John Bussineau is the author of: The Buddha, The Vegan, and You. In Part 1 of the series he tells his personal story of trying a one-month vegan challenge with his family and goes on to share many of the difficulties experienced along the way. He reveals some of the Buddhist methods and meditations he used to overcome the problems going from a carnist to a vegan. John is a 19-year Buddhist practitioner from the Tibetan Gelugpa tradition, who transitioned into veganism and found the change in diet profoundly shifted and strengthened his spiritual practice.
John’s story is a coherent and frank exploration of a key issue in Buddhism today: do the teachings of the Buddha lead to the conclusion that abstaining from all animal products should be a strong consideration for all Dharma practitioners? He found that for himself that answer was yes, as his Buddhist practice directly contradicted his eating, clothing, and entertainment lifestyle. His passion today is spreading the message of how Buddhism and veganism go hand-in-hand to enhance our inner compassion and innate wisdom. He loves to connect the dots between our innermost altruistic selves and our external behaviors. Veganism at its core, just as Buddhism, is an ethical pursuit.
He believes we are all by nature altruistic, humane, and unselfish but support unnecessary suffering simply based on habit, culture, and myth. It gives him great pleasure to provide ideas, questions, and techniques for others to examine and improve their health, be more compassionate, and reduce negative habitual patterns.
John lives in Michigan with his wife of 37 years, daughters, and rescue dog. He is a member of the Jewel Heart sangha and student of Gelek Rimpoche. He teaches and facilitates dharma classes in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.