At one time the Blessed One lived in Raajagaha, in the mango orchard of Jiivaka, the foster son of the prince. Venerable sir, those who say, that living things are killed on account of the recluse Gotama, and he partakes that, knowing, it was killed on account of him, are they saying the rightful words of the Blessed One and not blaming the Teaching? They are not my words, and they blame me falsely. Jeevaka, I say that on three instances meat should not be partaken, when seen, heard or when there is a doubt.
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Middle Discourses The ascetic Gotama knowingly eats meat prepared on purpose for him: this is a deed he caused. Is their explanation in line with the teaching?
Are there any legitimate grounds for rebuke and criticism? They misrepresent me with what is false and untrue. In the same way above, below, across, everywhere, all around, they spread a heart full of love to the whole world—abundant, expansive, limitless, free of enmity and ill will.
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55 Jivaka Sutta
Thus have i heard. Then Jivaka Komarabhacca went to the Blessed One, and after paying homage to him, he sat down at one side and said to the Blessed One: "Venerable sir, I have heard this: 'They slaughter living beings for the recluse Gotama; the recluse Gotama knowingly eats meat prepared for him from animals killed for his sake. Do they explain in accordance with the Dhamma in such a way that nothing which provides a ground for censure can be leg itimately deduced from their assertions? Jivaka, I say that there are three instances in which meat should not be eaten: when it is seen, heard, or suspected that the living being has been slaughtered for the bhikkhu. I say that meat should not be eaten in these three instances. Then a householder or a householder's son comes to him and invites him for the next day's meal. The bhikkhu accepts, if he likes.
Jivaka Sutta, Jīvaka-sutta: 2 definitions
Middle Discourses The ascetic Gotama knowingly eats meat prepared on purpose for him: this is a deed he caused. Is their explanation in line with the teaching? Are there any legitimate grounds for rebuke and criticism? They misrepresent me with what is false and untrue. In the same way above, below, across, everywhere, all around, they spread a heart full of love to the whole world—abundant, expansive, limitless, free of enmity and ill will.