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How is sexual misconduct related to diet? In the Shurangama Sutra (Mahayana school), The Buddha explains how the "Five Pungent Spices", including garlic and onions, are forbidden: Beings who seek samadhi should refrain from eating [the] five pungent plants of this world. If these five are eaten cooked, they increase one's sexual desire; if they are eaten raw, they increase one's anger. (2)
Furthermore, the gods "will stay far away from them because they smell bad, [and] hungry ghosts will hover around and kiss their lips".
These demons might talk the misguided ones into consuming "excrement and urine, or meat and wine" and justify it.
Note: Much of the publicized health benefits of garlic and other pungent roots may be industry-inspired and/or commercial puffery. Buddhist practitioners, particularly those who recite mantras, are usually advised to avoid them altogether.
Whilst "commercial puffery" exists in all walks of life - garlic has been extolled by herbalists for centuries. I wonder if the reciters of mantra are particularly advised to avoid garlic, as chanting would spread the smell even more? Well, that's enough superstition for one day for me. The plain truth is that we all know the stuff keeps vampires away!
Elohim;56738 said: You are not, O Bhikkhus, to eat onions. Who-soever does so, shall be guilty of a dukkata (offense).' Now at that time the venerable Sariputta had wind in his stomach. And the venerable Maha Moggallana went up to the place where the venerable Sariputta was, and when he had come there, he said to the venerable Sariputta : How did you formerly, friend Sariputta, get relief, when you had wind in the stomach ?' By eating onions, my friend. They told this matter to the Blessed One. I allow you, O Bhikkhus, to eat onions on account of disease.'
Dhamma Dhatu;56783 said:Lust is a mental thing. If it is to be managed to avoid harm to oneself or others or to be eradicated for the purposes of jhana or liberation, it requires a mental method. :)
The only injunction I have ever come across against eating garlic and onions is in what we call the "stupa diet". That is what we eat when we are building stupas as sort of a purification. No meat, no garlic, no onions, no sex. Well, the last one isn't exactly a matter of diet - or is it? Palzang
Thubten Namgyal;56784 said:One should be able to eradicate lust while continuing to watch pornography on late night cable.
Can we get back to the part about the kissing the hungry goats. That sounds so freakin' hot!
jinzang;56807 said:If you saw a hungry ghost, you'd puke. Trust me.:crazy:
Dazzle;56812 said:Have you seen a hungry ghost yourself then, Jinzang
Quote:Originally Posted by Dazzle Have you seen a hungry ghost yourself then, Jinzang Thankfully, no. I'm relying on the traditional descriptions.
buddhafoot;56840 said:I'm just saying it baffles me - which is fine, I'm easily baffled. Yes, I believe foods affect us in many different ways. I believe "a chemical is a chemical is a chemical". Where is it that aspirin came from? I know it's the bark or skin of a tree. The same with cinnamon. Both are organic. St. John's Wort? Red Clover? Many "plants" affect different areas of the human body. But, I still say that I wonder how much of this had something to do with the mindset of the time. Not discounting it. Just wondering. -bf
buddhafoot;56840 said: Where is it that aspirin came from? I know it's the bark or skin of a tree. -bf
Dazzle;56785 said:Gosh I'm permanently on the full "stupa diet" then apart from an occasional foray into the realm of garlic and onions.:)
Dazzle;56858 said:I prefer to interpret the six realms as mental states (which does not contradict some teachers)