A place to experience and enjoy the life with compassion.
Monastery Food Guidelines
When you bring food to the monastery, please make sure that it does not contain alcohol, meat, seafood, eggs, animal ingredients (such as gelatin in the jelly or rennet in cheese), garlic, onions, shallots, leeks and coriander. Milk products without rennet are welcome. This will help maintain the purity of the monastery, keep us mindful of our cultivation, and help us fulfill our resolve.
Buddha Jewel Monastery
Being who seek to enter Samadhi* must refrain from eating the five plants of the onion group**. When eaten cooked, they arouse sexual desire; When eaten raw, they increase anger.”
— Surangarma Sutra
* Samadhi is a Sanskrit word, which means a state of deep concentration.
** Garlic, onions, shallots, leeks and coriander are considered as “five plants of the onion group”, according to the Sutra.
Vegetarianism & Buddhism
“The spirit of Buddhism is compassion and equality. To embody this spirit, first, we must not kill; second, we must save and protect lives; third, we must practice vegetarianism. If we accomplish all three, our compassionate mind will manifest, and a compassionate mind is the Buddha’s mind.”
— Grand Master Wei Chueh