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Recipe: Vegan Tempeh and Cranberry Pot Pie

Thu, 12 Dec, 2019 - 19:25

Recipe: Vegan Tempeh and Cranberry Pot Pie

Thu, 12 Dec, 2019 - 19:25

I split a weekly CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share - a veg box! - with my husband and another friend. I love that it gives us local produce throughout the year, connects us to the landscape and the seasons where we live, and the farmers who provide our food, and is much more environmentally friendly than getting all our fruit & veg from the grocery store. 

In our last November share, we were given a surprise bag of...

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Here is the recipe to download in PDF format.

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Eat Peas! Thinking About the Ethics of Veganism

Fri, 8 Jun, 2018 - 14:16

Eat Peas! Thinking About the Ethics of Veganism

Fri, 8 Jun, 2018 - 14:16

Here’s some interesting reflections on the ethics of veganism by Dhivan:

“A recent article in the Guardian (that I read via a post about Buddhist Action Month) shares some new research about the environmental effects of meat and dairy farming compared to growing cereals and plants. The results are stark; “even the very lowest impact meat and dairy products still cause much more environmental harm than the least sustainable vegetable and cereal growing”. In short, growing peas has a...

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Hi, thanks for this thoughtful post and congratulations to Sadayahisi on her dietary journey. I’ve a few points to add to the mix.

I’m not entirely sure where the idea of black and white thinking comes from. Surely we have regular dialogues about all aspects of ethics in our various sanghas and a compassionate, skilful challenging about our various life choices? And the Theravadan tradition has a list of five trades from which Buddhists should abstain- including trading in flesh. That places slaughter and its products on the same footing as arms dealing, pimping and other forms of human slavery! But these aren’t just commandments. At their heart is a common thread- that of the welfare of the beings involved- victims and perpetrators. Animals suffer badly and die horribly in the meat industry (which includes fish, eggs and dairy) - but the damage done to the hearts and minds of those in this industry isn’t always considered. Surveys show that PDSD, substance abuse and domestic violence are all too common amongst abattoir workers- let alone the impact on their families.

So I’d suggest that we can’t turn away from those whom our species employs to do their dirty work for them. And no amount of petting takes away the hideous fate of those animals we bred for our use, against their natural instincts. This is no even trade, there was no negotiation by the voiceless. We did it because we could, not to do them a favour.

I’d also question the idea of veganism as a kind of dietary purity. As a popular vegan slogan says - vegan is a state of kind. It’s the desire to not harm, to not take the not given that drives me and the many vegans I know. Animal ‘foods’ are no longer foods to us.

Which leads neatly to the idea of eating foods given to us. I just couldn’t do it. I don’t eat my friends. I do my best to let people know my diet beforehand and I would be polite in my refusal. But not eating the body parts of another sentient being is not a ‘waste ‘. I doubt many of us would eat human flesh if it were offered, however hospitably, so why is it ok for us to eat a pig or fish or chicken etc? Basically, it normalises the violence of eating animals. Also, it might be argued that had we all accepted what we were offered, there would not now be the vast array of vegan options available.

So I’d suggest that the points above To me, all these ideas are as important as the environmental and global food issues explained by Sadayahisi - they feel very interconnected.

I’d highly recommend this non-blame, compassionate TED talk by Melanie Joy (some graphic scenes but a clear warning is given so watchers can look away.) https://m.youtube.com/watch?vl=en&v=o0VrZPBskpg

And who better than Pooh and Piglet to explain the myth of humane slaughter?

 

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One Thing You Can Do to Help Tackle Climate Change

Mon, 4 Jun, 2018 - 15:32

One Thing You Can Do to Help Tackle Climate Change

Mon, 4 Jun, 2018 - 15:32

It’s Buddhist Action Month, and you may well be reflecting on the choices you make and the impact they have on the world around you. It is clear that humanity is facing into an unprecedented situation of human caused global warming, and, without taking adequate and immediate action, runaway climate change is imminent- which would ultimately make most of our planet uninhabitable for humans. So far, so alarming. What is one to do in such a situation?

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Really pleased to see this article- going vegan - for the animals, one’s health (self Metta!) and of course, the environment - is the most effective change an individual can make. I’m delighted that Triratna is moving towards this at so many of its centres, as are Thich Nhat Hahn’s centres. It also seems as if these ideas are filtering through into ethics talks. Just one point though- fish are animals too and the fishing industry not only kills fish in their millions in hideous ways but is destroying the oceans biodiversity- including many other species caught up in huge nets. We now know that fish are sentient and intelligent and they suffer dreadfully because there are no welfare procedures to protect them during capture and slaughter. 

