Buddhism and Veganism

Essays Connecting Spiritual Awakening and Animal Liberation

Edited by Will Tuttle

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  • Debunks the myth that all Buddhist monks, lamas and teachers are vegan
  • Explores the true connections between Buddhist and vegan principles, and how they can reinforce each other for the greater good
  • Written by experts who are both Buddhist and vegan

Explores the connection between Buddhism and veganism, asking whether one requires the other and how they can reinforce each other.

234 x 156 mm
Vegan Publishers
Philosophy of Human Life;
248 pages
Publication date:
15 Aug 2019


It is a common belief that Buddhist monks, lamas and teachers are vegan. In fact, many are not. So what is the connection between Buddhism and veganism, and how can spiritual and moral awakening be achieved when the seeker is a participant in our culture's abuse of animals?

This insightful book is a collection of teachings and stories by people who are committed to both Buddhism and veganism opens up intriguing questions. Do Buddhist teachings require or even explicitly encourage vegan living, or is veganism a personal choice? How do spiritual awakening and animal liberation interconnect and reinforce each other?

As both Buddhism and veganism continue to spread and gain ground, the inspiring wisdom in this book reveals intriguing keys to a better world for us all. Includes contributions from Will Tuttle, John Bussineau and Master Ma Chuo.


Dr Will Tuttle, best-selling author of The World Peace Diet and editor of Circles of Compassion, is a long-time Buddhist practitioner and former Zen monk. Vegan since 1980, he is a frequent media presenter and lectures extensively worldwide, leading workshops and retreats on vegan living, mindfulness, and spiritual awakening.

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