Buddhist monks - Food - Chanting

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Buddhist monks - Food - Chanting

Postby clw_uk » Mon Jul 13, 2009 1:54 pm


Does this sutta mean monks cant eat food that has been chanted over?

Then Kasi Bharadvaja, having heaped up milk-rice in a large bronze serving bowl, offered it to the Blessed One, [saying,] "May Master Gotama eat [this] milk-rice. The master is a plowman, for the Master Gotama plows the plowing that has as its fruit the deathless."

What's been chanted over with verses
shouldn't be eaten by me.
That's not the nature, brahman,
of one who's seen rightly.
What's been chanted over with verses
Awakened Ones reject.
That being their nature, brahman,
this is their way of life.
Serve with other food & drink
a fully-perfected great seer,
his fermentations ended,
his anxiety stilled,
for that is the field
for one looking for merit.

http://www.what-buddha-taught.net/acces ... .than.html

I thought they had to eat whatever was given them

“ Your mind is likewise blocked. But the right road awaits you still. Cast out your doubts, your fears and your desires, let go of grief and of hope as well, for where these rule , then the mind is their subject." Boetius
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Re: Buddhist monks - Food - Chanting

Postby mikenz66 » Mon Jul 13, 2009 10:27 pm

The point is that the Buddha doesn't "sing for his supper". Kasi Bharadvaja did not intend to offer food and only offered it after the Buddha chanted that verse. Since the food was not freely given in the first place the Buddha rejected it.

See Bhikkhu Bodhi's discussion of this Sutta here: http://www.bodhimonastery.net/courses/Sn/Sn_course.html

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