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Friday, July 20, 2012

Wisely reflecting, Forest Dhamma, Asalha Puja 20.07.12

After morning chanting Forest monks go on Pindabat, alms round. The people support the Sangha with food, while the Sangha offers the the Dhamma, or one might say food for the spirit.
Asalha Puja the day before the Pansaa, rains retreat begins always brings many people to the forest monasteries throughout Northeast Thailand. All the monks that have been travelling or on Tudong are ready to start the 3 months in the Temple.
Dhutanga Bhikkhus eat their meal at 0800h and it is their only meal of the day. They eat out of their alms bowls sweet and savory generally mixed together.
Reflecting as follows;
"Wisely reflecting, I use this food not for fun, not for pleasure, not for fattening, not for beautification, but only for the maintenance and nourishment of this body, for keeping it healthy, for helping with the Spiritual Life;Thinking thus, I will allay hunger without overeating, so that I may continue to live blamelessly and at ease.
Even on a day as auspicious as Asalha Pujathe rules and decorum are maintained, by the Sanha and their supporters