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Nangwa wrote:LastLegend wrote:Hello. I had to drop by and leave a comment. I know one way to find out if one is still attaching to the habit of eating like Ron said, one can eat only one thing everyday for 10 days to see if the craving is still there for other food. Say eating brown rice everyday for example.
Asceticism is contrary to the principle of Vajrayana.
Adamantine wrote:Mantrika all your points are good... it is true especially that when engaged in retreat to essentialize both time for practice and funds it can be useful to eat a simple diet... and many Tibetans have gone to extremes such as mono-diets of nettles or tsampa for this reason. But they wouldn't have chosen to do so out of some misguided ascetic deprivation if they had ready access to more nutritious and better-tasting food!
Chulen is different it is a specific and advanced practice and not to be confused with the larger issue. In Vajrayana it is very important to have the body as healthy as possible and this includes a balanced diet based on Tibetan Medical principals. A cleanse is a rare and temporary thing and another matter!
Eating a mono-diet anyway just to test if you are attached to food is silly! It's easy to determine that simply by observing oneself in the act of eating... or by giving up your favorite food/s for a period of time, etc. But I would assume this would only be justified behavior if a person thought they may have already transcended their desire for or attachement to food in the first place!
Tara wrote:Many of the posts in this thread are off topic.
If members wish to discuss dietary habits etc please start another topic in an appropriate forum.
"Wine and Meat Offerings?"
mantrika wrote:Why has everything to be either justified or condemned?
ronnewmexico wrote:My daily offering to compliment this specific.... alcohol...but the teaching was conducted without alcohol and the offering I then do is not alcohol but fruit juice.