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BODHGAYA - When he led the 24th annual Kagyu Monlam prayer ceremony, HH Karmapa said that he has become a vegetarian. He spoke strongly against meat-eating. Karmapa asked anyone who considers themselves to be his student, to stop eating meat, or at least reduce their meat eating. Many people there took vows not to eat meat. All his centers and monasteries have stopped buying, cooking, and serving meat.
At the 25th annual Kagyu Monlam, HH Karmapa again recommended vegetarianism. He praised some senior lamas who have become vegetarian: Jamgon Rinpoche, Gyaltsap Rinpoche; and others who eat less meat than before: Thrangu Rinpoche and Tenga Rinpoche. He also assured students that they can still be Kagyus even if feel that they can't become vegetarian.
From the newsletter of Karma Thegsum Chokling:
... yesterday the Karmapa talked for a long time on why not to eat meat or fish (he has been a vegetarian for a few years), he said it is not right for people on the bodhisattva path to eat meat because it's not fitting with the vows we take.
Read more: Karma_Thegsum_Choling_Newsletter_2007JanFeb.pdf
Last year on the final day of the Kagyu Monlam, I said a few things on the subject of giving up eating meat.
Read more: Gyalwang Karmapa’s Advice on Vegetarianism
USA - At their public teachings in the US, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso and Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche have asked their students to stop eating meat, following Karmapa's request.
To that end it is appropriate to use meat from an animal that has not been slaughtered for eating. However, if you introduce meat that does not conform to this requirement into the mandala of offerings, all the deities and wisdom beings will vanish.
- Gampopa (Dakpo Rinpoche) from Words of My Perfect Teacher p208-9
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