Buddhist Cuisine; 1 Definition(s)
Buddhist Cuisine means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.
General definition (in Buddhism)
Buddhist cuisine is an East Asian cuisine which is followed by some believers of Buddhism. It is primarily vegetarian, in order to keep with the general Buddhist precept of ahimsa (non violence). Vegetarian cuisine is known as zhaicai ("(Buddhist) vegetarian food") in China, shojin ryori ("devotion cuisine") in Japan, sachal eumsik ("temple food") in Korea and by other names in many countries.
East Asian "Buddhist" cuisine differ from Western vegetarian cuisine in one aspect, that is avoidance of killing plant life. Buddhist vinaya for monks and nuns prohibit harming of plant. Therefore, strictly speaking, no root vegetables (such as potatoes, carrots or onion) are to be used as this will result in death of vegetables. Instead, vegetables such as beans or fruits are used. However, this stricter version of diet is often practiced only on special occasion.Source: WikiPedia: Buddhism
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