Vegetarians & Vegans


Vegetarians & Vegans

For Vegetarian and vegan SGI members

Members: 85
Latest Activity: Oct 9, 2012

Welcome Vegetarian and Vegean SGI Members!

Are you Vegan or Vegetarian?

Jump in and introduce yourself. If you're not all vegetarian thats ok. Feel free to ask any questions you might have.

I'm Vegan for both environmental and ethical reasons.

Chris Tinney

Discussion Forum

Vegetarian and Vegan Introductions!

Started by Chris Tinney. Last reply by NancyD Feb 20, 2012. 13 Replies

Eating at friends' house

Started by Chuck Roll. Last reply by Chuck Roll Jul 2, 2010. 4 Replies


Started by Carmen Lucia Aguiar Jan 21, 2010. 0 Replies

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Comment by Donna Joy Ruhling on February 14, 2012 at 8:07am


I think so, but I've had karma on my side because I've have very good friends outside of the SGI that accept me with all my quirks. I think if my "friends" were not accepting of my vegetarianism, I wouldn't spend as much time with them. I guess I wouldn't call them friends, more acquaintances. I know it doesn't sound very Buddhist of me, but I don't want to be surrounded by negativity- the obstacles bring that on enough. If they cannot fully accept me, the have their own issues to work out- I am not trying to change them so why would it be okay for them to do it to me. Of course, the SGI group is great! I've never had anyone not accept me- it has always been the opposite. :)

Comment by Ladygold on February 13, 2012 at 4:20pm

Hello Donna

Thats good, I was more thinking if you found SGI members more understanding of you because of being Buddhist?

Does that make sense?


Comment by Donna Joy Ruhling on February 13, 2012 at 2:38pm

Hello, Ladygold! I have found been a vegetarian for almost 21 years, and I don't  remember anyone not accepting it. I think non-sgi members have asked me about why or what types of foods do I eat. I have never forced it on anyone or told them the way they eat is wrong though. It's about respect. I may crack comments about my conscience & arteries being clear, but they will joke back about eating rabbit food.

Comment by Ladygold on February 13, 2012 at 1:47pm


Its been a long time and if anyone is still here I wanted to ask a question. Do you find your SGI friends any more accepting of your not eating animal products then non SGI members?

Have a great day:)


Comment by Linda on June 23, 2010 at 6:31pm
Chuck, funny I should get this comment at this time in my life. I am a raw food chef and am currently working on my masters in holistic nutrition. I kind of have the same problem as I live a certain way when it comes to food. I am gluten free, vegetarian and mostly raw. I do eat some fish at times. However, my remedy for potluck type meetings or meetings that people want to make something, I generally put something scrumptious together and bring it so that I am not at the mercy of what other people want me to eat. It's hard I know to be a gracious guest and have the knowledge that sugar, wheat, rice and gluten and meat and on and on are not that healthy. BTW, I eat no sugar and carry stevia with me at all times. I became a raw food chef because I wanted to know how to prepare better foods for myself, educate myself in the holistic lifestyle and help others do the same. I don't know where you live but there is a lot on the internet as far as raw food preparation and there may be a raw food restaurant near you that offers public classes at a very low cost. You can make your own kumbacha and also your own kimchi but whole foods now carries many raw food delights. You might try checking them out as well. I do all of this first and foremost for my own health but also to help others.

As for SGI meetings, well, again, I generally bring something myself or just eat before I go so that I am not hungry and not tempted. It's hard I know but you are on the right track. If people want to cook for you and insist on it, then by all means give them your list of dietary restrictions so that they are aware of it. At that point, they may welcome you to bring something.

Best, Linda
Comment by Chuck Roll on June 12, 2010 at 11:47pm
Before my SGI days, I think I was happiest when practicing zen macrobiotics. Now, many years later (I'm 72 years young) and after years of numerous bad habits even to the point of eating hamburgers, I have been recently diagnosed with diverticulosis and diverticulitis. (Colonoscopy just a few days ago.) I know from many sources (e.g., Dennis Kucinich) that the way the only treatment is diet, specifically, a very strict vegan diet - so I'm returning to macrobiotics.

Also, because of a hiatal hernia that I've had for some years now, i got into brewing kambuchai about ten years ago. Unfortunately, moving from Oregon to California a couple of years ago, I lost my kambu mothers. I met someone here (SGI member) who gave me a mother, but i botched it. So now I'm looking for another mother to start up Kambu brewing.

Also, I have a new rice cooker and some brown rice.

Friends want to invite me over for gongyo and dinner, but they want to know what they should get to cook for me. I don't know what to say, so I say I'll bring something, thinking that I could cook up some brown rice. But they protest, no no, they say, they want to cook something for me.

I don't know what to say. It seems crazy to me for people to cook something that they wouldn't usually just for my sake. I'd be happy with some tea and rice cakes. But I'm afraid they insist that they really want to cook something for me.

Maybe I should see that as an opportunity for them.

Anyone have any ideas about that?
Comment by Terry Anderson on June 7, 2010 at 2:54pm
It's awesome to be part of this great movement with the SGI. We have been promoting healthy diet and lifestyle for over ten years now. It great to see this movement within SGI now. We also promote raw food as well.
Comment by Marian on March 30, 2010 at 6:12am
Thank you for letting me join. I am not a big meat eater and eat a lot of veggie meals and vegetarian protein, ideally I would like to be vegetarian. I joined your group because I agree with the arguments for being vegetarian, and the fact that the Daishonin was vegetarian makes it even more relevant. I can live without red meat which I do. but eat fish and chicken free range. I just want to get closer to the ideal.
Comment by Joseph sheridan on January 28, 2010 at 8:50pm
It's great to find this group on here. Nichiren Daishonin did not kill. Nichiren Daishonin was a vegetarian and strongly encouraged vegetarianism according to his writings, "The Four Debts of Gratitude", "The Blessings of the Lotus Sutra", and "Roots of Good Fortune"(Major Writings by Nichiren Daishonin).

That said, it is also a reflection of our wonderful philosophy of life, that the SGI, takes into account,"the capacity of the people, the time, and the country" in propagating and does not push the vegetarian issue, but there is no argument that Nichiren Daishonin strictly encourages not to kill sentient

Both the fact that Nichiren Daishonin was a vegetarian and the fact that SGI members are able to make their own decisions about the vegetarian subject are further proof of what an exciting and vibrant philosophy we practice.

I am initiating a discussion on SGI and vegetarianism on facebook. Search SGI Vegetarians and Vegans on facebook to join the group!
Comment by yuri ishii on December 24, 2009 at 1:58pm
@_@ hi there!!! This is Yuri!! :D It's nice to be here.. :D
i'm a vegetarian!!!! cultural, health, and physical reasons :D

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