A vegetarian diet, while encouraged in most schools of Buddhism, isn’t a requirement of the Buddhist path. But as meditation teacher and author Tara Brach argues, there are powerful spiritual opportunities in embracing a plant-based diet.
Following a vegetarian or vegan diet, according to Brach, is one way to practice compassion, reduce harm, and recognize our interconnectedness with all living beings and the earth itself.
So what does the dharma say about vegetarianism? How might plant-based eating support our spiritual practice?
On August 26, join Tara Brach and Tricycle’s editor-in-chief, James Shaheen, for a conversation about these and other important questions at the intersection of our dietary choices and spiritual path.
Tara Brach is a meditation teacher, psychologist and author of several books including international bestselling Radical Acceptance, Radical Compassion, and Trusting the Gold. Her popular weekly podcast on emotional healing and spiritual awakening is downloaded three million times a month. Tara’s teachings blend Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices, mindful attention to our inner life, and a full, compassionate engagement with our world. She is founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington and has been active in bringing meditation into schools, prisons, and underserved populations. Along with Jack Kornfield, Tara leads the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program (MMTCP), serving participants from 50 countries around the world.
James Shaheen, Tricycle’s Editor-in-Chief, began his Buddhist practice in the mid-1990s, studying with teachers from a number of Buddhist traditions. He is particularly interested in Buddhism’s growth in the West and its applicability to Western politics, culture, and everyday life. He has been with Tricycle for nearly 25 years.
- Date: August 26, 2022
- Time: 12–1 p.m. ET
- Format: Zoom webinar
- Price: General Admission: $10 | Premium Subscribers: Free