barcsimalsi wrote:Monks and Nuns depend on lay people for food. How can they choose what food is really good for their health? What's the use of health insurance and medication if the monks kept getting sick again and again because of unsuitable daily nutriment. We need a healthy body to support our practice.
I acknowledge somewhere in the sutta that hints monkhood is not fit for the weak but even the strong and healthy are subject to impermanent.
The great Ajahn Chah suffered almost 10 years of severe diabetes before his death and i had met many monks who suffered various sickness for long periods which thoroughly cast negative impact on their daily practice. Not everyone has a divinehealth like Buddha Boy.
Appreciate anyone who has ordination experience to share their thoughts.
Ben wrote:My understanding is that there are large state financed monks hospitals in both Bangkok and Yangon.
2 .SITAGU ARYUDHANA HOSPITAL,
SAGAING HILLS, SAGAING CITY, MYANMAR. TEL: 95-72-21310
SITAGU AYUDHANA HOSPITAL, a one hundred bed project began in 1985 and the hospital was opened in 1989 for the monks, nuns, novices and poor people of Sagaing. The hospital is fully equipped with surgical and X-ray units, an optical surgical units, an in-patient ward and out-patient ward and has a permanent staff of doctors, nurses and non-professional workers.
James the Giant wrote:There was a western monk a few decades ago in the far north (north-west? Burmese border area?) of Thailand who went blind because the local people didn't know and didn't care to ask what he needed to eat. So they just gave him either white rice, or just instant noodles. I can't remember which.
So he gradually suffered from all sorts of nutritional deficiencies and finally went blind!
A supporter from another part of the country came to visit him one day and was appalled at what he was eating.
So the supporter told the village people to give healthy things, not just white rice. Fortunately the monk regained his eyesight.
Alobha wrote:As for Ajahn Chah: Diabetes in old age happens.
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