Being Vegan, Vegan Being: Joe “Monk” Coleman – I Teach Them About Veganism By Being an Example of Love and Compassion

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a 48yr old pro natural physique bodybuilder. I’m a meditation instructor, trainer, public speaker, and life coach. I live in the SF/Oakland bay area. I became vegan searching for peace and purpose in my life after living recklessly for many many years. My spiritual practice reconnected me to all life and to live a compassionate life.

You can find “Monk” online here:

Facebook: Vegan Monk
Instagram: @iamveganmonk

When you first went vegan how did you phase out your non-vegan food, clothing and other items?

It was instant. I put the stuff in my car and headed to the hood and gave it away along with bananas and oranges.

Are you a vegan Parent? If so, what are some of the challenges you find raising a vegan child?

My daughter is unbelievable and she barely needs my assistance. No challenges.

Do you believe we should show children the process of how animals are turned into products? How are you educating your child/children on veganism and compassion?

I don’t think we should show them, but rather be the example of love and Compassion. They’ll pick up on it. This is what I did.

What does being vegan mean to you?

I don’t kill anything intentionally. Veganism to me is unconditional love, not only for animals but humans as well. Do the least amount of harm possible.

Is it every vegan’s duty to become an activist? What form of activism do you take part in?

I’m a part of it by doing my speaking engagements and in my daily life, I have many discussions.

What’s your favorite Vegan restaurant?

I have many, but Veghub in Oakland, CA.

Please share your favorite vegan recipe?

Beans, rice, avocado, hot sauce lol.

Some encouraging words for new Vegans?

Be the vegan you want to meet before you were vegan.

What is the vegan scene like in your city?

It’s dope! A great community.

What personal recommendations can you make for people to meet other vegans?

Social media is the best. I think.

What does living cruelty-free mean to you?

Exactly that.

What are you favorite Vegan non-food products or companies?

Hmm. I’ve never even thought about that.

What is the toughest Vegan item to find that you need?

We have vegan stores here so I can find what I need.

Talk about a time when you struggled with your Veganism?

Never have. Believe it or not.

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