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Why one meal a day?

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Re: Why one meal a day?

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Re: Why one meal a day?

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Thag 1.20. Ajita - I do not fear death; nor do I long for life. I’ll lay down this body, aware and mindful.

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Re: Why one meal a day?

Postby fxam » Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:46 pm

I wonder if meditation restores energy as I found that sleep seems to do so. Now I practise having only plain warm water after noon. Sometimes when I have too much activity after noon time, I will feel weak at night. But as soon as I wake up in the morning, I feel energetic again. What do you think? I am going to try meditating after noon and see what happens.

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Re: Why one meal a day?

Postby mirco » Fri Jan 20, 2012 5:58 pm

"An important term for meditative absorption is samadhi. We often translate that as concentration, but that can suggest a certain stiffness. Perhaps unification is a better rendition, as samadhi means to bring together. Deep samadhi isn't at all stiff. It's a process of letting go of other things and coming to a unified experience." -

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Re: Why one meal a day?

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eating once a day and nutrient deficiencies in Monastics.

Postby marc108 » Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:19 pm

Since I learned that Monastics only eat once a day, and generally are eating a moderate sized meal, I cant help but wonder how they are able to survive with long term nutrient deficiencies? I'm a nutrition student and have done extensive dietary analysis and planning, and it is not possible to eat 100% of what you need in a single meal... if you could get 1/3 of your daily needs in a single meal you would be lucky. Are there high rates of disease and early death among monastics? It boggles my mind that many Ajahn's have lived to be very old and in good health on nearly no food.

I'd be interested to hear what anyone has to say on this, and to know if the Buddha ever commented on malnourishment.


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Re: Why one meal a day?

Postby Cittasanto » Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:26 pm

I believe all your questions would be answered within this thread.

It would be easier to read through and ask any further questions you have after that.


He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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Re: eating once a day and nutrient deficiencies in Monastics.

Postby Virgo » Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:26 pm

Nevermind

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Re: eating once a day and nutrient deficiencies in Monastics.

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Re: Why one meal a day?

Postby Cittasanto » Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:50 pm

I hadn't noticed it was merged! sorry if my response confused.


He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Why one meal a day?

Postby marc108 » Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:52 pm

Thanks for merging my thread into this one, I hadn't seen this thread before. I just want to prefix my part in this discussion by saying that I have the utmost respect for the Vinya rules, and what I'm saying is simply meant to be a friendly discussion and a respectful inquiry, not an admonishment of this rule.

Respectfully, it would absolutely not be possible to eat 100% vitamin & mineral intake in a moderate sized single meal. We see in many populations that humans can live with severe deficiencies, but what they can not do is live in optimal physical health. They may develop specific diseases, or just degenerate and die faster.... This would be akin to putting 1/3 of your cars need for oil into the car... it will run, but die out much quicker.

My personal opinion, and what seems most logical within my understandings, is that meditation practice is sustaining the physical form in a way unrelated to food. My best guess would be through the buildup of prana.


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Re: Why one meal a day?

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He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Why one meal a day?

Postby marc108 » Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:41 am

thanks for the clarification on one meal vs on period. i will do a search, thanks :)
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Re: Why one meal a day?

Postby acinteyyo » Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:12 pm

Thag 1.20. Ajita - I do not fear death; nor do I long for life. I’ll lay down this body, aware and mindful.

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Addithana: One Meal Per Day

Postby Chi » Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:32 am

Dear Fellow Dhammafarers,

Today, I started eating one meal per day. I also started a seven-day cleanse with "". It's just some powder and capsules of apparently good stuff.

Here's the reasoning:

Since I've came back from my retreat, I've been eating like a pig. I've gained 15-20 lbs. in 12 days. I've been eating and craving sugar like it's nobody's business, and it makes the body and mind rather lethargic. It's time to get the body and mind back into shape before the next retreat starting on 4/1.

Making a strong addithana aids in the follow-through of the experiment. So, I am posting here.

So here is what happened today: Woke up at 7:15, went on an early hike with my mother at a semi-tiring mountain (Camelback Mountain in Arizona), went to Sprout's and bought a bunch of healthy food (mostly veggies and fruit), made a smoothie of spinach, half a bell pepper, a pound of strawberries, 6 oz of blueberries, one banana, 2-3 teaspoons of spirulina, a bit of coconut milk, almond milk, and rice milk. My mom made an veggie omelette with bell peppers, tomatoes, spinach, cheese, a bit of olive oil, and five eggs. I drank more than 2/3's of the smoothie and about 2/3's of the omelette. I also had 5 pieces of spicy tuna roll from my mom's lunch the day before, along with some wasabi and ginger.

I felt really, really full afterwards and knew I overate. I took a walk for 15-20 minutes, and then went to bed for three hours at 12:15ish.

Right now, it's about 5:30 and I am craving some honey. But, I'm not sick, so I am restraining myself. There seems to be more energy in the body, and the mind feels quicker.

On a side note, I started a gratitude journal the other day in which I write down about a page of all the things I am grateful for in my life. I can already feel the effects.

OK, maybe I'll report everyday, maybe I'll report every couple of days.

Thanks for listening!
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Re: Addithana: One Meal Per Day

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:20 am

Greetings Chi,

The following discussion may be of interest to you...

Why one meal a day?
viewtopic.php?f=31&t=3045

Most days I have one meal a day (dinner), though of late I do have something tiny at lunch-time for energy... a few jellybeans or a piece of chocolate perhaps. I also drink coffee.

The Buddha promotes moderation in eating - it is a worthwhile endeavour.

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Re: Addithana: One Meal Per Day

Postby Chi » Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:00 pm

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Re: Addithana: One Meal Per Day

Postby Chi » Thu Feb 16, 2012 6:36 pm

Right now: unbelievable restlessness and cravings for sensual things.

It's all the suppressed stuff coming to the surface after eating almost non-stop for 2 weeks.

It's good for the mind :meditate:
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Re: Addithana: One Meal Per Day

Postby cooran » Thu Feb 16, 2012 8:08 pm

Hello Chi,

I'll be interested in reading your experiences with this (- though I'll be out of contact with DhammaWheel much of the time over the next three or four weeks).

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Re: Addithana: One Meal Per Day

Postby Chi » Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:27 pm

OK, I have a headache now. Maybe it's cause I have been in front of a computer for a while. Maybe I didn't eat enough this morning.

I am having a big spoonful of honey now.

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