Indrajala wrote:Again, I would argue you'll teach more Dhamma to folks over dinner on a Friday night in a lot of western countries, or even places like Singapore or Japan.
Sure and this could still be done. The precept against eating after midday is for monks and nuns, not lay people. Dhamma centers and temples could still have such functions as long as they are led by lay people or some lay teacher. There are some lay people who voluntarily choose to eat just one meal a day, but it is completely voluntary and they usually do so for health reasons or other practical reasons.
The precept is still practical in this day and age. I see no reason to throw this precept out (in my opinion). It would burden the lay people to provide multiple meals to the monastics. Even if the one meal is a large one, it is still less demanding to provide one big meal than several smaller ones. I have found this to be true even for my own meals.
Indrajala wrote:Good thing I'm not Thai and never will be.
Never? Haven't you taken a [Mahayana] bodhisattva vow? How about rebirth?