Everyone has their viewpoint on what we should and shouldn't eat. Whilst not everyone at the Shaolin Temple Cheshunt is vegan, we promote health and well-being as part of our day-to-day practice. All the treats and snacks we eat during the breaks on Fridays and Saturdays are vegan - no dairy, no meat, no animal products. The snacks are made with alternatives which provide us with the nutrients we require to maintain our energy levels during very intensive training. Even the smoothies we drink are vegan.
Quite recently it's become a "trend" to be a vegan and it's linked to weight loss. Our reason is based on ethics and the Buddhist way of thinking that every living thing is precious.
The cow in the photo lives on a local farm. She has been bred to end up on the kitchen table - would you eat that cow?