Was advised in relation to a query in advance of the intensive retreat tomorrow that coffee is considered a food because it is made from a bean, even though that bean is not edible. Even black tea is considered a food.
By that logic just about anything which is made from something solid is considered a food, leaving only water and honey. Anyone come across this before?
Honey is more of a food, it has more calories than coffee.
The monks at my Vihara take tea after midday, but without sugar.
The whole point of this rule for monks was to not wear out their welcome and overburden the community that supported them.
The downside of the religious side of Buddhism. Following a rule just because it has been followed, rather than taking care of the reason for it being made.