Growing up, my father was a HUGE Beatles fan. It makes sense – born in the early 50’s, my dad experienced the Beatles at the height of popularity and lived most of his youth to their music. I’m a child of the eighties and so I can’t say I was a huge Beatles fan as a kid, but as an adult I think they’re absolutely frigin fantastic…especially Paul!
Sir Paul McCartney revealed this week in Prospect magazine that he once wrote to the Dalai Lama to criticize him for eating meat. The letter came after the Dalai Lama said: “As Buddhists we believe in not causing any suffering to any sentient beings.”
Sir Paul said: “Then I found out he was not a vegetarian, so I wrote to him saying, ‘Forgive me for pointing this out, but if you eat animals then there is some suffering somewhere along the line’.
“He replied saying that his doctors had told him he needed it, so I wrote back saying they were wrong.”
Now we’ve had this discussion here on the Razz many times before. It seems to be (especially in the States) that doctors have a general lack of knowledge when it comes to preventive medicine (ie. a healthy diet. ie. vegetarianism. ie. duh), but still I was shocked to hear the Dalai Lama was a meat-eater based on his doctor’s request. I mean come on, Buddha was a like an original vegetarian superstar!!
Do you think the Dalai Lama should investigate more about a healthy vegetarian diet or should he continue to follow “doctor’s orders?” Chime in and share your thoughts!!