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Buddhafield Cafe are recruiting

From Jobs, Volunteering & Communities on Wed, 7 Feb, 2018 - 14:41

Buddhafield Cafe are recruiting

From Jobs, Volunteering & Communities on Wed, 7 Feb, 2018 - 14:41

Buddhafield would like to recruit two people to help run the Buddhafield Café and to be involved with other aspects of the Buddhafield project.

Our ideal candidates would be inspired by the vegan ideal, want to join a community and work within a team based right livelihood business as a context for their Buddhist practice. What we do will be especially attractive to those who have a taste for adventure.

We especially want to increase the representation of women in...

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Scenes From Veganuary!

Fri, 13 Jan, 2017 - 22:16

Scenes From Veganuary!

Fri, 13 Jan, 2017 - 22:16

Charlotte Lawes from our team was at a vegan festival in London last weekend. Look at all this delicious food!

Check out Veganuary - a great initiative to go vegan in January with lots of helpful recipes and tips. 

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Christmas recipes and food ideas

Tue, 15 Dec, 2015 - 12:24

Christmas recipes and food ideas

Tue, 15 Dec, 2015 - 12:24

Whether you’re eating with fellow vegans/veggies or sharing the holiday with meat eaters, why not offer some lovely, kind and inclusive food that everyone can eat? I cook vegan every year for ‘mixed’ friends and family, all of whom love the all vegan dinner, desserts and everything! 

http://www.viva.org.uk/christmas 

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VEGAN EXPLORATION AT GAIA HOUSE

Wed, 30 Sep, 2015 - 21:33

VEGAN EXPLORATION AT GAIA HOUSE

Wed, 30 Sep, 2015 - 21:33

On Sunday 28th September 2015, nine people gathered in a small shrine room at Gaia House to share personal stories and find out more about veganism. The participants in the event ranged from self-confessed ‘fundamentalist’ vegan to meat-eater. Drawing on points from Buddhism on a Plate, Samacitta presented veganism as a journey and suggested that we can be at different points on that same journey. After the talking, the group defected to the kitchen where Jane demonstrated cooking scrambled tofu...

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This is, of course, such an great idea!!

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Veganuary - recipes, inspiration and more

Mon, 5 Jan, 2015 - 07:34

Veganuary - recipes, inspiration and more

Mon, 5 Jan, 2015 - 07:34The lovely folk at www.veganuary.com have relaunched last year’s site and it’s even better (and bigger) - and of course, it’s free. Whether you’ve already dipped your toes in the waters of vegan life or want to give it a go, this is a great resource. It may be that you want to try the entire month as a vegan or perhaps try a more gradual approach, eg Vegan Monday (or Tuesday or…) It’s completely flexible.

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Thank you so much for this link ! Incredible information can be found on this site, especially for those of us who are challenged for the words to answer questions by our Non-Vegan friends and aquantences.  ie:  Honey; I knew that I dd not eat honey because it is an animal by product and that the bees do not make the honey for human consumption,but, the question cam up: “What do bees use the honey for”, and I couldn’t answer … now I can ! 

Again … THANK YOU for the link. If you haven’t already checked it out, I hope you do !

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Vegan links

Mon, 7 Apr, 2014 - 11:48

Here’s some great vegan links by Jane from Viva! - she says:

“Here are some useful and free resources - particularly good for new/newish vegans.

The 30 Day Vegan: daily email with breakfast, lunch and two supper ideas (one from scratch, the other from supermarket readies)

The L-Plate Vegan: handy guide. Currently a pdf but the html version almost finished for us to keep updating and you to download.
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Vegan Poetry event invites submissions

Thu, 3 Apr, 2014 - 09:54

Vegan Poetry event invites submissions

Thu, 3 Apr, 2014 - 09:54Vimalabandhu writes with news of the Cambridge Buddhist Centre’s Vegan Day, scheduled for June 2014. It will include a Vegan Poetry event - and submissions are invited from around the world. He says -

“Heart approach to becoming a vegan

To renounce our old favourite foods and become a vegan cheerfully, we need more than a convincing idea and alternative food. Our head and our stomach need the support of our heart. Writing a poem can help us...
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