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The Earth Store Sutra (also known as the Kṣitigarbha Bodhisattva Purvapraṇidhana Sutra is a Mahayana sutra)
In chapter 7 it mentions about 49 days.
“The arrival of the Great Ghost of Impermanence is so unexpected that the deceased ones’ consciousnesses first roam in darkness and obscurity, unaware of offenses and blessings. For forty-nine days the deceased are as if deluded or deaf, or as if in courts where their karmic retributions are being decided. Once judgment is fixed, they are reborn according to their karma. In the time before rebirths are determined, the deceased suffer from thousands upon thousands of anxieties. How much more is that the case for those who are to fall into the bad destinies.
“Throughout forty-nine days, those whose lives have ended and who have not yet been reborn will be hoping every moment that their immediate relatives will earn blessings powerful enough to rescue them. At the end of that time, the deceased will undergo retribution according to their karma. If someone is an offender, he may pass through hundreds of thousands of years without even a day’s liberation. If someone’s offenses deserve Fivefold Relentless Retribution, he will fall into the great hells and undergo incessant suffering throughout hundreds of millions of eons.
As many said already, you do not have to be a vegetarian to be a Buddhist.
Listen to many masters' lectures, WISDOM and COMPASSION are the two main qualities in practicing Buddhism. If we wants to be more compassion, then we do not want kill, harm, or eat any other beings. All beings have Buddha nature.
Also, if we believes in Karma and rebirth in Buddhism, if we do eat other beings, then we will create a karmic consequences with those beings within this life or future lives.
Most Buddhists follow Mahayana are vegetarians. Some eat vegetarian their whole lives. Some eat vegetarian like for 2 or 4 or 10 days a month. Or 1 or 2 or 3 months out of a year, etc. Some vegetarians are very strict that they are avoiding the five pungent plants (Onions, Garlic, Scallions, Chives and Leeks). Regarding pungent plants, can google to find out more information why avoiding these plants.
Most Tibet Buddhists are not vegetarian. However, the 17th Karmapa (http://kagyuoffice.org/karmapa/), who is in exiled in northern India, he now also becomes vegeterian:
Below is one of the 17th Karmapa teachings on eating meat or not:
the original history about vegetarian Buddhist is started from this Emperor Wu.
It is unclear when Emperor Wu began to be a devout Buddhist, but by 517 Buddhist influences on his policies began to be plain. That year, he ordered that imperial textile factories not weave gods and animals on clothes, because when the clothes undergo further manufacturing, the patterns might be damaged, showing disrespect to the gods and hurtfulness to the animals. In a further break from Confucian tradition, he considered making sacrifices to imperial ancestors vegetarian, instead of traditional animal sacrifices of goats, pigs, and cows, and the sacrifices were first changed to using dried meat, and then eventually to mock animals made from flour, vegetables, and fruits, and this change was despite popular opinion that this would bring displeasure from the ancestors.
A Mi To Fo
From the post "Simple Path" discussion http://newbuddhist.com/discussion/24605/simple-path
make me think of this that I read from another Buddhism forum I'd like to share:
Buddha teaching: The Dharma is like a raft!
I am right now is kind of "- Some climb up the raft, paddle for a distance, see another raft looks better, get onto that raft, and then repeat again, again...". :-(
Which one is you?
A Mi To Fo
I use this quote to help with my anger management:
“Holding on anger is like you are drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”
Also, in practicing Buddhism, I use the Buddha power :-). I chant Buddha or Bodhisattva name to calm down. As I am practicing Pureland Buddhism, I either chant A Mi To Fo (Amitabha Buddha) or Guan Yin Pu Sa (Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva).
A Mi To Fo
@federica, sorry, in this case, I do not have any sutta/sutra/lecture link related specifically to this.
I agree with you some of these probably not come from the Buddha. I heard different lectures from different masters through out the years that mentioned some of these subjects. I remembered one lecture I heard awhile back from one of the masters that we should not have sex on that day to pay respect to our mothers and also to remember our mothers, because when our mothers gave birth to us, it was not always easy. Of course, we can have a beer and a cake on that day, but @lobster no presents, too much attachements :-).
I found this video which kind list most of I listened from lectures before, so I posted it.
I think some of these probably coming from past Buddhist Masters as teachings/guidelines to help us from craving for it. Each of us have to decide for ourselves what to do.
Of course, as Lay Buddhist we do what we think it is ok or not. We just try our best to practice. @Bunks, regarding masturbation, I used think similar. I just enjoyed myself. I do not hurt anybody, nothing wrong with it. Also, I can almost do it anywhere/anytime when I want, when I have craving for it or after watching some porno. With these teachings is to help us to take a step back and watch our action.
As we practicing Buddhsim, we learn to let go of these things and other attachments little by little..... if we can..... then we will become Buddha (to-be) :-)
A Mi To Fo