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Peace and Loving Food List (incomplete)

List of absolute or almost non-violent food

Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai, March 23-28, Golden Year 9 (2012),
International Gathering in Europe (Originally in English, Aulacese and Chinese)

During Her intensive meditation retreat for the survival of the planet and the redemption of humans and animals, Supreme Master Ching Hai naturally discovered certain foods that can be consumed by humans, while causing least harm to the plants. Early this year, at the international gathering, Master generously shared the information with the disciples. She cautioned that it is important to take enough nutrition and if needed, consider adding supplements such as vitamins to your diet.

She explained that even though with the list, our food choices may seem to be more restricted, compared to many people in the world, we have more than enough. In addition, when we take any food, the plant will automatically share our spiritual merit to evolve. Master said, "Because I love the trees, and I feel the pain they have, not because I want to go higher level with that… The trees cannot scream out, that is the worst thing. Just like you, you are tight, or you are made immobile, but then someone just keeps beating you or cutting you and you can't do anything. That is terrible. We can run, we can kind of struggle and we can scream, but the trees cannot. The plants cannot." That's the reason She personally prefers to refrain even from cutting flowers. Master also explained at the December 22, Golden Year 9 (2012) video conference with Supreme Master Television staff, that She personally chooses to eat only the plants that have no feeling which include "two or three kinds of vegetables, melons, cucumbers."


Based on Master's research, the following crops and fruits can generally be harvested without harm to the plants or trees, causing them minimal or no pain:  

Peace and Loving Food List


Wheat grain Wheat products like bread, noodles, couscous

Millet, Quinoa, Amaranth

Muesli (as long as ingredients are from the Peace and Loving Food List)


Cashews, Pine nuts, Pistachio
(Other nuts are sure only if they fell off the tree by themselves)


Melon seeds, Pumpkin seeds, Sunflower seeds


Dry beans (dry harvested, not fresh beans), Lentils (dry)


Chinese cabbage or Pak choi, Baby Pak choi, Coriander, Celery, Chinese celery, Romaine lettuce, Chicory, Cress, Water spinach, Spinach (only the leaves, not if the whole twig or plant was cut)

Arrowroot, Beet root, Carrot, Radish, Potatoes, Turnip

Garlic, Ginger, Ginseng

Dry corn (dry harvested, not fresh corn)

Any sprouts (only water in there)

Bitter gourd (or bitter melon), Cucumber

Mushrooms (fresh or dry) and any of the fungus family (e.g., black fungus)


All fallen fruits

All berries (no strawberry)

Citrus fruits (without the stem or parts of the stem, like the fruit head at the stem)

Dates (fresh and dry), Figs (fresh and dry)


Coconut, Apricot, Peach, Star fruit, Tomatoes (if harvested without the stem), Avocados (if black ripened and harvested without any attachment to the fruit)

General guideline:
Painless for the plant, if the fruit is harvested without any parts of the tree or plant (e.g. apples without stem), or if the fruit is cut at 2/3rd and 1/3rd is left on the tree, or if the fruit just fell off the tree to the ground by itself.
Also painless, if the fruit is ripe, is very easy to pluck, and immediately falls into your hand. The best is to plant and harvest our own fruit trees, to be sure.
For example, a banana can be peeled when still hanging on the tree, or cut below the stem (at 2/3rd of the fruit)


Star Anise, Cloves (dry)

Coriander seeds and powder, Cumin seeds and powder

Maggi-Sauce, Soya-Sauce, Salt

Vegetable broth (if made of foods from the Peace and Loving Food List)


Beet sugar (from sugar beet, radish and alike), Agave juice

Vegan Protein

Dry soy texture and powder, Dry wheat texture and powder

Vegan ham, Vegan sausages, Vegan Seitan

Tofu (e.g. mixed with mushrooms or plain)


Any herbs and wild herbs if just the leaves are plucked off the plant and the stems are not harmed.


Aulacese Herbs and Vegetables, additional to peace and loving food list above

Aulacese Name
also known as
ngò ôm
English Name
Rice Paddy Herb

Aulacese Name
Cải cúc(Tần ô)
English Name
Chrysanthemum Coronarium Linn.

Aulacese Name
Rau răm
English Name
Vietnamese Coriander(Hot Mint), Laksa leaf, Daun laksa

Aulacese Name
Tía tô
English Name
Perilla frutescens
also known as
violet shiso

Aulacese Name
Ngò gai
English Name
Thorny Coriander

Aulacese Name
Diếp cá
English Name
Fish Mint

Aulacese Name
Húng quế
English Name

Aulacese Name
Húng lủi
English Name



To harvest the following crops and fruits hurts the plants or trees (incomplete, only few examples):

Rice, Fresh Beans, Sugar Cane, Banana (unless cut from the tree at 2/3rd like mentioned above)
Sesame seeds, Peanuts, Sweet Yams, Cassava, Zucchini


Master mentioned that the list above is by no means complete, but it serves as a guideline for us if we want to act in this direction. She lovingly reminded us to always be humble, always think of God and always have compassion in our heart no matter what we eat. "Be very grateful for the sacrifice of all creations. And be thankful to Heaven, to all involved in your meal, so that you have such a delicious fruit or vegetable, raw or not raw. So, don't be proud of anything that you do, because we are zero here. Whatever we do, without the grace of Heaven, without the grace of initiation, whatever you do is all sin. Don't ever be proud that you are vegan, vegetarian, or raw or whatever you eat or not eat."

We are extremely grateful to Supreme Master Ching Hai for sharing such precious information with the world. May more Earthly people cherish the knowledge and strive to live a simple life with minimal destruction to other beings while following the noble spiritual ideal.