On October 6, 2012, the Tzu Chi Dallas Chapter held a fall vegetarian charity food sale in order to promote vegetarianism and the importance of taking personal responsibility in saving the Earth.
There is a Chinese saying: “The most important thing in life is to enjoy the food.” Diet and health are indeed closely related. The choice of a person’s diet, in fact, is actually based on his or her own individual habits.
Master Cheng Yen once said that the Earth is like a large universe, and a person’s body is like a small one. If we want to cherish the large universe, we have to take care of its environment. If we want to cherish the small universe, we have to work on self-reflection.
If more people choose to become vegetarian, farmers won’t need to raise as many livestock in order to provide as much meat, the raising of which results in excessive destruction of forests and damages the Earth’s ecology. The most important part of this is that the grains now used to feed livestock can instead be used to feed many more hungry people in other countries, thereby saving lives. Also from the perspective of saving lives, animals were not born to be human’s food. It is not necessary to kill other lives in order to have a good and fulfilling meal. Therefore, being a vegetarian is truly a wise choice.
Tzu Chi volunteers prepared 27 kinds of vegetarian food during this fall vegetarian charity food sale, ranging from main entrées to desserts, from roasted bean curd to chili pepper paste. All of the dishes offered for sale were authentic specialties of the Tzu Chi volunteers. In the Hu-Ai (Mutual Love) Hall, which was decorated with ping-an (peace and serenity) ornaments, everybody had a great time.
Many people came shopping with their shopping lists in hand. The many years of hard work by the Tzu Chi Dallas Chapter to promote vegetarianism has had a big influence in Dallas and the surrounding areas. Every year, more and more people participate in this annual meat-abstinence event and vegetarian charity food sale. They also have the chance to learn more about Tzu Chi by attending these events.
After helping people know more about vegetarianism, the Tzu Chi Dallas Chapter will once again be offering vegetarian dessert cooking classes. Hopefully, we can continue to generate good karma and continue to strive towards the goal of “Save animals’ lives, save the earth.”