Timezones and the Vinaya

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Timezones and the Vinaya

Postby Sokehi » Sat Oct 26, 2013 3:55 pm

I was quite often wondering how the vinaya is handled nowadays if it comes to travelling through timezones. So if a monk travels via plane for example what would be the right time to eat? Maybe one of the veneralbe ones could share some light on this, thank you very much.
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Re: Timezones and the Vinaya

Postby Dhammanando » Sat Oct 26, 2013 4:27 pm

Sokehi wrote:I was quite often wondering how the vinaya is handled nowadays if it comes to travelling through timezones. So if a monk travels via plane for example what would be the right time to eat? Maybe one of the veneralbe ones could share some light on this, thank you very much.


If the monk understands calculus then he can figure it out from the data on websites like this one:

http://www.howmanyhours.com/flight_time/keflav%C3%ADk/bangkok.php

If he doesn't then he's in shtook. He'll just have to fast. :lol:
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Re: Timezones and the Vinaya

Postby gavesako » Sat Oct 26, 2013 5:02 pm

The Thai Mahathera-samakhom council has made some ruling on this, allowing monks on long-haul intercontinental flights to have a meal regardless of the light/darkness outside.
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Re: Timezones and the Vinaya

Postby Sokehi » Sat Oct 26, 2013 5:37 pm

gavesako wrote:The Thai Mahathera-samakhom council has made some ruling on this, allowing monks on long-haul intercontinental flights to have a meal regardless of the light/darkness outside.


Thank you very much Bhante, exactly what I was looking for
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Re: Timezones and the Vinaya

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Sat Oct 26, 2013 6:33 pm

gavesako wrote:The Thai Mahathera-samakhom council has made some ruling on this, allowing monks on long-haul intercontinental flights to have a meal regardless of the light/darkness outside.

Whether they have or not, it is still an offence to eat after midday (when the sun is at its zenith).

In practice, even on long haul flights, a monk will not have long too to wait without any meals. Monks often have to wait up to 23 hours between meals anyway, so waiting for 36 hours is not especially difficult. One can take honey, boiled sweets, etc., as seven-day medicine, to appease one's hunger.
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Re: Timezones and the Vinaya

Postby gavesako » Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:59 am

It seems that Rohitassa devaputta, during his inter-galactic flight, was making re-fueling stops to have snacks and drinks on the way:

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
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