One meal a day & monks

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cookiemonster
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One meal a day & monks

Post by cookiemonster » Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:12 pm

How many minutes/hours is allotted to eating for a monk that is observing the practice of one meal a day?

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Re: One meal a day & monks

Post by pitakele » Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:30 pm

cookiemonster wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:12 pm
How many minutes/hours is allotted to eating for a monk that is observing the practice of one meal a day?
The only restriction on time is that food should be consumed between first light (various interpretations) and noon. If eating the meal in a dānasālā with other monks, there may be expectation for the meal be finished within a certain time so that the dānasālā can be cleared & cleaned by monks or stewards. Also, there may be other duties to perform which will restrict the meal time. If a monk is subsisting on alms round, living alone or in a monastery, he may take as much time as he wants to eat. Hyperbolically, if he has received his food by 6 am, he could eat till noon if so desired :)
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Re: One meal a day & monks

Post by form » Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:39 am

So it is technically not one meal a day, but all you have received and can eat between 6am to noon.

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Re: One meal a day & monks

Post by sunnat » Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:53 am

There are lots of rules about how if you move a certain distance away from a meal you have finished so starting again is not allowed etc.

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Re: One meal a day & monks

Post by pitakele » Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:07 am

sunnat wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:53 am
There are lots of rules about how if you move a certain distance away from a meal you have finished so starting again is not allowed etc.
Yes, there are restrictions for the dhūtanga one sitter practice, e.g. when the hand is removed from the bowl, the meal is completed.
form wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:39 am
So it is technically not one meal a day, but all you have received and can eat between 6am to noon.
If one ate multiple times, it would not be one meal. My point was that there is no time restriction on how long one meal should take. Common sense would dictate how long a meal is, but there would be individual differences. I have known very slow mindful eaters who might take an hour to eat their meal, without necessarily eating more food than the norm. One practises to be bhattaññū, 'a knower of the right amount of food'. In the suttas, it is often mentioned to eat less than being 'full' and drink water at the end of the meal.
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Re: One meal a day & monks

Post by cookiemonster » Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:40 am

Thank you, everyone.

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