Why one meal a day?

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Re: Why one meal a day?

Postby alan » Fri Nov 19, 2010 3:29 am

Prove it.

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Re: Why one meal a day?

Postby timmbuktwo » Fri Nov 19, 2010 3:39 am

Do it yourself , then see if you ask me to prove it , or instead wish to spread the word to others.

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Re: Why one meal a day?

Postby alan » Fri Nov 19, 2010 3:47 am

That is not proof.

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Re: Why one meal a day?

Postby timmbuktwo » Fri Nov 19, 2010 3:52 am

Would it not be the best proof to you?

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Re: Why one meal a day?

Postby appicchato » Fri Nov 19, 2010 6:42 am

Timmbuktwo...chill friend, it's a losing battle with the non-believers...know that you're not alone though...

appicchato...twenty years plus one meal a day vegi...

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Re: Why one meal a day?

Postby Hanzze » Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:49 am

_/\_
Last edited by Hanzze on Thu Jan 13, 2011 5:37 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Just that! *smile*


BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Nate sante baram sokham _()_

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Re: Why one meal a day?

Postby Individual » Sat Nov 20, 2010 1:42 am

The best things in life aren't things.


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Re: Why one meal a day?

Postby alan » Sat Nov 20, 2010 2:33 am

You are correct, Hanzze. Less than one meal a day would probably damage the praxis. Plus, you'd starve to death.

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Re: Why one meal a day?

Postby Paññāsikhara » Sat Nov 20, 2010 4:47 am

My recently moved Blog, containing some of my writings on the Buddha Dhamma, as well as a number of translations from classical Buddhist texts and modern authors, liturgy, etc.: .

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Re: Why one meal a day?

Postby Terasi » Mon Nov 22, 2010 3:55 am

For a layperson with job, would it be wise to try not to eat lunch?
If some times in order to socialise, we have to eat lunch with other people, would the irregularity harm the stomach (especially a stomach with history of ulcer)?

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Re: Why one meal a day?

Postby Ben » Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:28 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Why one meal a day?

Postby Ben » Mon Nov 22, 2010 8:42 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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e: [email protected]..

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Re: Why one meal a day?

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Re: Why one meal a day?

Postby alan » Tue Nov 23, 2010 4:00 am

Eat healthful food every 3 hours or so. Exercise. Do Yoga. Get good sleep.
Not really difficult, is it?

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Re: Why one meal a day?

Postby lojong1 » Tue Nov 23, 2010 4:28 am

yes

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Re: Why one meal a day?

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Re: Why one meal a day?

Postby metta_noob » Thu Dec 23, 2010 6:40 pm

is there another thread that explains why no eating after mid-day when you're observing the 8 precepts? I've always wanted to figure out the real reason why midday.

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Re: Why one meal a day?

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Fri Dec 24, 2010 12:42 am

The Pāli says just "eating at the wrong time" (vikāla bojjhanā).
If making a rule then you need a limit. Since there were no clocks in the Buddha's time, between dawn (first light) and midday was easily observable.



Plenty more food for thought at the above link, and some helpful standards applicable for lay people observing the eight precepts, e.g. you can take juice, honey, or sweet drinks at any time, but not milk.
• • • • (Upasampadā: 24th June, 1979)

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Re: Why one meal a day?

Postby metta_noob » Fri Dec 24, 2010 4:50 am

Thank you for the link bhante. Unfortunately, I haven't found the reason for the rule there. I'm sure there's a good reason for it and I guess it'll be an itch that won't go away.

I've been to the local temple and observed danas. The lay people would very enthusiastically offer lots of food to the monks (to accumulate merits, I guess) and many times I'm amazed at the volume of food they consume in one sitting. At the local temple, the monks have morning and lunch dana ie 2 meals. I've noticed that most of the monks are not exactly slim and trim. And some monks have told me that diabetes is a common problem. Hence my curiosity about the reason for the rule. I understand about moderation and eating for sustenance but I always wondered if the rule might inadvertently encourage a "stockpiling" eating pattern.

Btw, one chinese monk explained that the Buddha forbade eating after midday because their alms rounds were in the mornings and the excess food unconsumed would go bad later in the day because there was no refrigeration then. He said that there was a case where a monk ate the left over food later in the day and fell ill. Hence the rule. Sounds logical but is that the real reason for the rule? Or even the only reason for the rule?

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Re: Why one meal a day?

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Dec 24, 2010 4:25 pm

The Buddha praised moderation in eating (Sn.707) and encouraged this in his monks and nuns. To this end and for reasons of health, he made a rule that they should not eat after noon.

‘I do not eat in the evening and thus I am free from illness and affliction and enjoy health, strength and ease’
(M.I,473).

The Buddha also suggested to his disciples that they recite these words as a reflection before eating. ‘We will eat in moderation. Reflecting wisely we will not eat for fun, for amusement or for physical attractiveness but only for the maintenance and continuance of this body, for allaying the discomfort of hunger, for assisting in living the holy life and with the thought “I will end the old desires and not give rise to new ones and thus be healthy, blameless and live in comfort” ’ (M.I,273).

Taking the 8 precepts is sort of like going on a mini-retreat where there is more intensive practice. To this end, following some of the bhikkhu / bhikkhuni precpts is advisable to have better concentration, tranquility for the practice. In addition:

1. It is good for health, to consume all the food at once and walk (exercise it off later).
2. It places less of a burden on lay people who will only need to provide food for one meal, instead of many meals.
3. It allows for more time to be spent on the practice and teaching of Dhamma.
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