Food of Bodhisattvas

coverFood of Bodhisattvas: Buddhist Teachings on Abstaining from Meat, by Shabkar, translated by the Padmakara Translation Group, from Shambhala Publications, ISBN 1590301161. Tibetan meditation master Shabkar calls upon Buddhist scripture to make a case against killing animals for food. The author arouses the compassionate spirit of Buddhism to encourage sympathy for the suffering of animals, so that the desire to exploit them might diminish naturally. The book includes a lengthy introduction to Shabkar's life and teachings, his compilation of the Buddha's teachings on the importance of abstaining from meat, and a discourse by Shabkar on the importance of developing compassion for animals.