Pindacara and Pindapata

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Pindacara and Pindapata

Post by pilgrim » Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:38 pm

It's common to read that monks go walking on Pindapat which would literally mean that the monks go about trampling their own food. Pinda means "lump of food" and pata is the "alms bowl". So Pindapata means the food offered into the monks bowl or almsfood.

Almsround would more correctly be Pindacara; cara meaning "walking about". So Pindacara means walking about with the alms bowl or the formal Almsround. So one can say one goes on Pindacara to collect Pindapata

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