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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5 Responses to The permissible food & drinks for the Bhikkus (Gilanpasa)

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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    In Kechara Forest Retreat we have a large aviary with many rescued birds and tortoises. We just built a nice pool for them to cool down in. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
  • Rescuing dog in LA river
    Rescuing dog in LA river
    2 months ago
  • This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
    This is a very inspiring video by Jim Carrey you must see
    2 months ago
  • Dalai Lama watching TV
    Dalai Lama watching TV
    2 months ago
  • Dog with a heart of Gold
    Dog with a heart of Gold
    Description
    2 months ago
  • 14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    14th Dalai Lama with Mrs.Indira Gandhi , Delhi INDIA 1966
    5 months ago
  • The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    The Girl Who Couldn't Cry - Water is Life
    It's really hard to educate a generation of people born in conditions where they take things for granted. A simple slogan campaign that says, "Save water, It's precious" isn't sticky enough to make inroads. That's exactly where this video steps in: to make people realize how precious water actually is. A brilliant video that follows the heartbreaking story of a young girl that cannot cry. Sounds like fiction? Sadly, it is not.
    5 months ago
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    Dear everyone, All sentient beings deserve to live, be happy and not hurt, including animals. We should never hurt them or eat them. Look how much this chicken welcomes a hug and love. Observe carefully. Don't eat beings who can feel pain because the karma comes back. Tsem Rinpoche
    6 months ago
  • The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    The appreciation shown here is so deep and touching.
    Dear friends, See this incredible video. This chimp was found in captivity for many years. Dr Jane Goodall released him into the wild. Look how he comes back to thank her with deep apprecition. It's amazing. Animals have such strong feelings of pain and happiness just like us. We should never hurt them and share with others to not hurt them. Tsem Rinpoche http://www.tsemrinpoche.com
    6 months ago
  • Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki drinking some water in the aviary
    Aki is a rescued bird, he now lives in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    8 months ago
  • Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang enjoying some fresh corn
    Jamyang is one of our rescue birds that live in Kechara Forest Retreat Aviary
    8 months ago
  • The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    The Cute Mumus Practising Dog Orchestra at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Today the Mumus (dogs) decided to do a dog orchestra rehearsal together with the Kechara Forest Retreat (KFR) dogs.
    8 months ago
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    Gongkar is our new bird for Kechara Forest Retreat's aviary. Gongkar never had friends and the original owner could not bring him to his destination. Now he is with us and assimilating in his cage within the aviary for a few weeks then released into aviary. Look at how much he wants attention from the other birds. Cute. Tsem Rinpoche
    12 months ago
  • Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    Mumu, Oser and Dharma running and having a good time. I love seeing them playing. Tsem Rinpoche
    12 months ago
  • Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Mumus running at Kechara Forest Retreat
    1 years ago
  • Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    Kechara Forest Retreat panorama, September 2013
    1 years ago
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    Dechog our cockatoo at Kechara Forest Retreat grabbing long beans which he loves. Nice bird. We love him. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
  • The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    The mumus having outdoor evening stroll!!!
    1 years ago
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    17 May 2013, heavy rain at Kechara Forest Retreat from 7am-8am (1 hour). Water overflowed the existing drain and also opened up a much wider new "route" for itself.
    1 years ago
  • Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    Must see video from Rajendra on our disciplined dogs
    2 yearss ago
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    Dato' Ruby won the Bella Awards!
    2 yearss ago

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Lama Chopa puja dedicated to the long life of our precious Guru, H E.Tsem Rinpoche on His 49th Birthday celebration at Kechara House gompa. Lucy Yap
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More than 400 people came to Kechara House to celebrate Rinpoche's 49th Birthday this evening. Pastor Shin gave a good talk on Guru Devotion followed by Lama Chopa prayers. Students flew in from all over the world for this auspicious occasion. DR.
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