James the Giant wrote:I recommend burgers. Monks NEVER get given burgers, so even if they're cold by the time they get there, they will enjoy them. Or fries.
I once dana-ed a six-pack of energy drinks, and you should have seen the monk's eyes light up!
I think that should be OK as long as the cow wasn't killed for the monks specifically.
I think this might be a bit problematic (I really don't want to derail this thread into another argument about the consumption of meat), but these days the cows are usually slaughtered in some remote places like Kansas... for no one in particular.
It's all done for the "consumer"... an anonymous entity. The consumer is something abstract (almost like atta, actually)... it's basically a blanket term that covers anyone who consumes.
The monks don't have much choice in what they consume... but the laypeople still do. I think that this basically makes the sangha a reflection of the laypeople who support them. If the community gives them nothing but caffeinated drinks... then they'll become a sangha of caffeine addicts. (Bhante Gunaratana alluded to something similar in his biography... where he talked about the addiction of betel nuts.) If the laypeople give them nothing, then they'll just disappear. This is just something to think about.
The laypeople is supposed to support the monks' practices... so that the monks will be able to teach them something in return. They're basically a reflection of each other... which is pretty much kamma at work. There is no distinct atta that can be found in betweeen them, only dependent origination. It usually starts with ignorance (of the four noble truths)... but it doesn't have to. It's your choice. It's something that you need to figure out in your practice.