The permissible food & drinks for the Bhikkus (Gilanpasa)

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From TheBuddhism.Net

According to our Great Buddha’s disciplinary rules for the Buddhist monks and nuns, they can only have proper meals from sunrise to noon. It usually is limited to breakfast and lunch (eaten before noon).

From noon to the following morning, they can have only permissible food & drink called ‘Gilanpasa

The ‘eight types of drink’ (‘Ashta pana‘) are the main permissible drinks. Apart from those ‘eight types of drink’, juices from small fruits such as lime, orange & tamarind are also permissible. They have to be made using water and sugar/ jaggery (solidified treacle or honey). They cannot be cooked and given the syrup since cooking makes them impermissible.

 

The permissible food & drinks for the Bhikkus

 

The eight types of drinks: 

Drinks made from Mangoes, Drinks made from rose apple, Drinks made from seeded bananas, Drinks made from seedless bananas, Drinks made from grapes, Drinks made from raisins, Drinks made from fruit of water lilies, Drinks made from fruits of spiny trees like Indian plum (Uguressa in Sri Lanka) and Indian date/ jujube (Masan in Sri Lanka).

Apart from the above drinks, the following are permissible too.

Butter, ghee, sugar, sugar candy, sweets & toffees, treacle, jaggery, gingelly oil, bees’ honey and all types of medicinal herbs and concoctions.

 


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  1. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 15, 2013 at 4:06 am

    Buddha was so precise with his instructions to the monks. the drinks are natural and provide the necessary nutrients for a healthy person.

  2. Jonathan Rice on Mar 11, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Sir, these permissible foods and drinks are almost all extremely high in sugar and refined carbs, and lacking in protein, fibers, etc. This looks looks like a fast-track to diabetes and other health problems. In addition, the high carb/low protein diet is traditionally used to bring about mind control by coercive religious groups (e.g. ISKCON); as it lowers your overall energy level and critical thinking abilities.

    I’m a lay follower of Theravada. But before ever following Buddhism I quit alcohol completely, quit all junk food (except about once a year when I’m stuck in an airport at night and only McDonalds is open); quit fatty snacks, and drastically curbed all refined sugar. I still eat red meat about 5 times a year, but am moving away from it; staying with chicken and fish instead. I also exercise regularly (shito-ryu karate and Muay Thai).

    I’ve been finding that a scientifically verifiable healthy diet, combined with exercise, is highly conducive to right-mindfulness and overall well being. I respect the sages of old who gave various dietary injunctions. Yet I also believe that religious beliefs (which are non-verifiable) must always give way to genuine, verifiable scientific discoveries. If not, we’re living in delusion.

  3. Bryan Ho on Mar 4, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Very interesting post, Buddha Shakyamuni’s disciplinary rules was set proximally 2500 years ago. These rules was set for us to practice to lessen our attachment and easier for us to focus on our spiritual practice.

    This is the first step for us to train our mind to be focus and we will not easily disturb by our attachment. But the most important thing about these rules is not about follow 100% of what it stated but the real meaning behind it. Ex: If one follow about this rules for food and drinks taking but deep inside he actually still have craving for chicken, and he/she continue to focus on the taste, smell, texture of the meat, he/she is still consider not completed about the rules, because he/she still let the attachment control over his/her mind.

    Personally I think in this modern day, some of the rules already can’t be follow only based on words, or how it written, but we should follow the real meaning behind. Ex: one of the 5 heinous sins is drawing blood of a Buddha. In Vajrayana, we treat our teacher as one as Buddha, so do we bring our teacher to do blood test when he’s not feeling well?

    Well this is just my personal understanding, please forgive me if I offended anyone.

    Bryan

  4. David Lai on Feb 12, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    This is fascinating part of the Vinaya rules and I think the Buddha imposed such ethics upon their food and drink intake because it is meant to curb greed and attachment to food. I am not a scholar of the Vinaya but that’s what it seems.

    I am not sure if it is really a necessary vow that is practices in all Buddhist traditions because the emphasis seems to be on outer physical practice as some Mahayana traditions placed greater emphasis on the cultivation of inner qualities instead and vows that had been correspond to this. Nevertheless, even our meals can be a spiritual practice. In Tantra, we are feeding the yidam when we offer the food to collect merits or to feed the body so that it is able to do lots of Dharma work to benefit others.

    • Joy on Feb 21, 2013 at 11:38 pm

      Yes David I find it is so amazing that in Tantra that every thing is a potential collection of merit even from just consuming food! I remembered Rinpoche once explained that if the motivation is right it becomes positive as it is not about just nourishing the body but why we nourish the body… and if it is for negative activities such as to please our senses, then it becomes negative… that is the same as the Vinaya code of conduct to eliminate greed/desires.

