With an aim to cultivate compassion, the Buddhist club of the University of the West will be conducting a “Veggie Me” campaign in November to promote compassion through vegetarianism.

The “Veggie Me” campaign will begin on November 1st and last until November 21. Students in the BudaWest Club have prepared various activities to promote vegetarianism on campus.

The highlights of this campaign include a talk conducted by the founder of Green Menu, a NGO that promotes healthy lifestyle through plant-based dining options, a vegetarian cooking demo for those who are interested in learning a few green dishes, and finally, a veggie lunch party integrated with a nutritionist’s talk on a healthy veggie diet followed by a personal story sharing session.

A display place will be set up to inform the campus community about the benefits of vegetarianism with articles, interviews, essays and veggie diet tips. The Club will also work with the university’s library and other clubs to advertise this campaign and the compassionate message it brings.

A book and magazine corner will be set up in the school library to display such materials collected by the school. During this period, vegetarian videos will be played in the student kitchen and veggie movies will be played on certain days.          

“Compassion is one of the most precious qualities human beings possess and a very important value in Buddhism,” said Xiaoxi Wang, a UWest student involved in the project. “Compassions is defined as one of the core values of University of the West, a school indeed informed by Buddhist wisdom and values.”

For those who are interested, feel free to stop by the University of the West to join our “Veggie Me” campaign. The Green Menu talk will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. The cooking demo will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 15, 2012. For general inquires about this campaign please contact Xiaoxi Wang, kylewxx@gmail.com.