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. Ignacio Trelles on Aug 31, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    While money is an important commodity in the world greed and selfishness are the actual ‘root of evil’ bhikkhus should not be concerned with it. Therefore this again offers an essential role for lay people. The bhikkhu stores no food but receives help from lay people who do; the bhikkhu stores no money but receives support from lay people who do. In fact this relationship is shown in this next allowance from the Buddha’s time when bhikkhus were journeying along a difficult way.

  2. 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.

  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. 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

  5. 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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    2 weeks ago
    A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
    2 weeks ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
    2 weeks ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
  • His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
    2 months ago
    His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
  • Dorje Shugden/Kache Marpo makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche
    2 months ago
    Dorje Shugden/Kache Marpo makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche
  • My good friend Justin Ripley
    2 months ago
    My good friend Justin Ripley
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    3 months ago
    I requested Choji Lah to do a trusol, rabney and soongdroop for our large DS and Buddha. In this video, he is performing trusol which is ritually 'bathing' the environment and blessing all those who come to visit our Wisdom Hall and Dorje Shugden. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Bigfoot arrives!!!
    3 months ago
    Bigfoot arrives!!!
    Tsem Rinpoche is an avid follower of the paranormal such as bigfoots. For more interesting writings and posts on the subject, please go to http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/category/yeti-bigfoot-sasquatch
  • Mumu Loves Snack!
    3 months ago
    Mumu Loves Snack!
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    3 months ago
    For H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, a blog post is not just a blog post but Dharma work that generates merits which should be dedicated. Click here to find out what blog post Rinpoche was dedicating the merits for when he recited this prayer: http://bit.ly/1KiXWf9 ~Ani Lobsang Pema
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    3 months ago
    Panchen Lama in Beijing on CCTV - China's official news. The respect and position they give His Holiness Panchen Lama is great.
  • Magical fish tank with Buddha statue
    3 months ago
    Magical fish tank with Buddha statue
  • His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang chants the prayer of Dorje Shugden
    4 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang chants the prayer of Dorje Shugden
  • Gongkar the bird at Kechara Forest Retreat
    4 months ago
    Gongkar the bird at Kechara Forest Retreat
    For much more information, pictures and videos about the rescued birds at the aviary of Kechara Forest Retreat, click here: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/aviary-kfr.html

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Pastor Yek Yee presenting Frederick and Cecelia with flowers to welcome them to our big family at Kechara House gompa. May they progress in their spiritual practice and be blessed by the Three Jewels. Lucy Yap
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Kechara House and Kechara Puja House staffs viewed the blogchat topic "What are pujas?" at Kechara House gompa this afternoon. Pastor Yek Yee is very good at her explanation on compassion when doing pujas for the benefit of others in need. http://bit.ly/1eDQloy Lucy Yap
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**Meditate with Nature**Kechara Forest Retreat.~Wee KPVH
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Altar set up for Menlha puja. By Puja House 1 September 2015
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Dukkar Puja is a very popular puja at Puja House; mostly requested by sponsors with legal cases. By Puja House 1 September'15
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Kechara Pastors meeting on improving our services with Pastor Yek Yee at Kechara House gompa today. http://bit.ly/13EbeQe Lucy Yap
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A big Dorje Shugden puja was conducted in Puja House today for Sponsor to clear obstacles. By Puja House, 1 September 2015
10 hours ago
Pastor Adeline and Pat setting a positive motivation the first thing in the morning with prayers at Kechara House gompa. Our precious Guru, H.E. Tsem Rinpoche emphasizes the practical application of the Buddha's teachings in our daily lives. Read more on Rinpoche at here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qwYpuAfq1E Lucy Yap
12 hours ago
The divine prayer that benefits all sentient beings, Dorje Shugden & Setrap puja ( E ) is led by Pastor KH Ng weekly on Mondays at 8.00pm - 9.30 pm. Lucy Yap
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Before puja begin, Puja team will light incense offer to Buddha. By Puja Team, 1 September 2015
22 hours ago
During Outcall puja today, Pastor Yek Yee blessed the environment of the Sponsor's house. 31 August '15
22 hours ago
Dorje Shugden puja is held in Puja House today for Sponsor to clear obstacles. By Puja House 31 August'15
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Puja Team was preparing for tonight protector puja which held in Gompa every Monday. By Puja House 31 August'15
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Dukkar puja was held today for Sponsor to clear her severe illness. By Puja House 31 August'15
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Cynthia Ng led tonight's weekly Monday ( Chinese ) Dzambala puja at Kechara House gompa .Time : 8.00pm - 9.30pm. Lucy Yap
yesterday
走错路,总比不走好,起码因误会得福。不走,就真的没路了。阿尼洛桑杰舜-Wee KPVH
yesterday
29/8/15 星期六,经过四个小时的导领,温婉如讲法师上巴士致词道别,感谢来自柔佛的参访团。最后参访活动在众人的掌声和欢笑声中圆满结束。Asyley Chia KSDS
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放生能让小生命重获生存的机会,是累积长寿,健康功德的好办法,所以生日放生是最适合不过了。-Wee KPVH
yesterday
When we surrender our ego to Dorje Shugden, we give rise to wisdom & compassion. Pastor Adeline
yesterday
We deserve the right to practice without prejudice like any other spiritual faith. - His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche (posted by Pastor Adeline)
yesterday
在上周六的参访团,多般是长者,最年长的有85岁,年纪最轻的11岁,所以说克切拉禅修林是老少皆宜休闲观光的好地方。Asyley Chia KSDS
yesterday
Contradiction is common among people who want things their way - whatever that serves their selfish agenda. Pastor Adeline
yesterday
在上周六,克切拉禅修林的鱼塘首次公开供访客参观。绿叶红花净水鱼塘,访客们个个都笑容满面。Asyley Chia KSDS
yesterday
PREVIEW Peace & Love ( Meditation Music ) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SjsBvKi8Ko
yesterday
Creative way to present the concept of Right Concentration at KSDS - guide kids to keep the tea lights lit. Pastor Adeline

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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