Where do monks eat once they have gathered alms from the village or town? Do they take their bowls outside of town to eat? Do they walk back to the monastery to eat? Do they eat at someone's house in the village? How and why do practices differ?
I would appreciate any answers, especially answers from Venerable Ones.
Then the Lord said to the monks: 'Now, monks, I declare to you: all conditioned things are of a nature to decay - strive on untiringly.' These were the Tathagata's last words.
-DN 16, trans. Maurice Walshe
'Whatever should be done, bhikkhus, by a compassionate teacher out of compassion for his disciples, desiring their welfare, that I have done for you. These are the feet of trees, bhikkhus, these are empty huts. Meditate, bhikkhus, do not be negligent, lest you regret it later. This is our instruction to you.'
-SN 43.1, trans. Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi