths there are groups actively promoting vegetarianism on religious grounds.

Indian religions

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Most Indian religions have philosophical schools that forbid consumption of meat and Jainism institutes an outright ban on the same.

Sanskrit

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Moreover, Jains try to avoid unnecessary injury to plants and suksma jiva (Sanskrit for subtle life forms; minuscule organisms).

Karma in Jainism

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Every act by which a person directly or indirectly supports killing or injury is seen as violence (hinsa), which creates harmful karma.

Nonviolence

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The principle of nonviolence (Ahimsa) applied to animals is connected with the intention to avoid negative karmic influences which result from violence.

Karma

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The principle of nonviolence (Ahimsa) applied to animals is connected with the intention to avoid negative karmic influences which result from violence.

Vedic period

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Hindu scriptures belong or refer to the Vedic period which lasted till about 500 BCE according to the chronological division by modern historians.

Historical Vedic religion

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In the historical Vedic religion, the predecessor of Hinduism, meat eating was not banned in principle, but was restricted by specific rules.