      And one of the best and quickest way to collect enormous amounts of merits, it is to cook for the Lama. Since we view the Lama as the Buddha… the merit we collect is equal to serving the Buddha. Also when one nourishes the body and hence health of a Buddha, we collect the positive causes for a healthy good body ourselves and also to have long life as good health leads to that. I like the Vajrayana teachings so much because there is so much connection and meaning behind every single action we do. It makes us think deeper and at the same time do the act simultaneously to gain quicker realisations through experiences.

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今年观音成道之日(农历六月十九日)是西历八月三日(星期一)。 诚邀大家到克切拉如意轩吃素,一起迎接这个重要的大日子! It is Guan Yin's Birthday birthday tomorrow (3 Aug 2015). Let's celebrate this day and have a nice lunch or dinner at Kechara Oasis. Please call for reservations Viva Home branch 03 92841818 Jaya One Branch 03 7968 1818. Thank you
2 hours ago
Chan Weng Khong and Donny released 65 kilograms of cat fish into the lake on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group during our monthly animals liberation activities at Gunung Lang, Ipoh, Perak today.
3 hours ago
Through the blessing and kindness from our Guru, Tsem Rinpoche, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has completed our monthly animals liberation activities at Gunung Lang, Ipoh at 9 am today. Total of 65 kilograms of cat fish were released back to their living environment. All our merits generated through this auspicious activity were dedicated for Rinpoche's long life and good health. We also dedicated to all Kechara members, parents, friends and family members for their long life and good health to be able to learn and practise Dharma. Thank you. Kin Hoe (KISG)
14 hours ago
Every puja have special set of torma to offer. By Puja House, 1 August'15
19 hours ago
Puja House just did urgent Menlha puja for a Sponsor. By Puja House, 1 August '15
yesterday
On Saturday, Puja House team join in blog chat to learn Dharma together. By Puja House, 1 August'15
yesterday
Pretty posies like this is always available at Kechara Blooms at very reasonable price. Check it out! DR.
2 days ago
Dorje Shugden Puja not only available in English but in mandarin too. By Puja House 31 July'15
2 days ago
49 bowls of water offering for Manjushri Puja. By Puja House 31 July'15
2 days ago
Pastor Han Nee together with Puja House team today did house blessing. By Puja House, 31 July'15
2 days ago
Menlha Puja lead by Susan, with team did for the Sponsor 's deceased. May the beloved have good rebirth. By Puja House 31 July'15
3 days ago
Some of the photos taken from our Food Bank delivery programme recently. Our provision supplies being delivered to the needy families. 最近所举行的食物银行运送项目照片。食物被运到有需要的家庭。 Justin@KSK
3 days ago
Food distribution photo taken from last Saturday on the street of KL. Justin@KSK
3 days ago
Beautiful decoration in one of the 5 commitment offering . By Puja House 30 July'15
3 days ago
Lama Chopa without Tsok sponsored by sponsors for her beloved whom have passed away, to collect vast merits . To have good rebirth . By Puja House, 30 July'15
3 days ago
Altar set up for Druchuma Puja. By Puja House, 30 July'15
3 days ago
Choo Weng Loong led Dzambala puja ( English) 29/ 7/ 2015 at Kechara House gompa .Time: 8pm - 10pm. Lucy Yap
3 days ago
CK Siah led Dharma Protector Puja (DorjeShugden & Setrap)assisted by Danny Seah at Kechara House gompa. Puja starts at 8pm - 10pm. Lucy Yap
3 days ago
Medicine Buddha puja at Kechara House gompa, led by Pastor Han Nee and was assisted by Elaine Cheah at 8pm - 10pm. Lucy Yap
4 days ago
Trakze puja performed at Puja House today. Sponsors attend to this 3 hours of Puja. By Puja House, 29 July'15
4 days ago
Puja House has a busy day today. Started at 5 a.m in the morning until 7 p.m. many volunteers and staffs work together to do torma. By Puja House, 29 July'15
4 days ago
Puja House did Gyenze Puja early morning today. By Puja House, 29 July'15
4 days ago
Pastor Han Nee assisted by LT Loo led KP Viva Home puja attendees every Tuesday with Setrap/DS and White Tara puja at 8pm - 10.00pm. She delivered a short dharma sharing on both the importance of faith ad well as the inportance of recognizing the suffering of our experiences enabling us to exhaust our karma, during the pre- puja session. Lucy Yap
4 days ago
Today's kitchen crew. From left: Uncle Ng, Elsie, Susan, Elizabeth, Melissa and Igne helping in the kitchen now. 今天的厨房成员: (左)Uncle Ng, Elsie, Susan, Elizabeth, Melissa 以及Igne先在在厨房里帮忙。 Justin@KSK

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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