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Sri Lanka draws up Healthy Menu for Monks

Postby cooran » Thu Nov 29, 2012 8:16 pm

Hello all,

This is important. Please don't continually give ''party food'' to monks as food dana, as it is a significant contributing factor to their increasing ill-health:

Sri Lanka draws up Healthy Menu for Monks
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20512718

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Re: Sri Lanka draws up Healthy Menu for Monks

Postby appicchato » Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:16 pm

Somebody give it to the Thais...PLEASE!...
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Re: Sri Lanka draws up Healthy Menu for Monks

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:18 pm

Greetings,

appicchato wrote:Somebody give it to the Thais...PLEASE!...

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Re: Sri Lanka draws up Healthy Menu for Monks

Postby ancientbuddhism » Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:47 pm

the article wrote:“By tradition, the monks do not cook or have food prepared for them in their temples.”


This is a rather simplistic view, especially with regard to the Sri Lankan Saṅgha where gilanapaccaya is the polite euphemism for dinner, often cooked or prepared by them or a temple acolyte.
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Re: Sri Lanka draws up Healthy Menu for Monks

Postby alan » Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:00 am

The link didn't work, but I'll assume the best, and hope they rule out sweets. Anyone who has been to Thailand has seen shrines loaded up with junk food. The soda bottles (complete with straws, of course) draw numerous bees. It's ridiculous.
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Re: Sri Lanka draws up Healthy Menu for Monks

Postby appicchato » Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:28 am

The link didn't work...


From the BBC:

Sri Lanka draws up healthy menu for monks

By tradition, the monks do not cook or have food prepared for them in their temples
Buddhist devotees in Sri Lanka who traditionally give food to monks are to be given special menus in an attempt to stop the clergy becoming sick.

Reports suggest increasing numbers of Buddhist monks are contracting diet-related diseases such as diabetes because of fatty, sugary gifts.

Traditionally monks do not cook and depend on donations given by devotees.

The BBC's Charles Haviland in Colombo says on some occasions monks are given five-course meals.

Although most food given to monks is vegetarian, officials are worried that it is not always healthy, he adds.

"Because of their great affinity towards religious observances, most devotees offer food with high cholesterol content and the Buddhist monks have no choice but to partake of these foods all year round," Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena said, according to the Sri Lankan Daily Mirror.

"The situation is further aggravated because monks do not engage in recreational activities or exercises to shed their excessive weight."

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We have to be satisfied with whatever is given to us - we are not supposed to demand anything”

Buddhist monk Maadulaawe Sobitha
He said the new menu was being drawn up on the instructions of medical experts and nutritionists.

They advise the monks to eat more fruit, vegetables and rice, to drink more water and to cut down on wheat-based foods.

The minister has also instructed health officials to open a ward exclusively for the clergy at all hospitals, the Daily Mirror reported.

However, prominent Buddhist monk Maadulaawe Sobitha dismissed the government initiative.

"For thousands of years, the tradition was for the devotees to offer food for the clergy. It was up to the monks to decide what is appropriate to consume," he told the BBC Sinhala Service.

"We have to be satisfied with whatever is given to us. We are not supposed to demand anything.

"The main problem is that there are many monks in rural areas who have no nourishment at all. They survive on meagre rations of some rice and green leaves. It will be much more useful to initiate a system to ensure that these poor monks have a square meal a day, than just wasting resources for political gain."
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Re: Sri Lanka draws up Healthy Menu for Monks

Postby Christopherxx » Fri Nov 30, 2012 5:54 pm

I'm glad to see this being addressed.

Education is the biggest thing. By helping the laity in any country to understand that "healthy" is the best "treat" you can give to a monk/nun we can help create conditions a lot more profitable for these young/old men and woman.

Very good to see :)!

(And we need to help a lot of laity understand what "healthy" is) Plenty of whole grains and vegetables. Lentils and beans for protein, etc. All cooked in healthy ways (steaming, etc.) :namaste:
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