(Master Jun Hong Lu’s call-in radio program)
COOKING NON-VEGETARIAN MEAL FOR FAMILY MEMBERS WILL CAUSE LEAKAGE OF MERITS – BE DETERMINED NOT TO COOK CREATURES SLAUGHTERED ALIVE FOR YOU OR YOUR FAMILY
Caller: I have some Buddhist friends who have vowed to become a full vegetarian. However, among them there are some who are still in poor health. Does this have anything to do with the fact that they are still cooking non-vegetarian meals for their families?
Master Jun Hong Lu: That’s for sure. For example, you are a good person now, but on the other hand you are still helping others to kill someone or perform evil deeds.
Caller: Is there anything that can be done to allow these Buddhist friends to be spared from preparing non-vegetarian meals, and at the same time steer away from any possible conflict with the family? By the way, they have made vows to be full vegetarians.
Master Jun Hong Lu: It’s very simple. It is an issue of predestined affinity. Conflicts will definitely arise as you have taken the lead in becoming a full vegetarian at a time when your family members’ affinity for vegetarianism is not ripen yet. You have no choice but to accord with conditions. That’s the only way. As for now, you can choose to be a full vegetarian yourself while you continue to prepare non-vegetarian meals for your family members, there is no other way. However, you should remain steadfast in your stance on not cooking any creatures that are slaughtered alive for you or your family. Be firm on this issue, even if you are being held at gunpoint! Do you understand? Otherwise, it will be very bad for yourself as there will be leakage of merits. It is like having a pocket that is consistently being filled with money, but at the same time the money keeps leaking out, would you still have money in the end?< About Vegetarianism