Food Offerings To The Buddha Statue: What Happens Later?

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Food Offerings To The Buddha Statue: What Happens Later?

Postby Jhana4 » Sun Aug 18, 2013 1:06 pm

I see a huge amount of flowers and fruit offered to Buddha statues.

I'm assuming that the flowers are thrown out once they whither. What happens to the food offerings?
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Re: Food Offerings To The Buddha Statue: What Happens Later

Postby dagon » Sun Aug 18, 2013 1:27 pm

According to the Mon people of lower Burma it cost them their independence and Kingdom. I will tell the story if anyone is interested.

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Re: Food Offerings To The Buddha Statue: What Happens Later

Postby appicchato » Sun Aug 18, 2013 1:29 pm

Please do...
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Re: Food Offerings To The Buddha Statue: What Happens Later

Postby dagon » Sun Aug 18, 2013 1:40 pm

appicchato wrote:Please do...


The two kingdoms of the Mon and Burma peoples had been at war for a long time with the Mons winning. They had driven their enemies in to a small area around the capital. The Mon king to save lives sent in an assassin to kill the Burman king. It took the assassin a long time to get the opportunity to kill the king. Because he was starving he ate food that had been offered and was at a statue of the Buddha. Because of this he could no longer take a human life so he stole the crown and gave it to the Mon king.
However the war did not continue to go their way after the British joined the side of the crownless king. The Mon kingdom fell.

Basically taking the offered food was the same as taking precepts.

That’s the way I was told as a kid in Rangoon.

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Re: Food Offerings To The Buddha Statue: What Happens Later

Postby lyndon taylor » Sun Aug 18, 2013 1:47 pm

When I would go to the South East Asian temples, the monks would often offer me to eat some of the fruit left as offerings, so I don't think its just left to rot.
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Re: Food Offerings To The Buddha Statue: What Happens Later

Postby dagon » Sun Aug 18, 2013 2:03 pm

I think the cultural roots of offered food as being sanctified goes back to India in the Buddha’s time. Prasād or prasadam was food that had been offered to a Bhagavan (sanscrit) as god or god like person or deity. After it had been “consumed” by that entity it was then distributed to the Brahmans.

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