Guess what? Besides not allowing eating meat buddhists are forbidden to drink alcohol.
My Aikido Shihan is a serious orthodox Budhhist priest. He enjoys Crown Royale, of course in appropriate moderation (much the same way I enjoy Tullamore Dew... I never even get a buzz, because I sip it very slowly, nice and spicy for a cheap Irish whiskey).
"The Heart and Mind of the Buddha's Teaching" by Thich Naht Hanh
Actually, anything by the said author.
Ooh, new author for me.
And, FWIW, while religious topics are forbidden here Buddhism can also be looked at as applied philosophy, so IMO it can remain open for now.
I think all religions have at least two components, although I'd argue three: Beliefs, Spirituality, and Philosophy. Spirituality possibly falls into Beliefs (i.e. Kundalini, Chi/Ki, etc.) but also Philosophy (as philosophy is often strongly tied to spiritual health: murderers/rapists/thieves/etc can be argued to be spiritually unhealthy under most spiritual systems).
I had this huge post up but I think I can be brief on this; the more I say, the more chances to start a flame war.
Usually when discussing such things, I'm primarily interested in Philosophy and specifically disinterested in Beliefs. Beliefs are what you get out of your holy texts (bible, Qu'ran, Tao scrolls, etc) with gods, salvation, the like... these are things you can only argue by "it is my religion." It's not productive, and it's messy.
Philosophy--both self-standing and spiritually-entwined philosophy--presents challenges that are more personal. Most holy texts claim murder is wrong; to ask you why is not questioning your holy doctrine, but more to ask you why murder is wrong in its own right. It challenges you to think and understand your morals, the very core of your personal philosophy.
Such things help you understand your own beliefs, rather than challenging them. To understand why murder is wrong, however, is also to understand--at least in large part--why theft is wrong, why lying is wrong, etc. In truth, the answer is a lot more complex than you'd think at first glance.
These are more interesting topics than systems of belief. I have no interest in arguing over gods and salvation with people; those discussions are both fruitless and tended to incivility, which is probably why most forums ban such things in the first place.