Category Archives: Buddhism

Buddhist practitioners and followers of the Buddha

What is it with Buddhists and the First Precept?

The first precept of Buddhism is variously cited as “abstaining from taking life,” “not taking the life of any sentient creature,” or “not killing.” Buddhist groups seem to agree that the life which we are not to kill includes animals … Continue reading

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Stephen Batchelor, the Historical Buddha, and Vegetarianism

Stephen Batchelor spoke at the Tattered Cover Bookstore on March 16 plugging his book, “Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist.” I was intrigued by his interest in the question of the “historical Buddha,” which has rarely been investigated. I asked him … Continue reading

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