Christians have the ten commandments. Many many many Americans believe these to be the word of God. You always hear parents saying, "Don't ever lie." or "Don't ever steal." or "Don't hurt anybody." These rules all seem to be set in stone (literally, according to the Bible) and parents/society doesn't seem to point out that there are times where rules need to be broken (or at least thats how I believe.)
Recently I got a book called "What Would Buddha Do," and honestly, I don't like it. Why? Its perception of Buddha doesn't seem to coincide with mine. It clearly states that Buddha would never ever ever lie because its bad. It also says he would never ever ever kill because thats bad, yet he will always always always eat meat because thats okay (contradictory?).
1) Would Buddha ever lie?
If he was hiding Jews in his attic during Nazi-controlled Germany and the Gestapo came to his door asking is he was hiding any Jews, would he lie and say no?
2) Would Buddha ever kill?
If Buddha's family is running out of food, on the brink of starvation, would he sacrifice himself and his family rather than hunting to get food to feed them?
3) Would Buddha ALWAYS eat meat?
I heard that Buddha only ate meat if it was killed my natural causes or if someone else served it to him (he was a visitor, or was given it as a gift.) What is the truth?