Restrictions for drinking (water, not alcohol)

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Restrictions for drinking (water, not alcohol)

Postby pedro1985 » Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:10 pm

I know that for monks there are guidelines (restrictions) for eating. Like for example a monk will not eat after noon.

Are there guidelines or restrictions for monks too regarding drinking (by this I mean normal drinking, like water, tea, and not alcohol). Can a monk drink as much as he pleases on a day. Is there no limit? He can drink throughout the whole day if he likes? Or are there rules that say no drinking after 6 PM or something similar?
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Re: Restrictions for drinking (water, not alcohol)

Postby Cittasanto » Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:42 pm

pedro1985 wrote:I know that for monks there are guidelines (restrictions) for eating. Like for example a monk will not eat after noon.

Are there guidelines or restrictions for monks too regarding drinking (by this I mean normal drinking, like water, tea, and not alcohol). Can a monk drink as much as he pleases on a day. Is there no limit? He can drink throughout the whole day if he likes? Or are there rules that say no drinking after 6 PM or something similar?

depends what it is, certain drinkables are considered food.
but there is no restrictions on water and it is the only thing a monk can ask for without it being offered.
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Re: Restrictions for drinking (water, not alcohol)

Postby Goofaholix » Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:02 pm

Of course not, and if you've ever been to the tropics you'd how impractical it would be to restrict the drinking of water.

Other drinks, like tea or coffee etc it would depend on what times lay people offer it to the monks, suffice to say that afternoon tea is one of trhe highlights of the monastic day, though no milk after noon.
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Re: Restrictions for drinking (water, not alcohol)

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:43 am

Goofaholix wrote: though no milk after noon.

This is not everywhere, I had a conversation with a Thai Monk and Monks who had been to Thailand and as this is not an explisit rule (a gray area as Ajahn Brahm says) some places do use milk, and it is an explicitly allowable during traveling.
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