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Richard Gere Supports Buddhist Meat-Free Zone

Written by PETA | January 12, 2010
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Richard Gere


Should Bodhgaya become a meat-free zone?(polls)

If you had asked me last week to name my favorite Richard Gere moment, I would have taken a long pause before finally deciding on that scene in the 1980s movie American Gigolo when he shimmied in his boxers as he paired his ties to shirts. What can I say? I’ve always appreciated a man who cares about his appearance.

Much more so, I appreciate a man who speaks out in favor of compassionate actions for animals—so it makes perfect sense that my new favorite Richard Gere moments happened very recently and in real life. According to the New Zealand Herald, the actor, who is a Buddhist, marched with hundreds of monks and activists to support efforts by Tibetans for a Vegetarian Society to transform Bodhgaya, in the Indian state of Bihar, into a vegetarian zone. “Bodhgaya is a pious place and I want to come here again,” Mr. Gere said, adding, “I am with the people who have launched this campaign.”

It makes perfect sense that Bodhgaya, believed by Buddhists to be where Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment around 500 B.C., be “vegetized” in keeping with Buddhism’s message of peace. After all, opposition to the taking of life is a core principle of Buddhism.

The founder of Tibetans for a Vegetarian Society, Tenzin Kunga Luding, notes that Gere’s participation in and support of the march “has helped the cause a lot,” and he adds, “This most sacred land will act as a model for other places to emulate and will impart more positive influence for the well-being of all humans, animals, and the environment.”

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • wong says:

    2.Ven. Phra Piya Thammo Rumah Pangsa Blk A79 Jln Padang Tembak 11400 Pulau Pinang Malaysia Dear Devotees Before I commence of my letterwriting toward. All of you I would like to inform all of you that I am not satisfy with the lawyer Dato YIP KUM FOOK due to his bad inspirit impressions because he sent an inspector to come to our Buddhist Temple to arrest me without any good reason moreover the lawyer YIP KUM FOOK is not satisfy with Chief monk. When the Chief monk had me to go to his Temple already and he went away and left me alone to take care until Chief monk come back to the Temple first and he also told me not to leave the Temple if any committees or the chairman want to chase me out you dont leave the Temple at all understand? Then I said alright? To the chief monk! On the second Day YIP KUM FOOK came to our Temple and talk to me. He tired to make some inquiry from me and he asked me where I come from? I told him that I came from Penang. Then I told to the lawyer YIP KUM FOOK that the chief monk came to Penang and fetch me and invited me to accompany him to go to his temple in K.L. I am not aware that YIP KUM FOOK is not in a good terms with the chief monk chief monk already in this way YIP KUM FOOK try to create trouble with me unnecessary. That is why the lawyer want to chase me out of the Temple. Then I asked the lawyer why you want to chase me out of the temple? Moreover the Temple is not belonging to you UNDERSATAND? Then I asked him who are you? I dont know you at all you have no right to chase me or control me at all UNDERSTAND? You are just like a layman only. Do you know the regulations that any the chairman or committee cannot control the monks and the Nuns at all also UNDERSTAND? I scolded him like that. Then the lawyer YIP KUM FOOK is not satisfy with me and he told me that he will called the police to come to the Temple and arrest me. I told him to go ahead and called the police to come and arrest me. I wont run away I said to him like that. I have done nothing wrong toward you why you want to arrest me? He said he doesnt like me to stay here. I asked him why? Again. After this he got very angry with me then he phoned up to the police and the police came to the Temple and told me to leave the Temple. I told to the inspector of the again 1 am sorry I wont leave the Temple because the chief monk had instructed me not to leave the Temple without his consent UNDERSTAND? Then the inspector told me to leave again. I told him I cannot leave the Temple because the Chief Monk hasnt come back yet. This time the inspector got very angry with me and he took out his handcuff and try to threaten me then I immediately show off my hands for him to lock me up but he scare then again the inspector told me leave the Temple again but I still dont want to leave the Temple. Then I phoned up to the chief monk again and I told him that the inspector insisted want to arrest me you better come back to settle the case for me. After this incident Chief Monk came back to the Temple and take me to go to another temple and stay their. Thats all about this incidents! Last of all I would like to inform all of you that no committees or the chairman can control all the monks and Nuns at all also UNDERSTAND? They are higher than the King also! So how can the laymen the committees and the chairman to control them EVEN THE KING ALSO RESPECTED THE MONKS AND NUNS. Why the chairman doesnt respect the monks and nuns? They will carry the sins later on UNDERSTAND? Yours in Dhamma Ven. Phra Piya Thammo Penang Malaysia

  • Tom says:

    choosing what one will eat is a fundamental right. The state should not take that choice from the citizens.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    I would hope that all of us want the entire planet to be a meat free haven.

  • NT says:

    I always loved the guy.

  • Toby says:

    Making the universe a meatfree zone is a good albeit huge longterm goal planet Earth is the place to start no doubt.

  • Andre Inglis says:

    Buddhism is about compassion towards life and it would definately match the morals of the practice. I notice there is a peacefullness that comes from eating animalfree food. The guilt is gone and you know you’re doing a good thing. Be at one with the animals the planet and yourself.