The permissible food & drinks for the Bhikkus (Gilanpasa)
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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